Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

Jun 25, 2016

Imperial Palace tour now available without prior reservation

The Imperial Household Agency on Saturday introduced a same-day registration system for guided tours of parts of the Imperial Palace in central Tokyo so some visitors can gain entry without prior reservations. The measure was taken in line with the government’s strategy to boost ...

City mayors forging alliance over Airbnb and Uber

Jun 21, 2016

City mayors forging alliance over Airbnb and Uber

Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. have set their sights on global expansion. They are about to face a global response. Mayors from New York to Paris and Seoul think they have found the trick to coping with so-called “sharing economy” apps — working ...

Shigaraki potters' hand-made ceramic tubs brimming with interest

Jun 19, 2016

Shigaraki potters' hand-made ceramic tubs brimming with interest

Owners of lodging facilities aiming to attract more visitors amid the tourist boom and preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been attracting people from Japan and overseas with a new cultural draw — ceramic bathtubs made with traditional Shigaraki pottery. The tubs, which ...

Jun 16, 2016

Suga tells ministries to ask for more funding for tourism improvements

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga instructed government ministries Thursday to include “effective and bold” measures to lure more foreign tourists in their budget requests for fiscal 2017. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration has set a target of 40 million foreign visitors in 2020, when ...

Jun 16, 2016

Coastal border lands seen as a new theme for tourism

Sightseeing tours that take in parts of coastal Japan and Russia, South Korea or Taiwan are being seen as a way to revitalize regional economies. Earlier this month, 10 people participated in the first tour from Ishigaki Island in Okinawa Prefecture to Taiwan. The ...

Airbnb's 'master of disaster' comes to Tokyo as regulations loom

Jun 16, 2016

Airbnb's 'master of disaster' comes to Tokyo as regulations loom

Airbnb Inc. has gone on a charm offensive in Japan, hoping to drum up support as regulators debate whether to clamp down on the startup’s rapidly expanding operations. The world’s third-most valuable private startup dispatched high-powered lawyer and political strategist Chris Lehane to lay ...