Feb 27, 2017

15% of Japan's municipalities see economic improvement

Some 15 percent of municipal governments across Japan saw an improvement in economic conditions in their regions in the last year, slightly exceeding those seeing a deterioration, according to a recent survey by Kyodo News. The survey suggests that a limited number of municipalities ...

Next stop on government's tourism drive: national parks

Feb 26, 2017

Next stop on government's tourism drive: national parks

The Environment Ministry has launched a project to get 10 million foreign people visiting Japan’s national parks each year by 2020 amid record-breaking tourism numbers. Overseas visitors are believed to have numbered 4,902,000 in 2015 and 5,457,000 in 2016. To increase the appeal of ...

Feb 22, 2017

Haneda airport sees record-high passenger numbers in 2016

A record 79.2 million passengers used Tokyo’s Haneda airport in 2016, up around 4 million from the previous record set in 2015, due to a rise in foreign visitors and the opening of new U.S. routes, government data showed Wednesday. The number of international ...

Japan resorts to ninja biz to crank up soaring tourism tally

Feb 22, 2017

Japan resorts to ninja biz to crank up soaring tourism tally

Japan is turning to those hooded samurai-era acrobatic spies known as ninja to woo tourists. The Japan Ninja Council, a government-backed organization of scholars, tourism groups and businesses, said Wednesday that it’s starting a Ninja Academy to train people in the art of ninja, ...

Feb 22, 2017

JR East to standardize Tohoku tourist info centers

East Japan Railway Co. said it will standardize the appearance of tourist information centers at stations in the Tohoku region so overseas visitors can recognize them more easily. JR East plans to launch the project from a tourist information center at Akita Station, where ...

Feb 22, 2017

Bill lays out tougher regulations for 'minpaku' private lodgings

The government has drawn up a draft bill stipulating tougher regulations on minpaku (private lodging) businesses, sources said Tuesday. Drafted amid concerns of an increase in noise complaints and other issues as minpaku services become increasingly popular with tourists, the bill would force providers ...