Airbnb home-sharing war heats up in Japan

Jul 27, 2016

Airbnb home-sharing war heats up in Japan

Sarah Takeda thought she had a good little business renting a traditional tatami-mat room in her house on Airbnb. But she and other hosts in Japan are learning the hard way that the home-sharing site’s fastest-growing market is also becoming the next flash point ...

Discount tours to Kyushu sell like hotcakes as quake subsidies kick in

Jul 22, 2016

Discount tours to Kyushu sell like hotcakes as quake subsidies kick in

Reservations for summer trips to Kyushu are growing rapidly as tour agencies and hotels offer large discounts backed by government subsidies aimed at helping the quake-damaged island recover. A website that started selling discount tickets Wednesday for hotels in Kumamoto Prefecture received so much ...

Kyoto State Guesthouse begins year-round access for tourists

Jul 21, 2016

Kyoto State Guesthouse begins year-round access for tourists

The Kyoto State Guesthouse opened to the public on Thursday, marking the start of year-round access to the luxurious facility that is used to host foreign heads of state and other government guests. The Japanese-style complex, which features ikebana, giant tapestries and other traditional ...