Apr 16, 2014

Chinese take 'ugly' mantle as tourists

The bucolic, once laid-back campus of one of Thailand’s top universities is undergoing a security clampdown. Not against a terrorist threat, but against Chinese tourists. Thousands have clambered aboard student buses at Chiang Mai University, made a mess in cafeterias and sneaked into classes ...

Time slips quietly by for Austria nun resort

Apr 16, 2014

Time slips quietly by for Austria nun resort

Being blasted with jets of hot and cold water by a 70-year-old nun may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it has some devoted fans. They return year after year to Marienkron, an Austrian health resort 3 km (2 miles) from the Hungarian ...

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Apr 15, 2014

Momentum to permit casinos rising

Momentum is gathering pace for the lifting of a ban on casinos, prompting local governments and private businesses to step up preparations to host them. While Las Vegas, Macau and Singapore are widely known for huge casinos, or facilities that house and accommodate roulette ...

North opens marathon to tourists

| Apr 5, 2014

North opens marathon to tourists

by Eric Talmadge

Runners of the world, unite! For the first time ever, North Korea is opening up the streets of its capital to runner-tourists for the annual Pyongyang Marathon, undoubtedly one of the most exotic feathers in any runner’s cap. Tourism companies say they are getting ...

Cycling Sayama

Apr 5, 2014

Cycling Sayama

by Mark Schilling

A forested area bordering western Tokyo and Saitama Prefecture offers day-trippers a chance to experience the great outdoors on two wheels.

Chubu airport retools to attract foreign tourists

| Apr 4, 2014

Chubu airport retools to attract foreign tourists

Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya has started various new services to cater to foreign visitors, including new bus services to the city, tourist information and announcements in Chinese and Korean. The weakened yen and booming Southeast Asian economies have caused an influx of ...

Apr 2, 2014

Standardized English for road signs to help foreign tourists

by Atsushi Kodera

Foreign tourists in Japan will have a less confusing time trying to identify roads and landmarks thanks to the introduction of standardized English words and eradication of “Romanized” Japanese words on public signs, transport ministry officials said. Revised transport ministry guidelines that took effect ...

Haneda Airport expands international flights

Mar 30, 2014

Haneda Airport expands international flights

Takeoff and landing slots for international flights jumped by 50 percent at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Sunday. The move made about 80 international flights available at Tokyo International Airport per day, up 50 percent, boosting convenience for businesspeople and tourists seeking immediate access to ...

'Culture creation' often easier than it looks

Mar 23, 2014

'Culture creation' often easier than it looks

by Eric Johnston

For all the official rhetoric about the need for Kansai’s prefectures to set themselves apart from each other, let alone from the rest of the country, the local bureaucracies too often have a herd mentality when it comes to planning and promoting tourism campaigns. ...

Mar 23, 2014

Notification process to be simplified for Japanese travelers overseas

The Foreign Ministry will streamline for short-term Japanese travelers overseas the process of reporting their presence to diplomatic missions, in order to speedily track them down during emergencies, ministry sources said Saturday. Currently, travelers overseas notifying diplomatic missions of their presence must provide information ...