Jun 10, 2016

Matsumoto Airport to open routes to three Asian destinations

Nagano Prefecture plans to start international flights at Matsumoto Airport, according to sources close to the matter. The prefectural government intends to open direct flights to East Asian destinations, such as China, South Korea and Taiwan. The prefecture also aims to increase domestic flights ...

JR East to rebuild Tokyo's Harajuku Station amid tourism boom

Jun 7, 2016

JR East to rebuild Tokyo's Harajuku Station amid tourism boom

East Japan Railway Co. plans to rebuild the Harajuku Station building in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, amid increasing numbers of passengers passing through the facility, which dates from the 1920s. Sources said Monday a rebuild is considered necessary ahead of the 2020 Olympics, when even ...

Japan issued record number of visas to Chinese in 2015, up 85%

Jun 6, 2016

Japan issued record number of visas to Chinese in 2015, up 85%

Japan handed out 3.78 million visas to Chinese nationals in 2015, up about 85 percent from the previous year as Chinese tourist arrivals increased on a weaker yen and relaxed visa rules, the Foreign Ministry said Monday. The record number issued to Chinese accounted ...

Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi becomes tourism ambassador for Egypt

Jun 3, 2016

Sumo wrestler Osunaarashi becomes tourism ambassador for Egypt

Egypt’s Osunaarashi, the first sumo wrestler from Africa to turn pro in Japan, became a tourism ambassador for his native country on Thursday, in a campaign to encourage Japanese to visit a destination avoided by many travelers following political upheaval. “I want to contribute ...

Japan's TV stations tapping tourism boom, reaching out overseas

Jun 2, 2016

Japan's TV stations tapping tourism boom, reaching out overseas

With Japan attracting a record-breaking influx of foreign tourists, broadcasters Sky Perfect JSAT Corp. and NHK are stepping up broadcasting overseas aimed at promoting tourism in Japan. Sky Perfect operates local-language channels in four Southeast Asian countries through its subsidiary Wakuwaku Japan Corp., which ...