JAL Sky Museum tops Tokyo's tourist spot rankings

Jun 11, 2017

JAL Sky Museum tops Tokyo's tourist spot rankings

Japan Airlines’ Sky Museum hangar and exhibition areas have become Tokyo’s most popular tourist spots, the metropolitan government’s Transportation Bureau said. The runner-up was 333-meter Tokyo Tower in Minato Ward, followed by Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden in Shinjuku Ward, according to the Tokyo 100 ...

Jun 3, 2017

U.S. asks visa applicants for social media handles

The United States has begun asking some would-be visitors applying for visas to provide their identities on social media, among other more vigorous screening methods. A State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said new security procedures had gone into effect on ...

Diet enacts law to upgrade ports for cruise ship boom

Jun 2, 2017

Diet enacts law to upgrade ports for cruise ship boom

The Diet enacted a law Friday for upgrading key ports across Japan to attract more tourists on cruise ships under joint efforts by the public and private sectors. The amendment of the existing port law allows cruise ship operators to use piers on a ...

In Canada, parks thrive but conservationists cry foul

May 28, 2017

In Canada, parks thrive but conservationists cry foul

On a highway in Banff National Park in western Canada, tourists hastily park their cars to catch a glimpse of a bear at the edge of the forest. “We’ve seen some amazing animal life up here, much more than a lot of other places ...

Multilingual audio tourist guide app offered for Japan's Imperial sites

May 24, 2017

Multilingual audio tourist guide app offered for Japan's Imperial sites

The Imperial Household Agency started offering a multilingual tourist guide using a smartphone application Tuesday in a bid to attract more foreign visitors to places with Imperial connections. The new service, called Imperial Palaces Guide, provides Apple iOS users with detailed information in English, ...

Efforts afoot to turn abandoned rural train lines into tourist attractions

May 23, 2017

Efforts afoot to turn abandoned rural train lines into tourist attractions

Abandoned rail lines once serving as lifelines for local industry are recapturing attention as tourist attractions. Last month, 15 groups from 12 prefectures inaugurated an association of regional promoters hoping that their railway legacies will attract visitors and help revitalize their aging rural communities. ...