Feb 2, 2016

Japanese visas to be relaxed for Vietnamese, Indians

It will be easier for businesspeople and academics from India and Vietnam to travel to Japan starting this month as multiple-entry visa terms are to be doubled for nationals of the two countries. The easing of rules, effective Feb. 15, will affect people initially ...

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

Feb 2, 2016

State guesthouse in Kyoto may be opened to visitors year-round

The government is considering opening a state guesthouse in Kyoto to the public throughout the year to add to the allure of the ancient capital. Only a limited number of people who apply in advance are currently allowed inside the guesthouse. Officials will already ...

Japan chooses three cities to be tourism role models

Jan 29, 2016

Japan chooses three cities to be tourism role models

The government has selected three cities — Kushiro in east Hokkaido, Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture and Nagasaki — as model cities for luring foreign visitors to the countryside, tourism minister Keiichi Ishii announced Friday. The three cities will each create organizations to promote exchanges ...

Plans afoot to curb traffic congestion caused by tour buses

Jan 27, 2016

Plans afoot to curb traffic congestion caused by tour buses

The Japan Tourism Agency is hoping to reduce traffic congestion caused by a growing number of sightseeing buses taking tourists on shopping sprees. Under a trial to begin in April, the agency has said it will first target particularly congested districts in central Tokyo, ...

Airport-style duty-free shop opens in Tokyo's Ginza

Jan 26, 2016

Airport-style duty-free shop opens in Tokyo's Ginza

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Mainland Japan will get its first duty-free shop outside of an international airport when the Japan Duty Free Ginza debuts at the Ginza Mitsukoshi department store in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward on Wednesday, a top company official said a day earlier. “We are looking forward ...