JR East revives Hokutosei sleeper train via Tokyo hostel

Sep 7, 2016

JR East revives Hokutosei sleeper train via Tokyo hostel

East Japan Railway Co. will open a new accommodation venture in December featuring an old Hokutosei sleeper train. To be called Train Hostel Hokutosei, it will feature compartments from the now-defunct train complete with bunk beds, JR East said. The lodging facility will be ...

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

Aug 29, 2016

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

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In view of the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan, Fujita Kanko Inc., a Tokyo-based hotel chain, is stepping up efforts to train female staff in providing service in the style of okami at Japanese ryokan (inns). The okami is the chief female ...

Japan Post Bank to introduce 16-language ATMs

Aug 27, 2016

Japan Post Bank to introduce 16-language ATMs

Japan Post Bank plans to introduce automated teller machines that can conduct transactions in 16 different languages starting in January to meet demand from international visitors ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Jiji Press learned Saturday. ATMs that display instructions in such ...