Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

May 22, 2017

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday asked go-kart companies to improve safety as the popularity of their driving tours grows.The MPD asked five go-kart rental companies in Tokyo to encourage patrons to wear helmets and protective gear while driving amid an uptick in fender-benders. ...

Japan fighting tourism-related scams to rip off visitors from abroad

Mar 5, 2017

Japan fighting tourism-related scams to rip off visitors from abroad

The government has begun cracking down on unauthorized tourist-related businesses that are allegedly taking advantage of visitors from abroad.Such scams include travel agencies that involve “land operators” (tour service operators), that arrange lodging, shopping and other holiday activities. Shady land operators, for example, may ...

Giant sunflower field in Hokkaido reeling in tourists

Aug 7, 2016

Giant sunflower field in Hokkaido reeling in tourists

A field of 1.5 million sunflower plants in full bloom is attracting tourists to the city of Hokuryu in eastern Hokkaido.Some of the plants in the 23-hectare field, one of the largest of its kind in Japan, are about 2 meters tall. Visitors can ...

Jul 21, 2016

Plane diverted after drunk Aussies brawl

A rowdy brawl among a group of drunken Australians forced a plane to make an unscheduled landing in Indonesia, an official said Thursday.The Jetstar flight from Australia to Thailand was forced to reroute to the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Wednesday evening after ...

Okayama Korakuen Garden enjoys rebound in tourism

Jun 5, 2016

Okayama Korakuen Garden enjoys rebound in tourism

Visitors to Korakuen Garden in Okayama, one of the nation’s top three Japanese gardens, exceeded 800,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks to a surge in tourism and events to lure young people.Attendance hit 817,260 in fiscal 2015 ended in March. The ...