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Japanese hotels welcoming visitors with cherry blossoms

/ Apr 4, 2018

Japanese hotels welcoming visitors with cherry blossoms

Major hotels are hoping displays of cherry blossoms will attract more overseas visitors at a time when the focus of tourists is shifting away from shopping toward cultural experiences. Keio Plaza Hotel in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward is exhibiting a 5-meter-high arrangement of flowers in its ...

Kyoto shifts focus to wealthy tourists with yen for cultural immersion

Jan 13, 2018

Kyoto shifts focus to wealthy tourists with yen for cultural immersion

The city of Kyoto, visited by over 50 million tourists each year, is making a greater effort to attract wealthy foreign travelers by offering cultural workshops to satisfy their appetite for deeper engagement with their destinations. With visitors already at record-high levels, the ancient capital ...

Money from proposed tax would be used to assist Japanese abroad

Nov 20, 2017

Money from proposed tax would be used to assist Japanese abroad

The Japan Tourism Agency is considering using revenue from a proposed departure tax for measures to assist Japanese traveling abroad, including a system to quickly confirm their safety in times of emergency. The planned new tax, to be levied on all people departing from Japan, ...