Gifu cutlery firm's samurai-sword scissors prove popular with tourists

Jun 19, 2017

Gifu cutlery firm's samurai-sword scissors prove popular with tourists

Samurai-sword scissors developed by a manufacturer in Gifu Prefecture are proving to be popular souvenirs for foreign tourists as well as schoolchildren. Shaped like katana, these scissors by Nikken Cutlery Co. in Seki are decorated with details found on traditional swords used by such feudal-era ...

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. Still, ...