Resort town links East with West

Travel | G20 host cities special Mar 5, 2019

Resort town links East with West

Karuizawa, just an hour away by shinkansen from central Tokyo, is a longtime vacation destination for international residents living in the metropolitan area, whether it's to get away from the city's summer heat or experience its beautiful nature in milder seasons. The Nagano Prefecture town ...

Bear dogs help resort town coexist with nature

National Jun 5, 2018

Bear dogs help resort town coexist with nature

Hoping to promote coexistence, a resort town in a mountainous area of Nagano Prefecture is using a rare breed of dog to chase bears away from areas where people live. Karuizawa had been struggling since 2000 with bears entering the town to scavenge for food, ...

'Congestion pricing' eyed to ease traffic in top tourist spots

Business Sep 7, 2017

'Congestion pricing' eyed to ease traffic in top tourist spots

The transport ministry plans to test "congestion pricing" in four municipalities with major tourist attractions, including Kyoto and Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture. The plan was presented to a panel on Thursday, with tests slated to begin this fall in Kamakura, Kobe and Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture. No ...

G-7 transport chiefs vow to take lead in promoting self-driving cars

National Sep 24, 2016

G-7 transport chiefs vow to take lead in promoting self-driving cars

Transport ministers from the Group of Seven industrialized countries agreed Saturday to reinforce international cooperation in creating safety regulations to promote self-driving cars. "We will cooperate with each other and exercise leadership to support the early commercialization of automated and connected vehicle technologies," a declaration ...