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Mayor wants Paris' historic center to be pedestrian-only

World Nov 15, 2018

Mayor wants Paris' historic center to be pedestrian-only

The mayor of Paris wants to pedestrianize the historic center of the French capital, a member of her team says, an area encompassing famous landmarks like the Louvre museum and Notre Dame Cathedral. The project would see traffic heavily restricted in Paris's first four arrondissements, ...

Kyoto works to disperse crowds amid fears of 'overtourism'

National Nov 8, 2018

Kyoto works to disperse crowds amid fears of 'overtourism'

The city of Kyoto, one of the world's most popular tourist destinations, is aiming to attract travelers to lesser-known spots to ease "overtourism" that has increased complaints among both visitors and locals. Having been rated highly in foreign travel magazine polls, the number of visitors ...

National Nov 3, 2018

Tokyo may deploy water buses for Olympic transportation

The organizing committee for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the metropolitan government plan to operate water buses to transport people visiting the Tokyo Bay area to watch events. Traditional transportation systems are expected to face capacity shortages in the waterfront area, where boat, canoe and ...

Imperial Palace tours to be made fully available in Chinese

National Oct 30, 2018

Imperial Palace tours to be made fully available in Chinese

The Imperial Household Agency said Monday that it will start fully offering Chinese-language guided tours around the Imperial Palace in Tokyo on Thursday, in an addition to the existing Japanese and English tours. Responding to a rise in the number of foreign visitors to Japan, ...

North Korea mass games a hit, get extended run in Pyongyang

Asia Pacific Oct 26, 2018

North Korea mass games a hit, get extended run in Pyongyang

North Korea has extended the run of its iconic mass games, which it revived last month to mark the country's 70th birthday. Despite a travel ban blocking American tourists and imposing high prices for tickets for visitors from other countries, the games — which involve ...