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May 15, 2018

ANA to sell wealthy Indians package tours to Japan

All Nippon Airways will release package tours to Japan for wealthy families living in and around New Delhi, possibly as early as June, sources said. The new products, to be sold in cooperation with an Indian travel company, will be priced lower than tours to ...

Popular 'Evangelion' bullet train makes final run

May 13, 2018

Popular 'Evangelion' bullet train makes final run

A shinkansen featuring a design inspired by the popular Japanese animation series "Neon Genesis Evangelion" made its final run on Sunday, drawing throngs of fans to witness the last journey. Around 1,200 people, including anime fans and train enthusiasts, gathered on a platform at Shin-Osaka ...

Saudi Arabia will soon issue tourist visas to Japanese

May 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia will soon issue tourist visas to Japanese

Saudi Arabia will soon begin issuing tourist visas to Japanese nationals, visiting Saudi Prince Sultan bin Salman bin Abdulaziz indicated Thursday. Speculation had been growing that the Middle East country may begin issuing full-fledged tourist visas to non-Muslim foreign nationals by year-end. Tourism promotion is part ...

JR East to launch sightseeing train from Tokyo to Izu in 2020

May 9, 2018

JR East to launch sightseeing train from Tokyo to Izu in 2020

East Japan Railway Co. said it will launch a luxurious sightseeing train between Tokyo and the Izu resort area in the spring of 2020, shortly before the capital hosts the Summer Olympic Games. The eight-car train will feature premium seats and private rooms, with one ...

Hoping to revive industry, Japanese kimono makers seek Olympics tailwind

May 8, 2018

Hoping to revive industry, Japanese kimono makers seek Olympics tailwind

At a century-old workshop in a quiet Tokyo neighborhood, craftsman Yuichi Hirose brushes dye across meticulously hand-cut stencils laid on fabric, using a traditional technique to produce contemporary kimono patterns. Demand for the elaborate, elegant centerpiece of the Japanese wardrobe is in decline, but a ...