Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

National May 22, 2017

Tokyo police urge go-kart companies to improve safety

The Metropolitan Police Department on Monday asked go-kart companies to improve safety as the popularity of their driving tours grows. The MPD asked five go-kart rental companies in Tokyo to encourage patrons to wear helmets and protective gear while driving amid an uptick in fender-benders. The ...

Giant sunflower field in Hokkaido reeling in tourists

National Aug 7, 2016

Giant sunflower field in Hokkaido reeling in tourists

A field of 1.5 million sunflower plants in full bloom is attracting tourists to the city of Hokuryu in eastern Hokkaido. Some of the plants in the 23-hectare field, one of the largest of its kind in Japan, are about 2 meters tall. Visitors can also ...

Okayama Korakuen Garden enjoys rebound in tourism

National Jun 5, 2016

Okayama Korakuen Garden enjoys rebound in tourism

Visitors to Korakuen Garden in Okayama, one of the nation's top three Japanese gardens, exceeded 800,000 for the first time in 15 years, thanks to a surge in tourism and events to lure young people. Attendance hit 817,260 in fiscal 2015 ended in March. The ...

Editorials Jun 18, 2015

Inbound tourism boom

The goal of having 20 million people visit Japan annually by 2020 appears to be within reach thanks to a tourism boom.