tourism

Tokyo Skytree to install VR viewer for rainy days

Tokyo Skytree’s operators recently announced a VR viewing experience exclusively available for rainy days, letting guests enjoy Skytree’s amazing views in perpetual VR sunshine.

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Japanese readers rave about new book illustrating differences between Kanto and Kansai regions

Kuraberu Tōzai presents an easy-to-understand compilation of regional differences between Tokyo and Osaka in terms of cuisines, art, and cultural traditions.

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“Sleeping Cat” and “Three Wise Monkeys” at Nikko’s Tōshō-gū Shrine removed for restoration work

If you’re planning a trip to the UNESCO World Heritage sites at Nikko in the near future, you’ll be missing out on two of the most famous original wood carvings in the area.
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Roleplay as a Japanese student at classroom-themed izakaya, Rokunen Yonkumi

With themed rooms and waiters who act as teachers and nurses, you’ll never want to leave elementary school again!

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BonAppetour startup lets you cook and dine with Tokyo locals in their homes

We visited Mariko’s home near Shinjuku for a variety of unique cultural experiences, including a lesson in making gyoza and a homemade feast complete with sake and shochu.

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Japan’s Harajuku Station to be rebuilt ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics

East Japan Railway Company today released images of new building designs planned for three stations on two of the city’s popular train lines.

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Japanese association loses faith in users following non-return of 1,100 free loan umbrellas

Loan services could be set to disappear with organisations now running dangerously low on stock.

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Chinese businessman sets his sights on driving Disney Resort out of Shanghai

Billionaire Jianlin Wang says Mickey Mouse and friends aren’t welcome in China.

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Interactive android helps visitors in three languages at information desk in Japanese mall

Alongside the lifelike robot, shoppers can try their hand at futuristic screen technology that responds to touch in mid-air.

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Japan’s largest ferris wheel to open in Osaka featuring glass walls and floors and VIP carriages

With spectacular views both day and night, you’ll definitely want to add this destination to your itinerary for your next trip to Japan.

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Amazing side-by-side images capture a century of change in China【Pics】

We’ve seen how Chinese beauty has changed over the past 100 years, but what about the landscape itself?

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Saga Prefectures goes super high-resolution on us, really gives would-be visitors something to look at…

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Iwami in Tottori Prefecture is now offering a Free!/High Speed! anime tie-in location map guide

Fans of Free! and its High Speed! feature film adaptation can now visit all the places their favorite swimming boys would have frequented.

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Kitakyushu tourism video may or may not contain scenes of Kitakyushu【Video】

After repeated viewings and subsequent cold showers, the presence of Kitakyushu in this video still cannot be confirmed.

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Step into Spirited Away at Egawa: a site of beauty in Japan that tourists have yet to discover

If you loved the scenery in Chihiro’s train journey in Spirited Away, you’ll love this unique location just one hour away from Tokyo.

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Japan gears up for foreign visitors with new interactive vending machine

Have you ever looked at a vending machine in Japan and had no idea what the strange, kanji-labelled drinks were? Now there’s a new interactive service that will explain everything for you!

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American reporter visits Ramen Jiro for super salty ramen, Japan’s netizens love his reaction

When a reporter for popular social news site BuzzFeed ate at Ramen Jiro recently, Japan’s netizens had plenty to say about it!

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Bumper crop of anime boobs toned down in rural community’s local tourism poster

Tourism association makes change in response to complaints that original poster was inappropriate.

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Gifu town under fire for using busty No-Rin character to boo(b)st tourism

One city in Gifu is trying to put a little bounce into its local tourism by using Kocho, the top-heavy character from No-Rin, on its promotional media.

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9 ways Tokyo could become more foreigner-friendly in time for the 2020 Olympics

Despite Japan’s relative safety, abundance of delicious foodfascinating culture, and friendly people, the country still lags behind as a tourist destination for foreign travellers. So the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are the perfect opportunity for Japan to show off its famed omotenashi hospitality to the droves of foreign visitors who’ll be pouring into Tokyo to spectate.

As foreigners who’ve been living in Japan for a while, we think we might have some pretty good ideas about certain things Japan could do in order to make things a little easier on this influx of foreign guests

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