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Reporter Dives 40 Meters from Tsutenkaku

February 14, 2024 - 08:43
This summer, Osaka's symbol, Tsutenkaku, will unveil a new attraction, and reporter Maho Yamamoto got a sneak preview. (News On Japan)
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Japan's Warm Weather Brings Early Spring

February 14, 2024 - 03:14
Japan experienced widespread warmth on Tuesday, February 13, with temperatures in Tokyo's city center resembling those of early April, raising questions: Has spring already arrived? (News On Japan)
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Foreign Tourists Flock to Tsukiji for Luxurious Bites

February 14, 2024 - 02:30
A surge of tourists from China and beyond are exploring Japan during the Lunar New Year, with Tokyo's Tsukiji Outer Market experiencing a particularly lively atmosphere, with long lines for beef skewers priced over 5,000 yen. (News On Japan)
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Avatar Robots Assist Tokyo Commuters

February 13, 2024 - 15:19
East Japan Railway Company (JR East) has initiated a trial at Ikebukuro Station and other locations, employing avatar robots remotely operated by station staff to assist passengers with ticket purchases and other inquiries. (News On Japan)
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Historic Stones from Osaka Castle's Walls to Feature in Expo 2025 Toilets

February 13, 2024 - 09:01
Stones once destined for the walls of Osaka Castle, but never used and hence nicknamed the "unfortunate stones," are set to be repurposed for restroom facilities at next year's Osaka-Kansai Expo, sparking a backlash from concerned citizens. (News On Japan)
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A New Tax to Stay Near Disney?

February 13, 2024 - 03:54
On the final day of the three-day weekend, Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu City was bustling with visitors eagerly awaited Minnie's parade, marking the 40th anniversary celebrations of Tokyo Disney Resort drawing to a close. Many had booked hotels to fully enjoy the park over the holiday. (News On Japan)
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Siberian Migrant 'Whooper Swans' Grace Lake Biwa

February 12, 2024 - 19:15
Lake Biwa, in Shiga Prefecture, has become the majestic backdrop for the arrival of whooper swans, often referred to as "messengers of winter." (News On Japan)
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Niseko Rides Tourism Boom

February 12, 2024 - 13:46
Niseko, a renown ski resort in Japan's northern island of Hokkaido, is again attracting the gaze of wealthy tourists from abroad, with a surge in foreign visitors leading to a "bubble." Prices for food and services in Niseko have soared, with soy sauce and miso ramen going for 1,900 yen, and crab ramen a meaty 3,800 yen. (News On Japan)
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Himeji Castle's Western Keep Opens for First Time

February 11, 2024 - 12:02
In celebration of its 30th anniversary as a World Heritage site, Himeji Castle has, for the first time, opened its "Western Small Keep" to the public. (News On Japan)
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Inside Look at the Future of Travel: The New Yakumo Express

February 11, 2024 - 08:22
The much anticipated preview of the new "Yakumo" limited express train was held at JR Osaka Station on Saturday, mesmerizing enthusiasts with its futuristic design. (News On Japan)
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Toyosu Market: How to Eat Like a Local

February 11, 2024 - 06:34
The newly opened commercial facility "Toyosu Senkyakubanrai," located next to the Toyosu Market, has become a major attraction for numerous tourists from both within Japan and abroad. Despite some initial reactions suggesting that the prices might be a bit steep for locals, "A little expensive for the Japanese taste perhaps..." there are actually ways for Japanese customers to enjoy the offerings at a more reasonable cost. (News On Japan)
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Japan Celebrates Lunar New Year

February 11, 2024 - 03:22
As China commenced its grand Spring Festival holiday on February 10th, celebrating the Lunar New Year, Japan too embraced the festivities with various events, notably the "Nagasaki Lantern Festival" and the Spring Festival in Ueno, Tokyo. (News On Japan)
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Fukushima's Unique Milky Hot Springs

February 11, 2024 - 02:30
In the shadow of Mount Adatara in Nihonmatsu City, Fukushima Prefecture, lies the renowned Take Hot Springs, celebrated for its "Milky Day" - a phenomenon occurring just once a week when the waters turn a cloudy white. Despite facing the severest cold wave, we followed the journey of the dedicated hot spring craftsmen, the guardians of these thermal waters, as they ventured into the snowy mountains to maintain the spring's flow. (News On Japan)
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Discover Okinawa's Breathtaking Views from Naha Airport

February 10, 2024 - 07:23
Naha Airport is known for its abundant souvenir shops and gourmet spots, but did you know it also harbors hidden convenient services and scenic spots? Today, a local writer introduces recommended services and spots at Naha Airport that can be useful during your travels. (News On Japan)
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Hard to Digest Snow Sculpture

February 9, 2024 - 03:55
A snow sculpture at the Sapporo Snow Festival replicating the human intestines is stopping people in their tracks, "How would anyone even think to create this?" (News On Japan)
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Last Journey for Tokyo Disneyland's 'Space Mountain'

February 9, 2024 - 02:20
Tokyo Disneyland has announced a special event titled "Celebrating Space Mountain: The Final Ignition!" to mark the closure of its iconic "Space Mountain" attraction. The event will run from April 9 to July 31, 2024, offering guests a final journey through space along with a trip down memory lane. (News On Japan)
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Aomori's Rising Fame on Chinese Social Media

February 9, 2024 - 02:02
As the Spring Festival approaches in just two days, Aomori Prefecture's official account on Chinese social media is experiencing unprecedented popularity, with a staggering 1.3 million followers, surpassing the population of Aomori itself. We delved into the secret behind this surge in interest. (News On Japan)
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Swallowtail Butterfly Lights Now Among World Heritage Night Views

February 8, 2024 - 19:01
The "Light of the Swallowtail Butterfly" has been designated as Japan's first World Night View Heritage site. Over the past three years, ten sites, including the breathtaking views of Monaco, have been recognized as World Night View Heritages. Now, an eleventh site has been provisionally acknowledged. (News On Japan)
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Shifting Trends in Inbound Tourism

February 8, 2024 - 08:13
As China's Spring Festival approaches, the phenomenon known as "explosive buying," which dominated discussions before the pandemic, is giving way to a trend in inbound consumption that places greater value on experiences over material goods. This shift towards "experience consumption" indicates a changing landscape in tourist behavior. (News On Japan)
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Yokohama's Abandoned Railway

February 8, 2024 - 06:28
Once, the terminus of the Tokyu Toyoko Line on the Yokohama side was Sakuragicho Station. It has been exactly 20 years since the section between Yokohama Station and Sakuragicho Station was discontinued on January 31, 2004, due to the start of direct operations with the Yokohama Minatomirai Line. At the same time, the section between Higashi-Hakuraku Station and Yokohama Station was also moved underground. (News On Japan)
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