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Airline Promotes Local Delicacies with Peach Giveaway

June 28, 2024 - 05:16
Peach Aviation has found a sweet way to promote Wakayama's famous peaches. Passengers aboard Peach Aviation flights are being handed large, succulent peaches. (News On Japan)
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Bear Halts Hokkaido Train

June 27, 2024 - 19:24
A bear was spotted running on the tracks in Nayoro, Hokkaido, on June 22, obstructing the path of a JR Soya Line train. (News On Japan)
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Exploring Kyoto's Hidden Gem: Hinata Grand Shrine and Its Ancient Myths

June 27, 2024 - 02:04
Located in Kyoto’s Yamashina Ward, Hinata Grand Shrine is renowned for its harmonious integration with nature, making the entire mountain its sacred body. Often compared to the Ise Grand Shrine, it has been cherished by locals as "Kyoto's Ise Shrine" since before Kyoto became the capital. (News On Japan)
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Expo Plans in Disarray, India Abandons Pavilion

June 26, 2024 - 01:37
Countries are struggling to find contractors to complete the construction of complex pavilions before the opening ceremony of the Osaka-Kansai Expo on April 12 next year, while some participants feel uneasy about the potential for methane gas accidents. (News On Japan)
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Osaka Expo Garden to Receive National Monument Status

June 25, 2024 - 04:46
A Japanese garden located in Expo Memorial Park is set to be registered as a national monument. Characterized by its "strolling garden" design with a large pond where Nishikigoi carp swim gracefully under the dappled sunlight filtering through the fresh green leaves of maple trees, the garden was created for the 1970 Osaka Expo. (News On Japan)
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Fence Installed at Fujisan Photo Spot

June 24, 2024 - 11:11
In response to a surge in foreign tourists taking risks from Fujisan Yume-no-Ohashi to snap the iconic mountain, new safety measures have been implemented including a 1.8-meter-high fence along a 400-meter stretch of the median strip. (News On Japan)
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Godzilla Attacks Chubu Electric MIRAI TOWER in Nagoya

June 23, 2024 - 09:39
Godzilla has emerged from the water in front of the Chubu Electric MIRAI TOWER in Nagoya's Hisaya-odori Park, with menacing eyes and sharp fangs giving the impression it is about to leap... (News On Japan)
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Exclusive Tour Reveals Massive Structure Above Tunnel

June 23, 2024 - 08:15
A towering and unusual structure spotted above the tunnel on the Joshin-Etsu Expressway in Gunma Prefecture has sparked curiosity. Contrary to initial assumptions of it being a 'massive fortress,' it is actually the site of an immensely popular tour. (News On Japan)
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Kyoto Hosts Serpent-Banishing Bamboo Cutting Ritual

June 21, 2024 - 12:10
A traditional ceremony to banish evil and pray for good fortune, known as the 'Bamboo Cutting Ceremony,' was held on June 20 at Kurama Temple in Kyoto's Sakyo Ward. During the event, men dressed as warrior monks struck down green bamboo, symbolizing a giant serpent, with mountain swords. (News On Japan)
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'It's Not a Show': Yasaka Shrine Chief Opposes Premium Seats at Gion Festival

June 21, 2024 - 11:54
A controversy has erupted over the sale of high-priced premium seats at the Gion Festival. Yasaka Shrine's chief priest has expressed concern over the decision to sell premium seats for 150,000 yen each, stating, "This is not a show." (News On Japan)
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Ibaraki 'Gold Coast' Cancels Beach Opening Due to Sand Erosion

June 20, 2024 - 11:19
Ibaraki Prefecture's Hokota Beach, renowned for its breathtaking scenery and good surf, has canceled its opening this year due to the disappearance of the sandy beach. (News On Japan)
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Grand Temple Revealed: Inside Popular Behind-the-Scenes Tours

June 19, 2024 - 22:16
Discover the hidden gems of Japan through exclusive behind-the-scenes tours that offer unprecedented access to popular attractions. From exploring the backstage of aquariums to delving into the depths of giant underground temples, these tours provide a unique perspective on some of Japan's most fascinating sites. (News On Japan)
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Dangerous Photography by Foreign Tourists

June 19, 2024 - 19:53
The “Yume no Ohashi” bridge in Fuji City, a scenic spot famed for its breathtaking views of Mount Fuji, has recently become a hotspot for foreign tourists. However, the surge in visitors has led to various issues, prompting local authorities to take action. (News On Japan)
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HondaJet Launches Corporate Jet Service

June 18, 2024 - 21:08
Automaker Honda has launched a domestic travel service using its small business jet, the HondaJet. (News On Japan)
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Foreign Tourists to Pay 4 Times More for Himeji Castle?

June 18, 2024 - 06:10
Himeji Castle, a popular tourist destination and UNESCO World Heritage site, is currently considering a significant increase in admission fees for foreign visitors. The admission fee for adults is presently 1,000 yen, but the mayor of Himeji City has proposed raising the fee to 30 dollars for foreign tourists, a move that has sparked considerable debate. (News On Japan)
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Rainy Season Begins in Northern Kyushu

June 17, 2024 - 23:50
People in western Japan are bracing for heavy rain. The rainy season has started in northern Kyushu, and other parts of the country are facing heavy precipitation that is raising the risk of disaster. (NHK)
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Discover Cool and Scenic Spots During Kyoto's Heatwave

June 17, 2024 - 23:41
Kyoto experienced another sweltering day on Monday, marking a full week of temperatures exceeding 30 degrees Celsius. In the midst of this relentless heat, we sought out some cooler locations, and what we found were breathtaking views. (News On Japan)
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Historic Yakumo Express Makes Its Last Scheduled Run

June 17, 2024 - 14:18
The iconic 381 Series Yakumo express train, introduced during the Japan National Railways (JNR) era, made its final scheduled run on June 15, with a special event in Izumo City to commemorate the train's retirement. (News On Japan)
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Ameyoko Restaurants Run by Foreigners, Mainly Chinese

June 15, 2024 - 16:50
Tokyo's downtown market district, Ameyoko, which attracts hundreds of thousands of shoppers, especially around New Year, is undergoing a major transformation. Traditional fresh fish stores have dwindled, while multinational restaurants have surged. What is happening? (News On Japan)
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Daiso Adopts New Closing Music to Alert Foreign Shoppers

June 14, 2024 - 16:07
Daiso, the renowned Japanese 100-yen store, has changed its traditional closing music, "Hotaru no Hikari," to a new tune that foreign visitors can more easily recognize as a signal that the store is closing. (News On Japan)
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