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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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Lost Sperm Whale Wanders into Osaka Bay

February 8, 2024 - 06:06
A sperm whale has made a rare appearance in Osaka Bay, estimated to be 12 meters long and weighing around 20 tons, believed to be male. First spotted on January 12th in Hyogo Prefecture, the whale has since moved to Osaka Prefecture, currently staying near the Sakai-Semboku Port area. (News On Japan)
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Scenic Views of Okinawa from the 'Yui Rail' Windows

February 8, 2024 - 02:27
The Okinawa Urban Monorail, known as "Yui Rail," is the only monorail in Okinawa. While it's enjoyable to ride it as a mode of transportation, the "stunning views of Okinawa" from the train windows come highly recommended. Let me, a local resident, take you on a journey aboard the Yui Rail to these beautiful spots. (News On Japan)
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Aomori: A New Favorite Destination for Chinese Tourists

February 7, 2024 - 14:44
With the Chinese New Year, the Spring Festival, fast approaching this weekend, Japan is seeing an increase in the number of tourists visiting. On Chinese social media, Aomori Prefecture's official account has reached an astonishing 1.3 million followers, surpassing the population of the prefecture itself. This popularity has made Aomori a hot topic among travel enthusiasts. (News On Japan)
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Foreign Visitors Indulge in Japan's Finest

February 7, 2024 - 09:01
In Tokyo's upscale sushi establishments and resorts in Nagano Prefecture, we've observed foreign tourists sparing no expense to revel in the luxuries that Japan offers during the winter season. Their fascination with Japan takes them on journeys filled with indulgence, from dining at high-end sushi bars to enjoying the lavish amenities of snowy resorts. (News On Japan)
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Narita Airport Proposes New Station Connected to New Terminal

February 7, 2024 - 08:41
Narita Airport Company, which has proposed a plan to consolidate its currently three separate passenger terminals into one in the future, has revealed a proposal to construct a new station connected to the new terminal. (News On Japan)
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ANA Unveils First 'AirJapan' Aircraft

February 7, 2024 - 05:41
As travel demand rebounds, ANA Holdings has unveiled the first aircraft of its new international brand "AirJapan," set to begin operations on Friday, February 9. ANA Holdings, parent company of All Nippon Airways and low-cost carrier Peach, introduces AirJapan as the third brand in its international flight segment. (News On Japan)
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TeamLab's Spectacular New Home in Azabudai Hills

February 6, 2024 - 19:47
In an exciting development for art enthusiasts and digital adventurers alike, the renowned digital art museum, TeamLab Borderless, has made a significant move from its original location in Odaiba to the vibrant Azabudai Hills in Tokyo. This relocation, set to open its doors on Friday, February 9, was previewed to the press, revealing a fresh array of artworks that merge the digital with the dynamic. (News On Japan)
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Dolphin Tours Halted by Earthquake

February 6, 2024 - 07:54
The popular wild dolphin-watching tours on the Noto Peninsula were suspended due to the impact of an earthquake, but tour guides are tirelessly working towards their resumption. Satomi Sakashita started the dolphin-watching tours in 2005, attracting nearly 4,000 participants annually before the pandemic. However, the earthquake has left the future of these tours uncertain. (News On Japan)
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Tokyo Disneyland Launches Second Instalment of 'Disney Easter Parade' Featuring Donald Duck on April 9

February 5, 2024 - 20:53
Tokyo Disneyland is set to host the second installment of its special event series, "Disney's Party Palooza," from April 9 (Tuesday) to June 30 (Sunday), titled "Donald's Quacky Duck City." The second phase of "Disney's Party Palooza" features Donald Duck as the star. The event series, themed around having fun and playing with friends, derives its name from the combination of "Pal," meaning friends, and "Palooza," signifying a lively party. (News On Japan)
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'Globe-Trotter's Guide' to Kitakyushu

February 5, 2024 - 02:37
The Kitakyushu edition of the travel guidebook series "The Globe-Trotter's Guide" was released on February 1st, marking a first as it dedicates an entire edition to a single city rather than a prefecture or region. This pioneering edition focuses exclusively on a city, featuring about 400 pages of detailed information on Kitakyushu’s attractions, gourmet spots, and local celebrities like the flamboyantly dressed Miyabi who gained international attention last year. (News On Japan)
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Sapporo Snow Festival Kicks Off with 200 Sculptures

February 4, 2024 - 15:39
The Sapporo Snow Festival has commenced, with tourists already enjoying the ice and snow sculptures at Odori Park and other locations. (News On Japan)
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Exploring Uncharted Osaka

February 4, 2024 - 15:16
Annually, Osaka attracts around 10 million foreign tourists, boasting popular destinations like Osaka Castle and Universal Studios Japan. A follow-up at the tourist information centers in Osaka reveals these hotspots are just the beginning for travelers. (News On Japan)
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"Kanzaki Hanana": Shiga's Winter Bloomers Herald Early Spring

February 3, 2024 - 19:21
In Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture, along the shores of Lake Biwa, the early-blooming rapeseed flowers, known as "Kanzaki Hanana," are delighting visitors with their seasonal splendor. The rapeseed blooms are located in a field near the shore of Lake Biwa in Moriyama City, where approximately 12,000 plants dye the area a vibrant yellow. This stunning display forms a beautiful contrast against the white, snow-covered Hira mountain range in the background. (News On Japan)
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Odawara Ume Festival: Early Blooms Mark the Arrival of Spring

February 3, 2024 - 14:38
The annual Odawara Plum Festival is a sign that spring has arrived early this year in Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, with white plum blossoms already at their peak as of Risshun (the first day of spring in the traditional Japanese calendar) on February 4th. (News On Japan)
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The Story Behind the 'Fire-Breathing' Red-Crowned Crane

February 3, 2024 - 11:04
A photograph titled "Fire-Breathing Red-Crowned Crane" has captured the internet's attention, hailed as a miraculous shot. We reached out to the photographer for the story behind this captivating image. (News On Japan)
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Explore Yokohama on a Budget with the 'Minato Burari Ticket' Day Pass

February 3, 2024 - 08:17
Discover the convenient one-day pass "Minato Burari Ticket" that allows for unlimited rides on Yokohama municipal buses and subway within the Yokohama Bay Area, and enjoy cost-effective sightseeing with recommended perks and actual tourist routes. (News On Japan)
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'Yumenoba': A Heaven for Transport Buffs

February 2, 2024 - 11:28
The theme park 'Yumenoba,' focusing exclusively on transportation and set to open on the 11th in Chikusei, Ibaraki Prefecture, was previewed to the media on the 1st. Spanning approximately 56,000 square meters, the park features 25 facilities, including an aviation museum newly established by the National Museum of Nature and Science. Exhibits highlight Japanese airplanes and trains that were prominent in the 20th century. (News On Japan)
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Japanese Women Lured Abroad to Earn Big

February 2, 2024 - 06:50
Japanese women have been increasingly denied entry into the United States, with a growing awareness among border control officials of the use of "agents" prearranging jobs in the lucratic escort trade. (News On Japan)
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Toyosu's 'Senkyaku Banrai' Tourist Facility Opens Five Years Late

February 2, 2024 - 01:48
The Toyosu Market's tourist facility, "Toyosu Senkyaku Banrai," has finally opened its doors, marking its debut five years behind the original schedule. (News On Japan)
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