tourism

Japanese restaurant from the Edo Period forced to close due to coronavirus pandemic

Serving diners since the days of the samurai and once loved by famous writers like Natsume Soseki, this long-standing business will soon be no more.

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Local samurai legend is immortalized in rockin’ new short animated film by Production I.G

It’s not every day that a real-life historical figure receives the anime and J-rock tribute treatment.

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A Japanese vending machine perfect for samurai

If vending machines existed in the Edo Period, they would’ve looked like this. 

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Drinking wine made from the only train station platform vineyard in Japan

This Shiojiri Station Merlot has a terroir as unique as its taste. 

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Japanese green tea vending machine has a puppet show that tells the story behind the drink

The Oi Ocha Karakuri machine is something you have to see to believe.

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Kyoto sightseeing live stream for Chinese viewers becomes controversial, sparks ire in locals

Does Kyoto actually need to advertise to future travelers?

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English mistake makes Kyoto the enemy of the world

Look out — Japan’s old capital appears to be rising again, with an army of koi fish behind it.

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Terrific Tochigi! Japanese prefecture proves its beauty with scenery showcase【Video】

This jaw-dropping video will make you wonder how Tochigi Prefecture came in last in the prefectural popularity poll.

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Osaka icon loses legs, restaurant says famous crab is exhausted

After losing its giant fugu blowfish, people are now worried about the health of the city’s big crustacean. 

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We travel to a mysterious power spot in Okinawa, where a “heart rock” floats in the sea

Mother Nature attempts to reclaim the path at this rugged tourist site filled with mystery and beauty. 

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Mysterious Spirit Boat Procession in Nagasaki and the sandbox tram that follows it【Video】

A night when mystery hangs thick in the air. 

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New Japan Rail Pass for non-Japanese passport holders coming soon

Limited-time pass offers huge discounts on train travel in and around Tokyo.

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Japan to reopen to international tourists with new entry requirements

Government sets a date for opening the country’s borders to the world again.

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Stay in Love Live! Sunshine!!’s Mari’s glamorous room, relax like an anime schoolgirl idol

Die-hard fans of the series can once more sleep in Mari Ohara’s bed, dry off with her monogrammed towels, and take her room key home as a souvenir.

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Our reporter takes a sightseeing trip up Tokyo Skytree, admits he only has one regret

Our reporter Seiji finally ascends one of Tokyo’s most beloved tourist attractions — and for a discount!

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Kyoto’s Kinkakuji creates unusual photo opportunity for visitors

World Heritage-listed Golden Pavilion is currently covered up for repairs, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to see the building. 

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Japanese “Ichiban Street” recreated at new shopping mall in China

Complete with a Japanese bus stop, Japanese road signs, a Japanese taxi, and a Japanese car park

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Nara deer “addicted” to rice crackers, lose weight with no tourists to feed them

The coronavirus is affecting the health of Japan’s deer population at Nara Park. 

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What pandemic? Onsen towns, hiking trails and theme parks packed with crowds on four-day weekend

Startling photos have everyone concerned about a possible new spike in coronavirus cases.

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Tokyo tourist sites look eerily quiet without tourists 【Videos】

Empty streets at Sensoji and Shinjuku have us seeing the capital in a very different light. 

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