JAXA's Asteroid Explorer to Return in December
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency says its asteroid explorer will return to Earth from its mission this December. Hayabusa 2 has been collecting sand and rocks from an asteroid to try and discover the origins of life.
Hayabusa2 Returns with Asteroid Samples
Japan’s Hayabusa2 space explorer brought 5.4 grams of substances believed to be from the asteroid Ryugu on a capsule that returned to Earth earlier this month.
More Foreign Than Japanese Residents in 2019
The Tokyo area welcomed more new foreign residents than Japanese citizens last year, marking the first time for the foreign population to increase faster than the Japanese one for the area since the ministry began separating such demographic data in 2012.
18-Meter Gundam Robot Unveiled in Yokohama
An 18-meter-tall MOVING Gundam robot was unveiled in Yokohama.
Junya Ishigami's Sloping Plaza for Students
The youngest ever recipient of the Architectural Institute of Japan Prize has returned to the Kanagawa Institute of Technology to provide a unique space for students to unlock their creative potential.
Japan Considers State of Emergency for Tokyo
Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide says he is considering declaring a state of emergency over the coronavirus in Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.
Golden Week Staycations Reduce Tourism Traffic
As citizens follow the national order to stay home to stop the spread of COVID-19, tourist spots near Tokyo and major stations in the Japanese capital are quiet during the Golden Week holiday.
Now You Can Stay in Arata Endo's 1928 Villa
If you're a fan of the prairie-style architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, you have to check out the works he inspired under the talented hands of Japanese architect Arata Endo. One villa in particular, just outside of Tokyo, is ready for short-term stays.
Japan Expands State of Emergency
The Japanese government expands its state of emergency over the coronavirus to seven prefectures such as Osaka and Kyoto in addition to the four in the greater Tokyo area that was originally included.
Discover Gems of Japan in the Mount Fuji Area
Mount Fuji peeks between high-rises across the Greater Tokyo Area. Though magnificent even from afar, the sacred mountain begs a closer look! One of the best ways to explore it is by roaming around Shizuoka, Yamanashi, and Kanagawa prefectures.
Kanagawa Prefecture Tells Visitors to Stay Put
Kanagawa officials ask people not to visit popular tourist spots in the prefecture to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus infections.
Hakone's Venetian Glass Crystal Trees
Two crystal trees are wooing visitors at Hakone Glass no Mori Venetian Glass Museum, southwest of Tokyo.
Some Visitors Back at Tourist Destinations
As the government eases domestic travel restrictions, some visitors are back at Japan’s tourist destinations.
Hakone Tozan Railway Is Ready to Roll
Typhoon-hit Hakone Tozan Railway is preparing to resume operations. The railway was partially destroyed last October by Typhoon Hagibis. Operators had a successful test run on Wednesday.
All Aboard WWII Museum Ship Hikawa Maru
After 30 years of service at sea, the ship now serves as a maritime museum where you can stroll around the decks and witness the elegant first-class cabins, preserved as it was over a half-century ago.
Where to Avoid the Crowds Near Tokyo
Tokyo may be one of the busiest cities on the planet, but veer slightly beyond the prefectural borders and you'll find all sorts of less-charted regions, free from the crowds.
Kanagawa Beaches Reopen to Visitors
Beaches in Kanagawa Prefecture, south of Tokyo, replace "no entry" signs with ones urging social distancing as they reopen to visitors.
AI Takes Guesswork out of Choosing Sake
This artificial intelligence sommelier helps you choose the sake of your preference just by giving it descriptive expressions.
Japan Declares Second State of Emergency
Japan declares a state of emergency over the coronavirus for the second time, with the pronouncement covering Tokyo and three neighboring prefectures.
3 Amazing Curry Restaurants in Kamakura
The Great Buddha, Yuigahama, Zen temples, Kamakura is known for a lot of things, but did you know you can get a major curry fix here as well? Here are three recommendations for delicious curry all within walking distance of major sights.