Tokyo & Osaka Among Top 3 World Safest Cities
"The Economist" published the latest iteration of its Safe Cities Index, which ranks 60 major urban centers from around the globe. Asia-Pacific metropolises had a strong showing in 2019, accounting for six of the top 10 slots and sweeping the top three.
Holy Hairy Fish!
Locals in Aomori, northern Japan, find fish with algae growing from their heads that looks like hair.
Kagawa's Stunning Slowpoke Manhole Covers
Each species of Pokémon has its own set of stats and parameters, but Slowpoke hasn’t usually scored particularly high in the respect department.
Tokyo Neighborhood Decked Out for Olympics
Tokyo’s Nihonbashi district is decked out with huge Olympic art to commemorate one year until the 2020 games begin.
Increase in Unique Themed Hotels in Tokyo
As record numbers of tourists flock to Japan, hotels are providing new experiences to try to attract their business. Want to train to be a pilot at your hotel near the airport? How about stay in a room straight out of the pages of a comic?
Two Airlines to Carry Olympic Flame to Japan
Two Japanese airlines, JAL and ANA, announced that they will both transport the Olympic Flame from Greece to Japan ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Empress Masako at Nightingale Medal Ceremony
Empress Masako pins prestigious medals on two Japanese nurses at the Florence Nightingale Medal Ceremony in Tokyo.
Osaka Café Has Proof That Cats & Baths Do Mix
Looking around Japan, you'll likely find a cat café located nearby, with some offering unique experiences like doing yoga in the midst of the adorable critters. Rescue cat café Neko Yokujo in Osaka definitely belongs in the “unique” subset of cat cafés.
Tokyo Cracking Down on Drones
Drone shots of the gorgeous cityscape are truly unbelievable, but be sure you have permission before flying! A U.S. military lecturer was referred to prosecutors for illegally flying a drone in downtown Tokyo.
Hotels Are Getting Creative in Osaka
Hotel owners in Osaka are trying new designs and services to attract customers, including the 10 million foreign tourists that visit the city each year.
Opening Ceremony Held for Olympics Museum
Japan’s first Olympic Museum recently held an opening ceremony. Located near the new National Stadium, it features an exhibit on the history of the Olympics.
2020 Olympic Torches on Display in Tokyo
The 2020 Olympic & Paralympic torches can be picked up and held while they are on display in Tokyo!
Incredible Laser-Cut Ukiyo-e
One Japanese artist is creating incredible looking traditional ukiyo-e prints using modern technology.
Olympic Planners Study Tokyo's Sizzling Summer
2020 Olympic planners test ways to deal with the extreme heat at the Sea Forest Waterway rowing and canoeing venue.
Stylish Tokyo Townhouse—Only $6,000 a Night!
The Trunk Hotel that opened 2 years ago is inspired by everything that Tokyo stands for: the new and the old, the Japanese and the foreign. And now it's up for rental.
Giant Panda Saihin Celebrates First Birthday
Saihin, a giant panda at Wakayama’s Adventure World, just turned one, and we have the cute video.
Electronic Customs Declaration Gate at Narita
The electronic customs declaration gate at Narita Airport is now available for use by all travelers arriving at Terminal 3!
Imperial Couple's Summer Vacation
Emperor Emeritus Akihito and Empress Emerita Michiko visit a community of returnees from postwar Manchuria in Nagano.
New Attraction Touches Down at Tokyo DisneySea
Tokyo DisneySea is one of the biggest draws for residents and tourists alike. And an exhilarating new flight simulation ride is hoping to bring even more guests to the park.
Boats Could Ease Tokyo Olympic Congestion
Tokyo may offer boat rides to help alleviate congestion on public transportation during the 2020 Olympic Games.