All About Japan

Preparations Underway for Olympic Torch Relay

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have publicized guidelines for the torch relay that will start in Japan on March 25.

Subscription Service for Unlimited Flights

Budget airline Peach Aviation is considering launching a one-month subscription service for unlimited flights.

Osaka Hotel Says 'Thank You' with ¥390 Rooms!

While the ¥390 discount is a bit of a pun, you really can get a room for less than the cost of a bowl of ramen!

Life-Size Dolls Enliven Girls' Festival Event

Life-size “Hina” dolls are on display at a historic inn in Shizuoka Prefecture, southwest of Tokyo, for the doll festival on March 3.

Hashimoto's 1st Day as Tokyo 2020 Games Chief

Seiko Hashimoto got to work on February 19 as the new president of the organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Japan's Vaccination Drive Is Underway

Japan began its coronavirus vaccination drive on February 17, starting with frontline medical workers. The central and local governments and medical workers are coordinating efforts to that end.

Floating Concrete Block Hides Stylish Restroom

This new public restroom in Sendagaya, just steps away from the new Tokyo National Stadium, may look like a floating slab of cold concrete, but the inside is warm and welcoming with rich wood you have to see for yourself.

Emperor Wishes for Bright Future on Birthday

Japan’s Emperor Naruhito expresses his hope for a brighter future following the coronavirus pandemic at a press conference held on the occasion of his 61st birthday.

Japan Extends Coronavirus Emergency to March 7

The Japanese government has decided to extend its second state of emergency over the coronavirus by a month through March 7.

Commemorating 20th Anniversary of Ehime Maru

Survivors and bereaved families of victims of the fatal collision between high school fishing training ship Ehime Maru and a U.S. submarine commemorate the 20th anniversary of the accident.

Hatsune Miku Might Be Getting an Airport!

Japan’s first, and most popular, "vocaloid idol" has long been an ambassador for Sapporo. However, Miku just may also be attaching her name and star power to Sapporo's Okadama Airport.

Nurse Gearing Up to Fight in Tokyo Olympics

27-year-old Arisa Tsubata is an aspiring Olympian and candidate for the Japanese national team in women’s boxing. When she’s not sparring, she can be found at a medical facility where she works as a nurse at a clinic in Tokyo.

Tokyo Disney Resort to Shorten Business Hours

Tokyo Disneyland and DisneySea will push back opening times by one hour under the extended coronavirus state of emergency.

Coronavirus in Japan: 1-Year Later

One year has passed since Japan confirmed the first coronavirus patient in the country, but new cases of infection are on the surge despite the government’s declaration of the second state of emergency over the pandemic.

State of Emergency Lifted in 6 Prefectures

The Japanese government has ended the state of emergency in six prefectures at the end of February, a week ahead of schedule.

Japan to Roll Out Covid Vaccines by Late Feb

Regulatory Reform Minister Taro Kono says he will strive to deliver the Covid-19 vaccination to the public as soon as possible.

Mori Resigns as Tokyo Games Organizing Chief

Mori Yoshiro resigns as president of the Tokyo Games organizing committee amid growing criticism over his sexist remarks.

Bullet Train Telework Trial with Rental Wi-Fi

East Japan Railway is using the month of February to test out the use of bullet trains on the Tohoku Shinkansen line as virtual office spaces for passengers to telework.

Tokyo Metro Launches 17000 Train Series

Tokyo Metro has added a new train model to its lineup on the subway system.

Top 12 Accommodation in Hakuba, Nagano

Looking for traditional ryokan, cosy vacation rental or comfy hotel in Hakuba? Check out our list of the top accommodation in Hakuba, in Nagano Prefecture.

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