All About Japan

Foreign Visitors to Japan in May Down 99.9%

This comes as no surprise, but the number of foreign visitors to Japan in May drops 99.9 percent from last year due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, posting a monthly record low of 1,700.

PCR Testing Center Opens in Tokyo Suburbs

A PCR center with drive-through and walk-up testing capabilities starts operating in a western suburb of Tokyo to prepare for a possible second wave of coronavirus infections.

New Shinkansen Bullet Train Model Debuts

A new model of the Shinkansen bullet train goes into service between Tokyo and Hakata. The N700S is the first fully remodeled Tokaido Shinkansen train series in 13 years.

Hotel Why Thinks Zero Waste Is Not a Question

Tokushima has a zero-waste policy, and Hotel Why is doing its part to be a call-to-action hotel. Why is it shaped like a question mark? Read on to find out.

Take a Virtual Tour 'Beyond Tokyo'

Amid continued travel restrictions and pleas to stay at home to help combat the COVID-19 epidemic around the globe, we figured you might want to check out a unique way to tour one of Tokyo's most popular neighborhoods.

Japan's Job Availability Continues to Drop

May marks the fifth consecutive month of declining job availability in Japan due to effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Some Visitors Back at Tourist Destinations

As the government eases domestic travel restrictions, some visitors are back at Japan’s tourist destinations.

Find Your Perfect Room at this Kyoto Hotel

This new, boutique hotel in Kyoto is serving up a completely different look in each room.

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.

Japan Eases Domestic Travel Restrictions

People flock to airports and train stations as the Japanese government eases domestic travel restrictions that were in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Thousands of BLM Protestors Gather in Tokyo

Nearly 4,000 demonstrators in Tokyo march against racial discrimination in the wake of the tragic death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of police in United States.

Japan's First Sign Language Starbucks Opens

As a show of its dedication to inclusion, Starbucks has brought it's fifth global sign language cafe to Tokyo, the first in the nation.

Heat Wave Hits Tokyo

Dozens of people were taken to hospital for heat-related illnesses as the temperature soared in Japan’s capital on Monday, June 15.

The Queen of the Night Blooms Only Once a Year

Visitors gather in Aichi Prefecture, in central Japan, to get a glimpse of a special flower, the "Queen of the Night," a cactus flower that only blooms once a year in the evening, and withers by morning.

Tokyo Coronavirus Cases on the Rise

Tokyo reports 124 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday, July 3, while the health minister says Japan’s medical care system is not in a crunch.

Japan Rolls Out Paid Plastic Bags Policy

Japan mandates businesses to charge customers for plastic shopping bags as part of efforts to tackle plastic waste. Stores are responding in various ways.

Tokyo Disneyland & DisneySea Reopen

The facilities of Tokyo's Magic Kingdom have reopened after a four-month hiatus to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

70% of New Covid Cases Among 20s & 30s Adults

Tokyo confirmed 107 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, and over 100 cases per day over the the weekend. The capital has designated a four-color warning system to notify the public of the severity of the situation.

Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo Reopens

People flock to Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo, which has reopened after closing for about four months due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Toyota Invests in Joint Space Venture

Toyota Motor and three major Japanese banks invest in a new fund for space development aimed at nurturing domestic startups in the field.

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