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Discovering Asia – Kansai, Japan

Kansai prefecture's most important cities are Osaka and Kyoto. Located on Honshu, the largest island in Japan, on which the capital, Tokyo, is also...

US-based Japanese travel management firm expands to Houston, Texas

Kintetsu International Express, the leading U.S. based Japanese travel management company, is expanding its efforts this week and opening a new location in Houston,...

Japan expands visa application centers network in India

Japan has increased its network of visa application centers in India, adding 13 new cities to make it easier for Indians to apply for...

Kanamara Matsuri Festival: Japan celebrates giant penises

Spring in Japan means the blooming of cherry blossoms, and also... the annual penis festival. The latter takes place on the first Sunday of...

On Japan tourism, what PATA gets wrong, WTTC sets right

I have great respect for Martin Craigs, the chairman of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, as he and I see eye-to-eye on most issues concerning travel and tourism policies or non-policy by certain g

Tokyo by surprise

Japan is currently on a high from winning the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Tourism Malaysia bags prestigious Japan award

Tourism Malaysia has been awarded the prestigious Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) Award of Excellence in the tourism board and embassy category at the JATA TABIHAKU Travel Showcase 2013, whi

Japan tourism chief: More action needed to achieve goal of 10...

TOKYO, Japan - The rapid drop in yen helped lure a record 3.17 million tourists to Japan from January to April, but achieving the government’s goal of 10 million this year will require more work, Ja

Tri-partite fisheries project proposed

Seychelles President Michel met the President of the Association of African Economy and Development Japan ECA Committee, MP Tetsuro Yano, and the CEO of NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa's Develop

Japanese PM to invite 1200 Indian youth to promote tourism between...

Japanese Prime Minister Shinto Abe on Wednesday expressed his country's intention to invite approximately 1,200 youth from India to visit Japan through JENESYS 2.0 in order to promote interest towards

Weak yen drives South Korea’s tourism deficit to record heights

SEOUL, South Korea - South Korea's tourism deficit touched a seven-quarter high in the first quarter due to the Japanese yen's fall versus the local currency, data showed Tuesday, with local travel ag

The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto will officially open its doors on February 7,...

TOKYO, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company has confirmed The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto will officially open its doors on February 7, 2014, and unveiled the first images of the luxury

Making Japan a tourism-oriented country

Increasing the number of foreign visitors and turning this into economic growth - the goal of making Japan a tourism-oriented nation - will require combined efforts by the public and private sectors.

Introducing Japanese food culture in English

TOKYO, Japan - Gurunavi, Inc., operator of Japan's leading restaurant search site, GURUNAVI, announced on May 2 the launch of "Japan Trend Ranking", an English website created with the goal of increas

Kyoto International Manga/Anime Fair to be held on September 7-8

TOKYO, Japan - The Kyoto International Manga/Anime Fair Executive Committee and the City of Kyoto announced on April 24 that it will hold "Kyoto International Manga/Anime Fair ("Kyo-mafu") 2013" from

Hotel deals just in time for cherry blossom season

SINGAPORE – The hundreds of varieties of the Prunus tree spread across Japan are quite unremarkable for most of the year.

Japan Tourism Agency selects Charming Japanese Souvenir Contest winner

TOKYO, Japan - Foreign judges from 15 countries and regions as well as experts from selected domestic sectors -- including sightseeing and distribution -- appointed to a panel of the Charming Japanese

Inaugural ILTM Japan event a wonderful opportunity

KYOTO, Japan - Taking place with the support of the City of Kyoto and the Japan Tourism Agency, the launch edition of International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Japan – the first country specific eve

Study: Asian tourism to Japan to increase by 41 percent

TOKYO, Japan - The number of tourists visiting Japan from other Asian countries by 2017 is forecast to be 41 percent higher than last year’s total, according to a study by the Development Bank of Ja

Sake. Bathing, fighting and just plain drinking

Some are bathing in it while others are drinking it. Japanese Geishas used it with rice to exfoliate their face, detoxify their bodies, and smooth their skin.