October 18, 2014
SAPPORO--Video game history roars to life as a cluster of real-life Mario Kart drivers race along an open road in the Susukino entertainment district to the delight of passers-by.
October 15, 2014
Tokyo’s only rooftop Ferris wheel was on the verge of becoming the next in a long line of similar amusement park rides that have disappeared from department stores across Japan.
October 05, 2014
HAMAMATSU, Shizuoka Prefecture--The roofs are warped, the pillars twisted, and ghoulish creatures appear here and there. A gnarled tree seems to be hugging one of the walls.
October 05, 2014
KASHIHARA, Nara Prefecture--The city government here has introduced free bus tours for foreign tourists in hopes of spreading the word overseas about the area’s ancient monuments, historic sites and natural scenery.
October 04, 2014
KYOTO--A Buddhist center is set to open on top of a mountain in eastern Kyoto, featuring a restored painting designated as a national treasure and a breathtaking view of the city.
October 02, 2014
FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO, Yamanashi Prefecture--An exhibition center dedicated to Mount Fuji will feature a 17-meter-wide model of the mountain made of reinforced “washi” paper, the Yamanashi prefectural government said.
September 30, 2014
More tourists are coming to Japan to learn how to make "washoku" Japanese dishes to expand their options beyond such typical and often pricey offerings as sushi and tempura back home.
September 30, 2014
WAKAYAMA--A cluster of four uninhabited islands at the south end of Osaka Bay has become a magnet for cosplayers who are mesmerized by the islands' dreamy vistas, reminiscent of scenes from Hayao Miyazaki’s anime classic “Castle in the Sky.”
September 29, 2014
The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum will reopen on Nov. 22 after 1.7 billion yen ($16 million) in renovations, including restoration of the main building, the former residence of Prince Asaka and his family.
September 27, 2014
MATSUDO, Chiba Prefecture--Matsudo city is beckoning cosplayers to spend time in Yabashira town here dressed as their favorite manga, anime and computer game fantasy characters.
September 23, 2014
Fans of "kofun" are clamoring to get up close to the huge burial mounds for powerful figures from ancient Japan that are scattered throughout the country.
September 16, 2014
ISE, Mie Prefecture--Thousands of cute cats are holding forth at the sacred Ise Jingu shrines.
September 12, 2014
KAMAKURA, Kanagawa Prefecture--A busy walkway leading to Kamakura’s famed Tsurugaoka Hachimangu shrine is set to receive its first full-scale renovation in more than 800 years.
September 09, 2014
UJI, Kyoto Prefecture--The renowned Phoenix Hall at Byodoin temple here has been restored to its original 11th-century glory after a two-year restoration project.
September 04, 2014
YUNOMAE, Kumamoto Prefecture--An exhibition focusing on Mount Aso in the works of manga legend Osamu Tezuka has opened at a museum here in Kumamoto Prefecture where the volcano is located.
August 30, 2014
FUKUOKA--A figurine of a golden frog obscurely perched high on a wall outside JR Hakata Station here has become an Internet sensation, fueled by rumors that good luck will come to anybody who spots it.
August 29, 2014
Inspired by Japan's most famous bridge, a new wooden replica has been built inside Tokyo's Haneda Airport to give travelers a taste of the past.
August 28, 2014
GAMAGORI, Aichi Prefecture--On a recent summer day, a sea lion was frolicking and putting on a show for a delighted crowd gathered at Takeshima Aquarium.
August 22, 2014
NAGI, Okayama Prefecture--When it opened 20 years ago, operators of the Nagi Museum of Contemporary Art (Nagi-MOCA) never expected it to rank among the country's top scenic views.
August 19, 2014
KYOTO--This ancient capital has relatively few duty-free shops compared with Tokyo and Osaka, despite the ancient capital's reputation among foreign visitors as a must-see destination. Now it wants to change that.