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.
August 18, 2014
HIGASHI-OSAKA, Osaka Prefecture--In late May, cosplayers clad in traditional Japanese clothes were striking poses here in the city's historical Konoike-Shinden Kaisho facility in the Konoike-Motomachi district.
August 16, 2014
YOKKAICHI, Mie Prefecture--Onlookers cheered as a little boy riding an elaborately decorated ship float harpooned his target, a representation of a whale, at the annual Kujira-bune Gyoji festival here on Aug. 15.
August 14, 2014
KYOTO--Performers in “yokai” goblins costumes entertained passengers--and terrified a few youngsters--on a train connecting Kyoto’s urban center and Arashiyama Station on Aug. 13.
August 14, 2014
FUTTSU, Chiba Prefecture--Just looking at the 45-meter-long balloon slide at a dude ranch here makes even adults tremble, its operator says.
August 11, 2014
KURE, Hiroshima Prefecture--Using cutting-edge shipbuilding technologies, the Imperial Japanese Navy battleships Yamato and Musashi were the heaviest and most powerfully armed battleships ever constructed.
August 10, 2014
SUITA, Osaka Prefecture--Sightseers and local residents enjoyed the cool evening breeze on Aug. 8 while checking out the opening of summertime's “Illuminight Banpaku” event at Expo '70 Commemorative Park.
August 09, 2014
TANABE, Wakayama Prefecture--Ten years have passed since a portion of the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Routes gained UNESCO World Heritage status, but the site is still struggling to significantly increase the number of visitors.
August 07, 2014
SENDAI--The quake-hit downtown area of this northeastern city turned into a rainbow paradise as the annual Sendai Festival kicked off Aug. 6.
August 06, 2014
ITOIGAWA, Niigata Prefecture--Excited train fans gathered atop a hill here for their first view of West Japan Railway Co.'s latest bullet train as it zoomed along the Hokuriku Shinkansen line, set to start operations in spring 2015.
August 04, 2014
KYOTO--Seeking romance worthy of a fairy tale, young women from across Japan visit Imamiyajinja shrine here in Kyoto’s Nishijin district to buy a lucky amulet that might help them snag a rich husband.
August 02, 2014
MORIOKA--Dancers and drummers decked out in vibrant costumes marked the beginning of the Sansa Odori dance festival as they marched along the downtown streets here Aug. 1.
August 01, 2014
KYOTO--Geisha and their "maiko" apprentices were on hand to serve up cold glasses of beer on a hot summer’s night on July 31 to celebrate the opening of a new beer garden in the ancient capital's Higashiyama Ward.
July 31, 2014
SUITA, Osaka Prefecture--A giant face that mysteriously vanished decades ago from the famed "Tower of the Sun" designed by the late contemporary artist Taro Okamoto will be reconstructed for a permanent exhibition.
July 31, 2014
OSAKA--The Universal Studios Japan theme park is set to open a new attraction featuring Japan's popular world of manga, anime and fantasy.
July 31, 2014
OKAYAMA--It's not gorillas in the mist at the Ikeda Zoo in Okayama's Kita Ward, but lesser pandas escaping high temperatures with a new shower device in their enclosure.
July 30, 2014
FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO, Yamanashi Prefecture--Wearing helmets, vacationers are taking a respite from the sweltering heat here, venturing into a cool, narrow cave that is designated a national natural treasure.
July 26, 2014
KUMANO, Mie Prefecture--The Internet is abuzz with speculation that a seaside neighborhood with a spectacular ocean view here could be the setting for episodes of a popular anime.
July 22, 2014
KYOTO--Excitement is building as the month-long Gion Festival, one of the nation’s most celebrated festivals, prepares over the next few days to revive a tradition for the first time in 49 years.