The Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward bustles with foreign tourists as well as professional buyers from restaurants and retailers. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
STROLLING AROUND TSUKIJI MARKET: Though the shops change, the customers continue to come
Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-part series of articles on the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo, which is located next to the Tsukiji fish market, one of the largest of its kind in the world and a must-see destination for foreign tourists visiting Japan. In these articles, we will spotlight human-interest stories and offer helpful tips to our readers in order for them to more thoroughly enjoy the Tsukiji Outer Market. This series appears on Tuesdays.
Customers examine the fresh seafood offered in the store “Tsukiji Nippon Gyoko Shijo” (Tsukiji Japan fishing ports market), which opened in the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo’s Chuo Ward on Oct. 23. (Nobuhiro Shirai)
Outlet showcasing fresh seafood from 5 prefectures opens in Tsukiji Outer Market
With the Tsukiji fish market relocating to the Toyosu district in spring 2016, a massive fresh fish and seafood store opened Oct. 23 in the Tsukiji Outer Market to keep reeling in customers to the area even after the move.
Cyclists ride on the Kurushima Kaikyo Bridge in Imabari, Ehime Prefecture, during the Cycling Shimanami event on Oct. 26. (Yoshihisa Aoyama)
7,300 cyclists pedal amid autumn vistas of Seto Inland Sea
IMABARI, Ehime Prefecture--Thousands of cyclists pedaled amid cool ocean breezes and breathtaking views of the autumn landscapes of the Seto Inland Sea on Oct. 26, participating in one of Japan's largest organized group rides.
Visitors can view silk reeling as it was once done at the museum. (Yusuke Fujii)
Okaya museum benefits from increased interest in Japan's silk-making history
OKAYA, Nagano Prefecture--Located in the city used to be known as the "silk capital of Japan," the Okaya Silk Museum in Okaya, Nagano Prefecture, has already enjoyed an-11 fold increase in visitors since reopening in August.
The “Taizo-kai" mandala painting (Noboru Tomura)
'Mandala' Buddhist paintings rarely seen by public set to go on display
KYOTO--Two rarely shown painted “mandala” that depict the Buddhist universe will go on public display at Toji temple, a World Heritage site, on Oct. 31.
The Kita Biwako steam locomotive runs in Shiga Prefecture on selected Sundays during sightseeing seasons. (Asahi Shimbun file photo)
JR West to build maintenance depot for vintage steam locomotives
KYOTO--West Japan Railway Co. said it will open a dedicated facility here to overhaul, check and repair steam locomotives as early as next fall.
An artist’s rendition of the planned theme park in Osaka Castle Park that allows visitors to experience the Japan of the Edo Period (Provided by the Osaka city government)
Osaka Castle theme park to offer feel of Edo Period
OSAKA--Visitors to Osaka Castle Park can soon take a trip back to the Edo Period (1603-1867) where they can dress up like a samurai and dine in restaurants that recreate the feel of those olden times.
Giant torches light up the skies of Kyoto during the Kurama Fire Festival on Oct. 22. (Noboru Tomura)
Kyoto holds millennium-old Kurama Fire Festival
KYOTO--Crowds here cheered as rows of huge torches lit up the night skies during the millennium-old Kurama Fire Festival on Oct. 22.
Drivers dressed as Mario Kart characters cruise along in Sapporo's Susukino district. (Kazuhiro Sekine)
Game on, as Mario Kart characters zoom along streets of Sapporo
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.
A Ferris wheel on the rooftop of the Tokyu Plaza Kamata commercial complex in Tokyo’s Ota Ward resumes service after a six-month suspension. This photo was taken Oct. 10. (Noriyuki Shigemasa)
Tokyo's last surviving rooftop Ferris wheel gets a reprieve
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.
Shigeyoshi Sasaki's "fantasy world" in Hamamatsu, Shizuoka Prefecture (Tomohiro Yamamoto)
Spooky vision for apartments in Shizuoka
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.
Participants in Kashihara city’s “Free Kashihara and Asuaka One-Day Tour Bus” hear a volunteer guide’s explanation through interpreters at Kashihara Jingu shrine in Kashihara, Nara Prefecture, on Sept. 26. (Provided by Kashihara city government)
Kansai city offers free bus tours to attract foreign tourists
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.
The enormous deck at Shorenin temple’s new hall on top of a mountain in eastern Kyoto provides a spectacular night view of the city. (Noboru Tomura)
New Buddhist hall on Kyoto mountain features prized deity painting
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.
A giant "washi" paper model of Mount Fuji will be featured in the Mount Fuji world heritage center scheduled to open in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture, in 2016. (Provided by the Yamanashi prefectural government)
'Washi' model of Mt. Fuji to welcome visitors in 2016
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.
Tourists from Australia and Italy make "gyoza" at a Japanese home-style cooking class in Tokyo in June. (Hiroki Endo)
Home-style Japanese cooking seducing more tourists from abroad
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.
The ruins of the third weapons battery are popular among cosplayers and sightseers. Sunbeams filtering through leaves mirror the mysterious world of Hayao Miyazaki's "Castle in the Sky." (Miho Kato)
Remnants of military fortress of Tomogashima islands draw sightseers, cosplay fans
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.”
Prince Asaka’s living room in the main building (Provided by the Tokyo metropolitan government)
Remodeled Teien Art Museum to reopen in November
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.
A promotional poster invites cosplayers to the Yabashira shopping street in Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture.
Chiba's Matsudo 'transforms' into weekend heaven for cosplayers
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.
Members of the Kofun ni Kofun Kyokai (Kofun excitement association) in front of a replica "kofun" tomb in Hadano, Kanagawa Prefecture (Yuki Okado)
‘Kofun’ ancient burial mounds attract new admirers
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.
Various “maneki-neko” beckoning cats are on display at a festival in Ise, Mie Prefecture. (Yoshihiro Ogino)
Good luck cats grace Ise Jingu in 'search' for owners
ISE, Mie Prefecture--Thousands of cute cats are holding forth at the sacred Ise Jingu shrines.

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