January 04, 2013
The first domestically produced passenger jet is set to take off as early as this autumn.
December 22, 2012
NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--The annual exodus of travelers spending the Christmas and New Year holidays overseas began at Narita Airport on Dec. 22.
December 15, 2012
NEW DELHI--India and Pakistan on Dec. 14 announced a new visa regime that will make cross-border travel easier as part of a thaw in their long-hostile ties.
November 06, 2012
The Japan Tourism Agency will soon conduct an on-site inspection of a travel company over the deaths of three Japanese tourists who became trapped in a snowstorm on the Great...
May 30, 2012
FUKUOKA--In a nod to a more luxurious time, Kyushu Railway Co. (JR Kyushu) will operate a deluxe sleeper cruise train that makes the rounds of key tourist spots on the...
March 09, 2012
Travel is a liberating experience, even if a trip is taken only in one's imagination. Shunzo Miyawaki (1926-2003), a travel writer, is said to have fought boredom by...
February 18, 2012
I set myself a mission: to travel by train from Wakkanai, in Hokkaido, the northernmost city in Japan, to Kagoshima at the tip of Kyushu in the south, within 24 hours. Train...
February 18, 2012
Standing on the Shinbashi Station platform each night, I watch the sleek Sunrise Izumo sleeper train as it comes rushing past at 10:02 p.m., like clockwork.
October 09, 2011
NIKKO, Tochigi Prefecture--Although Typhoon No. 12 left a path of devastation and flooding in its wake last month, its heavy rain did give birth to one seasonal delight here.
August 20, 2011
As the sweltering August heat continues, most people in Japan are trying to stay indoors and as inactive as possible.
August 19, 2011
Skunk cabbage sounds revolting in English, but much nicer in Japanese--mizubasho--where it fairly rolls off the tongue.
August 12, 2011
Since the dawn of human history, the mountains of the Kii Peninsula have been worshipped as gods. South of the ancient capitals of Kyoto and Nara, the peninsula's forests are...
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