Visiting Osaka From Overseas? Here Are Some Tips For Your Trip

Visiting Osaka from overseas? Here are some tips for your trip

OSAKA--Masatsugu Morikawa was surprised to realize that the simple things in life, like taking a soak at a public bathhouse, offer huge appeal to foreign visitors.

As Morikawa explains, daily aspects of Japanese culture can translate into extraordinary experiences for non-Japanese.

Minions Go From Film Favorites To Theme Park Stars At Osaka's Usj

Minions go from film favorites to theme park stars at Osaka's USJ

OSAKA--Universal Studios Japan (USJ) turned yellow on April 19 as about 1,500 costumed guests celebrated the new Minion Park, dedicated to the banana-loving characters from the U.S. animated film series "Despicable Me."

Attractions at the park include the "Minion Hacha-Mecha Ride" featuring a vehicle designed by Gru, the supervillain boss of the Minions, which sways as a story plays out on a giant screen.

Ginza Six Opens Its Doors To Thousands

Ginza Six opens its doors to thousands

The Yomiuri Shimbun Ginza Six opened Thursday morning in Tokyo's Ginza district as one of the largest shopping complexes in the area.

The commercial landscape around the facility has drastically changed recently — Marronnier Gate Ginza opened in March, and the opening of Ginza Six has gathered attention as to whether it could spur further vitalization of the area.

Panasonic Updates Travel Zoom Lineup With Lumix Dc-zs70 / Tz90

Panasonic updates travel zoom lineup with Lumix DC-ZS70 / TZ90

Panasonic has updated its travel zoom lineup with the introduction of the Lumix DC-ZS70 (TZ90 outside of North America). New features on the compact ZS70 include a 20.3MP MOS sensor, flip-up 3" touchscreen display and Panasonic's Depth-from-Defocus AF system.

It retains the same 30X, 24-720mm equivalent lens, so-so electronic viewfinder (it's small and some may be bothered by the field sequential tech it uses), 4K video capture and all of the photo-related features that taken advantage of it and the useful Post Focus and Focus Stacking tools.

Universal Studios In Osaka Unveils World's Biggest Minion Area

Universal Studios in Osaka unveils world's biggest Minion area

Universal Studios Japan on Wednesday unveiled the world's largest amusement area featuring the popular animated movie characters the Minions ahead of the area's official opening on Friday.

The Minion Park, the Osaka amusement park's newest movie-themed area built on about 8,400 square meters of land at a cost of some 10 billion yen ($92 million), features a street show and a ride dubbed "Despicable Me Minion Mayhem" as well as the requisite merchandise store and food area.

Luxury Capsule Hotels On The Rise With Latest Tokyo Opening

Luxury capsule hotels on the rise with latest Tokyo opening

The latest addition to Japan's expanding luxury capsule hotel market landed in an exclusive location on April 17, when First Cabin Kyobashi opened only a five-minute walk from Tokyo Station.

Targeting female travelers and the ever-increasing foreign tourist market, the hotel joins a series of upscale pigeonhole-style accommodations springing up in the capital.

Mrj Aims To Revive Dormant Industry

MRJ aims to revive dormant industry

ReutersTOKYO (Reuters) — The Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ) has been delayed five times and faces rising costs, yet its future as the vanguard of Japanese-built passenger jets seems assured by the corporate muscle behind it and a government set on reviving an aerospace industry dismantled after World War II.

The delays — the new 90-seat plane was due to take off in 2013, but the first delivery is not now seen until 2020 — have dented its chances of commercial success as established regional jet makers, Brazil's Embraer SA and Canada's Bombardier Inc., catch up with its innovations, and China and Russia flex their aerospace ambitions.

Bus Tours Offer Tourists A Look At The Sights Near Narita Airport

Bus tours offer tourists a look at the sights near Narita Airport

NARITA, Chiba Prefecture--Rather than just being a place passengers see from high in the sky, officials of areas around Narita Airport want visitors to enjoy the view from up close.

To promote the traditional charms around the international airport such as temples and a historical townscape, regularly scheduled bus tours are now offered mainly for inbound tourists.

Future's Bright For Nagasaki Tram And Its Kink-tailed Cat

Future's bright for Nagasaki tram and its kink-tailed cat

NAGASAKI--Sixty is retirement age for most people, but not Nagasaki Electric Tramway Co.'s Minato tram. It got a new lease of life after the milestone, and its "lucky cat" should see that good fortune continue.

With Nagasaki's lucky kink-tailed feline painted on its front, the vehicle, designed by famed industrial designer Eiji Mitooka, rolled back into action after a major renovation on April 10.

Shinano Railway Plans Revamp Of Karuizawa Station

Shinano Railway plans revamp of Karuizawa Station

UEDA, Nagano Prefecture--As Shinano Railway Co. turns 20, it is preparing an anniversary present for visitors of all ages.

The railway company announced March 14 that it will transform the Karuizawa Station building, located in a popular summer retreat, into a facility fun for children and parents alike.