Overnight Stays By Foreign Tourists Dived In March

Overnight stays by foreign tourists dived in March

The Japan Tourism Agency says the number of foreign visitors who stayed at hotels and inns in Japan in March plunged 85.9 percent from a year earlier to 1.18 million.

Agency officials say it was the sharpest fall ever, topping an 81.3-percent fall in April 2011, just after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit northeastern Japan.

Hotline For Foreign Tourists On Virus Concerns

Hotline for foreign tourists on virus concerns

The Japan National Tourism Organization is offering phone consultation services for foreign tourists who are concerned about the new strain of coronavirus.

The Japan Visitor Hotline offers 24-hour services in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.

Videos Show Japanese Customs To Foreign Tourists

Videos show Japanese customs to foreign tourists

The Japan Tourism Agency has made video clips showing manners and customs of the country amid the rise in the number of foreign travelers.

The ten one-minute videos seek to cope with a phenomenon known as "over-tourism," which causes tensions between visitors and residents.

Chinese Tourists Buying Facemasks In Japan

Chinese tourists buying facemasks in Japan

Chinese tourists visiting Japan are buying facemasks to take home to protect themselves from the pneumonia outbreak believed to be caused by a new coronavirus.

Many Chinese travelers were buying masks at a drugstore in a departure lobby at Narita Airport, outside Tokyo, on Thursday.

S.korean Tourists In Japan Halved In Sept.

S.Korean tourists in Japan halved in Sept.

Tourism authorities in Japan say the number of visitors from South Korea in September was less than half the figure from the same month last year, reflecting strained bilateral relations.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that 201,200 South Koreans visited Japan last month. That's down 58.1 percent from a year ago.

Hokkaido Officials Welcome S.korean Tourists

Hokkaido officials welcome S.Korean tourists

Local government officials in the northern Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido have been making efforts to directly welcome South Korean tourists.

It comes with Japan-South Korea ties at a low point over trade and historical issues.

Children Try To Help Foreign Tourists In English

Children try to help foreign tourists in English

Elementary and junior high school students in Japan's northern prefecture of Miyagi have practiced helping foreign tourists visiting a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

About 250,000 people visit the Hitome Senbon-zakura area every year, where there are many cherry trees along the Shiroishi riverside. More and more foreign tourists are visiting the cherry blossom spot from Thailand, Hong Kong and other countries.

Kyoto Warns Tourists After Monkey Attacks

Kyoto warns tourists after monkey attacks

Kyoto officials have issued warnings to tourists after a series of monkey attacks on visitors at popular sites.

A female tourist in her 60s had her leg bitten by a monkey at the Chion-in temple in Kyoto on Wednesday.

Izumo Hopes New English Website Will Woo More Foreign Tourists

Izumo hopes new English website will woo more foreign tourists

IZUMO, Shimane Prefecture--It's "the land of the gods," and home to Izumo Taisha shrine, where all Japan's deities are said to assemble each October, but this city still isn't on the radar for most foreign tourists.

To convey the charms of the city connected to a myriad of myths and legends, Izumo's city government created "Ancient Japan, Izumo," its first English-language website, and enlisted two foreigners to write for it.

Hot Air Balloon Festival Attracts Tourists

Hot air balloon festival attracts tourists

Colorful hot air balloons are attracting tourists and locals in the northern Japanese city of Ojiya in Niigata Prefecture.

Thirty-four balloonist teams have gathered from across Japan to participate in the festival.

Tourists Bathe In Chocolate At Hakone Spa

Tourists bathe in chocolate at Hakone spa

A hot spring spa in Hakone is providing a chocolate bath as a treat for tourists to celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14.

The operator of the spa in the resort town southwest of Tokyo is using bathing powder made from cacao for the unusual bath.

Kansai Airport Busy With Lunar New Year Tourists

Kansai Airport busy with Lunar New Year tourists

Large crowds of tourists from mainland China and Taiwan have arrived at Kansai Airport in Osaka, western Japan, for the weeklong Lunar New Year holidays that began on Monday.

One of the visitors said she arrived from Shanghai with two family members and wants to enjoy skiing in Fukui Prefecture and sightseeing in Osaka and Kobe.

Holiday Tourists Pack Planes And Trains

Holiday tourists pack planes and trains

Year-end travelers heading for their hometowns or for vacation spots are expected to fill airports and train stations.

Airline officials say that almost all domestic flights departing Tokyo's Haneda Airport are fully reserved.