New Guided Tours Unlock Secrets Of Nijo Castle In Kyoto

New guided tours unlock secrets of Nijo Castle in Kyoto

KYOTO--Tourists can now not only admire the structure of Nijo Castle in this ancient capital, but also get a good grasp of the history surrounding it.

Starting this month, official guided tours are being offered every day in Japanese and English at the UNESCO World Heritage site.

2 Aichi Plane Museums Show Off Their Troves Before Takeoff

2 Aichi plane museums show off their troves before takeoff

TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--Showcasing historical airplanes to Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd.'s newest jet, two aircraft museums at Nagoya Airport will open soon in the same "airspace," only 700 meters apart.

Ahead of the Nov. 30 grand openings of the two museums, the media was welcomed in to both facilities on Nov. 20 in a preview.

Kids' Floors At Remodeled Dept. Store Drive Sales Growth

Kids' floors at remodeled dept. store drive sales growth

Remodeled children's floors at major Japanese department stores are seen as a growth pillar that could help revive sales, attracting working parents who are willing to spend more on their kids.

Customer traffic has increased following changes in the way baby items are displayed, grouping them by category or children's age, rather than categorizing them by brand. New services, such as Lego block courses, have also yielded positive results amid the trend of Japanese fathers becoming more involved in childrearing.

Kanazawa's Famous Kenrokuen Garden Lit Up In Colorful Seasonal Event

Kanazawa's famous Kenrokuen garden lit up in colorful seasonal event

KANAZAWA -- Kenrokuen, known as one of Japan's three most beautiful gardens, was lit up on a trial basis on Nov. 16 prior to a seasonal night viewing event here, creating a colorful, tranquil scene.

In order to prevent branches of trees in the garden from breaking from the weight of snow, "yukizuri" (literally meaning snow hanging) is carried out ahead of winter. This is a method of attaching poles and ropes to the trees in a conical array in order to prevent the branches from breaking because of heavy snow.

3 Students Collect 541 Origami Cranes For Peace During America Trip

3 students collect 541 origami cranes for peace during America trip

IZUMI, Osaka -- Three Japanese university students ventured across North and Central America in the summer of 2016, asking random people to make paper cranes for them in the name of peace using origami.

After traveling for 40 days, Ruki Ishida and Daiki Tada, both 22, and Ryo Kobayashi, 21, managed to gather 541 origami cranes, which they are intending to give to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park, in the form of a 1,000 paper crane chain. The remaining 459 cranes that are required to reach the 1,000 mark will be collected across Japan.

Photo: Autumn Foliage In Japan's Kyoto

GALLERY: Autumn foliage in Japan's Kyoto

With the summer heat now a thing of the past, Japan's ancient capital of Kyoto is abrim with bursts of stunning colors as its iconic autumn foliage season draws in throngs of visitors from both Japan and overseas.


"yuri!! On Ice" Pilgrimage Tours Begin In Southwest Japan

Popular figure skating anime, “Yuri!!! on ICE” is now the theme of an official seichi junrei (holy pilgrimage) tour guiding fans around spots featured on the award winning anime, set in Kyushu, southwestern Japan.

Organizers TASCI TOURS, who are operated by Avex Travel Creative, are running the collaboration tours in conjunction with the event, “Saga!!! on ICE”, taking place in Karatsu City, Saga Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in November.  Tour participants will be taken to the main spots featured on the anime series with single-day and two-day itineraries available.

2 Museums To Open In Aichi, Showing Old And New In Aviation

2 museums to open in Aichi, showing old and new in aviation

TOYOYAMA, Aichi Prefecture--Aviation aficionados will get a double dose of history when two adjacent museums open here on Nov. 30.

A museum themed on the Mitsubishi Regional Jet (MRJ), Japan's first domestically produced passenger jet, will start operations at the aircraft's final assembly plant.

Quaint Stations Win Kominato Railway A Good Design Award

Quaint stations win Kominato Railway a Good Design Award

ICHIHARA, Chiba Prefecture--Charming train stations that blend in with idyllic countryside scenery and which have helped the railroad become an integral part of local communities have won Kominato Railway Co. a 2017 Good Design Award.

The Ichihara-based company, which operates a local line passing through the city and other areas, won praise from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion in October for its design concept for the stations.

Ueno Zoo Readies For Panda Cub Xiang Xiang's Debut Dec. 19

Ueno Zoo readies for panda cub Xiang Xiang's debut Dec. 19

For a nation enthralled with Xiang Xiang, the giant panda born in June at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, the chance to see her on Dec. 19 has zoo officials bracing for "pandamonium."

Xiang Xiang's first public appearance that day, when she turns 190 days old, follows the zoo's tradition of unveiling panda cubs about six months after their birth.

Traditional 'rokaku' Building Set Up For Art Fest In Ueno Park

Traditional 'rokaku' building set up for art fest in Ueno Park

A traditional "rokaku" lofty, multistory building has emerged from a pond at Ueno Park in Tokyo, offering visitors a nighttime illuminated spectacle and a bit of history.

Shinji Omaki, a professor of contemporary art at the Tokyo University of the Arts, built the structure, which imitates the gate of Kaneiji temple depicted in "ukiyo-e" woodblock prints.

Hotel, Shops Will Share New Cruise Ship Terminal In Yokohama

Hotel, shops will share new cruise ship terminal in Yokohama

YOKOHAMA--The Minato Mirai waterfront district here will become even more bustling in spring 2019 with the opening of a new passenger ship terminal, which aims to attract additional foreign cruise ships.

Ocean liners including luxury Diamond Princess are scheduled to arrive at and depart from the terminal about 80 times annually as their home port in Asia.