Foreign Visitors To Japan Hit Record For May

Foreign visitors to Japan hit record for May

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in May marked a record high for the month. Tourism officials attribute the increase to more travelers from mainland China due to the easing of visa requirements.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that more than 2.77 million travelers came to the country last month. That's up 3.7 percent from a year earlier.

April Foreign Visitors To Japan Hit Monthly Record

April foreign visitors to Japan hit monthly record

The number of foreign visitors to Japan hit a monthly record in April. But year-on-year growth was moderate.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates that more than 2.92 million travelers came to the country last month. That's up 0.9 percent from a year earlier.

Shinjuku Gyoen Night Event Wows Foreign Visitors

Shinjuku Gyoen night event wows foreign visitors

A national garden in central Tokyo is attracting foreign tourists by allowing them to see illuminated cherry trees and traditional performing arts during nighttime hours.

Shinjuku Gyoen usually closes for the day at 6 p.m. But in response to requests from foreign visitors, it now opens between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. for the five days from Sunday.

Visitors Enjoy 'diamond Fuji' Spectacle

Visitors enjoy 'Diamond Fuji' spectacle

Visitors to a village near Mount Fuji and its residents were rewarded with a dazzling spectacle on Monday.

The "Diamond Fuji" phenomenon occurs when the sun is behind Japan's highest peak and shines like a diamond.

Sights, Sounds Of Showa Era Greet Visitors To Fukui Culture Museum

Sights, sounds of Showa Era greet visitors to Fukui culture museum

FUKUI--A permanent exhibition at the Fukui Prefectural Museum of Cultural History here allows visitors to travel back to the Showa Era (1926-1989) to see how people's lives were beginning to change at the time.

"Life in the Showa Period" features items and scenes from the period during which Japan achieved rapid economic growth after its defeat in World War II.

Foreign Visitors Hit Record 31 Million; Dropped Bundles Of Cash

Foreign visitors hit record 31 million; dropped bundles of cash

With the number of visitors to Japan and related spending at record highs, tourism authorities hope to keep the good times rolling by zeroing in on those from high-spending countries.

A whopping 31.192 million people came to Japan last year and spent a total of 4.5 trillion yen ($41.3 billion), according to preliminary data from the tourism ministry and the Japan Tourism Agency (JTA).

Number Of Visitors To Japan Drops Amid Disasters

Number of visitors to Japan drops amid disasters

The number of foreign visitors to Japan has dropped for the first time in more than 5 years as natural disasters prompted many tourists to cancel trips in September.

Official estimates show about 2.16 million foreign nationals visited the country last month. That's down 5.3% from a year earlier.

Visitors Get To See Inside New Toyosu Market

Visitors get to see inside new Toyosu market

Tokyo's new wholesale market has opened its doors to the public for the first time. Visitors to Toyosu market can now see the fishmongers and auctioneers in action.

The public is allowed to walk through paned walkways in the building that replaced the famous Tsukiji market.

Online Emergency Phrase Card For Foreign Visitors

Online emergency phrase card for foreign visitors

Officials in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, have made emergency phrase cards in 6 languages -- English, Indonesian, Chinese, Spanish, Korean, and Portuguese.

Non-Japanese speakers can point to the phrases on the card when they need help in an emergency.

Visitors To Japan Top 20 Million At Fastest Pace

Visitors to Japan top 20 million at fastest pace

20 million foreigners have visited Japan so far this year. It's the earliest in any year this milestone has been reached.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga revealed the new record to reporters on Monday in the town of Teshikaga in Hokkaido, Japan's northernmost prefecture.

'mobile Mosques' Planned For Olympic Visitors

'Mobile Mosques' planned for Olympic visitors

A project to develop "Mobile Mosques" is underway in Japan, as the country prepares to welcome visitors to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

The games' organizers say Muslim prayer rooms will be available at the athletes' village but not at stadiums or other competition venues.

Japan Simplifies Tax Refunds For Foreign Visitors

Japan simplifies tax refunds for foreign visitors

Japan has introduced a simplified program to refund the consumption tax to foreign tourists. The government hopes it will loosen their purse strings in the country.

Starting on Sunday, foreign travelers are exempt from the 8 percent tax if they make purchases totaling at least 5,000 yen, or about 45 dollars, regardless of product category.