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.
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).
ODATE, Akita Prefecture--A magazine model and mother of six doesn't let constant breast-feeding and child-rearing get in the way of hospitality.
Haru, a 15-month-old Akita Inu dog, charms tourists from around the world at the entrance to the Furusawa Onsen spa ryokan near the Nipro Hachiko Dome stadium.
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.
The Japanese government is drawing up measures to help foreign visitors cope with sizzling summer heat during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.
A government panel tasked with working out anti-heat measures met in Tokyo on Thursday. Officials of the Tokyo Games organizing committee and the metropolitan government were among those taking part.
SAKURA, Chiba Prefecture--To sharpen the interest of inbound tourists, the city government here will offer an experience-based samurai tour starting from autumn this year.
According to city officials, the samurai-themed tour will be offered four to five times a month in Sakura, which is located close to Narita Airport.