October 14 (TravelAndy): The Toyosu fish market, which replaces the historic Tsukiji fish market in Japan’s capital city, opened its doors for the first time to the public on Saturday.
Around 40,000 people visited the market, the largest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world, on the opening day, said reports.
The visitors observed the sales floors for vegetables, fruits and fish through glass walls. They also were able to enjoy seafood at the restaurants, numbering around 100, at the facility. Many of these restaurants had been shifted here from the Tsukiji market, which closed on October 6 after 83 years. Continue reading World’s largest seafood market opens for public
September 7 (TravelAndy): Japan is looking to strengthen tourism ties with Goa.
Consul-general of Japan Ryoji Noda met Goa tourism director Menino D’souza on Thursday to discuss tourism development initiatives, reports said.
Around 250 Japanese nationals visit Goa every year.
Increasing the number of tourists from Goa to Japan was also discussed. Continue reading Japan looks to develop stronger tourism ties with Goa
September 3 (TravelAndy): Japan is setting up an online system to accept tourist visa applications starting with tour groups from China, the Nikkei Asian Review reported.
Japan plans to start the process in 2020 ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
According to the report, once the system is in place, Chinese travel agencies or their representatives would be able to submit tourist information online. Continue reading Japan tourist visa process to become online
July 8 (TravelAndy): The eagerly anticipated opening of V&A Dundee was among the experiences highlighted to travel trade and airline contacts during a visit to Japan by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop.
The renowned attraction, which will open on Dundee’s waterfront in September, marks a unique opportunity to position Scotland as a place to live and work, study, invest and visit to Japanese visitors, the Cabinet Secretary has said.
The stunning structure, designed by acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma – who also designed the 2020 Olympic Stadium in Tokyo – is expected to attract 350,000 visitors each year. It is the first V&A museum to be created outside of London and has become a valuable addition of Scotland’s cultural offering. Continue reading V&A Dundee opening strengthens Japan & Scotland links
June 3 (TravelAndy): Japan has consolidated its spot at the top of the Henley Passport Index, now offering its citizens visa-free or visa-on-arrival access to a record total of 189 destinations. Following closely behind Japan are Singapore and Germany in joint 2nd place, with 188 destinations accessible without a prior visa. 3rd place is shared by six countries: one Asian (South Korea) and the rest European (Finland, France, Italy, Spain, and Sweden).
India is ranked 76th with visa-free access to 59 countries.
While Schengen Area countries have traditionally topped the index as a result of their open access to Europe, developed Asian nations have been able to secure equally high scores in recent years thanks to their strong international trade and diplomatic relations. With close to 40 visa-waiver agreements signed by governments since the start of the year, passport-holders around the world go into the summer season with greater collective access than ever before. Continue reading Japan passport strongest, India ranks 76th
October 30 (TravelAndy): Over 300 students in year 11 at Fukuoka Kaho High School in Japan have visited Perth over the last few weeks.
This is the first time the school has sent students to Australia.
They visited local attractions, schools and universities.
This is a newly developed program aimed at encouraging foreign students to tertiary study in Perth. Continue reading Japanese students visit Perth
September 16 (TravelAndy): In what is good news to all Japanese comic fans, Japan is all set to use the popularity of their comic, Anime and Manga to promote tourism, this winter.
A total of 88 places are being shortlisted as designated animation spots, across the country. Everyday places like train stations, school campuses, rural shrines and other spots will be developed to depict popular Manga and Anime characters.
Spots where these animation works took place along with animation museums and the houses of Manga and Anime artistes, will be included in the list. Continue reading Japan calling for comic lovers
August 5 (TravelAndy): Hong Kong Airlines will operate direct flights to Yonago, in Tottori Prefecture of Japan, from Hong Kong, from September 14.
The twice-a-week flight will operate on Wednesdays and Saturdays, departing from Hon Kong at 12.05 and reaching Yonago at 16.10. The return flight will leave Yonago at 17.10 and reach Hong Kong at 19.55.
“Our Yonago route will open up more options to our passengers in West Honshu. We have great confidence in this route and we hope to bring travellers from around the world to this scenic and cultural Prefecture,” Li Dianchun, chief commercial officer, Hong Kong Airlines, said in an official statement.
Continue reading New Hong Kong-Yonago flight from Sep 14
July 14 (TravelAndy): Hokkaido island in Japan has been named the number one tourist spot in Asia by the Lonely Planet travel publisher.
“Hokkaido has become a lot more accessible this year thanks to the new bullet train linking its southern port city, Hakodate, to Tokyo,” said Lonely Planet in its first ever ‘Best in Asia’ list.
The main attractions of Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s main islands are volcanoes, natural hot springs and ski resorts. Continue reading Hokkaido tops list of Asian tourist spots
April 15 (TravelAndy): Japan will run the world’s first ever invisible train by 2018, said reports.
The trains will have a semi reflective outer surface to create the illusion of invisibility.
The interiors of the train will have a living-room like décor. Continue reading Invisible trains in Japan by 2018
March 26 (TravelAndy): The first bullet train track connecting Japan’s northernmost island Hokkaido to Tokyo opened on Saturday, said The Bangkok Post.
The introduction of bullet train on this route has reduced travel time between Hokkaido and Tokyo by 53 minutes.
The train runs through undersea Seikan tunnel connecting Hokkaido with Aomori, at the tip of Japan’s main island Honshu. Continue reading Bullet train connects Hokkaido to Tokyo
August 13 (TravelAndy): Japan’s former capital and popular tourist destination Kyoto has released a list of don’ts for tourists visiting the city.
The guideline is called ‘Akimahen’, the Japanese word meaning ‘don’ts’.
This list includes some basic civic manners as well as Japanese traditions that visitors are expected to adhere to.
It is absolutely forbidden to smoke in a public place in Kyoto and the offence invites a a fine of JPY1,000. Continue reading Kyoto’s list of don’ts for visitors