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Telecom Square Launch AR Navigation App with Word Scanner (OCR) Function for Foreign Tourist

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 08/06/2018

PinnAR - Image

Telecom Square Announces the Launch of AR Navigation Application “PinnAR”

Date: July 30, 2018
Source: Telecom Square

TOKYOTelecom Square is excited to announce the launch of “PinnAR”, an AR navigation application that will guide users to their destination. Available in 4 languages, the app can be used when travelling to Japan as well as anywhere around the world. The intuitive navigation is perfect for those who have difficulty reading maps as well as those who are unable to type the location they are searching for.

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Enjoy Japanese-style Shaving Ice “Kakigori” Using Natural Ice in Nikko’s Summer 2018!

| Foods and Drinks News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 07/13/2018

Nikko Coffee Goyoteidori's Shaved Ice

Summer Treat in Nikko, Japan: Natural, Hand-Crafted Shaved Ice “Kakigōri” Cool Off and Quench Your Thirst!

Date: June 24, 2018
Source: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

NIKKO, Japan – June 24, 2018 – Nikko, an area just less than two hours north of Tokyo on the Limited Express Tobu-railway line, has been famous in Japan for more than a century, providing a respite for cooling off and immersing in nature, during Tokyo’s hot and humid summers.

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ActPro, a business solution provider, to install approx. 350 automatic currency exchange machines in Japan

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 07/09/2018

ActPro: SMART EXCHANGE

ActPro to Install Pioneer Japan Made Automated Currency Exchange Machines at Approximately 350 Sightseeing Spots in Japan

Date: Jul 05, 2018
Source: ActPro Co., Ltd.

Resolving an inconvenience of the money exchange location shortage within two years in Japan

TOKYOActPro Co., Ltd. installed approximately 350 units of SMART EXCHANGE automated currency exchange machine in Japan within 2 years. The machines can exchange 12 foreign currencies.

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Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Renovated 10 Rooms, Moreover 3 New Luxury Type Rooms with Flexibility of Accommodation Options Newly Opened

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 07/05/2018

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo - Universal Design Room

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo Renovates Universal Design Guests Rooms

Date: Jul 03, 2018
Source: Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo

TOKYOKeio Plaza Hotel Tokyo (KPH), one of Japan’s most prestigious international hotels located in Shinjuku, Tokyo, will begin renovation of its ten universal design guest rooms (35.5 square meters) on the 30th floor of our Hotel from the middle of July 2018, and add three new luxury type universal design rooms, including two 47.0 square meter and one 67.4 square meter rooms, bringing the total number of universal design rooms to 13 to be reopened in the middle of December 2018.

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One of the finest hotels, Hotel Okura Tokyo, will be reborn as The Okura Tokyo in Sep 2019 and available to book from Apr 2019

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/27/2018

The Okura Heritage Wing Yamazato

Hotel Okura Tokyo to be Reborn as The Okura Tokyo in September 2019

Date: June 25, 2018
Source: Hotel Okura Co., Ltd.

TOKYOHotel Okura Co., Ltd. announced today the much-anticipated opening of The Okura Tokyo in early September of 2019, replacing the highly reputed but aging Hotel Okura Tokyo. The Okura Tokyo will reprise the former Hotel Okura Tokyo’s famed traditional Japanese beauty as well as its cherished simplicity and elegance to offer a new combination of “traditional luxury” and “contemporary luxury.”

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Good news for roller coaster lovers! Fujikyu Highland will be exempted admission fee of 1,500 yen from 7/14

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/20/2018

Fujikyu Highland

Free Admission to World-Class Magic Wonderland Fujikyu Highland from July 14th

Date: Jun 19, 2018
Source: Fuji Kyuko Co., Ltd.

TOKYO – From July 14th, 2018, visitors to Fujikyu Highland Park (hereinafter referred to as “Fujikyu Highland”) will be exempted the admission fee of 1,500 yen (approximately RMB 86). Located in Yamanashi prefecture, Japan and next to Mount Fuji and Fuji Five Lakes, Fujikyu Highland is a perfect destination that adds more fun to your visit to Mount Fuji.

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The World Mega Sushi Roll Celebrates International Sushi Day on the Culinary Aficionado Cruises

| Foods and Drinks News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/19/2018

Largest Sushi Roll at Sea Created by Holland America Line 05

Largest Sushi Roll at Sea Created by Holland America Line Culinary Council Member and Sushi Master Andy Matsuda Aboard Koningsdam

Date: Jun 18, 2018
Source: Holland America Line

SEATTLE, June 18, 2018 – Today is International Sushi Day, and Holland America Line is celebrating the beloved delicacy by revealing the Largest Sushi Roll at Sea made on June 9 by Culinary Council Member Andy Matsuda while he sailed aboard Koningsdam on a special Food & Beverage Aficionado Cruise in Norway. Dubbed the “World Mega Roll,” the creation measured 49 feet long (15 meters) before getting rolled, 3.3 feet (100 centimeters) wide and used 70 pounds of sushi rice.

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Tokushima City released tourism videos “Undiscovered Tokushima, the Real Tokushima” through the four themes of culture, town, food, and nature

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/17/2018

Tokushima - Promotional Video

Visit the Real Tokushima! Release of a Tourism Promotional Video Filmed from a First-Person Viewpoint!

Date: Feb 12, 2018
Source: Tokushima City

Original Soundtrack with “The Sounds of Tokushima City” Produced by Using the Musical Instruments of Awa Dance – Promoting “Tokushima, the Water City” through the four themes of culture, town, food, and nature

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All Nippon Airways launches the CRAFTSMANSHIP website to increase foreign visitors

| Culture and Society News, News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/15/2018

IS JAPAN COOL?" - "CRAFTSMANSHIP": Japanese armor-maker

ANA’s “IS JAPAN COOL?” Introduces New Theme “CRAFTSMANSHIP” – Focusing on country’s traditional artisans

Date: June 13, 2018
Source: All Nippon Airways (ANA)

TOKYOAll Nippon Airways (ANA) announced today the launch of a new website theme that celebrates “CRAFTSMANSHIP” as part of its “IS JAPAN COOL?” program, which helps promote Japan to international visitors. This new theme will have two features, including interviews with seven traditional Japanese artisans and the SAMURAI AVATAR.

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Hello Kitty try to keep running over 500 km between Hakata and Shin-Osaka during this summer

| News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 06/13/2018

Hello Kitty Shinkansen

In a collaboration between West Japan Railway (JR West) and Sanrio’s popular Hello Kitty character, the Hello Kitty Shinkansen will begin operation on June 30 with the aim of revitalizing regional communities in western Japan.

Date: May 18, 2018
Source: West Japan Railway Company, Sanrio Co., Ltd.

People. Things. Happenings. The Hello Kitty Shinkansen will link them together when it begins operation on June 30!
Here we present many possibilities for enjoying Shinkansen travel.

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Diamond Princess built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, sails from Japan in search of fall colors around Kyushu, Honshu and Shikoku

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 05/26/2018

Princess Cruises - Diamond Princess

Princess Cruises 2019-2020 Cruise Vacations to Asia on Sale – Variety of Itineraries Departing from Singapore, Tokyo and Shanghai

Date: May 18, 2018
Source: Princess Cruisesicon

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., May 18, 2018 – Voted “Best Cruise Line in Asia,” Princess Cruisesicon has an expansive schedule of cruise vacations open for sale for the upcoming fall 2019 through spring 2020 season. Special departures include an opportunity to see the Annular Solar Eclipse off the coast of Malaysia on December 26, 2019, a New Year’s Eve late-evening departure from Hong Kong, plus Diamond Princess sails around Japan in search of fall colors.

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AI Concierge ‘Bebot’ Starts Working for Foreign Tourists at Hotel New Otani in Tokyo – Now Available in English and Chinese Languages

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 05/24/2018

Bebot at Hotel New Otani Tokyo

Chatbot Concierge ‘Bebot’ Comes to Tokyo’s Iconic Hotel New Otani

Date: May 23, 2018
Source: Bespoke Inc.

TOKYO, May 23, 2018New Otani Hotels and Bespoke Inc. are proud to announce the launch of Artificial Intelligence (AI) chatbot service Bebot at Hotel New Otani Tokyo. Already available at Narita Airport and Tokyo Station, Bebot is fast becoming an essential travel partner for visitors to Japan, and is available at Hotel New Otani in English and Chinese.

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In Nikko which is about two hours from Tokyo, there are still many Japanese charm that you do not know

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 05/17/2018

Nikko - SUP Adventure Plan

Outdoor Activity Trips to Enjoy in Nikko, in the Suburbs of Tokyo

- Fully Experience the Rich Natural Splendors that Resulted in Japan’s Ancient Mountain Worship -

Date: March 28, 2018
Source: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

Nikko, at roughly two hours from Tokyo, abounds with both the shrines and temples that are World Cultural Heritage Sites and other buildings rich with historical significance. Hot springs can be enjoyed year-round. In all respects, it is a booming tourist destination, popular among travelers.

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Narita Airport strengthens the service of website for foreign travelers and also travel information from airport to each area of Japan is enriched!

| Chiba News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 05/12/2018

Narita Airport Mobile Site

New Website to Help Overseas Visitors Plan Japan Travel Starting at Narita Airport

Date: Apr. 18, 2018
Source: Narita International Airport Corporation

TOKYO – On April 16, 2018, NAA launched a new English-language tourist information website to provide the ever-increasing numbers of overseas visitors to Japan with information on tourist attractions around Japan and how they can be accessed from Narita Airport.

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Journey to The Land of the Rising Sun – Adventures by Disney collaborated with JNTO to Create Japan Trip

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 05/03/2018

Adventures by Disney - Japan Tour 03

Adventures by Disney Debuts All-New Japan Vacation, Robust Line-up of Worldwide Itineraries in 2019

Date: May 03, 2018
Source: Adventures by Disney

BURBANK, Calif., May 3, 2018 – Today Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide, announced their line-up of 2019 vacation options, including an all-new itinerary to Japan. This exciting first-time destination is the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of more than 50 world-class family vacations across six continents.

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Park Hotel Tokyo Launched “3 Concierges of OMOTENASHI (Japanese Hospitality)” to Make Guest Stay More Memorable One

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 04/28/2018

Park Hotel Tokyo - Lobby Concierge and Restaurant Concierge

Making Your Experience at Park Hotel Tokyo More Memorable: “3 Concierges of OMOTENASHI” Launched

Date: Apr 10, 2018
Source: Park Hotel Tokyo

Park Hotel Tokyo announced on April 10 that it has launched “3 Concierges of OMOTENASHI” that will showcase unique Japanese aesthetics as well as “omotenashi” Japanese hospitality starting in 2018.

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Mishima City Launches Six-Language Smartphone-Friendly Website for Foreign Tourists

| News, Shizuoka News, Travel and Tourism News | 04/25/2018

Michima City - Smartphone Friendly Website

Mishima City in Shizuoka Pref., Gateway to Mt. Fuji, Launches Six-Language Smartphone-Friendly Website for Foreign Tourists

Date: Mar. 28, 2018
Source: Commerce and Tourism Division, Mishima Municipal Government

Against the backdrop of an increasing number of foreign travelers, the Mishima Municipal Government has launched a smartphone-friendly multilingual website on tourist information designed to share information on Mishima City’s tourism and historic landscapes so that foreign visitors can enjoy traveling the city to a greater degree. The languages used on the website are Japanese, English, simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Korean and Thai.

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Japan’s largest and most renowned mountain resort regions “Hakuba Valley” joins the Epic Pass

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 03/22/2018

Hakuba Valley Join Epic

Hakuba Valley, Japan Is Now Epic

Date: Mar 02, 2018
Source: Vail Resorts, Inc.

  • Hakuba Valley joins the Epic Pass, Epic Local Pass and Epic Australia Pass in a long-term alliance, beginning with the 2018-19 winter season.
  • Epic Pass holders will receive five consecutive complimentary days with no blackout dates at Hakuba Valley’s nine ski resorts.
  • The Epic Pass now connects Japan with the best of North America’s resorts and Perisher, the best resort in Australia.
  • The industry-leading Epic Pass now features 55 mountain resorts in eight countries, more than any other season pass in the world.

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Sakura Hotel, Which Offers Reasonable Accommodation Prices, Opened New Hotel in Nippori, Tokyo to Welcome International Travelers

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 02/16/2018

Sakura Hotel Nippori Room 02

Sakura Hotel Co. Opens New Hotel in Nippori to Welcome International Travelers with Multicultural Offerings

Date: Feb. 06, 2018
Source: Sakura Hotel Nippori

TOKYO – Sakura Hotel Co., headquartered in Shinjuku, Tokyo, opened the Sakura Hotel Nippori near the historic Yanaka Ginza shopping street in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward, the fifth hotel in the Sakura Hotel and Hostel chain, last year. All five hotels are open 24/7 and boast multilingual staff, as 85 percent of guests are international visitors.

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Japan National Tourism Organization inaugurated a global-scale, multilingual campaign entitled “Enjoy my Japan” to entice long-haul travelers to visit Japan

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 02/15/2018

Sparkling white sands and underwater diving discoveries await visitors to Onna Village in Okinawa Prefecture

“Enjoy my Japan” Global Campaign Targets Long-haul Travelers

User-customized videos introduce some of Japan’s best tourist attractions

Date: Feb. 06, 2018
Source: Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

TOKYOJapan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has today inaugurated a global-scale, multilingual campaign entitled “Enjoy my Japan.” The campaign seeks to entice long-haul travelers to visit Japan and explore the country beyond the well-known popular attractions, and immerse themselves more fully in the rich depths of Japanese nature and culture that exist off the beaten tourist path.

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Chiba Prefecture Governor Morita Visit Thailand To Promote Chiba Prefecture’s Famous Foods and Tourism

| Chiba News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 02/02/2018

CHI-BA+BERRY

Chiba Prefecture Governor Morita to Visit Thailand

Date: Feb 2, 2018
Source: Chiba Prefectural Government

Kensaku Morita, Governor of Chiba Prefecture, will visit Thailand on February 3 – 8, 2018, to promote agricultural and fishery products from his Japanese prefecture and its tourist charms.

February 4 (Sun.) : Chiba Prefecture Agricultural/Fishery Product Fair, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (*), Central Food Hall Chidlom
This fair showcases agricultural and fishery products that Chiba Prefecture is proud of, including the new sweet and juicy strawberry variety CHI-BA+BERRY, which is making its Thai debut.

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Revolutionary Japanese Capsule Hotel “The Millennials” Brings Its Upscale Capsule Concept to Tokyo

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 01/29/2018

The Millennials Shibuya - Social Area

Revolutionary Japanese Capsule Hotel “The Millennials” Brings Its Upscale Capsule Concept to Tokyo

Date: Jan 24, 2018
Source: Global Agents

IoT integration, futuristic design, coworking space, this hotel bring everyone’s favorite “quirky Japanese experience” to a whole new level.

TOKYO, Jan. 24, 2018 – Global Agents has just announced the Grand Opening of the second in its luxury capsule hotel brand ‘The Millennials’ for March 15th, 2018. Following the huge success of their first iteration, opened last year in Kyoto, and attracting the attention from many overseas guests and medias, Global Agents is finally bringing its brand to the Japanese capital with a first location in the bustling Shibuya district.

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Japan trip ranked 6th in “Top 10 2018 Destinations for Americans 55+”

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 01/24/2018

Japan's Cultural Treasures Route

Overseas Adventure Travel Announces Top 10 2018 Destinations for Americans 55+

Date: Jan. 24, 2018
Source: Overseas Adventure Travel

BOSTON, Jan. 24, 2018 – Alan E. Lewis, Chairman of Overseas Adventure Travel (O.A.T.), the leader in small groups on the road less traveled, today announced O.A.T’s “Top 10 Destinations for 2018″ based on year-to-date bookings by O.A.T.’s travelers, who are Americans aged 55 and older. More than 15,000 (15,064) travelers have booked an adventure to one (or more) of these destinations in 2018 to-date. O.A.T. anticipates 57,012 travelers overall in 2018—up from 46,247 in 2016 and 40,266 in 2013.

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Bespoke Inc.’s AI Chat Guide “Bebot” start the concierge service of ANA Holiday Inn Sendai

| News, Travel and Tourism News | 12/01/2017

Bebot - ANA Holiday Inn Sendai

Artificial Intelligence Concierge to Launch in Sendai as Bebot Comes to ANA Holiday Inn

Date: Nov 28, 2017
Source: Bespoke Inc.

- Guests in Sendai are the latest to benefit from the rapidly expanding service of the Bebot Chat Guide -

TOKYO, Nov. 28, 2017 – Holiday Inn and Bespoke Inc. are proud to announce the launch of AI chatbot service Bebot at ANA Holiday Inn Sendai, the first hotel in Sendai to offer an AI Chat Guide.

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Japan’s largest airline ANA to continue “Experience Class™” campaign in US

| News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/13/2017

ANA Boeing 787

ANA Announces the Continuation of its Groundbreaking ‘Experience Class™’ Campaign

Date: Nov 9, 2017
Source: All Nippon Airways

Japan’s largest airline demonstrates an ongoing commitment to reaching U.S. audiences with dynamic original content and integrated partnerships – including Scott Eastwood and Steve Aoki – to highlight its renowned five-star service

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Japanese luxury crab “Echizen Gani” was priced $ 4,000 first sales in Japan!

| Foods and Drinks News, Fukui News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/09/2017

Echizen Gani

Japanese luxury crabs “Echizen crabs” start fishing season from November 6, and a Echizen Gani was priced the highest value of 460,000 yen (4,059 US Dollar) to the first sale at Echizen Fishing Port in Fukui Prefecture on Nov 6th.

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Japan Railway Launches Shinkansen Reservation App for Foreign Traveler

| News, Transportation News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/06/2017

JR Central - Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App

JR Central Announces “Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App”

Date: Nov 6, 2017
Source: Central Japan Railway Company

Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) and West Japan Railway Company (JR West) have released a new free smartphone app, the Tokaido Sanyo Shinkansen Reservation App, through which users may purchase tickets for the Tokaido Sanyo bullet train line, Japan’s main artery connecting Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Nagoya, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima, Hakata and other destinations.

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JTB Launches New Hokkaido Tour for Foreign Tourists – Noboribetsu Hot Springs, Ninja Show and Swordsmith Forge

| Hokkaido News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 11/02/2017

Ninja Show at Noboribetsu Date Jidaimura

TB Group Launches Sales of New Hokkaido Tour Featuring Accommodation at Renowned Noboribetsu Hot Springs, Ninja Show, and Visit to a Swordsmith Forge

Date: Oct 31, 2017
Source: JTB Group

TOKYO – JTB Group, Japan’s largest travel agency, through JTB Sunrise Tours, its tour brand dedicated to bringing foreign tourists to Japan, has launched sales of a brand-new bus tour plan that invites foreign visitors to experience the majestic nature and rich Japanese culture of central Hokkaido, a favorite destination of tourists to Japan.

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New Hotel “Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower” Opens in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture

| Aichi News, News, Travel and Tourism News | 10/19/2017

Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower - Logo

Prince Hotels Opens New Hotel in Japan’s Third Largest City, Nagoya, Where Japanese History and Culture Abound

Date: Oct 18, 2017
Source: PRINCE HOTELS, INC.

TOKYOPRINCE HOTELS, INC. (Head office: Toshima-ku, Tokyo; President, Shigeyoshi Akasaka) opened a new hotel, “Nagoya Prince Hotel Sky Tower,” on Monday, October 2, 2017 in Nagoya, Japan, the country’s third largest city.

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REI Adventures Provides New Route “Japan Hiking – Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo” 11-Day Trek

| Kyoto News, News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 10/18/2017

REI Adventures Japan Hiking - Kumano Kodo & Nakasendo: Ancient tradition meets modern life on this 11-day trekking excursion from Kyoto to Tokyo.

REI Adventures Launches New Destinations, Expands its Easy Active and Signature Camping Offerings

Date: Oct 17, 2017
Source: REI

- Largest expansion of new trips in the travel company’s history with hiking, cycling, kayaking, multisport, safari and snowshoeing itineraries to classic and emerging locations -

SEATTLE, Oct. 17, 2017 – REI Adventures, the active travel company part of national outdoor co-op REI, is launching 20 trips, bringing the total for the year to more than 40 new itineraries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and North America. The industry leader is also formally introducing a collection of lower intensity trips to meet the diverse interests and abilities of its broadening traveler base.

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Tokyo and Kyoto is selected “No.1 & No.3 Top Large Cities in the World” with the Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

| Kyoto News, News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 10/18/2017

Night view of Tokyo city

Japanese Cities Of Tokyo And Kyoto Recognized With Condé Nast Traveler’s 2017 Readers’ Choice Award “#1 & #3 Top Large Cities in the World”

Date: Oct 18, 2017
Source: Japan National Tourism Organization

NEW YORK, Oct. 17, 2017 – Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its 30th annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Tokyo recognized as the #1 top large city in the world, with a score of 91.35, and Kyoto recognized as the #3 top large city in the world, with a score of 88.98.

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Japan’s local rail company TOBU collaborate with travel agency Beauty of Japan to develop travel service for foreign tourists

| News, Tokyo News, Travel and Tourism News | 09/05/2017

Lake Chuzenji in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture

Tobu Railway and BOJ (BEAUTY OF JAPAN) Strengthen Product Development Targeting Tourists from Europe, the US, and Australia

Date: September 04, 2017
Source: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd.

TOKYOTobu Railway Co., Ltd. (TOKYO: 9001) (Head office: Sumida-ku, Tokyo, President: Yoshizumi Nezu, hereinafter, Tobu Railway) and BOJ Inc. (Head office: Chuo-ku, Tokyo, President: Takahiro Noguchi, hereinafter, BEAUTY OF JAPAN) have concluded a capital and business alliance agreement for strengthening the planning and sales of tours, which utilize sightseeing resources along the Tobu Line, targeting inbound tourists from Europe, the US, and Australia.

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