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Multilingual tour guides struggle as pan...

“One, two, dong!” shouted a woman in her 60s guiding a group of online tourists using virtual reality technology. On this signal, three Australian tourists moved their bodies in front of their computers as if striking a temple bell. It was part of a trial of an online tour conducted in December that featured the […]

How the bullet train project will transf...

The project has received all forest, wildlife and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) regulatory clearances. Out of a total land requirement of approximately 1,396 hectares (ha), approximately 1,193 hectares of land have been acquired. The entire project has been divided into 27 contract lots, of which 12 lots have been awarded and the others are under […]

Travel Bans, Japan and Me · Global Voice

Used book store in Jinbocho, Kanda, Tokyo. During my annual visits to Japan, I set aside several days just to visit bookstores. I visited this bookstore 872 days ago. Photo by Nevin Thompson. (CC BY-NC 2.0) It’s been 879 days — 2 years, 4 months, and 26 days — since I last set foot in […]

Extension of the quasi-state of emergenc...

(Vax before the trip) In response to a rapid increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, the United States Embassy in Japan today announced that the Japanese government has extended the quasi-state of emergency for 18 additional prefectures which will remain in effect. until February 20, 2022. These measures will prevent the spread of COVID-19 […]

Prolonged border closures ‘can get reall

People from all over the world travel to Japan for many reasons. The country is famous for its beautiful scenery, mouth-watering cuisine like sushi and Kobe beef, stunning tourist attractions like Osaka Castle, and efficient public transportation, to name a few. Thousands of international students flock to the country every year for its world-class education. […]

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo – Janu

Strict border rules to continue On January 11, the Japanese government announced that strict border restrictions barring most foreign nationals from entering Japan would continue until at least the end of February. All travelers from the United States must comply with a mandatory three- or six-day quarantine at facilities designated by the Japanese government. The […]

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (Decem

CONTINUED RESTRICTIONS FOR TRAVEL TO JAPAN Travelers arriving from the United States – including all 50 states, the District of Columbia and all US territories – are now required to self-quarantine at a location designated by the Japanese government for the first three or six days (depending on point of origin) of their 14-day quarantine. […]

Deadly fire in Osaka, Japan kills at lea...

A fire in Osaka, Japan has left at least 24 dead and four injured, three of them in critical condition. The fire broke out on Friday morning at a psychiatric clinic on the fourth floor of the eight-story Dojima Kita building, a multi-purpose facility in the city’s Kita neighborhood. The blaze is the worst in […]

Japan hits annual food export target of ...

The annual value of Japan’s exports of food, agricultural, forestry and fishery products topped 1 trillion yen ($8.7 billion) for the first time in 2021, Chief Cabinet Secretary Hirokazu Matsuno said on Thursday. The value of exports between January and November was 1,060 billion yen. Matsuno told a press conference that the figure was “the […]

Japan plans to resume Go To Travel at th...

Osaka – The Japanese government will aim to relaunch its Go To Travel domestic tourism promotion campaign at the end of January next year, Toshimitsu Motegi, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said on Monday. “We hope to continue talks on restarting the surrender campaign towards the end of January,” assuming the cases […]

What we know so far

~~ ~ The Omicron variant of COVID-19 made its spectacular entry in late November and continues to rock politics and medicine around the world. First detected in the Netherlands and brought to the world’s attention by South Africa, it has so far been detected in more than 30 countries around the world. Infected patients can […]

Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy Tokyo (Decem

COVID-19 TEST FOR TRAVEL TO THE UNITED STATES From December 6, all air passengers, regardless of their vaccination status, must present a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 1 day before travel to the United States, regardless of their nationality. This tighter testing schedule provides an additional degree of public health protection as scientists […]

Taiyoshi Hyakuban – Osaka, Japan

Taiyoshi Hyakuban opened in the The Taisho era over a century ago in western Japan’s largest red light district, Tobita Shinchi. Like many brothels of that time, it took the form of a ryōtei, a luxurious Japanese-style restaurant to avoid detection. Over time, it ceased its brothel activities and became a traditional Japanese restaurant. Historically, […]