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Gundam center opens on Tokyo waterfront
Japan Times - Apr 20, 2012

A retail and entertainment complex where science-fiction fans can experience the world of "Mobile Suit Gundam" has opened in Tokyo's Odaiba waterfront district. The facility, called DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, is situated in the Odaiba neighborhood in Koto Ward, where it is guarded by an 18-meter Gundam statue. "Diver" is a play on the name of the neighborhood. (Japan Times)
Golden Week exodus at Narita airport projected to surge 16%
ninemsn.com.au - Apr 20, 2012

The number of people taking international flights to and from Narita International Airport during Golden Week this year is expected to rise 16.3 percent from the year before to 597,800, the airport's operator said Thursday. The figure for the 10-day holiday period from April 27 to May 6 is up sharply from 514,200 in 2011. (ninemsn.com.au)

Hokkaido's diverse cuisine recognized by Michelin
Japan Times - Apr 20, 2012
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(Dishy (L-R): The Michelin Man with owners and chefs of Hokkaido restaurants Sushi Tanabe, Nukumi,
Michel Bras Toya Japon and Moliere, and Michelin Japan President Bernard DELMAS. © MICHELIN)

Hiroshi Nakamichi dreamed of becoming a great one-star restaurateur when he went to Lyon, France, with a Michelin guide in his hands, to work at Michelin-starred restaurants. More than 30 years later, his dream came more than true when his "bible" gave three stars to his Sapporo-based French restaurant Moliere. (Japan Times)

Japan's newest tower uses anti-quake technology
BusinessWeek - Apr 18, 2012

A Tokyo developer took visitors up the world's tallest freestanding broadcast structure on Tuesday, a 634-meter tower with special technology meant to withstand earthquakes that often strike Japan. Journalists given a tour Tuesday saw sweeping if hazy views of the Tokyo skyline. The needle-like radio and television tower opens to the public on May 22. (BusinessWeek)

Making it safe: tourism after Japan's earthquake
theconversation.edu.au - Apr 18, 2012
(Persuading tourists to return to Japan has become a national mission for the country’s officials. AAP

In a highly symbolic move, the World Tourism Summit this week opened in Sendai, Japan, the area most affected by last March's tsunami and Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown. Hosting the Summit, which continues in Tokyo, is particularly important to Japan this year - recovery of the tourism industry from last March's earthquake and tsunami has become a national mission. (theconversation.edu.au)

Japan visa application centre opens in New Delhi
indiaprwire.com - Apr 18, 2012

The Embassy of Japan in India introduced the processing of visa applications through external service provider in North India by formally inaugurating the Japan Visa Application Centre (JVAC), located at International Trade Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi. (indiaprwire.com)

The city where Japanese nerds and Japanese temples meet
Kotaku - Apr 17, 2012

The smoke from cooking fires mingles with potent incense and perfume, a heavy smell that hangs cloying in the air. This is Ōsu, an old "temple town (monzenmachi) spread between Ōsu Kannon and Banshōji in present-day Nagoya. While it might seem an unlikely pairing, the spiritual and the commercial have long been aligned in Japan, with stalls situated near temples to serve visitors multiplying during festivals. (Kotaku)

Jetstar Japan tickets go on sale
ninemsn.com.au - Apr 17, 2012

Tickets for flights on Jetstar Japan have gone on sale as the Qantas Airways' owned low-cost-carrier moves closer to its July 3, 2012 launch date. Fares start from 3,950 Japanese yen for a one-way flight from Osaka to Fukuoka, rising to 6,990 yen to travel between Tokyo's Narita airport to Okinawa, Jetstar Japan said in a statement on Tuesday. Also, 10,000 seats were on offer for just one yen. (ninemsn.com.au)

Tourism forum opens in Japan amid sceptism
Daily Nation - Apr 16, 2012

The international travel and tourism industry's annual summit opened in northern Japan on Monday, as the sector moves to recover from a year filled with economic turbulence and natural disasters. The four-day Global Summit, organised by the World Travel and Tourism Council, hosted delegates in the city of Sendai, an area that was devastated by last year's quake-tsunami disaster, which hammered Japan's tourism industry. (Daily Nation)

Hawaiian Air's new service to Fukuoka takes off
hawaiinewsnow.com - Apr 17, 2012

Hawaiian Airlines continued its strategic "expansion" roll at Honolulu International Airport on Monday. Hawaii's biggest and longest serving airline opened its third route into Japan Monday morning with new daily, non-stop service to Fukuoka, Japan, opening a new gateway for visitors to make their way to the islands. (hawaiinewsnow.com)

Day trips from Kyoto
USA Today - Apr 15, 2012
(Sacred deer)

One could spend 30 days exploring Kyoto and never get bored. However, being this was our first trip to Japan, there were a few day trips from Kyoto we simply couldn't pass up. The two that we decided would be most meaningful were Nara and Hiroshima. Both were incredible experiences and definitely worth the trip. (USA Today)

By TS on Apr 23, 2012
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