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Michelin: Tokyo world's top gourmet city

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Foreign tourists watch in amusement as some 20 people dressed in bright red samurai armor pick up cigarette butts and other rubbish around Osaka Castle with tongs designed to look like swords. They are members of the nonprofit organization Osaka Kacchutai (Osaka Armor Corps), which has been cleaning up the castle's perimeter once a month since 2003. The volunteers were soon surrounded by tourists, who pestered them to pose for photos. (Japan Times)


Eleven restaurants in Tokyo were awarded the top three-star rating in Michelin's 2010 Tokyo guide, giving the nation's capital the world's largest number of restaurants with three stars, the guide's publisher said Tuesday. Michelin awarded 10 restaurants in Paris three star ratings in its 2009 guide to the French capital. Tokyo and Paris have been close rivals when it comes to the number of restaurants with three-star ratings since the first Michelin guide to Tokyo was published in 2008. In 2009, nine Tokyo restaurants won three stars. (Yomiuri)
Hot springs resorts across the nation have been found to have misrepresented the amount of actual spring water used at their facilities, but efforts to resolve this problem have ended up being little more than a drop in the bucket. Under a 2005 revision, spa operators must acknowledge whether tap water, heat or spa powder has been added to their hot spring baths. However, the revision does not stipulate how much spring water must be used at a facility that claims to be a hot springs resort. In theory, a facility can become a hot springs resort by adding a single drop of hot spring water to a tap water bath. (Yomiuri)
In Japan, a good restaurant will display replicas of what's on the menu. Craftsmen perfectly reproduce the food - it takes as much skill as the real thing. (AFP)




Skynet Asia Airways Co. said Thursday it will start offering a discount one-way fare for foreign tourists from Dec. 1, enabling them to fly on all its eight domestic routes each at a flat rate of ¥10,000. The Visit Japan fare is up to 65 percent lower than regular fares. It is the first time a Japanese airline has offered a discount fare aimed only at tourists from abroad, according to the Miyazaki-based budget airline. (Japan Times)
Yoneko, 65, and Isao, 72, Sawa are the owners of Sawanoya, a ryokan (Japanese-style inn) in Tokyo's scenic Yanaka area. It was in 1949 that Yoneko's mother, Yoshi, and her sister, Nami, first opened eight small rooms to traveling salesmen and to groups of children on school trips. Although very successful for decades, by the early 1980s, due to the construction of inexpensive Western-style business hotels, Sawanoya's tatami-mat rooms were empty on most nights. (Japan Times)
One late September day I headed to Mount Tsubakuro, a 2,763-meter peak in Japan's Northern Alps that is a popular school trip destination and a relatively easy hike suitable for inexperienced climbers like myself. The hiking trail begins at Nakabusa hot spring in the city of Azumino. The trail -- called Gassen Ridge -- is one of the three steepest trails in the Northern Alps, and proves merciless from the get-go. (Mainichi)
Japan's getting yet another capsule hotel, but this one aims to provide something unprecedented: Luxury. As Design Boom reports, the 9h capsule hotel is the project of three years of design work, by Design Studio S, and it's first location will open in December, Kyoto's Shimogyo-ku district. At nine stories tall, the hotel will have 125 capsules, as well as locker rooms, showers, and a lounge. (fastcompany.com)
Japanese air carrier All Nippon Airways plans to allow economy-class passengers to pay extra for business-class meals or use of ANA airport lounges, starting in December, according to a news report. ANA, which hopes the move will increase revenue by 1 billion yen ($11.1 million) a year, began offering snacks served in business class to economy passengers on a trial basis in October. (MarketWatch)
The commercial-residential complex of Roppongi Hills opened six years ago, boasting offices, a museum, cinema, condominiums, restaurants and shops, becoming a popular tourist destination and a high-status residence in a part of central Tokyo otherwise known for its nightlife dens. The complex became a symbol of developer Mori Building Co.'s concept of an urban center of work, culture and residence coexisting. (Japan Times)




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