"May 2012" Archives:News

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New facilities

Source: SankeiBiz

Tokyo Sky Tree, opening on May 22, is estimated to welcome 32 million people in its first year. The huge complex in the less developed part of Tokyo is likely to change tourist behavior in the area. With the "tree" effect, the area has already seen many visitors enjoying the old part of the town.

http://www.sankeibiz.jp/compliance/news/120522/cpd1205220902010-n1.htm

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New service

Source: Kanaloco

The government announced its policy on the 13th this month to grant special visas for Chinese tourists visiting Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima areas, which were affected by the East Japan Earthquake. The new visa scheme will enable them to visit any number of times within its term of validity.

http://news.kanaloco.jp/kyodo/article/2012051301001772/

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Ratings

Source: asahi.com

Trip Advisor announced the top 20 popular tourists sites in Japan amongst foreign tourists. The most popular Japanese tourist site was Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, classifying it as a must see for all Americans. The Hakone Open-Air Museum ranked second saying it was better than Metropolitan museums.

http://www.asahi.com/business/pressrelease/PRT201205150061.html/

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New service

Source: Travel Vision

Chubu International Airport has started test-running their i-pad interpretation television service from the 1 May 2012. Marking the 7th year of the opening of its port, this is one of the new initiatives to accommodate foreign tourists in Japan. Services in English, Chinese and Korean were available but now there are three additional languages - Portuguese and Spanish.

http://www.travelvision.jp/news/detail.php?id=53243

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New service

Source: Travel Vision

"I speak English" badges were produced and created by Narita Airport and its tenant committee for shop staff to wear. There are around 400 Narita Airport staff who can speak a non-Japanese language other than English. The use of badges makes it easier to spot those who speak the various languages (30% of all staff).

http://www.travelvision.jp/news/detail.php?id=53282

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New service

Source: asahi.com

Fukuoka city underground stations will offer free wireless internet service to tourists and residents from the 27th of May. By June, there will be a total of 35 stations with free wireless internet connections.

http://mytown.asahi.com/fukuoka/news.php?k_id=41000001204270004

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