Tokyo Organizes a Disaster Drill For Foreign Visitors

TOKYO —The Tokyo metropolitan government held a disaster drill on Sunday to test its ability to evacuate foreign tourists safely in the event that a powerful earthquake hits the Japanese capital. Under the scenario that a magnitude 7.3 quake shook Tokyo at around 8 a.m., staff working at the Tokyo Skytree in Sumida Ward escorted […]

Tokyo Hotels Offer Japanese-Style Facilities To Foreign Tourists

When Tokyo first hosted the summer Olympic Games in 1964, many Western-style hotels opened one after another to accommodate the increasing number of foreign visitors. Now that the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo is in sight, hoteliers have started to offer Japanese-style accommodation and hospitality for those who want to experience authentic Japanese culture. Foreign guests […]

Japan Overcoming Language, Cultural Barriers To Welcome 40 Million Foreign Tourists by 2020

Aiming to attract 40 million annual inbound tourists in 2020 when Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympics, Japan hopes to overcome a language and cultural gap of similar proportions within the next three years. Amid a growing mood to welcome foreign visitors with the spirit of omotenashi (hospitality), hundreds of students are already seeking […]

Travel Agency JTB To Launch English-Language Bus Tours Covering Wide Areas Of Japan

Travel agency JTB Corp. is set to launch English-language bus tours covering popular sightseeing spots — along with attractions difficult to reach by public transportation. The tours, set to begin in April, will cover popular sightseeing destinations including the so-called golden route connecting Tokyo, Mount Fuji and Kyoto. Also planned are trips around Hokkaido, Tohoku, […]

Students Visit Tokyo Mosque To Get Unbiased Glimpse Of Islam

A recent wave of terror has fueled anti-Muslim hostility worldwide, fostering a negative image of Islam — a faith still unfamiliar in Japan. But Japan’s youth have been seeking answers to questions including what Islam really teaches and why it is blamed for violence. Many schools have introduced visits to Tokyo’s largest mosque in the […]

Many Of Japan’s Major Historical Attractions Remain Unknown To Foreign Tourists

OSAKA – Japan as a whole may be attracting record numbers of foreign tourists, but a report by McKinsey & Co. indicates that the four major historical regions of Nara, Kamakura, Nikko and Ise Shrine are almost unknown among Western tourists. The consultancy’s Japan office surveyed over 3,000 visitors from Western countries on how aware […]

Japan Opens Up To Halal Tourism For Muslim Travelers

Tokyo:-  The Japanese government wants to attract more Muslim tourists from the Middle East and last year eased visa restrictions for citizens of several regional countries, including the UAE and Jordan. While Emiratis can apply for a multiple-entry visa to Japan that is valid for three years, Jordanians are exempted from visa fees. “I think […]

First-Ever Shariah-Compliant Hotel Opens In Japan

FUJIKAWAGUCHIKO, YAMANASHI PREF. – First-ever Shariah-compliant hotel recently opened near the world-famous Mount Fuji in Japan. The hotel for Muslim travelers has opened near Lake Kawaguchi, a scenic site at the foot of Mount Fuji. It ticks all the right boxes, but a month after opening it has yet to take any bookings. Syariah Hotel […]

Tokyo Taxis Offer Lower fares In Selected Areas

Tokyo:- Cab firms in Tokyo started experimenting with a lower minimum fare of ¥410 last Friday in four wards in central Tokyo to assess demand for short trips among tourists and the elderly. Muslim tourists should give a try and thus save little bit on Taxi fares in the country.  The objectiove of the lower […]

Haneda Airport To Use New CT Machines To Enhance, Speed Up Security Checks

The transport ministry decided Tuesday to introduce cutting-edge computed tomography machines for security checks at Tokyo’s Haneda airport in fiscal 2017 on a trial basis to improve baggage inspection accuracy and processing time, ministry officials said. After examining the outcome of the trial, the Japanese government plans to employ the machines at other airports to […]