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Hakone Ropeways partially resuming the service in Owakudani

By TERRY - Last updated: 土曜日, 4月 30, 2016

Hakone Ropeways resumed its service partillay from Togendai station (the ground) to Owakudani station (middle of the mountain)  on April 23rd. (


The air ropeway service between Togendai-Ubako-Owakudani-Sounzan was partially suspended due to the smoking erupations of the Hakone Mountain in Owakudani area since May 6th 2015 (Togendai-Ubako has been in operation though). However, the erupting situations there now became kind of placated and the line Togendai-Owakudani has been resumed. Still, passengers can’t get on the cargo from Ubako but only from Togendai ,and they are not allowed to get out of the station building at Owakudani. Although there bus services substituting the ropeways are in operation, the buses don’t stop at Owakudani.

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And the famous and popular sourvenir of Owakudani, the Black Eggs have now been resumed to be sold since April 29th, as the producing sites of the eggs have become safer. Still, ordinary visitors have not been allowed to get out of the station building there, the black eggs are soled only at the station and places  other than  the area. The black eggs are believed to be very good to health and if you eat one, your longevity is said to be extended for three years.kurotamagokurotamagono2


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“Hotoriya”,a new cafe-and-sourveir shop in Hakone

By TERRY - Last updated: 日曜日, 1月 31, 2016

A new facility for tourists opened at Hakone-machi port on the lakeside of Lake Ashi  in Hakone, Kanagawa pref. on this Jan.23rd. The name of this new establishment is “Hotoriya”(means; a shop on a lakeside ) and is a commercial complex of “wa-cafe”(/traditional Japanese style cafe) and sourvenir shops.


Hotoriya’s nickname is “Chaya-honjin”(means;cafe-style main local guest house ) because  the building has a  figure of  an old  main local guest house of hundreds of years ago where  high-class samurai warriors stayed when Hakone was an important check point of travelers to monitor and control people by the Tokugawa Shogunate.  Eating facilities and sourvenir shop to provide a variety of  local food, beer,and other sorts of  sourvenirs are in the establishement.  Some of those shops are directly run by the operarion company of  this facility,  Hakone Sightseeing Cruise Co.,ltd.(  and some are branch shops of renowned  old  major  shops from Hakone and other neighboring areas. And from the cafes, you may enjoy  magestic and panoramic views of Mt.Fuji and Lake Ashi.


The open hours of  souvenir shops on the 1st floor is daily 9:30-17:00 and cafes on the 2nd floor is daily 10:00-16:00.

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Visit Japan Travel Mart and JATA Toursim EXPO Japan 2014

By TERRY - Last updated: 火曜日, 9月 30, 2014

Two huge international travel marts were held at Tokyo Bigsight in Tokyo. One was “Visit Japan Travel Mart 2014″(Sep.24-26)( and the other was “JATA Toursim EXPO Japan2014″(Sep.25-28)(  2014-09-26-09_06_37-600x450

More than 310 foriegn buyers and about 390 Japanese sellers joined VJTM2014 and had passionate exchanges of information and ideas and hosted busines seccions.  Buyers from Asian countries were especially a lot and about the half of the Japanese sellers were municipalities or relating associations of such local governments.


On the other hand,  a lot of domestic and foreign sellers and buysers joined  JATA Tourism EXPO Japan 2014. Such participants were embassies, tourism bureaus, travel agents, food companies, municipalities, railroads, airlines, hotels. universities, guide associations and so forth.  The main targets were end users of travel services and a lot of  lay Japanese people visited there and the total number was 157,589.  Upon the opening of the event, an ward ceremony  of  good  services and efforts of related promotions was hosted and the Best Tourism Award was given to The Tourism Authority of Thailand and Embassy awards were for  Thailand and Mexico, the best transporatation award was for Japan Railways East, the domestic inbound award was for  the tourism department of Tokyo Metropolis, the publicity award was for a TV show of CXTV, and the chairperson special award was for Okinawa Convention Bureau. (   I personally visited the two big events and collected a lot of interesting information and exchanged ideas with the participants, some of whom were my friends or those I sometimes work with. I enjoyed the delicious food provided by tourism- related restaurants and local specialities and impressed by the greatly enthusiastic atmosphere of energies of the expos as well.

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Hakone enjoys more than 20 million visitors

By TERRY - Last updated: 土曜日, 5月 31, 2014

Hakone, one of the most popular tourists’ destinations and hot spring resort  in Kanagawa Pref. near Mt. Fuji declared  it had been visited by 20,857,000 tourists (increased by 7.3 % compared to the year before) in 2013. ( The town  visited by more than 20 million tourists for the first time in three years and the first time after the earthquake disaster in 2011 and the number is the highest since 1996.   hakoneashinokoimages

The one-day travelers number was 16,140,000 (increased by 9%) and that of those who stayed overnight was 4,717,000 (increased by 1.8 %).  The number of foreign visitors overnight reached 168,000, which the record high and increased by 80.5% compared to the minimum number of 63,000 in 2011 when the disaster occurred. The number of  foreign one-day tourists there is assumed to be about 482,000.  New faclities may be one of the sources that have attracted such high number of  visitors there.  It is said the primary sources of such an increase in the number may be the depreciation of Yen these days and relaxations of  visa conditions to tourists from asean countries. The number of people from US, China, Korea, Taiwan, and southeast Asian countries  visiting Hakone is amazingly increasing. The upcoming Tokyo Olympics may be a source of  such rising popularity of some area in Japan as well.202ad0465a9a33a959573476b159658b


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JMSDF’s 2nd Escort Ship’s Curry Grand Prix in Yokosuka

By TERRY - Last updated: 水曜日, 4月 30, 2014

The Japan Maritime Self-defense Force (JMSDF) hosted “The 2nd Escort Ship’s Curry Grand Prix” in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Pref, on this April 19th. (






JMSDF has a custom of serving curried rice to the crew of the escort ships on Fridays and each ship has its own characteristic curry. Therefore,  this time the special competition of those curried rice dishes was held and ordinary civilians were able to join the festival to eat and vote for one of the dishes. Each dish cost 500 yen. Totally, 15 ships (15 types of curried rice) joined the event and “Strong taste curry”(/濃厚味わいカレー)of the Yokosuka Submarine Fleet won the grand prix. No.2 was “Choukai Special Seafood Curry”(/ちょうかい特製シーフードカレー) of Escort Ship Choukai and No.3 was “The Curry tasted by the Prime Minister”(/内閣総理大臣喫食カレー).  actually there are a lot of curried rice rstaurants that provide various curry dishes in Yokosuka. Coincidentally, I was in Yokosuka on that April 19th and saw a lot of people standing in lines waiting for their turns to come in front of  popular curry restaurants in that city.



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Setsubun at Hakone shrine

By TERRY - Last updated: 木曜日, 2月 27, 2014

“Setsubun”, an equinox falls on February 3rd and it is customary to throw soybeans to dispel evil at Setsubun festivals on the day as other writers and I  have referred to in this site. But what happpens at the Setsubun festival hosted by Hakone Shrine in the popular hot spring resort in Kanagawa is slghtly different.  After “ordinary” processesof festival have finished, Oni or Japanese style evil (people who the parts) run away on a boat on the Lake Ashi near the facility and priests and other good people chase them to throw beans, This year that festival on the lake was very popular and a lot of people visited there.

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Visit Japan Travel Mart 2013

By TERRY - Last updated: 土曜日, 11月 30, 2013

Visit Japan Travel Mart 2013,  one of the most prestigious international travel  marts was held Nov.27-29 at  Pacifico Yokohama.  (

About 300 hundred  sellers  from Japan and  buyers from countries of Asean and other parts of the world  joined and had zealous business communication. I did the job of  interpreting and found the event so exciting and fruitful.

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Mt. Fuji officially registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site

By TERRY - Last updated: 日曜日, 6月 30, 2013

Mt. Fuji, the highest mountain and a prominent symbol of Japan, was officially registered as World Cultural Heritage Site  at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Cambodia on this 22nd.

A lot of Japanese are quite happy and excited with this big news.  A special committee consisting of  special staff of  Yamanashi prefectural government and that of  Shizuoka prefecture has resolved to start collecting a 1,000 yen admission fee per person for Mt. Fuji on trial basis  from  climbers  9:00am to 6:00pm Jul.25-Aug.3 which is a high summer  period, called “Mt.Fuji Conservation Cooperation Money”. That fee, however, is not compulsory and   those who make that contribution will be given a commemorative tin badge.


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Mt. Fuji officially recommended as a World Cultural Heritage Site

By TERRY - Last updated: 金曜日, 5月 31, 2013

ICOMOS  resolved to recommend Mr.Fuji, the highest mountain of Japan and a popular tourists’ destination which is thought to be one of Japan’s symbol,  and its related areas as a World Cultural Heritage Site on May 1st. (

ICOMOS has authority to recommend candidates of a World Heritage Site to UNESCO(, and  as once such a candidate is recommended, it is highly probable that candidate is to be designated as  such a Site.

Therefore, Mt. Fuji is highly supposed to be designated at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee which is to be held from June 16th and on in Cambodia. So many people, the Japanese government, municipal governments, and tourism related industries, and others are all excited and a huge expectation.

ICOMOS excluded one area of Miho-no-Matsubara  from the object of recommendation, as the area is remote and apart from Mt. Fuji itself.Still the Council for Cultural Affairs which is the advisory committee for the Commissioner of Agency for Cultural Affairs retains that area as a part of the candidate and expects the perfect designation.

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Hakone Yuryo open for one-day hot spring bathing tours

By TERRY - Last updated: 火曜日, 4月 30, 2013

Hakone Yuryo, a new  hot spring  facility opened in Hakone Yumoto, the basic station area of Hakone resort area on March 27th. (  or

Hakone Yuryo(/箱根湯寮, a hot spring facility in Hakone) is established for visitors who would like to enjoy hot spring baths and related services of relaxation in one-day tours.

Hakone Yuryo is located in the vicinity of Hakone Yumoto station and free shuttle buses can take you there taking just 3 minutes.  The facility is equipped with big public bath, 19 private open-air baths, some other types of bath items, a restaurant, souvenir shop, a massage parlor ,and stuff.  The basic fee of an adult visitor(13 years or older ) is 1300 yen (≒$13 )and of a child is 650 yen, and additional services require surcharges respectively.


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Hakone Owakudani aerial railway station’s new building open

By TERRY - Last updated: 火曜日, 4月 30, 2013

Owakudani aerial railway station’s new building opened after a long term of remodeling construction in Hakone on April 24th.

Hakone as  a whole is a quite famous and popular tourist destination among both Japanese and foreign tourists, and Owakudani is one of the most popular part in the hot spring resort area of Hakone. (

Odakyu that owns the facilities there spent 10 billion yen on the construction, as the old building built in 1959 had become very old and also some functions were not good enough.  And now, visitors there are able to see the columns of smoke from the Owakudani valley the prominent eye-catcher of the area, Suruga Bay,  Tokyo SkyTree, and Mt, Fuji from inside the restaurant inf the new building, all of which were not seen from the old one.

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Mixxo opens 1st store in Yokohama

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 金曜日, 3月 29, 2013

South Korean apparel products maker E.Land Co. opened its first Japanese outlet for its Mixxo women’s fashion brand on Friday at the Sogo Department Store in Yokohama.

K-pop girl band After School took part in a promotional event at the department store.

The South Korean brand, which has retail outlets in China, Europe and the United States, targets Japanese women in their 20s to 40s, competing with such brands as Uniqlo, Zara and H&M in Japan.

Mixxo is set to open a second shop in Sendai in April.

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100 “life-size” Doraemon figures at Hakone event

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 火曜日, 3月 5, 2013

One hundred “life-size” figures of the popular comic character Doraemon will adorn areas in and around Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, as part of an event running from March 9 through 31,

Each Doraemon figure will have a different facial expression and “secret tools” that the character is known for, according to Odakyu, which operates trains linking central Tokyo with the scenic Hakone area.

The dolls to be displayed during this year’s event were newly created, according to sources familiar with the matter.

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Travel Mart 2012 in Yokohama

By TERRY - Last updated: 金曜日, 11月 30, 2012

“Travel Mart 2012” was held at Yokohama Pacifico in Minato Mirai  in Yokohama Kanagawa pref.  Nov. 20-21  hosted by  Japan Tourism Agency and JNTO(Japan National Tourism Organization).

More than 270  oversea buyers(travel agencies) from 17 countries and regions, such as China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and so forth  and media from 11 countries and regions were invited.  They contacted or visited booths of  Japanese sellers(inbound related businesses) and exchanged information and had business negotiations with them.

In addition, 16 familiarization trips were also provided for the invited visitors. The aftermath of  the tsunami disaster and  territory disputes  with closer countries didn’t affect the event much.  I visited the event myself and found very lively and successful even compared with the same event last year. This may be a good sign of  recovering situations of Japanese inbound industry.

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Japan’s fastest elevator

By Tenkaijapan - Last updated: 木曜日, 6月 21, 2012
My friend from Canada was over, and her relatives live in Yokohama, so we went to Yokohama the first time.
The place was absolutely beautiiiiifffuuullll!
We went to the landmark tower which is known for being the Japan’s fastest elevator.
It shoots up to the 69th floor with the speed of 45km/hour.
It felt like I was on the “tower of terror” at Disney Sea and could feel my ears pop!
The view from the 69th floor was just gorgeous.
It was a sunny day so we saw everything clearly.
One shocking news (at least for me!) here:
In this area, you are not allowed to hang dry your laundries outside since it ruins the beautiful view.
…how about the people who don’t own a dryer??? Apparently, you have to hang wet laundry in your room :/
But this rule definitely does help the city look amazing!
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洗濯物を外へ干してはいけないと言う事を知りました。(By 中村麻菜)
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