From luminous mushrooms and nighttime shows to stargazing and bar-hopping, discover how the tourist industry is making Japan's nightlife glow.
The mayhem during the recent holiday and typhoon could have been prevented if the Shinkansen and connecting rail systems had been flexible in crisis management.
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The Maishima Incineration Plant, a waste-to-energy facility in Osaka, provides visitors opportunities to think about the environment and resource recycling.
In Osaka, a row of abandoned old homes was reborn into a craft beer brewery and restaurant that actively employ people with disabilities in the community.
Participants of the Girls' Mikoshi parade at the Tenjin Festival get to showcase their energy and even have a shot at becoming Ms Tenjinbashi.
"I came all the way from Osaka to feel the atmosphere of the G7 Hiroshima Summit," said an 18-year-old university student we caught up with on...
At night, the 339 cherry blossom trees are illuminated by the gentle glow of the lanterns, creating a magical atmosphere.
Upcycling is a common thread among projects chosen for the Osaka Expo, like benches made from used clothes and bio-toilets that turn sewage into fertilizer.
Hannan City and Kansai Airports are partnering up to bring back vitality to eelgrass and other CO2-absorbing seaweeds in the 'sea forest' of Osaka Bay.
The heavy snow caused 24-hour traffic backups for tens of kilometers, and some rail passengers were stranded in cold railcars for as long as 10 hours.
The numbers tell the story. Japan National Tourism Organization reports 499,000 foreign visitors in October, an increase of 2.4 times over September.