Articles tagged “japan”

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Japan Tests the World’s Fastest High-Speed Train

Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg

Japan competes with China in building the world's fastest trains. Around 2030, JR East’s Alfa-X bullet train may become Japan's fastest-ever bullet train in service, capable of speeds of as much as 400 kilometers (249 miles) per hour. But expect China to respond in kind.

2 weeks ago

Japan-Built Mitsubishi Regional Jet Finally Set to Take Flight

Japan-Built Mitsubishi Regional Jet Finally Set to Take Flight

Masatsugu Horie, Bruce Einhorn, and Kyunghee Park

Japan finally breaks into the regional jet market with the much-delayed debut of Mitsubishi’s MRJ aircraft. Its timing is quite favorable, following rival Bombardier's sale of its C Series airliner project to Airbus last year.

1 month ago

What Retailer Muji Gets Right With Its New Flagship Hotel in Tokyo

What Retailer Muji Gets Right With Its New Flagship Hotel in Tokyo

Colin Nagy, Skift

More travelers want a lower price point without sacrificing aesthetics and vibe. Much can be learned from Muji's example in Tokyo, particularly the product integration and room design.

1 month ago

Oyo to Flood Japan With Budget Hotels in New Deal With SoftBank

Oyo to Flood Japan With Budget Hotels in New Deal With SoftBank

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Japan is a destination that’s never, ever described as affordable. But Oyo, with its budget hotel concept, could be transformational for its tourism economy.

2 months ago

Japan Approves Rules for Resorts With Casinos

Japan Approves Rules for Resorts With Casinos

Emi Nobuhiro and Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg

Looking at the new rules, Japan appears to have followed in the footsteps of Singapore in ensuring resorts that integrate casinos, entertainment shows, convention spaces, will have gambling as only a portion of the business.

2 months ago

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

Japan Adopts New Payments Tech in Response to Chinese Tourism Boom

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Americans and Europeans who used to scoff at QR-style bar codes are going to need to learn how to use them to pay for meals, attractions, and tickets whenever they visit Japan. The reason? Swelling Chinese tourism is prompting the country to adopt China’s preferred mobile payment method.

2 months ago

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How Japan’s Setouchi Region Is Reinventing Its Tourism Sector From the Ground Up

How Japan’s Setouchi Region Is Reinventing Its Tourism Sector From the Ground Up

Japan National Tourism Organization + Skift

Japan’s Setouchi Region was once a relatively unknown corner of the country, left off the itineraries of most travelers. But that’s changing quickly, thanks to high profile attractions like Naoshima Island. How will Setouchi’s tourism stakeholders find the right strategy to help it sustain and grow this tourism success story?

2 months ago

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What Takayama City Can Tell Us About the Future of Japanese Tourism

What Takayama City Can Tell Us About the Future of Japanese Tourism

Japan National Tourism Organization + Skift

Destinations of all shapes and sizes across Japan want fresh ideas to help attract overseas visitors and transform their economies. The strategy used by the city of Takayama, which has seen a surge of new tourism in the past decade, offers one potential roadmap.

3 months ago

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How Japan Is Transforming Its Visitor Economy for the Next Wave of Tourism

How Japan Is Transforming Its Visitor Economy for the Next Wave of Tourism

Japan National Tourism Organization + Skift

Japan has grand ambitions to bring more than 40 million visitors to the country by 2020, and 60 million by 2030. But the country isn’t just dreaming big, it’s acting big too. Thanks to a concerted country-wide push by tourism officials and local business leaders to transform the Japanese tourism economy, the country seems on track to achieve this vision.

4 months ago

Japan Rolls Out New Departure Tax Opposed by Airlines

Japan Rolls Out New Departure Tax Opposed by Airlines

Raini Hamdi, Skift

No destination gets away uncriticized for imposing a tax on tourists. Japan is no exception, especially since the destination is loved by millions of tourists and it isn’t clear-cut why they are being taxed. But it's unlikely tourists will say sayonara to Japan, say operators.

4 months ago

Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The big vacation rental players have formed an association in Japan, with the blessing of the Japan Tourism Agency. It may be a model for other Asian countries to follow.

5 months ago

The Next Big Destinations for Luxury Brands

The Next Big Destinations for Luxury Brands

Laura Powell, Skift

Where will luxury travelers be jetting off to in 2019? For clues, look at where the world's high-end brands are opening their newest properties.

5 months ago