Articles tagged “japan”

Travel Winners and Losers in Northeast Asia’s Conflicts

Travel Winners and Losers in Northeast Asia’s Conflicts

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Current conflicts in Northeast Asia do not stop people from traveling to and from the region, but they do redirect tourism flows, benefiting some destinations and hurting others.

4 days ago

Look Who’s Issuing Travel Advisories Now for the U.S. Since Dayton and El Paso

Look Who’s Issuing Travel Advisories Now for the U.S. Since Dayton and El Paso

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In the wake of the mass shootings that claimed 31 lives in early August, several authorities have issued travel alerts for travelers headed to the U.S. Whether it's a statement or a matter of safety — or both — it's significant.

2 weeks ago

#BoycottJapan Trending in South Korea, Impacting Travel

#BoycottJapan Trending in South Korea, Impacting Travel

Heejin Kim and Jihye Lee, Bloomberg

It's not the first time political tensions in north Asia have an impact on travel. Remember China's curb on trips to South Korea in 2017? Now Japan's tourism industry can expect a fall in arrivals from South Korea, where Instagrammers are flagging their flight cancellations for others to follow.

1 month ago

Japan’s Ridehailing Ban Forces Uber to Think Up Unique Strategies

Japan’s Ridehailing Ban Forces Uber to Think Up Unique Strategies

Takahiko Hyuga and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Uber wants to grow in Japan, home to its biggest investor. But ridehailing is banned there. What's a person to do? Come up with innovations, some of which it can carry globally. Here's how.

1 month ago

Airbnb Says Japan Listings Have Soared Back After Last Year’s Freeze

Airbnb Says Japan Listings Have Soared Back After Last Year’s Freeze

Pavel Alpeyev and Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Airbnb invested $30 million to return the number of listings year-ago levels, before Japan implemented the Minpaku law. Good that it did this well before the 2020 Olympics. But there’s more competition now as hotel supply has increased. Even disruptive players such as Oyo Hotels and Homes are in the ring.

2 months ago

Japan Wants Its Tourism Revenues to Match Increasing Visitor Numbers

Japan Wants Its Tourism Revenues to Match Increasing Visitor Numbers

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Japan wants to attract more luxury travelers. That sounds rich, considering a Japan holiday is for most people a luxury trip. But having more arrivals without a corresponding increase in tourism dollars is indeed vexing — just ask Singapore — and Japan is right in trying to redress it.

2 months ago

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.

3 months 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.

4 months 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.

4 months 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.

5 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.

5 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.

5 months ago