Moomin theme park in Japan to partially open

Part of a theme park based on the Moomin series of children’s books is to open near Tokyo next month.

The park is under construction in a 240,000-square-meter forest by a lake in Hanno City, Saitama Prefecture.

The park is to fully open next March as the first facility of its kind outside Finland, the home country of the books’ author Tove Jansson.

On Wednesday, local and Finnish officials gathered for a ceremony to mark the completion of the section opening on November 9th. It includes restaurants where visitors can enjoy Scandinavian cuisine with a view of the lake and forest. Shops selling Scandinavian souvenirs and food are also set to open at that time.

Hanno Mayor Masaru Okubo said the city will fully support the park, as he expects it will draw tourists from around the world.

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Kyoto tops rankings of major Japanese cities in think tank survey; Fukuoka second and Osaka third

Kyoto has topped a ranking of major Japanese cities as measured by criteria such as livability and economy, according to a survey by a think tank affiliated with major real estate developer Mori Building Co.

The Institute for Urban Strategies on Wednesday released its first edition of the ranking, which covered 72 cities excluding Tokyo.

The cities were rated using a total of 83 indicators across six categories — economy and business, transport and accessibility, environment, life and residence, culture and interchange, and research and development — based on statistical results and hearings with local residents.
Kyoto was highly rated for its universities and abundant tourism properties, including historical and cultural assets, the think tank said.
Fukuoka came in second on the back of its powerful economy. A number of special deregulation zones are located in the southwestern hub.
Despite scoring poorly when it came to crime, Osaka ranked third thanks to robust private consumption and investment, and its convenient transportation network.
Nagoya came fourth, with many companies in the city having high global market shares, while Yokohama ranked fifth.

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Romantic things for couples to do in Japan

There is something very romantic about the Far East, especially Japan.

To travelers from the west, it represents a culture which mimics so many aspects they may be familiar with in terms of fashion, technology, and architecture. But it also retains a lot of mystique, with ancient customs such as the tea ceremony, temples set against tranquil surroundings, beautiful art and traditional cuisine. There are so many interesting and charming locations for any visiting couple. So if you met on a singles site and are keen to explore Japanese dating by immersing yourself in different culture, here are some of the more romantic things to do in Japan.Disneyland in Tokyo

Sprawling for over 115 acres, Tokyo Disneyland is a captivating theme park situated near Japan’s capital city. The first Disney outlet to be opened outside the USA, it is designed along the same styles as its counterparts in Florida and California. There are seven themed areas, each offering a multitude of rides which accommodate the tastes of visitors young and old.

Tokyo Tower

Rising over 300 m above ground level, Tokyo Tower was inspired by the Eiffel Tower, it’s lattice structure painted in eye-catching white and orange. When you visit this stunning location, you will be following in the footsteps of more than 150 million visitors who have already been drawn to the tower’s museums, shops and eating outlets. The observation decks offer stunning views of the surrounding area.

Visit Mount Fuji

The highest mountain in Japan, rising to 3,700 meters, the snow-capped peaks of Mount Fuji are one of Japan’s most iconic images. This scene of outstanding beauty has featured prominently in numerous films over the years and has inspired artists and poets the world over for centuries. As a romantic location, it is second to none in this part of the world. There are numerous trails to be explored with your loved one, and if you are feeling truly adventurous you can even go paragliding here.

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Nighttime sightseeing in Kyoto cathing on with foreigners

Nighttime sightseeing in Kyoto is catching on with foreign tourists, as locals are working to satisfy visitors’ wish to enjoy traditional culture even after evening comes.
At 6 p.m. one weekday in August, an enthusiastic audience nearly filled Gion Corner, a theater of some 200 seats at the center of the Gion traditional entertainment district in the western Japan city.Occupying most of the seats, foreigners applauded vigorously every time a performance concluded. They also enjoyed photo opportunities, pointing their cameras and smartphones at the stage.

At the theater, seven traditional performing arts, including the “kyo-mai” dancing, “gagaku” court music and “kyogen” comic plays, are presented one after another in a program lasting about an hour.

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Japan to increase hotel rooms for wheelchair users

The Japanese land ministry plans to revise the standards on barrier-free rooms at hotels to increase the number of guest rooms accessible to wheelchair users ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, informed sources have said.

Currently, hotels with a total floor space of at least 2,000 square meters and at least 50 guest rooms are obliged to have one or more rooms fit for use by people in wheelchairs.

New standards being considered by the ministry would require that at least one pct of all guest rooms at such hotels be those usable by people in wheelchairs, the sources said. To make the change, the ministry will overhaul an ordinance for implementing the nation’s barrier-free law.

Under the new rules, hotels with 201 to 300 guest rooms, for example, would have to have three or more rooms accessible to wheelchair users.

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