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ANA, Panasonic to test self-driving electric wheelchairs at Narita Airport

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All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Panasonic Corporation announced that they will work together to test the latest generation of personal mobility, self-driving electric wheelchairs, as part of a far-reaching plan to increase mobility and accessibility options at Tokyo Narita International Airport. Incorporating robotic elements, these wheelchairs will be capable to… Read

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Could the fabled Orient Express take to the rails again?

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It conjures up the atmosphere of rail travel from a bygone golden age, steaming through Europe experiencing top-notch cuisine and the company of fellow passengers who could be writers or spies. And who knows, maybe a mysterious murder along the way deep in the night... The last true Orient Express… Read

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Furano: So this is what they mean by frolicking

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Hokkaido might conjure images of majestic untamed wilderness, but in Furano, known affectionately as the “bellybutton” of Hokkaido, it’s the tenderly cultivated flower fields that get jaws dropping with just as much drama. Midsummer’s gently rippling lavender rows are the height of loveliness. Go ahead: fulfill your inner flower child’s… Read

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American Airlines gets tentative OK for more Haneda flights

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has tentatively granted authority to American Airlines to operate a daily flight between Tokyo Haneda (HND) and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), as well as a second daily flight between Haneda and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). “We are encouraged by the DOT’s… Read

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Lonely Planet's top destination Sri Lanka suffers a blow after blasts

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Sipping fresh coconut water while sunbathing on deserted Hikkaduwa beach, Alexi Konchayenko, a sports trainer from Ukraine, struck a stoical note. Bomb blasts can happen "anywhere, anytime," he said, adding that he was not afraid. "Sri Lanka is an amazing country. This is my first visit and I will tell… Read

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Explore Kyoto tourist site Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine with Unreal Engine 4

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One of the hot topics concerning people in and out of Japan lately is the problem of overcrowding in Kyoto, as the traditional city buckles under the weight of local and international tourists, which has been increasing year after year. With the city itself looking to ease congestion by recommending early-morning self-guided… Read

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Okama: Sitting pretty on the borders of Yamagata and Miyagi

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Zao is known for its surreal winter scenes, but the area is worth another trip in the spring, fall and summer months. Skiers and tourists flock to Zao each winter for its powder snow and Juhyo forest, also known as the “Snow Monsters,” but one of the most well-known and brilliant views is… Read

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Nakano: A guide to Tokyo’s underground otaku and foodie paradise

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Although a seemingly local and residential area, anyone heading West on the Chuo line will find much to explore in Nakano. Beloved by fans of video games, anime, and manga for offering a quieter version of Akihabara within its multi-floor department store Nakano Broadway, the neighborhood also suits anyone who loves to… Read

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Togakushi Village: Ninja time in the mountains

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If you find yourself in Nagano City, take a day trip to nearby Togakushi Village, which is just a 45 minutes drive away. With a shrine in a sacred forest, top-notch soba noodles, and a hint of ninja intrigue, the village ranks among Japan’s great “off the beaten path” destinations. Though modest… Read

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Increasing number of Airbnb customers booking eco-friendly/sustainable options

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Airbnb has reported that a growing number of customers are looking at how they can reduce the impact that their travels have on the environment. In the last year alone: • More than 4.5 million guests around the world checked in at eco-friendly listings on the platform; • Global bookings… Read

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