In the 2021 version of the “Travel and Tourism Development Index Report” released by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Japan was ranked in the top spot for the first time ever. The “Travel and Tourism Development Index Report” is a report published biannually by the WEF, which ranks 117 countries and regions of the world based on a variety of factors. Incidentally, the USA was ranked 2nd, with Spain 3rd, France 4th, and Germany 5th.
Japan’s government will resume accepting foreign tourists as of June 10, having stopped as a coronavirus prevention measure. In order to maintain measures to prevent contagion, at first only tours with guides will be allowed. It is expected that in the future approval will be widened also to tourists traveling privately.
Дадзайфу Тэммангу – это святилище в Дадзайфу, префектура Фукуока. Когда речь идет о первом посещении святыни в году, многие паломники со всей Японии главным образом посещают Кюсю. Как святилище, это самое большое место на Кюсю, которое наряду с Китано-Тэммангу в Киото известно как штаб-квартира святы ньТэммангу по всей стране. На подходе, который простирается от станции Дадзайфу, расположены рестораны и сувенирные магазины, и гости могут насладиться оживленной атмосферой.
The Japanese government has announced that it will allow displaced persons from Ukraine, which was invaded by Russia, to enter Japan even if they have no guarantor, such as a relative, in Japan. To facilitate smooth transition, the documents required for visa applications will be simplified. The government also intends to allow those who wish to switch to a work visa after entering Japan to do so.
Last week, Russia invaded Ukraine. The G7 nations, including Japan, will work together to support Ukraine. In Japan, daily anti-war protests are being held. Ukrainians, Japanese, and even Russians are participating.
In addition to the Japanese government, many Japanese individuals are donating to Ukraine as well. There was even a Japanese individual who donated one billion yen. We strongly hope that peace returns to Ukraine as soon as possible.
Mount Fuji is an active volcano that extends over Yamanashi Prefecture and Shizuoka Prefecture. With an altitude of 3,776 meters, it is the highest mountain in Japan. Its beautifully sublime appearance is widely known as a symbol of Japan, and it has also become the theme of many works of art. Together with a group of related cultural assets, Mount Fuji was registered in 2013 as a cultural site in the World Heritage List under the name “Fujisan, sacred place and source of artistic inspiration.” Around the foot of Mount Fuji are many sightseeing spots. Places such as Lake Kawaguchiko, Lake Yamanakako, and Fuji-Q Highland are especially popular.
On December 12, the final race of the 2021 Formula One season, the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, was held. Japanese fans of F1 watched the race with a special emotions. Honda was withdrawing from F1 in 2021 and they were competing with Mercedes for the Constructors’ and Drivers’ titles in the final round. The race was led by Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes from start to finish, but the safety car was came out n the final part of race and Max Verstappen overtook Hamilton on the final lap to win the race. Thus, he won the Drivers’ title and became the F1 World Champion. The constructors’ title went to Mercedes, but it was a great day for Japanese drivers, as Japanese driver Hiroki Tsunoda of Alpha Tauri Honda achieved a personal best result of 4th place in the final race.
Kumamoto Castle was built in the closing years of the Warring States period by Kiyomasa Kato, a daimyo of that period, who was known as a castle construction expert. During the Meiji period, it became a battleground of the Satsuma Rebellion. The government forces holed up in the castle and survived the fierce attack of the Saigo forces. It is also known as a famous place for cherry blossoms. It has been selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Cherry Blossom Viewing Sites. Kumamoto Castle suffered damage due to the Kumamoto earthquakes that occurred in April 2016. Even today, restoration work is underway.
Nasu is famous for being a town of tourism, agriculture, and forestry located about 180km from Tokyo. In particular, the Nasu Highlands, which stretches from an altitude of several hundred meters above sea level to around 300 meters above sea level, is a popular resort area. There are many sightseeing spots that children and adults can enjoy and experience, such as the huge dairy farming area, the rural scenery of satoyama, and the beautiful scenery of the highlands. Nasu Safari Park, Nasu Highland Park, Nasu Rindo Lake Family Ranch, Nasu Flower World, etc. are recommended sightseeing spots for families.
Ishigaki Island is one of the Yaeyama Islands and is part of Ishigaki City, Okinawa Prefecture. After Okinawa Island and Iriomote Island, it has the third largest land area in Okinawa Prefecture. It is famous as a spot for snorkelling, diving, and surfing. Blessed with the riches of nature, including mango groves, a beautiful cobalt blue sea, and the world-leading blue coral Shiraho Reef, it is one of Okinawa’s popular remote islands.
Finally, the Tokyo Olympics will be held on July 23rd. As you all know, it was originally planned to be carried out a year ago. Due to the influence of COVID-19, events all over the world have been canceled or postponed, but finally, this event which is the world’s largest will be held in Japan. I think there are differing opinions regarding the event, but I hope that people from all over the world will be greatly impressed by it.