• Floats are lined up in front of Sakurayama Hachimangu Shrine in Takayama in the central Japan prefecture of Gifu on Oct. 9, 2018, for the annual two-day Autumn Takayama Festival. (Kyodo)
    2018.10.10 | Gifu
  • OSAKAーKansai International Airport fully resumed operations Friday, 17 days after a powerful typhoon flooded its facilities, crippling the western Japan region's main international air gateway.   Long lines of travelers formed in front of check-in counters at the airport in Osaka Prefecture from early morning after the northern area of its No. 1 terminal reopened. It was the last section to have remained closed due to the flooding from Typhoon Jebi on Sept. 4.   A total of about 470 domestic and international flights, the same level as before the disaster, were scheduled to depart from and arrive at the airport on the day, its operator said.   Nearly 80 percent of the airport's cargo area is expected to be restored by the end of this month.   As of Thursday, however, the number of foreign visitors coming to Japan through the airport was about 50 percent of the level a year earlier, according to the Osaka Regional Immigration Bureau.   Before the closure, around 20,000 foreigners entered Japan at the airport each day and it was used by an average of around 80,000 passengers.   Xu Jingfang, a 55-year-old Chinese woman who lives in Wakayama Prefecture, said before boarding a flight to Hong Kong that she had been forced to change her schedule repeatedly due to the typhoon.   "I can finally go on a trip. Although my trip will be shorter than initially planned, I want to enjoy it," said the woman, who plans to visit her sister in San Francisco via Hong Kong.   The season's 21st typhoon flooded the airport's No. 1 terminal building, one of its two runways and a power-supply facility, while high waves and strong wind caused a tanker vessel to crash into the sole bridge connecting the airport, located on a manmade island in Osaka Bay, with Japan's main island of Honshu.   The airport suffered a blackout in most of its buildings and was unable to drain water that had flooded the runway.   It was not until Sept. 7 that the airport partially reopened, using the No. 2 terminal building and one runway. A week later, it started using the southern area of the No. 1 terminal building and the other runway.   During the disruption, two airports in the vicinity -- Itami and Kobe airports -- hosted 44 domestic flights through Monday that had been scheduled to use Kansai airport.   Train services to and from the airport resumed Tuesday after a railway operator fixed damage to tracks from the tanker collision, although the road section of the bridge is not expected to fully reopen until around May 2019.   ==Kyodo
    2018.09.25 | Osaka
  • KYOTO, Japan - Daitokuji, a Buddhist temple in Kyoto, shows newly-completed paintings on "fusuma" sliding paper doors to the press on Aug. 23, 2018. The paintings, created by Japanese cartoonist Kenichi Kitami and other artists, are on view from Sept. 1 through Dec. 16. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2018.09.04 | Kyoto
  • TOKYO, Janpan - File photo taken in October 2017 shows Mt. Fuji, seen from the side of Yamanashi Prefecture.(Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2018.08.10 | Shizuoka
  • HOKURYU, Japan - Around 1.5 million sunflowers are in full bloom to delight tourists in one of Japan's largest sunflower fields in Hokuryu, Hokkaido on Aug. 6, 2018. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2018.08.07 | Hokkaido
  • SHIMUKAPPU,Japan - Tourists view a sea of clouds from a 1,088-meter-high deck at Hoshino Resorts Tomamu in the village of Shimukappu in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on July 19, 2018. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2018.07.20 | Hokkaido
  • TOKYO, Japan - People watch goldfish at an art aquarium in Tokyo's Nihombashi district on July 16, 2018. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo
    2018.07.18 | Tokyo
  • SAITAMA, Japan - A new facility offering hands-on experience of railway jobs and displaying history exhibits opened Thursday at the Railway Museum in Saitama, near Tokyo.   One of the major attractions is the train driving simulator for the E-5 series Hayabusa shinkansen that operates between Tokyo and Hakodate in southwestern Hokkaido. The simulator gives visitors the experience of driving the train at its top speed of 320 kilometers per hour as recorded images of scenery flash by.   Visitors can also perform duties carried out by a conductor, such as opening and closing the train's doors.   Included in the section showcasing the technological developments that have taken place in the 140 years since the introduction of railways in Japan, there is a replica of a ticket gate used at Tokyo Station in the Taisho period (1912-1926).   Actual rolling stock from the 400 series Tsubasa shinkansen, known as a mini shinkansen, is also among the exhibits.   About 440 people lined up before the opening of the facility and numbered tickets for the Hayabusa simulator were sold out in about 10 minutes.   Shinnosuke Nakajima, a 9-year-old elementary school pupil from Tokyo, said, "It was really fun. I want to become a conductor in the future."   Admission costs 1,300 yen ($11.8) for adults, 600 yen for elementary, junior high and high school students, and 300 yen for children aged 3 or older.   ==Kyodo
    2018.07.05 | Saitama
  • KUMAMOTO,JAPAN - Tourists visit Sakitsu Church in the Sakitsu district of Amakusa in Kumamoto Prefecture, southwestern Japan, on July 1, 2018, a day after UNESCO decided to add the area and 11 other sites linked to the history of Japan's persecuted Christians to the World Heritage list as the "Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region." (Kyodo)   ==Kyodo
    2018.07.02 | Kumamoto
  • HASHIMOTO, JAPAN - People walk through the "wind bell tunnel" at the Gokurakubashi Station of Nankai Electric Railway Co. in the western Japan town of Koya on June 28, 2018. The installation with around 500 glass wind bells has been a feature there every summer since 2013 to entertain tourists who visit Mt. Koya, a World Heritage site, by cable car from the station. (Kyodo)
    2018.06.29 | Wakayama
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