|Above, a tourist information center at Niigata Station. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics gets nearer, Japan is picking up the pace to make things easier for foreign tourists.
Japan will be opening more tourist centers at shinkansen stations throughout the country.
The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) reported;
The transport ministry aims to make tourist information centers capable of assisting foreign tourists available at all Shinkansen stations nationwide by fiscal 2019, as part of efforts to boost the number of visitors from overseas.
The Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry plans to provide subsidies to local governments and other entities when the tourist information centers they operate meet certain criteria, such as always having English-speaking guides available.
The ministry will request necessary funds in the government’s budget for fiscal 2017 for more than 100 Shinkansen stations to open tourist information centers or upgrade their current ones by fiscal 2019.To read more, go here.