Mobile Suit Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino is acting as the chairman of the Anime Tourism Association, an organization of private business interests (such as Kadokawa Corporation and Japan Airlines) that seek to spur tourism by encouraging fans of anime and manga from all over the world to visit locations all over Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
With the run up to the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the surrounding wards around the metropolis are starting to make an effort to draw in more international tourism. Hit the jump for details.
A recent run-in between cosplaying tourists and the locals has resulted in an blanket cosplay ban being instituted on the premises of the former Kamioka Elementary School in Ibaraki Prefecture, an "anime pilgrimage" destination associated with Girls und Panzer. Hit the jump to learn more.
The city of Kan'onji, which is located in the western part of Kagawa Prefecture and sports a population of about 60,000 people - is partnering with the 2014 TV anime Yuki Yuna is a Hero to promote local tourism. Hit the jump to learn more.
At a recent stage greeting event in Sendai, an announcement was officially made for a new pair of short animated features for idol anime Wake Up, Girls!. Hit the jump to learn more.
On October 09, 2015, representatives from 10 of Japan's local governments met to announce the formation of the Japan Ninja Council, whose goal is to promote tourism based on ninja-culture in anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hit the jump to move silently within the shadows.
Junya Inoue, the author of BTOOOM!, has been appointed as "tourism ambassador" for his hometown of Shimanto in Kōchi Prefecture. Hit the jump to learn more.
The cast of Fist of the North Star are touring Japan in the form of a new line of rubber straps with imagery designed to express the spirit of different regions. Hit the jump to see Kenshiro obliterate a castella with the Hokuto 100 Crack Fist technique.
Kōtarō Kosugi's manga and TV anime, Locodol, is teaming up with the "Butai Meguri" anime tourism smart phone app to transform Nagareyama City in Chiba into the fictional Nagarekawa City that the local idols promote. Hit the jump to learn more.
The Anglerfish Team of Girls und Panzer are gearing up for some summer fun by the seaside in a series of advertisements designed to promote Japanese tourism. Hit the jump to learn more.
"Seichi Whitebook", a free smart phone app developed by DIP, helps otaku plan their anime-inspired tourism with a directory of 4500 anime hot spots in Japan's 47 prefectures. Hit the jump to learn more.
Have you ever wanted to tour scenic Hakone and pamper yourself with all sorts of Evangelion themed activities? If you're one of 80 lucky ladies on the upcoming "Eva Women's Trip" in May, now you can do just that. Hit the jump to learn more.
Just in time for spring break, the Hawaii Tourism Authority has teamed up with Japan's Tsuburaya Production and created a new happy family movie ad featuring the Ultraman family and their alien friends vacationing together in Hawaii. This video is a part of the new Ultra Hawaii tourism campaign for Japanese tourists. The Ultra Hawaii tourism campaign also has a Facebook page, Twitter account and an official site. Watch the sweet movie after the jump!
Do you remember Iwatobi-chan, that memorable mascot from sexy summer swimming anime, Free!? There are different kinds and types of merchandise for the mascot due to the the anime's popularity, and now it's a cream puff! Sound cute? Think again! It perfectly captures the creepy-cuteness of the mascot in a dessert form. Plus, some questionable official character merch also featuring Iwatobi-chan after the jump!