Tourism with a Personal Touch
On-Site Report
In recent years the variety of sightseeing and tour options in Japan has started to climb almost as rapidly as the number of tourists visiting the country. Entrepreneurs are now coming up with creative and quirky offerings in order to compete for a share of this increasing market. One Japanese housewife has found success in the kitchen by opening-up her home to foreign visitors and offering cooking classes. Another tour that is climbing up the rankings is offered by a "pedestrian bridge" expert, who takes tourists on stair-climbing urban excursions.

World Perspective
Move over matcha, Taiwanese tea is taking over Tokyo. Dozens of shops specializing in the drink have recently opened in the city. But they still draw long lines of customers waiting to be served. What's behind the drink's seemingly bottomless appeal? We take a look at the soaring popularity of Taiwanese tea in Japan.