Japanese national museums will extend operating hours and provide multilingual descriptions for displays, part of efforts to attract more foreign tourists.
Closing times on Fridays and Saturdays at seven museums around Japan will be pushed back to 9 p.m. through September. These museums close at 5 p.m. on weekdays. “The longer hours will give tourists a chance to enjoy Japanese culture, even in the nighttime,” a Japan Tourism Agency official said.
The Tokyo National Museum will host events such as a moon-gazing and outdoor movie screenings in September. The art museum’s displays will offer descriptions in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.
Internet connectivity will improve at the sites, including Kyoto National Museum as well as the National Museum of Nature and Science and the National Museum of Western Art, both in Tokyo. Also participating in the program are Osaka’s National Museum of Art and the National Museum of Modern Art galleries in Tokyo and Kyoto.
The Japan Tourism Agency and the Agency for Cultural Affairs last month gave special museum tours and hosted a discussion session for about 20 concierges from famous Japanese hotels such as the Imperial Hotel, hoping that they will help promote the sites.