News from JNTO Toronto Office
JUNE 2015

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
CANADIAN VISITOR ARRIVALS INCREASE IN APRIL

We are pleased to report a 23.2% increase in the number of Canadian visitors to Japan in April this year. Japan welcomed 21,900 Canadians in April 2015, compared to 17,782 in April 2014.

 

For all of our detailed statistical information, visit our Tourism Statistics page.

AIR CANADA
SUMMER SALE ON NOW

Save on flights from Canada to Tokyo and Osaka with Air Canada’s summer sale. With a selection of daily flights to Tokyo’s Haneda and Narita Airports and newly launched service to Osaka’s Kansai International Airport on Air Canada rouge, you are sure to find a great flight at a great price. Sale prices are on for a limited time, so book today to take advantage of these great deals!

 

Check out Air Canada’s Japan Summer Sale for details.

NEW TOURIST PASSES FOR TAKAYAMA-HOKURIKU & ISE-KUMANO

The Central Japan Railway Company and West Japan Railway Company are launching two new train passes for overseas visitors to Japan. Travelers can use the “Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass” to visit Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Gokayama, Kanazawa, and Toyama from Nagoya and Osaka. The “Ise-Kumano Area Tourist Pass” grants convenient access to various areas in Mie prefecture, including Ise, Toba, and Kumano Kodo from Nagoya.


Passes are valid for five consecutive days and allow unlimited use of non-reserved seats on all trains in their designated regions. Exchange tickets can be purchased at participating overseas travel agencies from June 2015 and exchanged at designated JR Central, JR West, and JR Tokai Tours, Inc. branches starting July 1, 2015.


For detailed information about the passes, visit the Tourist Pass website.

HAKUBA VALLEY

Hakuba Valley has joined the Mountain Collective, a collaborative effort between independent ski resorts in the United States, Canada, Australia, and South America. Mountain Collective pass holders receive up to 2-day lift tickets at world-class resorts and those with the Hakuba Valley All Area Season Pass receive 50% off tickets at all other Mountain Collective resorts.

 

The Hakuba Valley All Area Season Pass became available June 1st, 2015 and grants customers access to 10 ski resorts in the Hakuba area. The pass sells for 130,000 JPY for adults (JPY 70,000 JPY for children) and is available for purchase online.

POWER UP AT JAL STATIONS

As of May 28, 2015, customers can now access AC power sockets and USB ports at JAL power stations. The power stations are located near boarding gates 15, 17, 18, 21, and 23 in Osaka Itami airport. The service may also become available at additional Japanese domestic airports in the future.


For details, read the press release.

ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT
CHERRIES & PEACHES

Spend a day in Yamanashi with Club Tourism’s latest 1-day tour. During June and July, you can join an all-you-can-eat cherry and peach picking tour, including an outdoor barbeque lunch and a stop at Mt Fuji’s 5th station. Tours are conducted in English and Chinese and everyone is guaranteed to win a prize in the lucky draws on the coach bus.


Check out Club Tourism’s All-you-can-eat Cherries and Peaches & Mt Fuji 5th Station tour.

USEFUL READING

Do you have a question about Kyoto? The Matcha Japan Travel Web Magazine has introduced tourism information centers in Kyoto to help you get the most out of your visit. Read “From your way to your own plan! Places to ask what you want to know during your Kyoto trip”.

 

Hungry for a bowl of Udon? Matcha explains the how-tos of ordering at a self-serve udon restaurant. Read “How to Order at Self-Service Udon Restaurant”.

 

Halal certification is increasingly being recognized in Japan. “Japan Hot Now!” explains the basics and introduces a variety of Halal Japanese foods. Read “Halal whirlwind arrives in Japan! Introducing Halal foods like, Ramen, Shoyu, snack foods etc., in one full sweep!”.

 
 
 
 
 
LIVING LIKE A LOCAL
 

Got a minute? Learn something new! In this section we’ll present fun tidbits about different regions of Japan.

 

Did you know? Rice scoops, called Shakushi, are a popular souvenir in Miyajima. First created by the priest Seishin, these items became a popular souvenir for visitors to Itsukushima Shrine and quickly spread across Japan. Traditional Shakushi are still produced from carefully selected wood that is manually planed and polished with loving care. Today, large Shakushi are sold in souvenir shops and used as talismans for good luck, prosperity, and safety.


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