News from JNTO Toronto Office
AUGUST 2015

 

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JUNE HERALDS ANOTHER RECORD INCREASE IN CANADIAN VISITORS

We are pleased to report a 31.3% increase in the number of Canadian visitors to Japan in June this year. Japan welcomed 16,700 Canadians in June 2015, compared to 12,722 in June 2014.

 

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

MIE PREFECTURE TO HOST THE G7 SUMMIT IN 2016

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that Japan has chosen Shima City in Mie prefecture as the venue of next year's Group of Seven summit of major industrialized nations. The main venue will be on Kashikojima Island, but the summit meeting will be named the "Ise-Shima Summit" to include Ise City, where Japan's supreme Shinto shrine is located. The Prime Minister said that the whole area represents Japan's beautiful nature, rich culture and traditions, and is a perfect place to accommodate the world leaders.

 

For tourism information on Mie prefecture, visit the Mie Tourism Guide website.

JAL’S GUIDE TO JAPAN NOW IN MORE LANGUAGES

Japan Airlines’ (JAL) popular “Guide to Japan” travel information page is now available in French, German and Russian, making a total of 7 languages including the existing English, Simplified Chinese, Hong Kong Traditional Chinese and Taiwan Traditional Chinese.


“Guide to Japan” launched in 2005 on JAL’s global website, and offers travel information, staff selections, introductions to Japan’s unique customs and traditions, and more.


For more information, read the press release.

ANA INTRODUCES SELF-SERVE BAGGAGE DROP

On July 1st, All Nippon Airways (ANA) introduced their new self-service baggage drop system in the domestic departures section of Haneda Airport’s Terminal 2. “ANA Baggage Drop Services” is the first self-service baggage drop system in Japan. A total of 39 machines will be installed by the end of 2015, which will be the largest number of baggage drop systems in a single airport in the world.


The drop service is available in English, traditional and simplified Chinese, and Korean, and the same languages will be available on the automated check-in machines in the fall. ANA will also be introducing a new series of easily identifiable pictograms in spring 2016 to help passengers easily locate the appropriate counters and amenities.
For details, read the press release.

SEIBU REVEALS THEIR NEW CHICHIBU TRAIN

Seibu Railway Co., Ltd. is proud to debut the motif for their new “Chichibu” tourism train. A remake of the 4000 series trains which currently run between Hanno and Seibu Chichibu Stations, the new train is scheduled to debut in the spring of 2016 and will operate as a special service on approximately 100 days per year, mainly on weekends and holidays.


For more information on the new “Chichibu” tourism train, read the press release.

FAM TESTS OUT NEW KANSAI FLIGHT AND HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN

In collaboration with Air Canada, JNTO hosted an 8-day 6-night FAM tour in June to promote Air Canada’s new direct flight from Vancouver to Kansai International Airport. Air Canada currently runs 66 direct flights to Japan per week.


The group of high-ranking executives participated in a Zen Meditation and philosophy session in Kyoto, enjoyed a hot spring experience in Wakura Onsen, tried their hand at crafting with gold leaf in Kanazawa, and took in the sights and sounds of Tokyo. The group also got to try out the new Hokuriku Shinkansen route from Kanazawa to Tokyo.

 
 
 
 
 
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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? Kanazawa gold leaf is a designated traditional handicraft of Japan. A gold leaf is made by beating gold into a thin sheet of only one 10,000th of a millimeter (0.0001mm) thick. The production of gold leaf started in Kanazawa at the end of the 16th century and Kanazawa currently produces 99% of all domestic gold leaf and all of the domestic silver and platinum leaves. The leaves are used in handicrafts and temple decorations and can be purchased in a variety of forms in Kanazawa.


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