News from JNTO Toronto Office
OCTOBER 2015

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
ANOTHER INCREASE IN CANADIAN TOURISTS TO JAPAN IN JULY

We are pleased to report a 25.6% increase in the number of Canadian visitors to Japan during July of this year. Japan welcomed 19,800 Canadians in July 2015, as compared to 15,763 in July 2014.

 

For detailed statistical information, visit our Tourism Statistics page.

COME SAY HELLO TO JNTO IN MONTREAL

Our JNTO Toronto Office will be participating in this year’s Salon International Tourisme Voyages (SITV) at Place Bonaventure between October 23rd and 25th, 2015 and we would love to see you there! Our Japan Pavilion is the place to grab some brochures, talk to Japan tour operators and local governments and get all of your questions answered! Learn more at our Japan Seminar (Friday October 23rd at 1pm on the upper mezzanine). Also be sure to catch Sakuramai’s energetic Yosakoi dance performance on the main stage on Saturday and Sunday.

REVEL IN THE COLOURS OF FALL

Get into the fall spirit with the Ishikawa Tourism Guide Four Seasons of Ishikawa video.  Their Autumn segment displays the best parts of fall in each region of Ishikawa prefecture. You can also check out the latest edition of their newsletter for a special segment on Autumn leaves in Ishikawa.

 

Shimane prefecture has released their "Recommended Fall Color Spots in Shimane".  Enjoy the spectacular views that come with the cooler autumn weather and explore the temples, castles, and gardens that best showcase Shimane’s autumn colors! Information about access, admission fees, and the best season to visit is also provided.  

A NEW TOURIST SERVICE CENTER COMES TO OSAKA STATION CITY

Foreign visitors will soon have another resource to turn to for help at JR Osaka Station thanks to a new tourist service center on the 3rd floor North-South access bridge! Osaka Station City (OSC)’s cooperation with JR West Japan Marunix Co., Ltd., Sagawa Express Co., Ltd., and Seven Bank, Ltd. is bringing a host of

convenient services, including a multilingual touch-screen information panel that displays OSC facility information and area maps in English, Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), and Korean. A parcel delivery service will also be available for same-day local deliveries, as well as nationwide and overseas deliveries and Seven Bank, Ltd. will install tourist-compatible ATMs. The service center’s grand opening is scheduled for October 1st and OSC has plans to roll out other activities and services to help create an even more comfortable environment for tourists.

 

For more information read the Osaka Station City press release.

EXPERIENCE HANEDA AT THE INTERNATIONAL CITY OTA FESTIVAL

Ota City invites you to experience traditional Japanese tea ceremony, ice sculptures, and tatami coaster-making at this year’s International City Ota Festival in Haneda. Enjoy Japanese dance performances on stage, bon festival dances, and the ‘Hanedabushi’ folk song and dance, passed down for generations in Haneda. Mingle with people from around the world at the Multilingual World Café, discover new and delightful cuisines at the World Food Court, and participate in a ‘multilingual tour about town’ with an experienced Haneda tour guide. The tour will not only teach you about the history of Haneda, but will also give you a closer look at everyday life in Japan! (Advanced booking is required)

 

The festival will be held next to Tenkubashi Station on October 3rd 2015, from 10am to 4pm. Entrance is free!

JAL BRINGS DIAMOND PREMIER LOUNGE SERVICE TO NEW CHITOSE

In their continuing efforts to provide the highest level of quality in their services, Japan Airlines (JAL) has decided to provide their Diamond Premier Lounge service at Sapporo’s New Chitose airport. To do so, it will update the current Sakura Lounge. Renovations are set to begin on November 4th, 2015 and the new lounge will be completed in the summer of 2016. JAL also plans to enhance their lounge services at other domestic airports, including Osaka’s Itami airport and Fukuoka airport.

 

For more information read the JAL press release.

KEIO PLAZA REVISES ITS MEMBERSHIP SYSTEM

As of October 1st 2015, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo’s membership system will be undergoing some comprehensive revisions. As part of the new system, new, redesigned membership cards will also be

issued. From the pearl-white, entry-level “Bloom” card, to the gold, mid-tier-level “Prime” card, and the black, top-tier “Royal” card, all memberships are free of charge with no maintenance fees. They offer members discounts of 20-50% and membership points on special accommodations, preferential reservation services, complimentary early check in and late check out, and restaurant use.

 

For full details on the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo’s new membership system, read the press release.

FAM TESTS OUT NEW KANSAI FLIGHT AND HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN

In collaboration with Air Canada and Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT), JNTO conducted an 8-day, 6-night FAM tour in July to promote Air Canada’s new direct flights from Vancouver to Kansai International Airport. During the tour, a group of CWT agents traveled through Kyoto, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kanazawa and Tokyo, experiencing a Japanese tea house in Kyoto and a hot spring in Takayama. Members of the group were also able to travel on the new Hokuriku Shinkansen route from Kanazawa to Tokyo.

 
 
Copperware
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 that the city of Takaoka produces ninety percent of Japan’s copperware products? Cast metal work in Takaoka dates back to the Edo period, when it emerged from the small town of Kanaya along the Senbogawa river. Cast metal production using copper alloys became particularly popular in the 18th century. In1975, Takaoka copperware became a "Traditional Craft of Japan". These days, Takaoka casting is used for the production of bronze statues of popular manga characters, such as Sazae-san, which you can find in various places in Japan. It is also commonly used in the production of plates and cups and sauce containers made of antibacterial tin make popular gifts.


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