News from JNTO Toronto Office
DECEMBER 2015

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
THE NUMBER OF CANADIAN TOURISTS TO JAPAN JUMPS AGAIN IN OCTOBER

We are pleased to report a 23.9% increase in the number of Canadian visitors to Japan in October of this year. Japan welcomed 21,900 Canadians in October 2015, as compared to 17,675 in October 2014.

 

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

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EXCLUSIVE PRESS TOUR SWINGS THROUGH ISHIKAWA

Editors/journalists representing enRoute Magazine, Doctor’s Review Magazine, Pour Le Plaisir, Tourisme Plus, ZOOMER Magazine and DINE Magazine were able to try their hands at gold leaf application, sushi-making and tea ceremony in an exclusive press tour held in November. JNTO conducted the 8-day 6-night tour of Tokyo, Kyoto, Kaga and Kanazawa in collaboration with Air Canada.

JR TOKYO WIDE PASS REPLACES JR KANTO AREA PASS

JR East has replaced the JR Kanto Area Pass with the new JR TOKYO Wide Pass, now on sale at JR EAST Travel Service Centers and JR Ticket Offices. In addition to 3 days of unlimited access to reserved seating on limited express trains and Shinkansen trains within the Kanto area, the new pass provides access to the Tokyo Waterfront Area Rapid Transit Rinkai Line and Echigo-Yuzawa and GALA Yuzawa Stations. JR TOKYO Wide Pass holders are also entitled to receive special benefits at GALA Yuzawa ski resort.


For more information on the JR TOKYO Wide Pass, visit the JR East website.

A NEW PASS FOR OSAKA/TOKYO TO THE HOKURIKU REGION

JR East and JR West have released a new Osaka-Tokyo Hokuriku Arch Pass for overseas visitors. The new pass offers foreign visitors an economical way of travelling between the Kansai, Narita, and Haneda international airports and the Hokuriku region using Shinkansen trains, limited express trains, and other services. The pass is valid for 7 continuous days and can be purchased either abroad or in Japan and used starting April 1st, 2016.


For more information on the Osaka-Tokyo Hokuriku Arch Pass, read the press release.

ARRIVE AT KANSAI AIRPORT ANY TIME OF DAY

The Kansai Airport Limousine Bus service from Kansai International Airport to Osaka Station/Nankai Namba Station is now offered 24-hours a day! Bus service is now available every hour between 11:00 pm and 7:00 am. There are two bus departures scheduled between 7:00 am and 8:00 am and 3 departures an hour between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm.

 

Learn more about Kansai Airport’s new Limousine Bus service schedule.

SHIZUOKA OFFER FREE WI-FI ROUTER RENTAL

Connect to the internet anywhere and anytime with NINJA WiFi. From November 1st, the City of Shizuoka, in partnership with Vision Inc. has begun offering free rentals of Vision’s mobile wi-fi router, “NINJA WiFi,” to tourists. Visitors can apply for the free rental at the Shizuoka Tourist Information Center, after posting a picture of a designated panel in the Center to their SNS.


For more information on Shizuoka’s free Wi-Fi Router rentals, read the press release.

NTT OFFERS A NEW PREPAID SIM CARD

NTT Communications has released a new prepaid SIM card designed for visitors to Japan. Available in 7-day and 14-day packages, the SIM allows users to access data nationwide on their own iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, Nexus etc.


Learn more about NTT’s prepaid SIM for Japan.

SOLVE THE UNDERGROUND MYSTERIES OF TOKYO

Enjoy Tokyo in a whole new way through a puzzle-solving escape game! Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd. and SCRAP Co., Ltd. have launched their “Tokyo Metro – The Underground Mysteries” puzzle-solving game in English and Traditional Chinese so that non-Japanese speakers can also enjoy the thrill of the game. Until December 27th, players can purchase a game kit at Tokyo Metro Ueno Station’s pass office. Each game kit costs 2160 yen and includes a Tokyo metro 1-day pass. Players ride the Tokyo Metro subway system to various places to solve the puzzles at each location.


Find details on the Real Escape website.

FAM TESTS NEW HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN

JNTO, in collaboration with Japan Airlines and Royal Scenic, conducted an 8-day, 6-night FAM tour in September for Royal Scenic Certified Asia Specialists. The group traveled through Tokyo, Kanazawa, Kaga, and Kyoto, experiencing a gold leaf workshop, a Kaga Yuzen workshop, and a soba-making class. Participants were also able to try out the new Hokuriku Shinkansen route from Tokyo to Kanazawa.

 

 

 
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? According to the oldest chronicles of Japan, the Nihon-shoki, Beppu bamboo crafts originated when the twelfth Emperor’s private chef visited Beppu and discovered slender bamboo. Originally used for common basket making and souvenirs, Beppu bamboo craft evolved to more high-end products with the introduction of inexpensive plastics in the 1950’s. No longer required for everyday products, the craft turned to luxury pieces instead. Beautiful woven pieces of traditional utensils and contemporary furniture are on display at the Beppu City Traiditional Bamboo Crafts Center.


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