News from JNTO Toronto Office
SUMMER 2016

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
CANADIAN VISITOR NUMBERS CONTINUE TO RISE!

We are pleased to report an increase in the May visitor numbers. There was a 16.4% increase in Canadian visitors, from 20,708 in May 2015 to 24,100 in May 2016.


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

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EXPERIENCE JAPAN WITH ANA

Discover attractions you never knew existed with the ANA Experience Japan site. Embark on an authentic Japanese journey and explore attractive regions of Japan with detailed descriptions and pictures. Plan your trip with the help of model courses, reservation services, coupons, and other useful information. The site is chock-full of ideas to help you get the most out of your next trip to Japan, whether it’s exploring the limestone caves of Fukushima or enjoying summer nights in the suburbs of Kyoto.


Learn more with ANA Experience Japan ANA Experience Japan.


 

JAL INTRODUCES NEW AND CONTINUING PROMOTIONS

 

Between June 17th and October 29th 2016, JAL is offering their new oneworld® YOKOSO/Visit KYUSHU Fare for overseas visitors. For JPY 5,400 per sector, travelers can fly between Tokyo (Haneda or Narita Airport) or Osaka (Itami Airport) and the Kyushu region (including Fukuoka, Kitakyushu, Oita, Nagasaki, Kumamoto, Miyazaki and Kagoshima).


For those flying with JAL internationally, their latest collaboration with MOS BURGER is sure to tickle your taste buds. Until August 31st 2016, select outbound flights from Japan to North America, Europe and Australia will serve the new AIR MOS Salad Burger in Premium Economy and Economy Class. This exclusive burger is made with brown rice, miso and sesame sauce.


Travelers to Hokkaido will be pleased to hear that JAL has decided to extend their Hokkaido promotion until March 31st 2017, allowing customers who fly JAL to enjoy rewards and privileges at 50 selected shops and sites in Hokkaido prefecture. These HAPPIRKA offers are introduced on the JAL global website and are valid for dining, shopping, sightseeing and tourist activities.


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FAM TOURS WITH AC TEST OUT THE NEW HOKKAIDO SHINKANSEN

In collaboration with Air Canada, JNTO organized a 9-day 7-night tour operator inspection trip for senior executive in May.  The group experiences Air Canada's new Dreamliner aircraft, then travelled from Tokyo into the Tohoku region to explore Shin-Aomori, Hirosaki, and the World Heritage Site Shirakami Sanchi, before taking the new Hokkaido Shinkansen up to Hakodate City in Hokkaido.  On the way, they tried their hand at sushi-making at the Japan International Sushi School and took in a Tsugaru Shamisen performance.  A media tour in June followed a similar itinerary through this breathtaking region.

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SUMMER IN ISHIKAWA

Ishikawa Tourism has just released their new Summer 2016 newsletter! Get great ideas for your summer getaway, with a list of recommended summer events, and the best spots and things to do in Ishikawa this season. Also learn about the Noto Kiriko Festival which takes place from summer to autumn all over the Noto region in the northern part of Ishikawa.

 

Read the 2016 Summer Edition of the Ishikawa Tourism Newsletter.

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MORE TOOLS FOR YOUR TRIP

Tobu Railway has now launched their official Facebook page for foreign visitors. Featuring attractive photos and information of attractions, special pricing events and campaigns, Tobu Railway’s new page will keep you in the know.


Odakyu Group has updated their Odakyu Free Wi-Fi service for even more convenience. Download the app to enjoy free Wi-Fi in Shinjuku, Hakone, Enoshima and Kamakura, as well as onboard Odakyu’s Limited Express Romancecar. The app provides sightseeing information to help you “Ride”, “Eat” and “See”, and is available in English, Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese.

MORE CHOICE FOR JAPAN RAIL PASSES

The Central Japan Railway Company is expanding their tourist pass lineup with the new Mt. Fuji-Shizuoka Area Tourist Pass Mini, for foreign visitors who want to tour the Shizuoka area while focusing on Mt. Fuji. The new pass is JPY 4,500 and is valid for 3 consecutive days of unlimited use on non-reserved seats on ordinary cars.


The Ise-Kumano Area Tourist Pass, a joint effort between the Central Japan Railway Company and the West Japan Railway Company, is also being renewed as the Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourism Pass, allowing tourists to travel across the Kii Peninsula from Nagoya or Osaka. The Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass is JPY 11,000 and is valid for 5 consecutive days of unlimited use on non-reserved seats on ordinary cars.


Both the Mt. Fuji-Shizuoka Area Tourist Pass Mini and the Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass can be exchanged for use from July 15th 2016.


Learn more about the Mt. Fuji-Shizuoka Area Tourist Pass Mini and the Ise-Kumano-Wakayama Area Tourist Pass.

KEIO PLAZA SUMMER EVENTS

Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is gearing up for summer with special events for their guests. In celebration of the 400th anniversary of Japan’s tradition of porcelain art, the hotel will be hosting the 36th Summer Festival of Arita/Imari Porcelain. From July 1st to August 7th 2016, a free exhibition sponsored by the Saga Prefectural Government and Arita Town will be held in the hotel lobby. The hotel restaurants will also be supporting the event with specially-prepared menu items served on Arita porcelain dishes.


Until September 30th 2016, Keio Plaza will also be hosting a Little Mermaid Dessert Buffet at the All Day Dining Jurin restaurant in commemoration of the 180th anniversary of The Little Mermaid. Special, themed desserts will be offered and the main ingredients will be changed each month to entertain repeat customers.


Learn more about the Summer Festival of Arita/Imari Porcelain and The Little Mermaid Dessert Buffet.

 

 

 
LIVING LIKE A LOCAL
 

Got a minute? Learn something new! In this section we’ll present local specialties from a fun tidbit about different local regions in Japan.

 

Did you know?


Imari-Arita-yaki is the first type of ceramic made in Japan. What started out as a simple style of white porcelain has gradually evolved to various techniques and styles, including the colorfully painted Iroe style and the dyed Sometsuke style. Imari-Arita-yaki began 400 years ago during the Edo Period in Arita town, hence the name “Arita-yaki”. As the pieces were shipped out of Imari Port, they also became known as “Imari-Yaki”. Being synonymous, the two names were eventually unified into the single title “Imari-Arita-yaki”. Today, Arita-Imari-yaki can be purchased from many places in Saga prefecture, including the Arita Toji-no-sato Plaza/Arita-yaki Oroshi-danchi ceramics market, the Saga Prefecture Industry Promotion Centre and the Arita-yaki Chokubai Kaikan, which is managed directly by the kiln union.


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