News from JNTO Toronto Office
FALL 2016

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
AUGUST SEES MORE CANADIANS IN JAPAN

We are pleased to report a 23.3% increase in the number of Canadian visitors in August. Japan saw 21,900 Canadians in August 2016, compared to 17,758 in August 2015.

 

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

JR Bus
JR WEST BUS WEBSITE GOES MULTILINGUAL

The West Japan JR Bus Company’s website now offers convenient travel information in multiple languages for PC and smartphone. Travelers can access content in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese and Korean.

 

Find route information, follow the step-by-step user guide and even make ticket reservations online on the West Japan JR Bus Company website.


 

JR EAST TRAVEL SERVICE CENTER NOW OPEN IN IKEBUKURO STATION

JR East’s new Travel Service Center, located at the East Exit of Tokyo Ikebukuro station, is now available to make your railway journey a smooth one. Open daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, the 4 service counters offer tourism information, domestic travel products, Japan Rail Pass exchange and more with convenient service in English.


Learn more about the new Ikebukuro Center and find other JR East Travel Service Centers on the JR East website.

OSAKA’S NEW OMOTENASHI STATION

Osaka Station’s tourist information and railway information facilities are getting an upgrade! Moved to a larger and more prominent spot in front of the central ticket gate, the new “Travel Service Center OSAKA” will provide travel and tourism consultations, ticket sales, currency exchange and more. Set to open in March of 2017, the new center will be open year-round from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm.


Read the Press Release for more details.

Hida
HIDA MEGURI BUS PASS ON SALE

Take an easygoing bus tour around the most popular spots in Hida with the “Hida Meguri” bus “Free Pass”. This convenient pass is available in 2- and 3-day durations with a potential savings of up to 2,650 yen off the regular price! Pass holders also get additional benefits, including a free Hello Kitty gift and special privileges at 78 facilities in the area.


Get all the details here.

Tools
WIN PRIZES AT HANEDA WITH THE KEIKYU GACHA PROMOTION

Until November 13, 2016, overseas visitors can win various prizes with the Keikyu Gacha Promotion. Customers can purchase a Tokyo Subway Ticket or spend 2,000 yen or more in shopping purchases at various Wing airport Haneda stores to receive Gacha coins. Coins can be used in the Gacha capsule toy machines on the 2nd and 3rd floors of the International Terminal Station to receive prizes or claim tickets.


Learn how you can get your own Gacha prize on the Haneda Airport Access Guide page.

White Kitte
“WHITE KITTE” CHRISTMAS EVENT RETURNS

Experience a beautiful snowscape with one of the nation’s largest indoor Christmas tree displays. From November 24 to December 25, 2016, the annual “WHITE KITTE” event will be held at the JP Tower KITTE in Marunouchi, Tokyo. The natural fir tree will be embellished with artificial snow to give the appearance of a fresh snow fall. Visit the tree and take part in the additional events planned to get into the Christmas spirit!


Read the Press Release for more details.

FAM TOUR
FAM TOURS TEST OUT THE NEW HOKKAIDO SHINKANSEN

In collaboration with Air Canada, JNTO hosted an 8-day 6-night agent FAM tour in September. The group travelled from Tokyo into the Tohoku region to explore Shin-Aomori and Hirosaki, before taking the new Hokkaido Shinkansen up to Hakodate City in Hokkaido. During the tour, agents tried their hand at sushi-making, took in a Tsugaru Shamisen performance, learned the art of tea ceremony and experienced a hot spring bath.

 

 

 
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?


Matsusaka, in Mie Prefecture, is famous for “Matsusaka Momen”, an Indigo-dyed cotton with a distinctive striped pattern. Records of cotton-weaving in Matsusaka go back as far as the 5th century and the area is famous for the high quality of its fabric. To this day, Kabuki actors still wear Kimono made of Matsusaka Momen and the manufacturing process is regarded as a national treasure. Matsusaka Momen products make popular souvenirs and visitors can even try their hand at weaving the cotton themselves at the Matsusaka Cotton Weaving Center.


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