News from JNTO Toronto Office
WINTER 2016

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
CANADIAN VISITS JUMP IN OCTOBER

We are delighted to announce an extraordinary 35.6% increase in the number of Canadian visitors in October. Japan saw 29,700 Canadians in October 2016, compared to 21,902 in October 2015.


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

TOKYO METRO OPENS AN INFORMATION DESK AT UENO STATION

Tokyo Metro is adding a new Passenger Information Desk at Ueno Station on December 1st, 2016. Similar to their current Information desks at Ginza, Shinjuku, Omotesando and Shibuya stations, the new location will have English- and Chinese-speaking staff to provide information on the station facilities, how to use the Tokyo Metro, airport access information and tourism information.


A new subway ticket for foreign travelers will also be available for purchase from December 1st. The Tokyo Subway 24/48/72-hour Ticket will be valid on all Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway lines and can be purchased at the Passenger Information Desks in Ginza, Shinjuku, Omotesando and Ueno stations.


For more details, read the Tokyo Metro Press Release.

ENHANCE YOUR VISIT WITH TABIDO

Visiting Takayama? Make the most of your trip with the new TABIDO app.


Find information on tourist spots, get maps with route guidance, participate in a stamp rally to win an original gift, and shop smart with coupons to save you more on products and admission fees.


Enhance your trip with special 360° panoramic videos of Takayama in different seasons, an augmented reality simulation of the Edo period in the historic Takayama Jinya building, or a virtual reality rickshaw ride down the streets.


TABIDO is available for free download on Google Play and the App Store.

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TRAVEL IN YOUR 20s WITH HOSHINO RESORTS

To encourage the younger generation to travel and experience a stay in a traditional Japanese ryokan, Hoshino Resorts KAI is offering travelers in their 20s a special discounted rate from January 4th to March 31st, 2017. For 19,000 JPY, Hoshino offers a one night stay with 2 meals and includes an English RYOKAN guidebook explaining kaiseki-style dining, tips for wearing a traditional garment yukata, and how to enjoy an onsen hot spring bath.


Learn more about how you can Travel in your 20s.

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HOTELS: NEW AND NEWLY-RENOVATED

In October, the brand new Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto opened its doors in Kyoto’s Higashiyama district. A contemporary jewel in the heart of Kyoto’s ancient temple district, the new hotel offers a historic garden, tea house, and the finest modern amenities. Explore the new Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto.


The Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa has undergone a complete overhaul and is ready to welcome guests with its newly renovated guest rooms, lobby and restaurants. From the excellent service in the new “Club Floor” to the soothing relaxation services in the TAKANAWA HANAKOHRO annex, the Grand Prince Hotel Takanawa has a lot to offer.

FAM TOURS TEST OUT THE NEW HOKKAIDO SHINKANSEN

In collaboration with Japan Airlines and Royal Scenic, JNTO hosted an 8-day 6-night agent FAM tour in October. 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 and experienced a hot spring bath.

TOKYO DISNEY RESORTS® UNVEILS NEW SEASONAL PROGRAMS

Tokyo Disney Resort® is celebrating the new year with some special events at Tokyo Disneyland® Park and Tokyo DisneySea® Park. Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and the other Disney Characters will be greeting guests on the Parade Route (Tokyo Disneyland®) and the Mediterranean Harbor (Tokyo DisneySea®) twice a day from January 1st through 5th. Donald Duck will be featured in decorations, special merchandise and special food items in honor of the upcoming Year of the Rooster.


For those visiting a little later in the season, there will also be some exciting new programs running from January 13th to March 17th, 2017. Tokyo Disneyland® will be hosting “Anna and Elsa’s Frozen Fantasy” programs including a castle projection show, a parade, and a winter greeting show, as well as special Frozen decorations, merchandise and food. Tokyo DisneySea® will be wrapping up their 15th Anniversary celebrations with special performances, decorations, merchandise and food. They will also be bringing back their Sweet Duffy program with cute decorations, special merchandise, new menus and a photo location.


For complete details on these and other upcoming events, visit the Tokyo Disney Resort® website.

 
 

 

 

 

 
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?


Wajima lacquerware is widely known as a top-quality utility lacquerware and has been designated as a traditional craft by the government of Japan. Originating in Ishikawa prefecture’s Wajima city, Wajima lacquerware became well known during the Edo Period when a powder made from crushing baked Wajima clay was discovered, giving Wajima lacquer increased durability. Characterized by beautiful techniques involving embedded gold sheets and coloured powders, the Wajima lacquerware that is produced today was made popular during the Meiji Period. The crafting process is extremely complex, with as many as 124 individual steps involved in making a single hand-crafted piece.


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