News from JNTO Toronto Office
WINTER 2017

 

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Airport
2016 GOES OUT WITH A BANG

Our JNTO Toronto Office would like to thank all of our supporters for your efforts in 2016. The number of Canadian visitors to Japan rose steadily throughout 2016, culminating in a record 18.1% increase over 2015 (273,200 visitors in 2016 compared to 231,390 visitors in 2015). We are also pleased to see that 2017 is off to a good start; January saw a 27.8% increase over the same time last year (22,600 visitors in January 2017 compared to 17,681 visitors in January 2016).

 

Keep up the good work!

 

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

Kansai
EXPLORE FOOD TOURISM IN KANSAI

Kansai International Airport is hosting a Welcome to KANSAI! “Food Tourism” event at the Kansai Tourism Information Center in the Terminal 1 International Arrivals lobby. From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on March 8th and 9th, visitors can learn about food tourism in Kansai and enjoy a tea ceremony, ginger cocktail bar, and ring toss bingo game with Kansai food mascots.


Learn more about the Welcome to KANSAI! “Food Tourism” event.

JR
BUY JAPAN RAIL PASS IN JAPAN

Traditionally available only via overseas providers, the ever-popular Japan Rail Pass can now be purchased in Japan until March 31, 2018. The pass can be purchased at several major stations, as well as at New-Chitose, Narita, Haneda and Kansai Airports.


Learn more about the Japan Rail Pass Trial Period.

Hotel
KEIO PLAZA HOTEL DISPLAYS MT. FUJI

In commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of renowned kimono artist Itchiku Kubota, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo in Shinjuku will be hosting a free Mt. Fuji Exhibition. From March 28th to April 30th, the third floor Art Lobby and other locations around the hotel will house six of Mr. Kubota’s Mt. Fuji pieces, done in the Itchiku Tujigahana style of dyeing. Two other pieces of his Yuzen dyeing artwork will also be on display, along with pieces from his Tombodama ancient glass bead collection, his calligraphy brushes and ink stones.


During the month of April, special menus will be offered at the hotel’s restaurants, “Duo Fourchettes”, “Kagari” and “Soujuan”.

 

Learn more about Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo’s Mt. Fuji Exhibition.

Hirosaki
TAKE A GUIDED TOUR OF HIROSAKI PARK WITH SMART GLASSES

Enjoy Hirosaki Park awash in cherry blossoms or freshly-fallen snow, any time of the year! Smart glasses with 360 degree panorama clips enhance your visual experience while you explore the history of Hirosaki Park with a guided tour. Available in English, Mandarin, Korean, Thai and Japanese, the 70-minute tour is available for same-day bookings.


Learn more about the Hirosaki Park Smart Glasses Guide Tour.

FREE CHII BUS TICKET FOR AIRPORT LIMOUSINE CUSTOMERS

From March 1st, Airport Limousine Bus customers travelling to and from Narita and Haneda Airports will be offered complimentary tickets on the Chii Bus, a community bus service operated by Fuji Express Co., Ltd. for Minato City in Tokyo. Customers travelling from the airport should ask for a connection ticket from staff at the Airport Limousine Bus Tokyo Garden Terrace, while those heading to the airport will be refunded their Chii Bus Fare at the Tokyo Garden Terrace upon their arrival.


Find out how toyou’re your free Chii Bus Ticket.

 

 
Kawagoe
KOEDO KAWAGOE SPRING FESTIVAL GETS IN GEAR

Only 30 minutes from central Tokyo, the historic town of Koedo Kawagoe is getting ready for their annual Spring Festival. As an area retaining the culture and atmosphere of the Edo period, Koedo Kawagoe is an excellent place to step back in time. The festivities kick off March 25th with Koedo-Kawagoe Edo Day, followed by boating on the Shin-Gashi river on March 26th. Enjoy the Ichibangai shopping street, Kawagoe festival music and street performances and more! The Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival runs from March 25th until May 5th, 2017.


Learn about the Edo period at the Koedo Kawagoe Spring Festival.

 

 

 
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?

 

Oita Prefecture is the number one producer of madake, Japanese timber bamboo, which is used to make Beppu bamboo ware. A designated tradition craft of Oita Prefecture, Beppu bamboo ware commonly takes the form of woven baskets and is a popular souvenir.


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