Kyoto Winter Special

December 1, 2009 - March 31, 2010

Our winter campaign is growing in popularity through two exciting events:  the Hanatouro (flower lantern) Event and the Restaurant Winter Special.  The Hanatouro Event includes special sightseeing of historic landmarks and the opportunity to experience Kyoto's traditional cityscapes glowing in the warm light of beautiful lanterns.  During the Restaurant Winter Special, a multitude of restaurants in Kyoto will offer set menus of delicious local cuisine.

www.kyotowinterspecial.com
www.hanatouro.jp/e/index.html


1300th Anniversary Celebration of Nara,
Japan's First Capital

Nara is where the very first capital of Japan was founded some 1300 years ago, and is located just 30 minutes from another former capital city, Kyoto.  Given Nara's impressive World Heritage sites, including the great Buddha statue and the world's oldest wooden structure, the city represents an important foundation of the historical and cultural traditions of Japan.  This year, the city will commemorate this momentous anniversary at the Heijo Palace site, the main venue of the celebration, as well as at various locations throughout Nara Prefecture.  Celebrations will include a wide array of cultural exhibits, exclusive sightseeing opportunities at ancient sites, tours to historic landmarks, international conferences and more.

Visit Japan Winter Campaign

January - March, 2010

A multitude of exciting events across Japan will welcome foreign tourists as part of the 2010 "Visit Japan Year (VJY)" campaign.  Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy all Japan has to offer, from culture and history to food and shopping.  This nationwide initiative includes special events not to be missed, as well as limited-time discounts and special offers at various accommodations, shopping centres, restaurants, and other facilities welcoming foreign tourists. 

www.vjy2010.jp/about/campaign.html


Sapporo Snow Festival

February 5 - 11, 2010

One of Japan's largest winter events, the Sapporo Snow Festival, continues to grow in popularity, attracting around two million visitors annually.  Held in three locations in Sapporo, the festival features breathtaking snow statues and ice sculptures that turn the city into a winter wonderland.  Odori Park, the main venue of the event, features a 1.5 km snow museum, while International Square is used as the stage for the International Snow Statue Contest.  Why not take a walk at night and see the hundreds of statues lit up into glowing crystals?

www.snowfes.com/english/index.html


Tokyo Marathon 2010

February 28, 2010

In the fourth annual Tokyo Marathon, only 35,000 runners out of the 310,000 applicants will be selected by lottery to participate in the race.  The number of marathon applicants grows each year, a testament to Tokyo's athletic prowess as it heads towards the 2016 Olympic bid.  This prestigious international event starts in front of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office in Shinjuku, and the race route winds through many of Tokyo's landmarks.

www.tokyo42195.org


Niigata Sake Event

March 13 - 14, 2010

Held in Niigata, Japan's central region for sake manufacturing, this event showcases a wide array of Japan's finest sake.  Over 500 labels will be exhibited at the Toki Messe Convention Centre.  In addition to having the greatest variety of sake, Niigata is also renowned for the quality of its sake due to the chilly weather and high-quality rice of the region.


Tokyo International Anime Fair 2010

March 25 - 28, 2010

Anime appeals to both the young and old across the globe, and this annual event is a tribute to its immense popularity.  Held in the birthplace of anime, more than 250 anime-related organizations and businesses will attend this unique trade show. Don't miss the on-stage extravaganza, including performances by anime theatre groups, charity auctions and panel discussions by anime artists.

www.tokyoanime.jp/en/


Kabuki-za Renovation

April 2010

One of the most important of the traditional Japanese arts is Kabuki theatre, and Kabuki-za, the largest theatre reserved for kabuki, is also its most famous.  This national cultural asset building was originally erected in Ginza in 1889, and will be temporarily closed in April 2010 for renovations.  Most of the original building was destroyed in a fire and rebuilt in 1950; however, the original façade remains, and this is the last opportunity to see this beautiful and significant Ginza landmark.  The new theatre will open in the commercial complex in 2013. 

www.shochiku.co.jp/play/kabukiza/theater/


New Express Route to Narita Airport

Narita Airport will be more accessible and convenient to reach from downtown Tokyo with the introduction of the new Airport Express Skyliner.  Introduced by Keisei Electric Railway Company, one of the companies servicing passengers travelling between Narita and downtown Tokyo, the Skyliner is a new train car that will also follow a new route.  The innovative new car was designed by famous fashion guru Kansai Yamato, and will make the trip between the airport and Nippori station in a quick 36 minutes at a dazzling 99.4 miles (160 km) per hour.


Setouchi International Art Festival

July 19 - October 3, 2010

The Seto Inland Sea (Setouchi) of Japan is already an important destination for art lovers due to its outdoor art site on Naoshima Island.  The Art Festival aims to encourage cooperation between international artists and locals amidst the natural beauty of the islands.  The innovative project joins six islands in an effort to share the unique island traditions in creating memorable and diverse artistic collaborations.

http://setouchi-artfest.jp/en/


October 2010 - New Runway and World's First Airport Planetarium at Haneda Airport

In October 2010, Haneda Airport, mainly reserved for domestic flights out of Tokyo, is scheduled to open its fourth runway.  Runway D will not only service some international flights, but also increase the airport's departures from 300,000 to 410,000 annually.  A new terminal building that will feature the world's first airport planetarium will complement Haneda's new runway.  Located on the top of the five-story building, the planetarium will offer shows every half hour for busy travellers in need of entertainment.


For more Festivals & Events in Japan, please access
www.jnto.go.jp/eng/location/festivals/

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