OKINAWA STORY MEDIA LIBRARY

Looking for media content on Okinawa? Okinawa Prefecture and the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) have created the Okinawa Story Media library to provide free movies, photographs, and music for the media and entrepreneurs in the tourism industry. The library has pages in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, and Japanese, and aims to effectively promote Okinawa by offering the latest media content. The site allows users to search for high-resolution images and HD movies of nature, tourist spots, annual events, traditional culture, accommodations, mass transportation, and more.

Visit the Okinawa Story Media Library.


KOYASAN WORLD HERITAGE TICKET

See the beautiful autumn leaves in Koyasan with Nankai Electric Railway's Koyasan World Heritage Ticket! The "Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range" on Koyasan in Wakayama Prefecture are a registered World Heritage site. Nankai Electric Railways Co., Ltd now makes it easier than ever to visit Koyasan with more frequent train service on Saturdays and holidays. The Koyasan World Heritage Ticket includes a discount round trip ticket to Koyasan from the station where the ticket is sold, a two-day Nankai Rinkan bus pass for travel in Koyasan, and discount tickets for souvenirs and admission. Tickets are sold at major Nankai Railway stations and are valid for 2 consecutive days.

For more information on the Koyasan World Heritage Ticket, read the Nankai Electric Railway press release.

You can also learn more about Koyasan and autumn leaves in Osaka and its vicinity.


TAKE THE FAST WAY TO THE EXPRESSWAY

Driving through central Japan? The Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited (NEXCO) has launched sales of their new HAYATABI Central Nippon Expressway Pass 2014 for foreign visitors to Japan. Between January 25, 2014 and March 31, 2015, users can purchase a pass for unlimited use of the expressways in central Japan for a flat fee. The pass allows use of the Electronic Toll Collection System (ETC) lane and eliminates the need to stop at toll plazas to pay.

Passes are available for 2 to 14 consecutive days, with rates varying from 5,000 yen for a 2-day pass to 16,000 yen for a 14-day pass. The passes can be used with rental vehicles from Toyota Rent-A-Lease Aichi/Gifu/Fukui Co., Ltd. and Times Mobility Networks Co., Ltd.

For more information, visit NEXCO Central's website.


SAVE WITH THE OMOTENASHI SPIRIT CAMPAIGN

Tokyo Metro Co., Ltd. and Bic Camera Inc. have partnered up to offer overseas visitors a chance to save on their shopping until March 31, 2014. Purchasing the Tokyo Metro Special One or Two-day Open Ticket at select Bic Camera stores will allow visitors to combine the savings of the Tokyo Metro pass with additional rebates on their purchases at BIC Camera. Upon purchasing the Open Ticket at select Bic Camera Stores, visitors will receive a 5% tax exemption plus an additional 8% off their shopping when they present their passport and Tokyo Metro ticket at the following stores: the Bic Camera Yurakucho Store, the BICQLO Bic Camera Shinjuku Station East Exit Store, and the BIC Camera Akasaka-Mitsuke Station Store.

For details, read the press release or visit the Tokyo Metro website.


1-DAY FROM NAMBA TO KOBE

Get unlimited one-day travel on Hanshin Electric Railway lines from Namba to Kobe with the Hanshin Tourist Pass! Non-Japanese visitors on short-stay tourist visas can purchase the pass for 500 yen at the following locations: the Kansai Airport Travel Desk, the Hanshin Electric Railway Service Center (Sannomiya Station), the Hankyu Tourist Center OSAKA-UMEDA (Hankyu Railway Umeda Station), Hotel New Hankyu Osaka, and Hotel Hanshin. Passes are on sale until March 31, 2014 and will remain valid until April 30, 2014.

For details, visit the Hanshin Electric Railway Co., Ltd. website.


FREE WI-FI IN MIYAKO HOTELS

Miyako Hotels and Resorts will offer free Wi-Fi in all of their guestrooms, restaurants, and public areas at all major properties located in popular tourism destinations. Currently, free in-room Wi-Fi services are only available at 5 Miyako properties: the Sheraton Miyako Hotels in Tokyo and Osaka, Westin Miyako and New Miyako Hotels in Kyoto, and Hotel Kintetsu Universal City. A total of 4869 guestrooms at 14 Miyako hotels will have free Wi-Fi by the end of March 2014.

For details, read the Miyako Hotels & Resorts News Release.


JAL OFFERS SPECIAL FARE TO TOHOKU VISITORS

JAL Group Airlines is now offering a special oneworld YOKOSO/Visit TOHOKU Fare for visitors to the Tohoku region. Eligible customers can purchase economy class tickets at a reduced fare until March 31, 2014 (see chart below). Class J tickets are not included but may be purchased at check-in on a standby basis.

Number of Sectors
Fare
One
JPY 5,250
Two
JPY 10,500
Three
JPY 15,750
Four
JPY 21,000
Five
JPY 26,250

For details and reservations contact your nearest Japan Airlines office.


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