CANADIAN VISITOR ARRIVALS
INCREASE IN 2014

We are pleased to announce that Japan welcomed a total of 182,900 Canadian visitors from January to December 2014, making a 19.7% increase from the overall number of Canadian visitors in 2013.

We also saw a 21.5% increase in Canadian visitors in December 2014. Japan welcomed 17,700 Canadians in December 2014, compared to 14,562 in December 2013.

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


DROP IN AND SAY HELLO TO JNTO

Our JNTO Toronto office will be participating in 3 travel shows across Canada and we invite you to drop in and say hello!

The Outdoor Adventure Show Toronto
The International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario
February 20 – 22, 2015 outdooradventureshow.ca

The Outdoor Adventure Show Vancouver
Vancouver Convention Centre, Vancouver, British Colombia
March 7 – 8, 2015
outdooradventureshow.ca

The Travel and Vacation Show
Ottawa Convention Centre, Ottawa, Ontario
March 28 – 29, 2015
www.travelandvacationshow.ca


THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE WELCOMES MARC ATCHISON

JNTO Toronto is pleased to welcome veteran journalist Marc Atchison to our Canadian Experience page. Follow along as he weaves his way through the eateries in Tokyo, then join him on a journey through the historic landscape of Kanazawa.

Read Marc Atchison's Canadian Experience.


N’EX TOKYO ROUND TRIP TICKET

JR East will be selling the "N'EX TOKYO Round Trip Ticket" for overseas visitors from March 14, 2015. The new tickets enable visitors to reserve a seat on an ordinary car of the Narita Express at a discounted rate, and will replace the "N’EX TOKYO Direct Ticket (one Way)" which is currently available.

The JR East Pass will also undergo some changes on March 14, to coincide with the opening of the new Hokuriku Shinkansen line. The Hokuriku Shinsaken between Nagano and Joetsumyoko, and the Echigo TOKImeki Railway route between Naoetsu and Arai will be added, while the Shinetsu line between Nagano and Arai will be discontinued.

For more information on JR East's pass changes, read the Press Release.


SEIBU RAILWAY STOPS FOR ASHIGAKUBO ICICLES

The Ashigakubo icicles event, held from January 9 until March 1, 2015, is now easier to take in thanks to Seibu Railway. The railway company will be temporarily stopping some of their Red Arrow Limited Express trains at Ashigakubo Station so that visitors can take in the popular sightseeing spot. You can also see the view from the train, as they will be slowing down some of the trains on the Seibu Chichibu line between Ashigakubo Station and Yokoze Station on Fridays and Saturdays until February 28.

Ashigakubo Icicles are artificially created on the Ashigakubo mountainside in Yokoze Town by locals scattering water from waterfalls. Yokoze Town is located in the Chichibu District of Saitama Prefecture.

For details, read the Seibu Group Press Release.


UPCOMING EVENTS IN KANSAI

Kansai Window has released their latest information on events happening in Kansai this season. Some events to check out include:

The annual Oto Fire Festival held at Kamikura Shrine in Shingu City on February 6, 2015

The Iwashiro Plum Grove in Minabe Town, Wakayama Prefecture, from February 1 to March 1, 2015

The Plum Blossom Festival at the Osaka Prefectural Chikatsu Asuka Museum taking place from February 27 to March 1, 2015, and

The Awaji Yumebutai Orchid Exhibition 2015 held in Awaji City, Hyogo prefecture, from January 24 to March 8 2015.


SPRING COMES TO LAKE BIWA

Shiga Prefecture's go.biwako newsletter has released their new spring edition online. In this edition, learn about Biwako Biraki, an annual ritual that marks the start of the sightseeing season on Lake Biwa; the Long Ride, a bicycle ride through the magnificent scenery around Lake Biwa; and various Sake breweries tours that you can join in Shiga prefecture.

Read the latest edition of go.biwako for details.


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Canadian Visitor Arrivals Increase in 2014
Drop in and Say Hello to JNTO
The Canadian Experience Welcomes Marc Atchison
N'EX Tokyo Round Trip Ticket
Seibu Railway Stops for Ashigakubo Icicles
Upcoming Events in Kansai
Spring Comes to Lake Biwa
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