Happy New Year from JNTO Toronto!

As this year draws to an end, we want to thank you for your continued interest in Japan tourism. Looking forward to 2011, we can't wait to continue telling you about more great events, deals and other useful Japan travel tips. Whether you are planning on making this life-changing journey for the first time or returning to discover yet another new and exciting part of this diverse country, we look forward to providing you with the information you need.

Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu!

JNTO President Gives Special Interview to
Three Canadian Travel Trade Magazines

At Visit Japan Travel Mart 2010, JNTO President Mr. Tadatoshi Mamiya gave a special interview to the editors of three of Canada's major travel trade magazines: Canadian Traveller, Tourisme Plus, and Travel Courier.

The editors were among 30 journalists from 15 countries who participated. During the interview, many elements of Japanese tourism and the Canadian market were discussed. Mr. Mamiya emphasized that the warmth and hospitality of the Japanese people are at the heart of Japan's tourist appeal.

This year, 13 Canadian tour operators participated in the Visit Japan Travel Mart, which took place at Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture, Nov. 25 & 26, 2010. The event featured some 260 tour operators and travel agents from 23 countries, plus an impressive 370 suppliers.

Air Canada Direct Vancouver to
Haneda Flight Rescheduled

Inaugural Flight Date for Haneda-Vancouver Rescheduled

Please note that the inaugural flight date for the new service between Haneda and Vancouver is now rescheduled to March 3, 2011 for departure from Vancouver and March 5, 2011 for departure from Haneda.

All affected customers will be contacted by Air Canada and details of any adjustment on reservations and tickets will be provided at that time. If you booked with a travel agent, please contact the booking agent for assistance.
If you have any enquiries, please contact Air Canada: 1-888-247-2262.

From Winter Blues to Ocean Blue:
Escape to Okinawa

Does the winter weather have you chilled? Need a break from the snow to warm up and relax? Why not take a trip to the stunning island paradise of Okinawa? Nestled in the Pacific Ocean, far south from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo or Osaka, this tropical destination offers a unique way to experience Japanese culture. With endless blue ocean, untouched old-growth forests rife with exotic animals, pristine beaches, world class resorts, and the fascinating Ryuku culture, the question is not why Okinawa—it's why not?

These tropical islands not only offer the friendly people and delicious food that you would expect in Japan, but also an incredibly diverse underwater world to explore. Okinawa forms part of the Ryukyu Archipelago, which stretches as a chain of around 160 small and large islands. The region is known to have one of the largest coral habitats in the world, and its superb dive sites compare with other well-known sites such as the Great Barrier Reef or the Galapagos Islands. Thanks to the tropical climate you can dive all year long, so go ahead and plan your winter escape today!

For more information on diving in Okinawa:

For the newly released online guide to sightseeing in Okinawa:

New Bullet Train to Northern Japan's Beautiful Aomori Prefecture

Imagine being whisked along through the brilliant blues and greens of dramatic mountain peaks and glittering oceans in tranquil silence, enjoying Japan's renowned customer service—at 260 kilometres per hour. Japan's sleek shinkansen, or bullet trains, are convenient, efficient, comfortable, and safe, and since Dec. 4, 2010 they can take you all the way to Aomori.

The JR Tohoku Shinkansen line, one of eight high-speed rail lines connecting the country, has been extended to the northernmost prefecture of its main island, Honshu. Now the journey from Tokyo to Aomori is a quick four-hour jaunt from Tokyo. Even better, you can use your Japan Rail Pass to make the trip!

Aomori prefecture is yet another unique destination in Japan that remains largely undiscovered by Canadians. The region boasts melt-in-your-mouth tuna and access to the Shirakami mountains. Shirakami, a World Heritage site, is one of the last natural beech forests left in East Asia. The mountain range reaches an altitude of around 1000 metres and is home to a stunning variety of unique plants and rare animals, like the black woodpecker, the Japanese serow and the golden eagle. This primeval beech forest makes for great walking and hiking, or if you're feeling adventurous, there are also full-fledged climbing courses to reach mountain summits such as Shirakami-dake and Tengu-dake.

mon? Aside from the fact that they are both excellent places to spend your time in Japan, they also have both recently released useful online guidebooks. The Hiroshima Architecture Walk Guidebook, released by Architecture Walk Hiroshima, provides tips on how to enjoy architecture for beginners, excellent maps of buildings of interest in Hiroshima, and a fascinating timeline on the development of the city. The Niseko guidebook gives great tips on exploring the many highlights of the region and excellent maps and photos of attractions. It also includes great practical tips for visitors, such as regional seasonal temperatures, great deals like the All Mountain Pass for skiers, and specific locations for great photo opportunities.

Where in Japan?

In this section, you will find a photo of a location in Japan. Please enjoy guessing where you think it might be. To find out if you were right, watch for the answer on our new Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ilovejapancanada. Don't forget to 'Like' the page to stay up to date on the latest promotions, events and travel tips, plus learn more about Japanese destinations and culture!

November Newsletter Answer

The answer to November's Where in Japan? photo is posted on our Facebook page now!

Don't have a Facebook account? Don't worry, you can still see our page and the answer. Go to www.facebook.com/ilovejapancanada and click on Photos.

(Please note that this is not a contest. It is not necessary to contact the JNTO Toronto Office with your guesses.)

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E-mail: info@jntoyyz.com
Website: www.ilovejapan.ca