A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF JNTO

Japan awaits you with events to make your heart race
and un-spoilt nature to soothe your soul

Summer in Japan offers enjoyment for all, with colourful matsuri festivals in every region and huge, artistic firework displays that make the night sky their canvas.

There are all sorts of activities and events on offer, each designed to make it possible for visitors to fully experience and appreciate the beauty of Japan, from her mountains to her seas. Gently unwind on a beach resort in Okinawa, where the azure of the sky is matched only by the deep blue of the sea. Or visit Hokkaido, where stunning scenery abounds.

Summer is the season during which Japanese traditional cuisine delights with a refreshing elegance. It is also the time of year when many a bargain awaits shoppers in the Summer Sales. I would like everyone in the world to come and experience what Japan has to offer in the summer.

It is our role at the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) to use the Web and Social Networking Services (SNS) to introduce Japan to the people of the world and to highlight Japan's uniquely attractive qualities, which can be enjoyed in safety and in comfort. In April of this year, we launched our "Discover the Spirit of Japan" Website. The site contains lots of films and information about Japanese culture and the Japanese people, so please do take a look. I am sure it will give you an even better idea of what makes Japan so attractive a destination.

DISCOVER the SPIRIT of JAPAN
www.visitjapan.jp
Facebook
www.facebook.com/visitjapaninternational

Every day, visitors from all over the world experience the renowned hospitality of the Japanese and are able to thoroughly enjoy all Japan has to offer.

It is my sincere wish that you will visit Japan. You can be sure of a very warm welcome.

Ryoichi Matsuyama President,
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

May 14, 2013


ODAKYU SHINJUKU STORE WELCOMES TRAVELEX

The has unveiled the Foreign Exchange Service Travelex "Odakyu Shinjuku" store inside the Odakyu Travel Shinjuku West Travel Center. To help celebrate the opening, foreign exchange discount coupons will be distributed to customers who purchase a Hakone Freepass or Limited Express tickets for the Limited Express "Romancecar" at the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center in Shinjuku. Those who bring the coupon and exchange more than the equivalent of 30,000 yen will receive a special rate.

The Odakyu Travel Shinjuku West Travel Centre is located on the ground floor concourse outside Shinjuku Station's West Exit. The center is open on weekdays from 10am to 7pm and on weekends and holidays from 10am to 6pm. The Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center is located on the same premises and has staff members who are fluent in several foreign languages, including English, Chinese, and Korean.

To learn more about the Odakyu Sightseeing Service Center, click here.


SEVEN BANK DISCONTINUES ATM SERVICES FOR OVERSEAS-ISSUED MASTERCARDS

Users of overseas-issued MasterCard brand cash cards and credit cards will no longer be able to withdraw Japanese yen or perform balance inquiries at Seven Bank ATMs as of Friday, April 19, 2013. Seven Bank, Ltd. has had to discontinue these services in response to a revision in conditions by MasterCard but the company is in talks with MasterCard to resume ATM services for the affected cards as soon as possible. 

Overseas-issued cards which are still accepted at Seven Bank ATMs are as follows:

Brand Available Services Service hours
VISA Withdrawals
Balance inquiries
0:00 – 24:00
American Express Withdrawals 0:05 – 23:50
JCB Withdrawals 0:10 - 23:50
China UnionPay Withdrawals
Balance Inquiries
0:10 – 23:50
DISCOVER Withdrawals 0:10 - 23:50
Diners Club Withdrawals 0:05 – 23:55

Visit the Seven Bank website for more information.


TOKYO DISNEY RESORT CELEBRATES ITS 30TH ANNIVERSARY

Tokyo Disney Resort 30th: The Happiness Year
Anniversary Celebration Starts on April 15!

"Tokyo Disney Resort® 30th: The Happiness Year" begins on April 15, 2013 and continues through March 20, 2014 to mark this milestone anniversary for the Resort. During the 340 days of celebration, the Disney characters, the Cast Members and all Guests visiting the Resort will be able to share a whole new level of happiness. Guests will find new entertainment, a new Tokyo Disneyland® attraction, commemorative merchandise, special menus, delightful decorations and more.

The history of Tokyo Disney Resort began on April 15, 1983 with the opening of Tokyo Disneyland Park, followed by the openings of Tokyo DisneySea® Park and three Disney Hotels. From the beginning, Tokyo Disney Resort has been a place where "dreams come true," creating memories filled with happiness for all the Guests. And so, the theme for this major milestone year is "happiness." During this yearlong celebration, Guests will be able to share new discoveries, wonder and excitement with their family and friends, as well as with the Disney characters and the Cast Members.

Kicking off "The Happiness Year" on April 15 will be the new Tokyo Disneyland daytime parade, "Happiness Is Here." The Disney characters show various types of happiness in this colorful, exhilarating parade that is 500 meters long. All the Guests are sure to have smiles on their faces as they watch the spectacular new parade.

And then on May 7 at Tokyo Disneyland, the new attraction Star Tours: The Adventures Continue will debut. With 3D visuals and more than 50 different story combinations, the attraction will offer Guests new experiences and unexpected thrills each time they ride.

Decorations at the two Parks and other locations around the Resort will feature the motif of colorful Happiness Balloons. Guests will find special merchandise with balloon motifs and special menus with tasty dishes that will delight the eye. The three Disney Hotels will serve a variety of lavish menus, while Tokyo Disneyland Hotel will offer room amenities designed just for the anniversary. And Happiness Balloons will decorate one of the monorail trains of the Disney Resort Line as well. Guests will be able to enjoy the happiness of this milestone year wherever they go in the Resort.

Please visit the Tokyo Disney Resort website for more details.

IS JAPAN COOL? SEASON 3

Season 3 of the All Nippon Airlines "Is Japan Cool?" interactive website is now online.

The categories for season 3 are:
Traditions
Kawaii
Ramen

Visit the pages now to vote on the coolest things about Japan!

ANA is also running the following campaigns:
Fly With ANA, Stay with Hoshino Resorts
Experience Japan Fare

For details on any of the above campaigns, visit the "Is Japan Cool?" website.

JAPAN MONTHLY WEB MAGAZINE: JUNE EDITION

Keep up with what's new and cool in Japan. Read JNTO's Japan Monthly Web Magazine!

In the June 2013 Issue:

Read it now!


IKEMEN HOLLYWOOD JOINS THE SHIN-YOKOHAMA RAMEN MUSEUM LINEUP

As ramen spreads across the globe, the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum has decided to invite a non-Japanese shop to their roster. American Ikemen Hollywood, which offers a fusion of American and Japanese-style ikemen, was selected to be the global representative and set up shop in the museum on April 24th.

To learn more about this project, visit the Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum website.


CULTURE CORNER

Test yourself!  How well do you know Japanese culture?  In this section, we'll give you a photo and a question to test your knowledge about Japan and its culture.

What traditional fishing method involves flaming lanterns and cormorants?

Curious?  Visit the Newsletter section of our website for the answer!  You can also view previous editions of the newsletter.


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A Message from the President of JNTO
Odakyu Shinjuku Store Welcomes Travelex
Seven Bank Discontinues Atm Services For Overseas-Issued Mastercards
Tokyo Disney Resort Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary
Is Japan Cool? Season 3
Japan Monthly Web Magazine: May Edition
Ikemen Hollywood Joins The Shin-Yokohama Ramen Museum Lineup
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