RECORD INCREASE IN GLOBAL VISITOR ARRIVALS TO JAPAN

The Japan National Tourism Organization is proud to announce a record rise in the number of visitors to Japan.

The total number of visitors to Japan was up 24.0% in 2013, going from 8,358,105 in 2012 to 10,364,000 in 2013. The number of visitors continues to go up with our most recent statistics from January 2014 showing an estimated 943,900 visitors, up 41.2% from 668,610 in January 2013.

The number of Canadian visitors to Japan has also gone up, with a 12.9% overall increase from 135,355 in 2012 to 152,800 in 2013. There were 12,800 Canadian visitors in January 2014, up 27.4% from the January 2013 figure of 10,045.

We would like to thank everyone who helped make this possible. We will continue to grow and look forward to welcoming more visitors to Japan in the future.
For all of our detailed statistical information, visit our Tourism Statistics page.


CANADIANS LEARN ABOUT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN JAPAN

JNTO Toronto participated in the Outdoor Adventure Show held in Toronto between February 21st and 23rd 2014 as a part of the Japan Pavilion. Final attendance for the show had not been released at the time of writing but last year's show saw 28,800 visitors and this year’s numbers are expected to be similar. Visitors were able to chat with staff at the Pavilion and enjoy cultural performances and travel presentations at our opening reception. Many people were surprised to learn that Japan boasts a wide variety of outdoor activities in many locations.

The Japan Pavilion was organized by the Japan Tourism Agency, the Embassy of Japan, the Consulate-General of Japan in Toronto, the Japan Foundation, the Japan External Trade Organization and the Japan National Tourism Organization. Visit The Outdoor Adventure Show website.


CANADA-JAPAN FLIGHTS BECOME MORE CONVENIENT AND COMFORTABLE

Japan Airlines (JAL) landed its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Vancouver International Airport on February 3rd as part of its regularly-scheduled passenger service. JAL was recently named the "Most Punctual Major Global Airline of 2013" for the 4th time since 2009.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) will see its first flights to Canada on March 30th, 2014 with its new daily, non-stop service from Vancouver to Tokyo Haneda Airport.

Air Canada has also scheduled daily, non-stop flights to Tokyo Haneda Airport from Toronto starting July 1st 2014. The route will be served by the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and complement their existing flights to Tokyo Narita Airport from Toronto, Calgary, and Vancouver.


ANA'S "FLY VANCOUVER=TOKYO" CONTEST

All Nippon Airways (ANA) has launched their new "Fly Vancouver=Tokyo" contest! There are 202 prizes available to be won until April 30th, 2014. Canadian residents can enter to win one of the following prizes:

  • One pair of ANA business-class, round-trip tickets from Vancouver to Tokyo Haneda Airport
  • One pair of ANA economy-class, round-trip tickets from Vancouver to Tokyo Haneda Airport
  • One of 200 JAPADOG® $5 gift certificates

For contest details, visit ANA's website.


THE BLOOM OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS

Discover Japan's iconic cherry blossoms with our cherry blossom forecast. Updated for 2014, the forecast provides you with the information you need to plan your Hanami party. The date of the first bloom and the average full bloom period is listed by city so you can plan your itinerary accordingly. Also check out our articles on cherry blossoms and viewing parties.

The cherry blossom season has already begun in Oita Prefecture! The blooms begin in mid February and last until early May. Oita prefecture has released a list of popular cherry blossom viewing spots on their website to help you on your way.


BUY YOUR SUMO TICKETS ONLINE

You can now purchase your sumo tournament tickets in advance online! Ticket Oosumo has opened their ticket-sales website to overseas customers, allowing you to buy your tickets before you come to Japan.  See tournament information, detailed ticket information, and available seating on the Ticket Oosumo website.


NANKAI OPENS ONLINE BOOKING SITE

Overseas visitors are now able to purchase train tickets and travel goods online before coming to Japan thanks to Nankai Electric Railways' new web booking system. Airline tickets, value passenger tickets for the Kansai area, landing-type travel commodities, and other items can be purchased with a credit card. A voucher will be issued via email which can then be exchanged for a real ticket at the Tourist Support Center in Kansai-Airport Station.

Nankai’s booking site is currently available in English and Korean and will soon be available in simplified and traditional Chinese. For more information and to book your tickets online, visit Nankai’s "How to Enjoy Osaka" website.


GRAND PARK OTARU CELEBRATES ITS 5TH YEAR

Grand Park Otaru is turning 5 years old. To mark the occasion, the hotel is offering an array of special privileges for guests between March and October 2014. The Fabulous Five Package includes the Mountain view Superior Room with a choice of breakfast or lunch buffet for 2 people, complimentary late check-out, up to 20% discount on food and beverages, 50% discount on parking, and the option to upgrade to an Ocean-View Room for only JPY 500 per person. The package is valid for the first five bookings daily. For inquiries or more information, call 81-134-21-3111 or email info.gpot@parkhotelgroup.com.


WI-FI CONTINUES TO EXPAND

The number of Wi-Fi spots and connection options continue to increase as service providers make it easier for tourists to connect while travelling in Japan.

The Osaka Government Tourism Bureau provides "Osaka Free Wi-Fi", a convenient internet service that tourists can use on their smartphones and tablets. The service is available in a number of tourist destinations across the city, from Kansai International Airport to hotels and restaurants. Users also have access to the free Osaka Enjoy Rally service that provides access to rewards and benefits at participating retailers through coupons won in free online games. Find out more on the Osaka Tourist Guide website.

In cooperation with New Chitose Airport, Wi-Ho® and TelecomSquare have joined forces to launch their Hokkaido Spring Festival Campaign. For only JPY 888 a day, you can connect up to 10 devices simultaneously through a mobile Wi-Fi router. The router is a portable Wi-Fi base station, allowing you to connect smartphones and tablets on the road or in your hotel. Pick up your device at New Chitose Airport to qualify for the discount. For more information, visit TelecomSquare's website.

Nippon Telegraph and Telephone East Corporation (NTT East) and NAVITIME JAPAN Co., Ltd. have launched "Free Wi-Fi Spot Search," a convenient offline feature in the NAVITIME for Japan Travel app. In addition to signing up for NTT East's free 2-week Wi-Fi service, users will now also be able to search for nearby Wi-Fi hotspots, including information on the name, address, and telephone number of the hotspot location. Searchable hotspots will not only include the 40,000 shops and facilities covered by NTT East's network but also the 10,000 FREESPOT locations provided by Buffalo Co., Ltd and approximately 1,000 Starbucks locations nationwide. You can download the NAVITIME for Japan Travel app at the App Store or Google Play. For more information, read the NTT East press release.


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 ceremonial parade in Tokyo features a white heron dance?

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


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Record Increase in Global Visitor Arrivals to Japan
Canadians Learn About Outdoor Activities in Japan
Canada-Japan Flights Become More Convenient and Comfortable
ANA’s “Fly Vancouver=Tokyo” Contest
The Bloom of Cherry Blossoms
Buy Your Sumo Tickets Online
Nankai Opens Online Booking Site
Grand Park Otaru Celebrates its 5th Year
Wi-Fi Continues to Expand
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