Win a Trip to Japan and get the Royal Treatment

Think you deserve to be treated like an Emperor or Empress? JNTO Canada does!  That's why we're offering you a chance to win a free trip for 2 to Japan that includes royal accommodations.  The prize includes a pair of Air Canada return economy class tickets to Tokyo from any city in Canada from which Air Canada flies.  In Japan, your royal accommodations begin with 3 nights at the Imperial Hotel Tokyo, followed by 2 nights at the Imperial Hotel Osaka.  Your stay at these two hotels, renowned for their sophistication and luxury, includes a twin room (double occupancy) and a complimentary breakfast.  The contest begins on November 1, 2010 and runs until February 28, 2011.  The draw will be held on March 4, 2011 and the winner will be announced on on March 15, 2011.

JNTO Canada Launches New Homepage

JNTO Canada is excited to announce the launch of our newly renovated homepage on November 1, 2010 at  With its attractive and convenient new design and additional content, the website will continue to provide essential information on Japan for travellers and travel professionals alike.  Highlights include a new, easy-to-use format and convenient links to instantly download some of our most popular brochures.  We have also updated and revised our content with a special emphasis on content for Canadian readers.  Don't miss our new feature Japan:  The Canadian Experience/ Fenêtre sur le Japon, where readers can get the low down on unique travel experiences in Japan from a Canadian perspective.

Kyoto Winter Campaign

With winter just around the corner, it's that exciting time of year once again... no, not Christmas... Kyoto's Winter Special Campaign!  While Kyoto's elegant, timeless beauty enthrals at any time of the year, winter offers a unique opportunity to experience a different Kyoto.  The delicate snowdrifts and glistening powder accentuate the city's mysterious and serene atmosphere, while the stark natural scenery presents an opportunity to appreciate the distinct wabi-sabi aesthetic.  In addition to the majestic scenery, the Kyoto Winter Campaign also allows tourists to enjoy a range of unforgettable events.  Among the most popular are the Hanatouro festivities, where Kyoto's evening scenery is bathed in an enchanting lamplit glow; the 'Enchanting Maiko Event in Gion,' which offers close interactions with maiko, masters of subtlety and traditional performing arts; and the 'Restaurant Winter Special,' during which you can enjoy cuisine that is not only nutritious and delicious but also pleasing to the eye, all at affordable prices.

JR West Online Reservations

Japan Rail West is now, for a limited time, offering overseas customers the chance to make online reservations.  The service will allow customers to make reservations at the JR West website for the JR-West Rail Pass (Sanyo Area Pass) and the JR-West Rail Pass (Kansai Area Pass).  The Sanyo Area Pass is valid for unlimited travel using ordinary reserved /non-reserved seats on the Bullet Train "SANYO SHINKANSEN" (Nozomi, Hikari, and Kodama trains); ordinary reserved/non-reserved seats on Kansai-airport Express HARUKA; special rapid services, rapid services, and local services on JR-West local lines; and the JR-West Miyajima Ferry.  The Kansai Area Pass is valid for unlimited travel using ordinary non-reserved seat on Kansai-airport Express HARUKA and special rapid services, rapid services, and local services on JR-West lines indicated on the map.  After entering Japan, customers will pay the fee and receive the rail passes and tickets at designated JR-West stations. 

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Haneda Airport Access Guide

The snazzy new website of the Haneda Airport Access Guide is sure to be a great tool for tourists arriving at Haneda airport.  The Haneda airport is a mere 30 minutes by train to Tokyo and will soon be serviced by a direct flight from Vancouver (scheduled to begin January 29, 2011).  The Airport Access Guide's contents include an airport guide detailing the facilities and services of the airport, information on airport access and transportation, and a list of popular sightseeing spots in the area.  Visitors to the site can also find information on the latest airport news, discounts, and, last but not least, useful Japanese expressions for travellers.  The site also features a print option with many of its pages available in PDF format.To check out the access guide visit:

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. Watch for the answer in our next newsletter to see if you were right, and learn more about travel destinations in Japan! (Please note this is not a contest. It is not necessary to contact the JNTO Toronto Office with your guesses.)

September Newsletter Answer

The September Newsletter featured a picture from Roppongi Hills, also known as "Artelligent City," which is an urban space in the Roppongi District of Tokyo.  Two popular attractions in Roppongi are Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown.  On the 53rd and uppermost floor of Roppongi Hills, you will find contemporary art exhibited in the Mori Art Museum, and on the 52nd floor is Tokyo City View, where the glass-walled observatory offers a stunning 360-degree view of the city, particularly impressive at night.  Tokyo Midtown contains art venues, such as the Suntory Museum of Art, and a large garden.  Both Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Midtown feature many restaurants, brand name shops, and hotels offering various kinds of entertainment.  The picture features the famous sculpture "Maman" by French artist Louise Bourgeois.

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