JNTO heartily Welcomes the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games!

It was my greatest pleasure to hear that Tokyo has won the honor to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.

On behalf of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), which has been involved in this long-term bidding activity, I wish to convey my sincere appreciation to all the people who have worked very hard to make our dream come true.

JNTO was established in 1964, when the 16th Olympic Games were successfully held in Tokyo for the first time. The announcement of our successful bid has occurred in an epoch-making year when we are aiming to achieve the goal of 10 million foreign visitors to Japan for the first time. Therefore, the news has given enormous encouragement to all of us, including JNTO and other organizations engaged with Japan's inbound tourism businesses who are working together with the aim to attract 20 million visitors to Japan in the 2020s. This exciting news of success has surely given us a great opportunity and encouragement to shape a better tourism-oriented and even more visitor-friendly nation.

As Tokyo and Japan will enjoy a greater focus of attention during the 7-year period before the Games, we wish to make our best efforts to make Japan and our capital city of Tokyo an even more attractive travel and meetings destination in the future. I hope, most importantly, that Japan's newly energized dynamism will demonstrate its vigor and charms to the world before, during and after the Games.

We at JNTO wish to take advantage of this precious opportunity given by the IOC to disseminate detailed information and updates regarding the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games in greater partnership with the Japanese Government, local municipalities and tourism-related private sector businesses to expand Japan's inbound tourism.

Ryoichi Matsuyama President,
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

September 9, 2013


Book now and take advantage of Air Canada's discount round-trip airfare to Tokyo! Direct airfare is as low as $1099 from Toronto, $1004 from Edmonton, and $999 from Vancouver, including taxes, fees, charges, and surcharges.

Make your Japan vacation a reality! Visit www.aircanada.com/en/offers/air/japan/japan.html or call 1-888-247-2262 for the latest prices and departure dates.


Enjoy Japanese Sake and Shochu at Japan's major international airports between October 1st 2013 and March 31st 2014! The Japanese government, airport companies, and the liquor industry are jointly launching a 6-month campaign in duty-free areas at Narita, Haneda, Chubu, and Kansai airports. Booths in the airports will allow visitors to taste and learn about how Sake and Shochu are made and enjoyed in Japan.

Visitors will be exposed to cultural aspects of these processes and provided a list of breweries that accept visitors.

See the Press Release for full details.

The Japanese Sake & Shochu campaign is hosted by the Japanese Sake and Shochu Makers Association, Narita International Airport Corporation, Tokyo International Air Terminal Corporation, Central Japan International Airport Co., Ltd., and New Kansai International Airport Company, Ltd. and supported by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT), Japan Tourism Agency (MLIT), and National Tax Agency Japan.


The Oki Islands Geopark is now a proud member of the Global Geoparks Network.

The Islands gained admission to the network in September at the 3rd Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network Jeju Symposium, "For the Innovation of the APGN." With their unique and significant geological heritage, Geoparks promote conservation, sustainable development, and community involvement. The Global Geoparks Network helps develop strategies to preserve the geological heritage of the Geoparks, while encouraging sustainable economic development.

The Oki Islands are an isolated island group of 4 large inhabited islands and 180 smaller islands and rocky reefs located approximately 50km north of the Shimane Peninsula. The area's unique climate and geography is famed not only for its dramatic landscape and variety of plants and animals, but also for its rich history and cultural traditions.

Learn more about the Oki Islands' many outdoor activities and sightseeing spots.


The City of Hiroshima is proud to announce that their free public LAN service, Hiroshima Free Wi-Fi, is now offered in 7 places around the city in English, Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Japanese. The free Wi-Fi spots are located at the Hiroshima City Cultural Exchange Hall, JR Hiroshima Station south exit underground plaza Tourist Information Center, Former Bank of Japan Hiroshima Branch, Aster Plaza, Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, International Conference Center Hiroshima, and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.

Overseas tourists can register for the service and use it for 2 weeks before having to re-register. Each connection lasts 30 minutes but unlimited re-connection is allowed.

For more information, visit the Hiroshima Navi website.


The Autumn Adventures campaign is being jointly presented by the East Japan Railway Company (JR EAST) and Hoshino Resorts Co., Ltd. until November 30th 2013. Visitors can use the JR EAST PASS or JR Kanto Area Pass to enjoy Hoshino Resorts' facilities and nearby tourist attractions while taking in the breathtaking scenery of the countryside. On weekdays during the campaign period, visitors can stay at four KAI facilities (Tsugaru, Atami, Ito and Hakone) at the discounted price of 5000 yen.

In celebration of the campaign's launch, there is also a present campaign on Hoshino Resort's Official Facebook page. The first prize is a JR EAST PASS and KAI-Tsugaru 2-night coupon and second prize is a JR EAST PASS.

For more information on the Hoshino Resorts x JR EAST Autumn Adventures campaign, visit the campaign website.


With an increasing number of overseas visitors, Premium Outlets® is introducing several new services to enhance the outlet shopping experience.

The first of these services are "Silence rooms" for worship and meditation, which will become available at the Rinku outlet on October 1st. These rooms are already available at the Gotemba outlet.

Also, a free public Wi-Fi service, FREESPOT, was launched at Gotemba and Rinku Premium Outlets® in mid-September. Wi-Fi service can be used free of charge in the designated spots for 6 months after e-mail authentication or for 10 minutes without authentication.

An information desk in Rinku Premium Outlets® will provide service in English and Chinese as of October 1st and a shopping support Call Center in Gotemba Premium Outlets® will provide interpretation in English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai from October 1st 2013 to March 31st 2014.

In addition to the new services, Premium Outlets® is also launching the "Welcome to Premium Outlets® Campaign" at the Gotemba, Shisui, Rinku, and Tosu Premium Outlets®. Visitors who show the Premium Outlets® website campaign screen will receive special coupons between October 1st 2013 and March 31st 2014.

For more information, visit the Premium Outlets® website.


Anime and manga fans can visit Japan with ease with Tokyo Otaku Mode's new sightseeing information.

The website contains a wealth of information regarding Seichi Junrei: places that form the stage or motif for the scenery of an anime. Akihabara: The world's leading electric town with specialty game stores and arcades.

The website also provides a detailed Otaku Events Calendar.

Tokyo Otaku Mode (TOM) is also running the SUKI! Japan Campaign from September 6th to December 31st 2013. To participate, simply click the "SUKI!" button on any "Visit Japan with Tokyo Otaku Mode" content. Winners will be randomly selected and receive TOM prizes.

Visit Tokyo Otaku Mode for more information and to enter the SUKI! Japan Campaign.


Kansai International Airport is taking steps to help Muslim visitors feel more at ease in the airport. The number of prayer rooms in the airport will be increased from 1 to 3 and all of these will be separated by gender and furnished with washing spaces. The prayer rooms will be complete by March 2014 and will be freely available to all visitors.

Restaurants and shops will also include Halal, pork-free, and alcohol-free options. Two restaurants, the U-DON and ORAGASOBA, will offer dishes prepared in halal-certified kitchens and 16 restaurants will have pork-free and alcohol-free menus starting November 1st.

Also, as of October 1st, guests staying at the Hotel Nikko Kansai Airport will have access to rental prayer equipment, such as prayer mats. Qibla compasses, indicating the direction of Mecca, will be available in the closets of all guest rooms.

See the Press Release for full details.


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 Autumn festival features the Dragon Dance?

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


A Message from the President of JNTO
Air Canada Unveils Discount Airfares to Tokyo
Take a Sip of Japan!

The Oki Islands Join the Global Geoparks Network

Hiroshima Free Wi-Fi LAN Service

Hoshino Resorts X JR East: Autumn Adventures

Premium Outlets® Introduces New Services

VIisit Japan with Tokyo Otaku Mode

Kix Aims to be the First Muslim-Friendly Airoprt in Japan

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