Air Canada Doubles Vancouver-Tokyo Service with Canada's Only Non-Stop Vancouver-Haneda Flights

Air Canada announced on August 17 that it is boosting service to Tokyo by adding a new daily, non-stop flight between Vancouver and Haneda Airport, conveniently located near the Japanese capital. The new route begins January 29, 2011 and will complement existing daily flights to Narita International airport, meaning Air Canada is doubling daily service between Vancouver and Tokyo as part of its international expansion strategy. Flights are now available for purchase.

"With Canada's only service to Haneda Airport, Air Canada is offering travellers to Japan the best of both worlds and twice as many flights to get there from Vancouver. Customers will be able to choose between flying non-stop to Haneda, which is only 30 minutes from downtown Tokyo, or they can continue to fly non-stop to Narita International Airport for onward domestic or international connections on our Star Alliance partners," said Ben Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. "We are confident our newest international flight will meet the growing demand for travel in the strong Pacific market, which saw Air Canada introduce a non-stop Calgary-Narita flight this year. Air Canada continues to focus on its global route expansion and we have added eight new international routes and destinations in 2010. With its lie-flat Executive First suites, Maple Leaf Lounges, concierge service, personal audio-visual systems at every seat, Aeroplan reward miles and much more, Air Canada is increasingly the preferred choice of international travellers."

Flights are timed to offer convenient connections in Haneda to and from Bangkok and Singapore, and connections in Vancouver to and from various points across Western Canada and the US west coast served by Air Canada.

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JNTO Booth at Salon International Tourisme Voyages, October 2010, Montreal

This year, JNTO Canada will once again participate in the Salon International Tourisme Voyages 2010 in Montreal. The event, held on Oct. 22, 23 & 24 at Place Bonaventure, is an exciting opportunity for seasoned travellers and travel professionals. Highlights of the JNTO's participation will include distributing great tourist information, a Japanese dance performance that blends modern and traditional Japanese culture, and two two-hour seminars in French on Japan with an opportunity to win great prizes in a draw. With more than 100 countries represented, a full range of travel services to discover, all sorts of entertainment, and opportunities for travellers to book on-site at the show, this is an event not to be missed!

Renewal of Japan Photo Library

If you haven't already discovered the Japan Photo Library (JPL), it is an amazing resource. Free and easy to use, the JPL allows you to search the JNTO's collection of photos by theme or location and download them. It was recently redesigned and made even more user-friendly. Please enjoy its new features, such as a new function that displays a selection of images related to the main photo you are looking at. Chinese and Korean versions of the JPL have also been launched. When using the photo library, don't forget to check the details provided, such as copyright regulations, which are available on the photo download screen. To explore the wealth of images available and to see Japan before you go, check it out by clicking on "Japan Photo Library" at our website:

New International Terminal Station to be Opened by Keihin Electric Express Railways

On Oct. 2, the Keihin Electric Express Railway Co., Ltd. will open the Haneda Airport International Terminal Station. Designed with convenience in mind, the station features platforms that can accommodate luggage carts, multiple large elevators, and gates to prevent large luggage from falling onto the tracks. A concierge will be located at the guide desk, providing assistance and selling tickets in four languages. The new terminal will also feature shops where passengers can pass their time comfortably, including Tamahide. This restaurant,
established in 1760, is famous for being the originator of the traditional Japanese dish oyako-don. "Oya" means parent and "ko" means child, referring to chicken and egg, the main ingredients of this delicious dish. Haneda Airport is located near the centre of Tokyo, with the downtown a mere 30 minutes away by train.

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Shinshu Destination Campaign

The Shinshu Destination Campaign (Shinshu DC) will be held from October to December this year. The campaign, sponsored by railway companies, municipal governments, and tourism-related companies, seeks to promote this natural sightseeing area in Nagano Prefecture. The campaign's catchphrase, "Walk Unknown Trails in Shinshu," captures the essence of Shinshu's beautiful scenery and seeks to emphasize its friendly, local atmosphere. The campaign's mascot, Arukuma, also reflects the campaign's emphasis on exploring: "aruku" means "walk" and "kuma" means "bear."

Shinshu is easily accessible from Tokyo and has a rich history and culture, being a location where Eastern Japan has met Western Japan since ancient times. This "cultural crossroads" is also full of ways to escape the big city. To its west are the Japanese Alps, which are great for skiing or hiking, while to the east are quaint communities with traditional buildings and other important sites. Sightseeing highlights include Zenkoji Temple, Karuizawa, and Matsumoto Castle (a national treasure). When you go, don't miss the local cuisine—of particular fame is Shinshu soba, which are buckwheat noodles made from locally grown buckwheat.

Zenkoji Temple Karuizawa Matsumoto Castle

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 JNTO Toronto with your guesses.)

July Newsletter Answer

The July Newsletter featured a picture from Shinsaibashi, the largest shopping district in Osaka. The district features an elegant atmosphere and numerous boutiques, specialty shops, and a row of large department stores. The western side of Shinsaibashi is nicknamed America Mura (American Village). Nicknamed in the 70s due to the large volume of imported American clothes, this area is an important source of Japanese youth culture with trendy fashions, second-hand shops, clubs, and crowds of teens.

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