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Win a ticket to Japan at ski trade shows in Sydney and Melbourne

SYDNEY May 13, 2015 – Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) will host its annual Japan Snow & Adventure Seminar in Sydney (18th May) and Melbourne (25th May) for outbound travel agents, media and airline partners. The aim is to promote Japan as a ski holiday destination and provide participants with the latest information and offerings from Japan’s leading ski resorts. At each seminar one lucky attendee will win a return economy class air-ticket to Japan thanks to Japan Airlines and Qantas Airways.

 

The previous snow season in Japan was stronger than ever, with Australian visitor numbers in December 2014, January 2015 and February 2015 totalling 116492 (24% increase from the previous year).

 

Representatives from Japan’s main ski regions of Hokkaido, Nagano & Niigata and Tohoku will give presentations detailing the holiday experiences their regions offer and provide one-on-one consultations for agents. Places for the seminars are limited and RSVPs are currently still open for Melbourne, closing on 20th May.

 

Representatives from Japan to be present at the seminars:

  • Hokkaido area (some attending Melbourne only): Niseko, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Tomamu
  • Nagano area (some attending Melbourne only): Hakuba, Hakuba Valley Otarimura Village, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Madarao Kogen
  • Niigata area (some attending Sydney only): Myoko, Yuzawa
  • Tohoku area (some attending Sydney only): APPI, Zao, Hakkoda, Aomori, Iwate and Morioka
  • Prince Hotels
  • Keio Plaza Hotel (attending Sydney only)
  • Ishikawa (attending Sydney only)

Prior to the seminars, JNTO will exhibit at this year’s Snow Travel Expo, to be held in Sydney on 17th May and Melbourne on 24th May. Those interested in Japan should drop by our stand: #6 in Sydney and #102 in Melbourne.

 

You can meet with the following Japan specialists in the Japan area at the Snow Travel Expo:

Hakuba, Myoko, Nozawa Onsen, Shiga Kogen, Tohoku Tourism, Ishikawa Prefecture, Yazawa Tourist Office, Madarao Resort, Hakkoda, Hokkaido Ski Promotion Council, Prince Hotels, Hoshino Resort Tomamu, Ski Japan Holidays, SkiJapan.com, Sno’n’Ski Whiteroom Tours, Liquid Snow Tours, Mountain Ventures, All Nippon Airways (ANA), Tokyo Disney.

 

For the full list of Japan exhibitors for each city visit the Snow Travel Expo website: http://www.snowtravelexpo.com.au/

 

Showcasing Japan at AIME 2015

SYDNEY February 4, 2015 –The Japanese meetings industry continues to demonstrate its unlimited potential in the wake of securing one of the world’s biggest international events—the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The entire country is actively developing new infrastructure and innovative programmes to further advance Japan’s meetings prowess.

Japan is Closer than Ever

Several airlines have introduced new direct routes to Tokyo’s Haneda Airport, located in the heart of the city. Haneda now offers daily direct connections to major European, North American and Asian cities and travellers can reach downtown Tokyo or Yokohama in only 30 minutes.  There will also be new Qantas flights from Sydney to Haneda and Brisbane to Narita commencing in August 2015. Additionally, a new exclusive sales price for international visitors using the Narita Express train from Narita Airport to downtown Tokyo has cut the cost of transfer by nearly 50%.

New bullet train route

The shinkansen, Japan’s world-famous bullet train, will soon be reaching new corners of the country at top speeds, with extensions to Kanazawa opening in March 2015. The Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, an extension of the Nagano Shinkansen Line, is planned to begin operations in March 2015, linking the cities of Nagano and Kanazawa. The newly built E7 series shinkansen train, with a maximum speed of 260kph, will be running on this line.

Also, Hokkaido’s first shinkansen train will start operation in March 2016, connecting northern Honshu island (Shin-Aomori) with the southern tip of Hokkaido island (Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto).

The shinkansen route will eventually extend further into Hokkaido, making high speed rail traffic between Honshu and Hokkaido possible. This benefits not only travelers but also Hokkaido residents: shortened travel hours will encourage people to travel more often between the two islands and this will further stimulate cultural and business communications between Hokkaido and Japan’s northeastern and metropolitan capital areas.

More International Hotel Brands are Choosing Japan

The Aman Tokyo—the brand’s first city property—opened its doors on 22 December 2014.  The hotel sits on the top six floors of the Otemachi Tower in the financial district, offering spectacular views of the city from the 84 guest rooms and suites.

Hyatt debuted its first Andaz brand hotel in Japan when Andaz Tokyo opened on 11 June, 2014. This boutique hotel offers 770 sqm of meetings space, including The Rooftop Studio, which can host 80 people for a banquet, and the Tokyo Studio for up to 220 delegates.

Ritz-Carlton Kyoto opened on 7 February 2014. Located on the scenic banks of the Kamogawa River in Kyoto, this luxury hotel combines the traditional Japanese aesthetic with modern comfort.

Osaka Marriott Miyako Hotel opened in Japan’s tallest skyscraper complex, Abeno Harukas, on 7 March 2014. The rooms provide a relaxing environment insulated from the hustle and bustle of the world below.

Hilton Okinawa Chatan opened in July 2014. With a divisible ballroom and meeting room, a board room, contemporary A/V technology and dedicated event staff, this hotel in Okinawa is ideal for events.

Other expected developments in the next year include:

  • Hakone: Hoshinoya Fuji (2015)
  •  Kyoto: Suiran, a Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel (March 2015)

New Convention facilities

 Sendai, the political, economic and cultural centre of Japan’s Tohoku region, will have a new convention facility in Spring 2015.  This is a major element of preparing to host a large conference, the third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (UN-WCDRR) with approximately 40,000 delegates in March 2015. Connected to the existing Sendai International Centre, this new facility will add an additional 3,000 square metres of exhibition space and four meeting rooms to the convention zone’s event capacity.

http://www.sira.or.jp/icenter/english/index.html

Tax free shopping in Japan

Visitors to Japan are now able to enjoy tax-free shopping more than ever. With the aim of increasing the number of foreign visitors, the Japanese government increased the number of tax-free goods for foreign visitors in October 2014. Some of the popular souvenir items such as food, alcohol, cosmetics, medicine, etc. are subject to the tax exemption.

Three Japanese Scientists Honoured with Nobel Prize in Physics!

On October 7, 2014, three scientists from Japan (Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura) were announced as the recipients of the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics. That brings the total number of Japanese Nobel Laureates to 22, more than any other country in Asia. Since the turn of the century, a number of Japanese scientists have been awarded this high honour; since 2008, at least one Japanese person has won the award each year. Scientists affiliated with Nagoya University have been especially prominent among these ranks, with two chemistry and four physics laureates honoured between 2001 and 2014.

A great academic environment is one of the qualities making Japan very attractive as a MICE destination. Japan has long been setting the pace with cutting-edge research and development in many industries, and business clusters are found all over the country, offering ample opportunities to arrange technical visits and networking opportunities.

For further information, please visit:

http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2014/press.html

More LCCs flying to Japan!

New flights from Kuala Lumpur by AirAsia X and from Hong Kong by Vanilla Air to Narita started in November 2014. During the year 2014, approximately 15 routes were newly launched by LCCs, making it easier for travellers from Asia and Australia to fly to Japan. With the waiving of visa requirements for Southeast Asian countries, LCCs are becoming an important factor for Japan to reach the goal of 20 million visitors per year by 2020.

App for free Wi-Fi in Japan

Starting on 1 December 2014, the “Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi” app is available for use at 143 subway stations in Tokyo, and inside Toei network buses. The app is available for Android and iOS.

The app enables travellers to search for free Wi-Fi connections. Starting from your current location, Wi-Fi hotspots in your vicinity will be displayed.  You can also search for Wi-Fi hotspots around major cities or train stations. To connect to free Wi-Fi simply launch the app when you reach the area and tap the “Connect” button to get online.

All of the features can be used free of charge and registration only has to be done once, so you won’t have to re-register in each area. Also, it is now possible to register using your Facebook account. The service is available in 11 languages – English, Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Korean, Thai, Malay, Indonesian, French, Spanish, German and Japanese.

For further information please visit:?http://www.ntt-bp.net/jcfw/en.html

Japan welcomed over 13 million visitors in 2014

A special ceremony was held at Narita Airport on 22 December 2014 to commemorate Japan welcoming its 13 millionth visitor. Preliminary inbound visitor numbers indicate that by the end of December 2014 this number reached 13,414,000. According to statistics released by Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) this is a 29.4% increase compared to 2013 and the highest ever recorded since data collection began in 1964.

ATM withdrawals using foreign cards becomes easier than ever?

With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in mind, an initiative is underway to increase the number of ATMs in Japan allowing cash withdrawals using foreign credit cards. Japan’s three largest banks are all planning to roll out ATMs that accept foreign credit cards, facilitating ease of travel and shopping for visitors from overseas.

There are already about 45,000 ATMs in Japan at which foreign-issued credit cards can be used. These are at post offices and convenience stores across the country, as well as airports, train stations, and many shopping facilities. The ATMs provide convenient access to cash for many foreign visitors. Instructions, credit card statements and vocal cues are virtually always offered in multiple languages. Now, one of Japan’s three megabanks plans to adopt ATMs that accept foreign cards by March 2015. This is expected to improve convenience for foreign business travellers.

Japan’s Cities Aim to Strengthen Their Meetings Strategy

The Japan Tourism Agency (JTA) has designated seven cities as Global MICE Cities that will be the target of a new strategy to improve Japan’s competitiveness. Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Kobe, Fukuoka, Osaka, and Nagoya were selected to receive focused support from the national government through the Global MICE Cities programme to strengthen each city’s unique marketing strategy based on key industries. This is part of the government’s overall growth strategy to promote science, technology and innovation.

“This year we’re delighted to represent Japan at AIME with 6 co-exhibitors, including Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo, JTB Global Marketing & Travel, Nippon Travel Agency, Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau, THE J TEAM – Japan DMC and Osaka Government Tourism Bureau. Please stop by and visit the Japan Booth (#A600) to pick up the latest information on Japan’s convention cities and tourist attractions. Furthermore, we will be hosting a Happy Hour with sushi event on 24th February from 16:30-17:30. Join us for this special occasion to meet with the representatives from Japan”, commented Hiroshi Kuwamoto, Executive Director, JNTO Sydney.

The Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) is involved in a broad range of activities promoting Japan as a vibrant, beautiful destination, with unique cultural attractions, exciting cities, and friendly people, through various activities overseas as well as tourism-promoting activities in Japan.

Japan Meeting and Incentives: http://www.japanmeetings.org/

Japan welcomed over 13 million visitors in 2014

SYDNEY January 20, 2015 – A special ceremony was held at Narita Airport on 22 December 2014 to commemorate Japan welcoming its 13 millionth visitor. Preliminary inbound visitor numbers indicate that by the end of December 2014 this number reached 13,414,000. According to statistics released by Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) this is a 29.4% increase compared to 2013 and the highest ever recorded since data collection began in 1964.

 

JNTO estimates that a total of 302,700 Australians travelled to Japan in 2014, a 23.8% increase from 2013. The month with the highest number of Australian visitors was in December, totalling 37,600.

 

JNTO cited a number of contributors to the growth in visitor numbers, including JNTO’s continuous promotional efforts. Other factors include the perception that Japan is better value for money due to the weaker yen and improvements to Japan’s duty-free shopping system.

 

JNTO’s Executive Director, Hiroshi Kuwamoto commented “Winter and cherry blossom season are always popular times for Australians to visit Japan. We have also seen an increase in Australian visitors from large cruise ships docking in Japan, particularly in September. The current exchange rate makes Japan an attractive and cost effective travel destination for Australians, where they can get more for their dollar.”

 

As of January 2015, according to the Reserve Bank of Australia AUD1 will buy you JPY96.24.

 

The figures released by JNTO are based on arrivals of Australian passport holders and include business, leisure and stopover visitors.

 

Have a taste of Japan in Sydney this weekend!

SYDNEY December 11, 2014 – The ever-popular Matsuri in Sydney is back again this year at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour on Saturday 13th December 2014, 11am-7pm.

Matsuri in Sydney is Sydney’s biggest Japanese event, held annually and featuring the very best music, dance and food from Japan. In 2013 the event attracted 20,000 visitors, making it the biggest Matsuri in Sydney yet, and this year it’s set to be bigger and better than ever.

JNTO Sydney Office’s Executive Director, Hiroshi Kuwamoto, extended a warm welcome to everyone, “Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) and a select group of Japan travel specialists will be providing free tourist information on travel to Japan at the Visit Japan/JNTO booth. Come along to say ‘konnichiwa’ and pick up maps and brochures for your next trip to Japan. It will be a great day out for all ages!”

There will be more than 20 performers and groups on stage including taiko drums, Yosakoi Soran, karate and sumo live demonstrations. 11 food stalls will also provide the best of Japanese festival food such as takoyaki, yakisoba, gyoza and karaage. Wear a yukata (summer cotton kimono) or come dressed in cosplay. This year there will be also be a karaoke show for the first time.

What’s On

  • Japanese food stalls and beer garden
  • Dance: Yosakoi, soran, hip hop, folk dance
  • Live Demos: Karate, kendo, sumo, calligraphy
  • Music: Japanese taiko drums, choir, new talents (George and Noriko – Australia’s Got Talent 2012 Finalists).
  • Cosplay show
  •  Karaoke show
  • Sushi making demonstration

Plus plenty more!

Visit the official website for more details: http://matsurisydney.com/

Matsuri in Sydney

 

UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN®’s latest attractions for Christmas and winter

SYDNEY November 28, 2014 – The Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) Sydney office is pleased to announce Universal Studios Japan’s latest attractions for Christmas 2014 and winter in Japan, including Universal Wonder Christmas, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and UNIVERSAL COOL JAPAN.

Ranked number one in Japan as the perfect Christmas to spend with your loved ones (goo ranking), Universal Wonder Christmas is taking place from November 14th, 2014 until January 6th, 2015. This special Christmas event will include the World’s Most Illuminated Tree, recognised by the Guinness World Records™ for three consecutive years and the only tree chosen in Japan on Japan Trip Advisor’s list of “10 Christmas trees to see before you die”. Other highlights include the main evening show “The Gift of Angels II – The Song of an Angel,” and the daytime parade “Santa’s Toy March.” The main evening show has received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the worldwide entertainment industry’s top authority, the THEA Awards.

Welcoming its first winter this year, the dramatic snow-covered landscape makes it the perfect season to immerse yourself in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Since its opening in July 2014 the attraction has brought a huge increase in visitors from all over Japan each month. The world featured in the Harry Potter stories is brought to life on a magnificent scale. Nestled deep within a snowy landscape, the rooftops in the village of Hogsmeade are covered in snow and icicles hang from the eaves. The village has been recreated in amazing, elaborate detail and winter is the perfect time to feel like you really are immersed in this world.

UNIVERSAL COOL JAPAN is a special event that will only be held in 2015, between 23 January and 10 May. It will feature four popular brands from Japan that are renowned around the world – Biohazard, Monster Hunter, Evangelion and Attack on Titan. Evangelion: The Real 4D will be the world’s first 4D Evangelion attraction. Attack on Titan: The Real will feature a 15-metre-tall life-sized Titan as well as a 14-metre-tall female Titan.

For further information about Universal Studios Japan:
Information Centre Tel: 0570-20-0606 (Japan)
Universal Studios Japan official website www.usj.co.jp
Universal Studios Japan official Facebook page https://www.cash1970.info/UniversalStudiosJapan
Universal Studios Japan official Twitteraccount (@USJ_official) https://twitter.com/USJ_Official

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Become a Japan Specialist for your chance to WIN a trip for 2

SYDNEY September 1, 2014 – The Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) Sydney office is pleased to announce the launch of our annual E-Learning Workshop ‘Extraordinary Japan’ for travel agents. The online training program is available now via www.yourworkshops.com.au and selected agencies’ intranet training platforms.

The online training program will be available for a year either online or through the intranet to staff of major retail chains in Australia, such as Flight Centre, Helloworld, and TravelManagers.

The online training platform is free to register and consists of a few short modules, providing the perfect opportunity for consultants to develop and improve their product knowledge and skills and to learn how to sell Japan with confidence.

Workshops take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete and are text and graphics based, making them interactive and fun. They can be done in an agent’s down time, and if they have to leave the workshop and sign back in, they return to the page they were previously working on. Upon completion of the program, registered consultants that have passed all the modules will receive a certificate of completion.

Jetstar is giving one lucky travel agent the opportunity to WIN 2 return economy class tickets from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita)!

To be eligible, agents must complete the E-Learning program no later than 1700hrs, on Friday 17 October 2014, together with the 25 words or less question located in the feedback section of this E-Learning program.

*Terms and Conditions apply and can be found in the prize section of the E-Learning.

Register now at Your Workshops: www.yourworkshops.com.au

Your Workshops_Extraordnary Japan

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Japan to hold ski trade show in Melbourne and Sydney

SYDNEY May 13, 2014 – Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) will host its annual Japan Snow & Adventure Seminar in Melbourne (on 19th May) and Sydney (on 26th May) for outbound travel agents, media and airline partners. The aim is to promote Japan as a ski holiday destination and provide participants with the latest information and offerings from Japan’s leading ski resorts.

Representatives from Japan’s three main ski regions of Hokkaido (Niseko, Tomamu, Kiroro, Furano, Rusutsu), Nagano & Niigata (Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Myoko, Madarao Kogen) and Tohoku (APPI, Zao, Hakkoda) will give presentations detailing the holiday experiences their regions offer and provide one-on-one consultations for agents.

Prior to the seminars, JNTO will exhibit at this year’s Snow Travel Expo, to be held in Melbourne on 18th May and Sydney on 25th May. Those interested in Japan should drop by our stand: #87 in Melbourne and #8 in Sydney.

SkiJapan.com’s General Manager Marcus Williams explained, “Skiing in Japan just gets bigger each year and 2014/15 is looking no different with strong early interest for next season. The Japan resorts continue to create the best value for guests this year and even better value for those who get in early and make the most of the Early Bird deals on offer now. There’s a continued focus on families with several resorts offering incentives like free lift passes and free rental gear for kids. Combine this with the most consistent top quality powder snow and a unique cultural experience that only Japan can deliver and you have a ski destination that really does tick all the boxes.”

The previous snow season in Japan saw an increase in Australian visitor numbers with 63,967 Aussies visiting in January and February 2014 together. This is a 21 % increase from the previous year and the highest numbers on record thus far.

“Australia’s enthusiasm for Japan’s famous powder continues to intensify. For this coming winter we are seeing an attraction towards the increasing range of luxurious accommodation available. We are also seeing heightened interest in Hokkaido’s Rusutsu and Furano resorts, and on the main island of Honshu, Nagano-region resorts such as Hakuba, Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen. The combination of superb mountains, food, culture, and accommodation is perfect for couples or families looking for an unforgettable snow holiday”, commented Ben Cardenas, Marketing Manager Travelplan Ski Holidays.

You can meet with the following Japan Ski Travel Specialists at the Snow Travel Expos:

Travelplan, Skijapan.com, Ski Japan Holidays, Liquid Snow Tours, JTB, Asia Escape Holidays, Ski Max, Blue Powder Tours, The Ski Travel Company, Snowcapped Tours, Mogul Ski World, Sno’n’Ski, Whiteroom Tours.

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Snow Travel Expo: http://www.snowtravelexpo.com.au/

* Snow resorts to be present:

  • Hokkaido area: Niseko, Furano, Rusutsu, Kiroro, Tomamu
  • Nagano & Niigata area: Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa Onsen, Myoko, Madarao Kogen
  • Tohoku area (some attending only in Sydney): APPI, Zao, Hakkoda

 

Aussie visitors to Japan-a record high

SYDNEY January 23, 2014 – 2013 was a record year for Japan in many ways. Mt. Fuji was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list and Japanese cuisine was listed as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage. Then in September, the IOC announced Japan as the host for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In Australia, 2013 was set as the Australia-Japan Tourism Exchange Year promoting bilateral exchange in the tourism industries of both countries.

One of the biggest achievements was when in December, Japan welcomed its 10th million overseas visitor with a special ceremony at Narita International Airport.

For the 12 months from January~ December 2013, Japan received 10,363,900 overseas visitors. This is a 24% increase to the same period previous year. 244, 600 Australians visited the country, amounting for 2.4% of the total inbound arrivals to Japan. This is a record for Australia, surpassing its previous high of 242,031 visitors in 2008.

Compared to previous years, January, March, April and December 2013 were particularly strong for Australian arrivals to Japan with all four months exceeding past visitation numbers. A strong winter season in January and a stronger Australian dollar and the corresponding weak yen made Japan an attractive and cost effective destination for Australian.

“Japan is a popular tourist destination for Australians and we are seeing increased repeat visits. Leading to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, we will aim to continue achieving record high numbers and hope that more Aussies will visit Japan soon”, commented Hiroshi Kuwamoto, Executive Director of JNTO Sydney.

“Jetstar’s four times weekly non-stop service between Melbourne and Tokyo that is set to begin operations from 29 April 2014 will make it easier and quicker for travellers from Victoria to visit Japan without having to waste time on transfers.”

“Japan’s distinct four seasons offer an abundance of activities, apart from the popular skiing in winter and cherry blossom viewing in spring. Summer is the perfect season for outdoor activities, such as hiking, rafting and diving, while the colourful leaves known as ‘koyo’ paint the country in vivid red and yellow, making the tranquil autumn season perfect for exploring. It’s needless to say that visitors can savour local delicacies in any season, as well as try some cultural experiences such as kimono wearing or taking up a cooking class, learning how to prepare some authentic Japanese dishes.”, further explained Mr. Kuwamoto.

 

Showcasing Japan at AIME 2014

 

SYDNEY January 20, 2014 – Japan received more than 10 million overseas visitors in 2013. 244,600 Australians visited the country, amounting for 2.4% of the total inbound arrivals to Japan.

One of 2013’s highlights for Japan MICE and tourism is winning the bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. With many new infrastructure developments lined up in Japan, Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) hopes travellers will find it increasingly easier to travel throughout the country.

Influenced by the announcement that the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics will be held in Tokyo, a number of major international conferences with 4,000 or more attendees have elected to come to Japan, showing the growing appeal of Japan as a MICE destination. Some conferences include:

?  April 2017: The 22nd International Congress of Nutrition (ICN) to meet at Tokyo International Forum with more than 4,500 attendees

?  September 2017: The World Congress of Neurology (WCN) plans to bring around 7,000 to ICC Kyoto

?  2017: World Conference on Lung Cancer (WCLC) to be held in PACIFICO Yokohama

?  September 2018: IWA World Water Congress & Exhibition plans for a 6,000 attendees to meet at Tokyo International Exhibition Centre

Australians love Japan for various reasons; such as the white powder snow, the deep history and rich culture, the ethereal beauty of the land and the futuristic cities. Many return to Japan numerous times exploring more of the country and what lures them back is not only the fusion of tradition and innovation, but also the warmth and hospitality of the Japanese people and the diversity to be discovered across the country.

These strengths, complimented by highly-developed infrastructure, world-class venues and excellent facilities and the wide array of accommodations make Japan the ideal location for international conferences, events and incentive tours.

“This year, we’re delighted to have a larger representation at AIME with 7 co-exhibitors, such as Osaka International Convention Center, THE J TEAM, Prince Hotels, JTB, DMC JAPAN Network, Osaka Government Tourism Bureau and Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo. Please stop by and visit the Japan Booth (#3106) to pick up the latest information on Japan’s convention cities and tourist attractions. Furthermore, we will be hosting a Sake Tasting event on 18th February from 16:00-17:00 and a Happy Hour on 19th February from 12:30-14:00, serving fresh sushi and drinks. Join us for this special occasion to meet with the representatives from Japan”, commented Hiroshi Kuwamoto, Executive Director, JNTO Sydney.

The Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) is involved in a broad range of activities promoting Japan as a vibrant, beautiful destination, with unique cultural attractions, exciting cities, and friendly people, through various activities overseas as well as tourism-promoting activities in Japan.

 Japan Meeting and Incentives: http://www.japanmeetings.org/

 

Japan is even more accessible

SYDNEY January 15, 2014 – Accessing Japan and travel within the country is becoming more convenient. Here is an introduction to some great new routes.

Seven Stars Cruise Train in Kyushu

From October 2013, visitors to the southern island of Kyushu are able to see the island in style with the launch of The Seven Stars, luxury sleeper train, which will highlight the best sights of the island all while offering luxury on-board accommodation. The seven carriages of the new luxury train share 14 suits, each with a different design, fitted with en suite bathrooms and twin beds. The train’s interior is fitted with unique Japanese features, such as hinoki cypress wood and Arita porcelain basins in the bathrooms, calligraphy art work and kumiko ramma dividing screens, combining a traditional and modern styling in Japanese and Western designs to create a new dimension in elegance and grace. Its concept is to offer a “harmony cruise” to its customers, with the ‘harmony of Japan’ (by cruising through Kyushu, exploring the cuisine, nature, people and culture); the ‘harmony of human contact’ (enjoy interacting with other travellers, locals and train staff); the ‘harmony of tranquillity’ (with a cruise that offers relaxation and contact with nature in all four seasons).

The name “Seven Stars” originates from the seven prefectures of Kyushu (Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Miyazaki, Kagoshima, Kumamoto, Saga and Oita); the seven principal tourist attractions of Kyushu being nature, cuisine, hot springs, history and culture, power spots and friendliness, and the train being made of seven cars.

The train will give groups the chance to experience local cuisine, hot springs, natural scenery, and the island’s distinct history and culture. The train will offer two and four day courses, all starting from Fukuoka’s Hakata Station. Prices start from 155,000 yen (AU$1660) per person for the two day option, covering all rail, bus and other transportation costs/fares incurred during the specified itinerary, as well as meal costs, sightseeing costs, entertainment, accommodation costs and drinks from the mini bar.

From April to June 2014, there are two suit rooms available for international applicants on each course date. Bookings well in advance are required. For booking details visit: www.cruisetrain-sevenstars.jp/en/.

A new Bullet train route

The famous Bullet Train (Shinkansen) will soon be reaching even further corners of the country at top speeds, with extensions to Kanazawa and Hakodate opening in 2014 and 2015. The Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, an extension of the Nagano Shinkansen Line, is planned to begin operations in spring 2015, linking the cities of Nagano and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture. The newly built E7 series shinkansen trains will be running on the line with maximum speeds of up to 260kph.

Jetstar’s non-stop flight from Melbourne to Tokyo

Jetstar will be launching a four times weekly non-stop service between Melbourne and Tokyo (Narita) from 29 April 2014. The Airbus A330 aircraft is scheduled to contain business and economy class seating.

The new route will make it easier and quicker for Victorian travellers to visit Japan, without having to waste time on transfers. Supplemented by Jetstar Japan’s domestic connection, operating out of Narita Airport, offering flights to nine other cities across Japan, making it more convenient for Victorian travellers to connect to destinations such as Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

More MICE related information is available on Japan Meeting and Incentives website: http://www.japanmeetings.org/


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