Have a taste of Japan in Sydney this weekend!
SYDNEY November 5, 2015 – The ever-popular Matsuri in Sydney is back again this year at Darling Harbour on Saturday 7th November, 11am-7pm. Due to redevelopment in the area, this year’s venue is Palm Grove, Darling Harbour.
Matsuri in Sydney is Sydney’s biggest Japanese event, held annually and featuring the very best music, dance and food from Japan. In 2014 the event attracted over 25,000 visitors, making it the biggest Matsuri in Sydney yet.
JNTO Sydney Office’s Executive Director, Mariko Tatsumi, 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!”
This year other exhibitors will include All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Kumamoto, Nagoya, Tokyo Disneyland and Universal Studios Japan.
There will be performances on stage including taiko drums, traditional dances, karate and sumo demonstrations. Food stalls will also provide the best of Japanese festival food such as takoyaki, yakisoba and karaage. Wear a yukata (summer cotton kimono) or come dressed in cosplay. It will be a great day out for all ages!
Japanese food stalls and beer garden
Yukata and Cosplay show
Dance: Yosakoi, soran, folk dance
Live Demos and Activities: Karate, kendo, sumo, calligraphy, origami
Music: Japanese taiko drums, choir, new talents
Plus plenty more!
Visit the official website for more details: http://matsurisydney.com/
Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info announces new partnership with destination marketing agency, Circul8
SYDNEY October 30, 2015 – The Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) Sydney Office has teamed up with award-winning digital agency Circul8 to revolutionise their digital marketing strategy to remind Australia that Japan is a tourism destination like no other.
Earlier this week, Japan was named #2 in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’ 2016 global list. This announcement comes at the perfect time as JNTO undertakes a campaign to increase destination awareness and build on inbound visitor numbers from Australia.
“We are passionate about destination marketing, and we’re incredibly excited to work with the Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info,” says Circul8 managing director Alana Stocks. “The recent Lonely Planet ‘Best in Travel’ announcement confirms Japa
n as one of the world’s greatest destinations. We can’t wait to get all of Australia as excited about it as we are.”
Circul8 will work with JNTO to deliver an update of the tourism organisation’s digital marketing activities in the Australian market. The partnership will include a mobile responsive website, eDMs, social media strategy, and campaign roll out.
Recognising that Australians love sharing their unforgettable experiences in Japan, Circul8’s digital strategy for JNTO will focus on interactivity and user-generated content.
Mariko Tatsumi, Executive Director of JNTO Sydney is excited at the change the partnership will bring:
“The Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info has a goal of reaching 20 million visitors by 2020. Japan’s natural beauty, cosmopolitan cities, and exciting activities on offer don’t have to speak for themselves, because our visitors speak for them. We’re excited to partner with Circul8 to revamp our digital marketing activities in Australia.”
In the coming months, keep an eye out for an all-new online presence from Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) including innovative social media campaigns and great prizes.
Record visitor numbers to Japan as Lonely Planet awards world’s #2 country
SYDNEY October 28, 2015 – Japan is more popular than ever, with the latest statistics released by Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) showing visitor numbers to Japan are at an all-time high. Preliminary figures for January to September 2015 show a 48.8% increase from the previous year with 14,487,600 foreign visitors in total (267,600 Australians), already breaking last year’s 13 million visitors record.
Japan has been attracting significant attention as a hot destination with recent accolades for the country including number one dream destination on Twitter for Australians; number one in Future Brand’s Country Brand Index 2014-2015; and number two for 2016 on the wish list of global travellers in Visa’s Global Travel Intentions Survey 2015.
The announcement by Lonely Planet that Japan is the number two country to visit in 2016 is further evidence of Japan’s popularity. This is the second time since 2011 that Japan has ranked in the Best in Travel Top 10 Countries, jumping from number ten to number two.
Japan has been selected by Lonely Planet’s panel of experts for this prestigious title at a time when the value of the yen makes Japan good value for money; accessibility continues to improve with new bullet train routes and flight paths; and Japan prepares to host the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2020.
JNTO is taking this opportunity very seriously for tourism promotion in the upcoming year, and will continue the Visit Japan projects to encourage even more visitors to travel to Japan. In addition to the popular ski and cherry blossom seasons, JNTO is promoting Japan in the summer off-peak season as well as outdoor activities such as hiking and walking.
Mariko Tatsumi, JNTO Sydney Executive Director, is enthusiastic about the Lonely Planet announcement stating, “JNTO Sydney has some exciting projects coming up. We hope that Australian and New Zealand travellers can discover for themselves why Japan is THE place to visit!
Japan to feature on CH9 Getaway
SYDNEY October 8, 2015 – Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) Sydney Office was proud to support a recent trip to Japan by Nine Network’s Getaway.
The first of the Japan stories will air on Nine Network at 5.30pm on Saturday October 10th and Saturday November 21st. The remaining stories will air in 2016 on dates to be announced.
It was presenter Jesinta Campbell’s first trip to Japan and the country “really turned it on” for her despite some rainy days at the start of the trip. The crew visited the world heritage listed and recently restored Himeji Castle; experienced traditional Japan in Kyoto with a maiko experience and rickshaw ride; indulged in delicious cuisine including ‘fire ramen’; and got adventurous in Nara, training at a ninja village and attending a sushi making lesson. These experiences offered an enchanting adventure in Japan, a land of mixed culture where the modern harmoniously blends in with the traditional.
Getaway is Australia’s longest-running and highest-rating holiday and travel program, attracting around 750,000 viewers in Australia every week. Currently in its 24th year of production, Getaway has been on air since 1992 and has attracted consistently high ratings since day one. Detailed story information, including videos, contact numbers and website links will be posted on “Fact Sheets” on the Getaway website at www.9jumpin.com.au/show/getaway/
Photo: Getaway crew at Himeji castle with armed warriors
Agents indulge in luxury on golden famil to Japan
SYDNEY September 29, 2015 – From 12th – 19th September 2015, five travel agents were invited by Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) Sydney Office on an 8-day fully-hosted familiarisation trip, highlighting Japan as an ideal destination for the luxury travel market.
The tour visited popular areas for first-time Australian visitors to Japan on Japan’s Golden Route, including Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and Tokyo. The Golden Route showcases the contrast between traditional and modern – from World Heritage-listed ancient temples of Nara and quiet bamboo forests of Kyoto to Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest broadcasting tower in the world.
Throughout the tour they were treated to exclusive cultural experiences such as an up-close-and-personal experience with a maiko (apprentice geisha), samurai lesson and tea ceremony.
“Japan is truly a land of contrasts – whether it’s exploring the ancient sites, playing dress-up in kimonos or devouring sumptuous food in high-end restaurants, there is something for everyone.
Nara Park probably encapsulated Japan best all in one location – ANCIENT (amazing temple), NATURE (deers peacefully wandering around), and MODERN (plenty of selfie sticks on display). However we continually saw each of these on display throughout our time in Japan.
Who would have thought my favourite meal in Japan would be Italian – a meal that still included the obligatory raw fish (in the salad), and the highest quality of ingredients (something we experienced in all our meals)”, said Tracey Williams, Travel Advisor, Bayview Travel.
The participants were especially impressed with the richly-varied Japanese cuisine they enjoyed throughout the trip. Also, the high-quality service and attention-to-detail received at the luxury accommodations they stayed at including the Palace Hotel Tokyo and Hoshino Resorts L’Hotel de Hiei made their trip a memorable one.
Jeremy Potter, Branch Manager of Phil Hoffmann Travel said:
“Having just returned from a week long luxury experience in Japan I can highly recommend this as a destination for the luxury market. The hotels and the service received at them was of a consistently high level with a special mention to the Palace Hotel Tokyo which offered a truly 5 star experience.
Nara, Tokyo and Kyoto all offer interesting and varied sightseeing and shopping but the biggest surprise was the gourmet experience we got at virtually every meal time. Japan should be on the wish list of every ‘foodie’ out there from fresh sushi at the Tokyo fish markets, 10 course French/Japanese fusion menus to local cook-your-own-food restaurants, there is something for everyone.”
Photos courtesy of Tracey Williams
(L-R): Jeremy Potter (Phil Hoffmann Travel), Kim Scoular (Scenic), Tracey Williams (Bayview Travel), Sarah Fitzgerald (Botanica World Moreies) and Liza Rarm (American Express Travel)
Agents discover the spirit of Japan on fam
SYDNEY July 28, 2015 – This July, ten travel agents from Australia were invited to experience Japan’s Golden Route, the most popular route for first-time travellers to Japan on an 8-day fully-hosted familiarisation trip to Japan hosted by Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) Sydney Office.
The trip started in the Hakone region, famous as a hot springs resort one and a half hours from Tokyo, where the group were treated to a scenic cruise on a pirate ship on Lake Ashi. Mt Fuji was elusive in the wet weather, but the group’s spirit would not be dampened as they explored Hakone Shinto shrine and then checked into their traditional ryokan accommodation, soaked in an onsen (hot-spring) and enjoyed a Japanese banquet dinner wearing yukata (cotton kimono) as the locals do.
Next, the group headed down to Japan’s cultural and traditional heart, Kyoto on the shinkansen (bullet-train). Highlights in Kyoto included a cycling tour of Kyoto’s backstreets, getting dressed up in kimono (pictured), marveling at Kinkakuji (The Golden Pavilion) and seeing the bamboo grove of Arashiyama up close.
Their next stop was Osaka, Japan’s third-largest city and home to many family-friendly attractions like Kaiyukan Aquarium, Kuromon Ichiba Market and Osaka Castle.
Their last destination was the historically-significant city of Hiroshima, now a thriving and beautiful city of water. The group took a short ferry ride to Miyajima, home to the World Heritage Listed Itsukushima Shrine. There were plenty of photo opportunities with the wild deer that roam freely throughout the island and the agents were delighted by witnessing a traditional Japanese wedding at the shrine. Later, they returned to Hiroshima city and were very moved by a stroll through Hiroshima Peace Park and Memorial Museum. The agents later feasted on the local specialty of okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza-pancakes), extremely popular with tourists.
Their whirlwind tour of Japan ended in the buzzing capital of Tokyo, where the group first admired the traditional sights of the Imperial Palace and Asakusa before heading to the contemporary eclectic fashion hub of Takeshita Street in Harajuku and the organised chaos of Shibuya “Scramble” Crossing.
Photo: Kimono-wearing experience in Kyoto, (provided by Rebecca Kitlinska – Wendy Wu Tours)
Back row (L-R): Sheri Foreman – TravelManagers, Jennifer Jones – TravelManagers, Brigitte Borel – Insider Journeys, Jade Fan – Mandarin World Tours, Catherine Kurmelovs – Bunnik Tours, Mark Kidd – Asia Escape Holidays, Paul Wang – JTB Australia
Front row (L-R): Jenna Thompson – Insider Journeys, Rebecca Kitlinska (Wendy Wu Tours), Ronnie Albanis (Intrepid Group)
JNTO Sydney welcomes new director
SYDNEY June 24, 2015 – Japan National Tourism Organization - cash1970.info (JNTO) Sydney Office has welcomed a new Executive Director to its team, with Ms Mariko Tatsumi taking over from former Executive Director Mr Hiroshi Kuwamoto.
Ms Tatsumi, who hails from JNTO’s head office in Japan, has moved from Tokyo to Australia to take up what is her second overseas posting.
Ms Tatsumi said she is delighted to be promoting her country to the Australian market as Mr Kuwamoto’s successor: “I’m very pleased to have the opportunity to show Australians what a fantastic destination Japan is.”
“Over the past years, JNTO Sydney office has received the cooperation and support of the travel industry and media in promoting Japan. 2014 saw a record number of Australians visit Japan (302,656, a 24% increase from 2013). This will undoubtedly increase in the coming years as more and more Australians discover what makes Japan extraordinary. The lead-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a particularly exciting time,” she said.
“The ski and cherry blossom seasons are the most popular times to visit Japan, but I would like Australians to also experience other aspects of Japan such as the autumn leaves, outdoor activities and summer festivals. During my time in Australia, I intend to continue the various advertising and media projects, seminars and other marketing activities that JNTO Sydney has been focusing on,” explained Ms Tatsumi.
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.
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.
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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.
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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.