Hokkaido #1 in Lonely Planet Best in Asia; JNTO E-Learning Famil; Kyushu specials; Snoopy Museum; Beer Garden... and more!
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Japan is smashing it out of the park with Lonely Planet this year! Following up on our success in being named the #2 country in Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2016, we're delighted to announce that Hokkaido has been named the #1 destination in Lonely Planet's Best in Asia 2016!

Thank you to everyone for your great support in helping to spread recognition of Japan as a fantastic destination with tons to offer!
Insider Tip #14: Yukata vs Kimono
To the uninitiated, a yukata looks just like a kimono, but with a bit of knowledge it’s fairly easy to tell the difference. Technically, a yukata is a type of kimono, but the words are never used interchangeably in Japan. Here are some key differences:

Kimono are made from fine materials, typically silk, whereas yukata are made from cheaper materials, typically cotton. Kimono have multiple layers, and learning how to wear one properly takes years of practice and professional lessons; yukata are single-layer garments and fairly easy to put on while watching a YouTube tutorial or reading an instruction guide sheet. The obi (sash) worn with a kimono is usually folded elegantly at the back, whereas the obi worn with a yukata is usually tied into a bow.

You can buy yukata from Japanese clothing stores and souvenir shops, although they may be hard to find outside of summer, as they’re a popular garment for summer festivals. The yukata provided in Japanese ryokan and some hotels are the easiest to wear as they don’t require any folding at the waist. Just wrap it around yourself, tie the obi snugly, and you’re set to stroll around the property!
There's still time to win a seat on a JNTO Famil!
We're giving 20 Australian travel agents the chance to WIN a place on two famils to Japan later this year to explore Japan first hand. For your chance, complete and pass the E-Learning with a high score by 15th August 2016.
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Visit Kyushu Special Campaign
Receive up to 70% discount on accommodation from selected hotels in Kyushu with bookings made online. The campaign is subsidised by the government of Japan to support the revitalisation of Kyushu tourism.
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Special domestic fares to Kyushu
Japan's two largest airlines, All Nippon Airways (ANA) and Japan Airlines (JAL), are now offering special discounted domestic fares to the Kyushu region.
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Featured Wholesale Tour
Wendy Wu Tours has launched a new tour to take in the snow monkeys in Nagano and the Snow & Ice Festival in Sapporo all in one go! The tour is agent commissionable. 
Trade News
Snoopy Museum Tokyo now open
This temporary museum will be open for 2.5 years and is the first one outside of the United States dedicated to the art of Charles M. Schulz. 
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Tohoku See Dine Shop Top 100 Digital Brochure
This digital brochure introduces the top 100 spots for sightseeing, dining and shopping in the six prefectures of the Tohoku region.
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New Tourist Pass for Mt Fuji area
Central Japan Railway Company has launched a pass for the Mt Fuji-Shizuoka area, allowing overseas visitors to tour the Shizuoka area around Mt Fuji using local trains and buses.
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Tokyo Skytree Summer Beer Garden
Enjoy tasty beer and a meal with a view of Tokyo Skytree, from now until 2 October 2016!
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Japan's Top 10 Steam Locomotives
Often referred to as "SL" for short in Japanese, steam locomotives are currently experiencing a bit of renaissance in Japan thanks to the increasing popularity of local transportation and the recent opening of the Kyoto Railway Museum.
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Japan's 12 Best Keepless Castles
These are all castles where original structures other than a main keep still remain in their original state. Since only castles with keeps dating back to the Edo Period or earlier are considered "original," these sites are often overlooked, but they still retain a lot of history—and some predate even the concept of a keep!
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Taste Fresh Beer At Asahi Beer Hakata Brewery 
One stop from Hakata station is the very popular Asahi Beer Hakata Brewery, where you can taste fresh beer for free! You can also touch the malt and hop used to make the beer, making it a great spot for sightseeing in Hakata.
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The Pocket Monsters' store: Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo
On the second floor of the Sunshine City alpa shopping mall in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is Japan's largest Pokemon Center: the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo.
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The Best of Tokyo Cuisine
Tokyo's Top 10 most mouth-watering dishes, as featured in local gourmet rankings and selected by travelers.

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Mt Fuji 2-day Climbing Tour
Willer Travel is offering a 2-day bus tour from Tokyo to climb Mt Fuji. This tour has been designed so that even beginners will be able to see the sunrise at the summit.

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Direct Bus from KIX to Koyasan
Airport Limousine bus has commenced a daily direct service from Kansai Airport to Koyasan, a UNESCO World Heritage listed site, from 1st April – 30th November 2016. 

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