News from JNTO Toronto Office
SPRING 2017

 

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FEBRUARY NUMBERS CONTINUE TO CLIMB

The number of Canadian visitors to Japan remains strong, with a 27.8% increase in February. 22,600 Canadians made a trip to Japan in February this year, as compared to 17,681 in February 2016.

 

For all of our detailed statistical information, visit our Tourism Statistics page.  

Hanami
CELEBRATE THE RETURN OF SPRING AND THE HANAMI SEASON

At this time of year, Japan is awash in cherry blossoms from north to south. For those in Tokyo, the Tobu Sakura Matsuri 2017 website introduces recommended viewing spots, dates, and shops offering cherry-blossom sweets along the Tobu Railway. Once the trees have fully bloomed, 360-degree videos of Sumida Park, Satte Gongendo, and Kawagoe Shingashi River will be shot and added to the site.

 

Hanami parties under the night sky are also popular, and Kinugawa-onsen will be hosting viewing parties around the bottom of the Kinugawa Ropeway from April 8 to the 15th. They are also offering a Hanami Bento Combo, which includes a reserved seat, a special Hanami Bento made by a local restaurant chef, 2 cups of sake in a traditional masu cup, and games for JPY 5,400 per person. Advance reservation is required.

Chichibu
CHICHIBU HOT SPRING COMPLEX

A hot spring and shopping complex will open in front of Seibu Chichibu Station on April 24th, 2017.


Seibu Chichibu Ekimae Onsen Matsurinoyu will have 11 indoor hot spring baths, 4 open-air baths, 7 food vendors offering local Chichibu specialties, and a shopping area selling specialty Chichibu products and confections.


For more details, read the press release.

Nikko
NIKKO 100 KM ULTRA MARATHON

As part of the Ultra Marathon World Heritage Series, the Nikko 100km Ultra Marathon will showcase a variety of exciting and scenic locations throughout Nikko. The marathon has 2 courses - a 100km course and a 62.195km course - that pass through several shrines, temples, theme parks and other famous places in Nikko. This marathon will be held on July 2nd, 2017.


Get all race information on the official website.

Kyoto Taxi
FOREIGN FRIENDLY TAXIS IN KYOTO

Getting around Kyoto City is now easier than ever with their new Foreign Friendly Taxi service. The first ever foreigner-first taxi stands in Japan have been established at Kyoto Station and offer 24-hour service at Hachijyo gate and 9am-11pm service at Karasuma Gate. Drivers at this stand take a foreign language seminar and customer service training and can accept credit cards and traffic IC cards. The cars are marked with a special Foreign Friendly TAXI sign and can accommodate more than 2 pieces of luggage.


While on the go, you can have a Foreign Friendly Taxi dispatched using the Japan Taxi app, available in English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, and Korean.


Get all the details and download the app today.

 

 

 
LIVING LIKE A LOCAL
 

Got a minute? Learn something new! In this section we’ll present local specialties from a fun tidbit about different local regions in Japan.

 

Did you know?

 

The iconic Sarubobo mascot from Hida region is actually an amulet, originally sewn by mothers and given to their daughters for happy marriage and safe child delivery. As the name suggests, the doll is a representation of a monkey (saru) baby (bobo). Originally red, sarubobo are now available in a rainbow of colours with each colour representing different theme, including health, wealth, and even love.


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