News from JNTO Toronto Office
WINTER 2018

 

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Visitor
VISITOR INCREASE WRAPS UP 2017

Our JNTO Toronto Office would like to thank all of our supporters for their efforts in 2017. The number of Canadian visitors to Japan rose steadily throughout the last year, resulting in an 11.9% increase over 2016 (305,600 visitors in 2017 compared to 273,213 visitors in 2016). The year ended on a high note with a 10% increase in December (27,100 visitors in December 2017 compared to 24,642 visitors in December 2016).


Keep up the good work!


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

AGO
INFINITY MIRRORS AT THE AGO

Yayoi Kusama’s famed Infinity Mirrors exhibition will be on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario from March 3 to May 27, 2018. Experience her immersive artwork for yourself, from the famous infinity rooms to her collection of paintings and sculptures. Tickets are sold online at www.ago.ca.

VAN
VISIT US AT THE OUTDOOR ADVENTURE SHOW VANCOUVER

The JNTO Toronto Office will be participating in this year’s Outdoor Adventure Show Vancouver and we would love to see you there! The show will be held on March 3rd and 4th at the Vancouver Convention Centre. From outdoor activities like biking, camping and paddling to health & wellness and even international travel, there’s something for everyone.


For more show details, visit the Outdoor Adventure Show Vancouver website.

Hinamatsuri
KEIO PLAZA HOTEL TOKYO CELEBRATES GIRL’S FESTIVAL

In honor of Hina Matsuri (Girl’s Doll Festival), Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo is hosting a special exhibition where 6,800 ornate handmade dolls and other traditional decorations will be displayed in the hotel lobby From February 1 to March 29, 2018. Japanese incense culture and decorative hanging art ornaments will also be on display. Guests can enjoy the specially prepared “Hina Matsuri” menu items at 10 of the hotel’s restaurants and take part in various workshops and lectures.


For more details, read the press release.

Sake
ENJOY SAKE IN HIDA-TAKAYAMA

The 6th Hida Sake Festival will take place March 4, 2018 at the Takayama Museum of History and Art. Meet with 12 sake brewers in Hida and taste what they have to offer.
For those looking for a more in-depth look at the sake-making process, six local Sake breweries in Takayama will be opening their doors to visitors this year with guided tours of their facilities. Each brewery will only open for a few days at a time, and the tours will end with a tasting session.


For more details, read the information flyer.

Disney
TOKYO DISNEYLAND RENOVATIONS

To enhance their guests’ experience, Tokyo Disneyland has announced plans to renovate the main entrance and build a new 3-storey structure in the Guest Parking area. The new parking structure is scheduled to open in 2019, while the main entrance will be renovated by spring of 2020. Improvements to the main entrance include additional entrance/exit gates, a photo recognition system for Annual Passport holders and multi-lingual ticket vending machines.


For all the details, read the press release.

 

 

 
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?

 

Silk cord braiding has a long history in Iga and is designated as a National Traditional Craft. Kumihimo braids are available in both round and flat designs and a variety of colours and patterns. In ancient times, “Iga Kumihimo” were often used to decorate swords and connect pieces of armor. Today, they are more commonly used in an “obijime”, the cord which is tied around the Obi belt of a traditional kimono.


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