News from JNTO Toronto Office
SPRING 2018

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
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AN EVENING IN JAPAN AT THE NATIONAL CLUB

On March 28, 2018, our JNTO Toronto Office together with the Consulate General of Japan in Toronto hosted an event at the National Club to promote Japanese culture and tourism as well as celebrate the 90th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada. Guests were treated to a collection of Japanese sake and an authentic four-course meal prepared by local Japanese chefs. Entertainment included a taiko drum performance by Nagata Shachu, the Yosakoi dance performed by Sakuramai, and the traditional Ryukyu dance of Okinawa. Ms. Marta Magdalena Stepien, Visit Japan Tourism Ambassador and Miss International Canada 2017, was on hand to give a special presentation alongside Consul-General Ito and Mr. Nakazawa, Executive Director of JNTO.

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FEBRUARY TOURISM NUMBERS CONTINUE TO INCREASE

The number of Canadian visitors to Japan remains robust, with a solid 10.8% increase in February. 20,800 Canadians made the trip in February this year, compared to 18,774 in February 2017.


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

VJSchool
NEW SCHOOL TRIP HANDBOOK

Our updated handbook for school trip organizers is now available online! The handbook contains plenty of tips on organizing and preparing for the trip to get you started.


If you are organizing a school trip to Japan, be sure to check out our new Visit Japan Handbook For School Trip Organizers.

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GREATER TOKYO PASS NOW AVAILABLE

The new “Greater Tokyo Pass” for foreign visitors to Japan is available for sale as of April 1st. The pass allows unlimited rides on designated railways, streetcars and ordinary fixed-route buses in the Kanto area. Available at both Narita and Haneda airports, as well as tourist information centers at major train stations, the adult ticket is priced at 7,200 JPY and child tickets at 3,600 JPY.


Learn more from the press release.

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FUKUOKA AIRPORT GLOBAL COUNTER

JTB Corp. opened their new FUKUOKA AIRPORT GLOBAL COUNTER on April 3rd in the arrival lobby of Fukuoka International Airport Terminal 1. Foreign tourists will now be able to purchase tours, accommodation, entrance tickets, transportation tickets and the JR Kyushu Rail Pass and exchange the SUNQ Pass within Fukuoka Airport. The Global Counter is open from 8:00am – 9:30pm daily, and staff will be available to provide assistance in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean.


For more details, read the press release.

Tokyo station
TOKYO STATION’S BEBOT AI CONCIERGE

The East Japan Railway Company Ltd. and Bespoke Inc. have announced plans for a new AI concierge service in Tokyo Station City. The “Bebot” chatbot service will be accessible by scanning a QR code on one of the posters or stickers in the station to launch the concierge page. Bebot will then provide information about JR East’s services, Tokyo Station City, nearby landmarks, restaurants, sightseeing spots and more.


Learn more at about the new Bebot concierge service.

 

 

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TOKYO DISNEY RESORT® CELEBRATES ITS 35TH ANNIVERSARY

To celebrate its 35th anniversary, Tokyo Disney Resort® is pulling out all the stops for its guests. Both the Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea will be hosting a variety of new shows, parades and events to mark the occasion. From April 15, 2018, Tokyo Disneyland will be presenting their new “Dreaming Up!” daytime parade and reopening an enhanced version of their “It’s a small world” attraction, while Tokyo DisneySea will be offering their “Happiest Celebration on the Sea” greeting at the Mediterranean Harbor. On July 10, 2018, Tokyo Disneyland will introduce the “Celebrate! Tokyo Disneyland” night show at Cinderella Castle and the “Let’s Party Gras!” show at Theatre New Orleans, while the “Hello, New York!” show runs at Tokyo DisneySea’s Dockside Stage.


A variety of special decorations, menus, and merchandise will also be available during this time. Check out all of the festivities on the Tokyo Disney Resort® website.

 

 

 

 

 
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?

 

During the Meiji period, candles from Nanao city, Ishikawa prefecture, were distributed all over Japan. Nanao Japanese candles emit less soot and produce a bigger flame than candles made from paraffin wax and cotton wicking. Following the tradition of using wax from wax trees and Japanese paper wicks, Nanao candles were originally used as lighting in Buddhist ceremonies. Because they produce a larger flame, these candles are more wind-resistant and not as easily blown out as their paraffin counterparts. While the candles produced for Buddhist ceremonies are generally plain red or white, newer versions feature images of flowers and traditional patterns and are popular souvenirs.


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