News from JNTO Toronto Office
SPRING/SUMMER 2018

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
contest
JAPAN, CANADA & ME PHOTO CONTEST

Toronto residents are invited to celebrate 90 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Canada with the JAPAN, CANADA & ME PHOTO CONTEST. Share a photo of what friendship between Japan and Canada means to you for a chance to win round-trip air tickets to Japan from Air Canada or one of several prizes from Canon Canada, Muji, and the Japan Restaurant Association Canada. To enter, share your entry on Instagram with the hashtag #JapanCanada90 before June 30th, 2018.

 

Read the contest rules and privacy policy.

Japan Explorer
TOKYO-NARITA JAPAN EXPLORER

Narita Airport Authority has launched a new tourist information website to provide visitors with information on tourist attractions around Japan. There is access information for each attraction from Narita airport using local trains, domestic flights, and high-speed buses. Starting in July, the website will also be available in Traditional & Simplified Chinese, Korean, and Japanese.


Visit the new Tokyo-Narita Japan Explorer website.

Tokyo Metro
TOKYO METRO TOURIST TICKET MACHINES

Tokyo Metro has started adding new, tourist-friendly ticket vending machines to high-traffic stations. The new machines allow users to search for their destination using a map, station name, station number, or sightseeing spot. The machines operate in English, Traditional & Simplified Chinese, Korean, French, Spanish, and Thai, and Chinese travelers can enter names in pinyin. Various rail passes can also be purchased using these new machines.


Learn more about Tokyo Metro’s new ticket vending machines.

Noh
NOH EXHIBITION AT KEIO PLAZA

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of The National Noh Theatre, Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo will host a special Noh exhibition from June 1st to the 27th. Various Noh art items such as traditional carved wooden masks, costumes, and props will be displayed in the hotel lobby for the duration of the event. Complimentary 20-minute performances will also be held in the lobby on June 7th and 21st and there will be a special performance of “Aoi No Ue” in the Concorde Ball room on June 14th.


For full details, read the Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo press release.

Tochigi
TOCHIGI AUTUMN FESTIVAL

Only 70 minutes from Tokyo, the historical city of Tochigi celebrates it’s biannual Tochigi Autumn Festival between November 9th and 11th, 2018. Begun in 1874, the festival features gorgeously decorated edogata ningyo dashi parade floats that feature gods, heroes, and other legendary characters. Explore the city known as Little Edo, from the spectacular Autumn Festival to the traditional stores and inns.


Learn more in the press release.

Tokyo station
USJ UNVEILS SUMMER EVENTS AND A NEW RIDE

On June 30th, Universal Studios Japan will become home to a new ride! The “Freeze Ray Sliders” ride will feature the popular Minions from Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise. Guests will be able to enjoy an exciting sliding race on flash-frozen ice at Minion Park.


And for fans of the famous comic One Piece, the park will be holding a special “One Piece Premier Summer” event from July 6th to September 30th. The event will feature a live entertainment show, a water battle, and French cuisine in a pirate restaurant.


Learn more about the Freeze Ray Sliders ride and the One Piece Premier Summer event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVAL FOCUS

 

Got a minute? Learn something new! In this section we’ll present a variety of Japanese festivals and the cultural significance behind them.

 

Sanno Matsuri, Tokyo (June 7-17)

 

One of the three largest festivals in Japan, the Sanno festival takes place between June 7th and 17th every other year. A procession of 300 people dressed in ancient costumes departs from Hie-jinja shrine and parades through the heart of Tokyo. Including portable shrines, floats, drummers, and people on horseback, the procession extends over 600 meters. Historically, Sanno Matsuri is most famous for being one of the few festivals that the Shogun permitted to enter the grounds of Edo Castle during the Edo period.


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