News from JNTO Toronto Office
SUMMER 2018

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
Stats
JUNE SEES INCREASE IN CANADIAN TOURISTS

There was a solid 18% increase in the number of Canadian visitors to Japan in June this year.  Japan welcomed 23,900 Canadians in June 2018, compared to 20,246 in June 2017.


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

Japan Explorer
JR-WEST UPDATES PRODUCT OFFERINGS FOR OVERSEAS VISITORS

The JR-West Group is making travel within Japan more convenient for overseas tourists with its range of new and revised products.  Fans of Universal Studios Japan will be delighted to hear about the new package deal that combines a USJ admission ticket with a Kansai Area Pass or Kansai WIDE Area Pass. 


Kansai WIDE Area Passes sold after July 10th grant additional access to Tottori through the Chizu Express Line and the Inbi Line.  Similarly, San’in Okayama Area Passes sold after July 1st allow users access to the Loop Kirinjishi bus and Gurutto Matsue Lake Line bus in Tottori and Matsue.  Thos who buy the San’in Okayama pass can also add the Manga Kingdom Tottori Total Experience Pass, which includes admission to 6 facilities in Tottori and a guidebook.


For full details, read the press release.

Tokyo Metro
TOKYO DISNEYLAND & DISNEYSEA GEAR UP FOR HALLOWEEN

Tokyo Disneyland® will be adopting an eerie cast from September 11th in celebration of Halloween.  The new Spooky “Boo!” Parade will delight park-goers twice a day along the parade route. Special Halloween merchandise and menus will also be on offer.  Guests who successfully hit 10 targets at the Westernland Shootin’ Gallery will win a limited-edition Halloween Goofy sheriff badge and the Haunted Mansion in Fantasyland will become the Haunted Mansion “Holiday Nightmare” in the style of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.


Meanwhile, the Disney Villains will take over Tokyo DisneySea® with "The Villains World Halloween party" held twice daily at Mediterranean Harbor.  Guests will be able to enjoy various magical feats at the Casbah Food Court and special menus at Cafe Portofino and the Casbah Food Court.


For full details, read the press release.

Noh
SHISUI PREMIUM OUTLETS LAUNCHES THIRD EXPANSION

Shisui Premium Outlets will unveil the 3rd phase of their opening on September 28th, 2018.  The latest expansion introduces an additional 26 retail stores and 3 restaurants, for a total of 213 stores in the popular outlet mall.  The retail expansion focuses on fashion and sports brand stores including Merell, Takashimaya, Barbour, Descente, BAYFLOW, and others.   New dining options will include J.S. PANCAKE CAFÉ, Café comme ca, and MACCHA HOUSE, and a new outdoor garden area will give guests the option of a break from shopping and a relaxing moment in a natural setting.


For more details, read the press release.

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JNTO TORONTO EVENTS IN AUGUST

Our JNTO Toronto office will be joining the Otakuthon Anime Convention and Japan Festival Canada this summer and we’d love to see you there!


Otakuthon
August 3-5th, 2018
Palais des congrès, Montreal


Japan Festival Canada
August 25-26th, 2018
Mississauga Celebration Square, Mississauga Ontario.


If you’re attending these event, don’t forget to drop by our booth and say hello!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Nebuta Matsuri, Aomori (August 2-7)

 

One of the four largest festivals in the Tohoku region, Nebuta Matsuri was made an Important Intangible Folk Cultural Property in 1980.  The festival runs from August 2 – August 7 and attracts as many as three million tourists each year.  Large Nebuta lanterns depicting warriors in brave poses are wheeled through the city streets each night from August 2 – 6 and during the daytime on August 7.  A fireworks display marks the end of the festival on the evening on the 7th and the floats are carried into the sea. During the parade, dancers wearing a costume called a haneto dance ahead of each float to hayashi music while chanting “Rasse rasse”.


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