News from JNTO Toronto Office
AUTUMN 2018

 

IN THIS EDITION

 
 
 
 
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AUGUST SEES A RISE IN CANADIAN TOURISTS

A total of 24,900 Canadian visitors arrived in Japan in August, which marks an increase of 10.9% as compared to August 2017. So far this year, the arrival count between the months of January and August is 218,000, an increase of 8% over the previous year.


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

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EXPLORE AND TRAVEL AROUND KANSAI’S MAJOR CITIES

Kansai International Airport resumed all normal operations on September 21st. If you plan to travel or wish to travel to Japan, you now have the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in nature's colourful transformation and the approaching winter season. Whether you are a first-time visitor or on your tenth trip to Japan, now is the time to experience Japan's rich natural beautify, history, and culture, with visits to Kyoto's historic sites, the Kiyomizudera Temple, and much more throughout the Kansai region!


Visit destination Kansai for further travel destination inspiration.

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JAPAN CONVENTION BUREAU LAUNCHES THE JAPAN PHOTO AND VIDEO CONTEST

For professionals who organize or attend business events in Japan, Japan Convention Bureau, a division of JNTO, has launched the ‘Inspiring Business events: Japan Photo & Video Contest – New Ideas Start Here’. Japan Convention Bureau hopes to reach out to a wider range of participants in business events in Japan and have them share their insights, findings, and ideas through creative photography and video media. This competition will run from September 18th 2018 to January 7th, 2019, 2:00 am (Toronto Standard Time, GMT -4) and entries will be judged and sorted on how well they express Japan’s business events thematic values in innovative, unique, hospitable, and new idea video categories.


For more information, visit Japan Convention Bureau.

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MISS INTERNATIONAL CANADA VISITS JAPAN

Before Marta Magdalena Stepien was crowned Canada’s Miss Universe for 2018 she flew on Air Canada’s first direct flight from Montreal to Tokyo as Miss International Canada and the Japan Tourism Ambassador. With over 17 thousand (and counting) Instagram followers, she documented her adventures through Tokyo, cherry picking, and her climb of Mount Haguro in Tohoku Region. Marta even uploaded a 5-minute Japan Instagram story, capturing the beauty and rich culture Japan has to offer its visitors.


Be sure to visit Marta Magdalena Stepien Instagram account to see what else she got up to in Japan.

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ENJOY A SHORT TRIP FROM TOKYO TO SEE PERFECT FALL COLOURS

Located around three hours from Tokyo, the Aizu Railway will offer a scenic train rides winding through the mountains this autumn. The special seasonal train, ‘Pisces Toro outlook train,’ will allow you to take a seated train ride full of the rich colours of fall. The Yuttari Aizu Tobu Free pass is another option, an unlimited ticket that will allow you to explore the region in a cost-effective way.


And why not not meet the feline stationmaster at Ashinomaki-Onsen Station? Or travel along the Tobu Tojo Line, just one hour from Central Tokyo, where you can stroll through the autumn leaves in Musashi-Kyuryo National Government Park. There are around 500 different maple trees of 20 different varieties and these are illuminated at night! If you want to experience the autumn colours from above, why not try the Zao Ropeway or Tanigawadake Ropeway!?


For more information, read the press release.

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CELEBRATE CHRISTMAS AT TOKYO DISNEY RESORT

Between November 8th and December 25th of this year, Tokyo Disney Resort ‘Happiest Celebration’ 35th anniversary event will feature a variety of special events at Tokyo Disneyland Park, Tokyo DisneySea Park, the Disney hotels, and the Disney Resort Line. During the day, guests will be able to enjoy the magical holiday season by enjoying Disney Christmas Stories, which will be presented along the parade route. Then, after dark, guests will be able to experience lights, images, and holiday music brought to life throughout Celebration Street in World Bazaar. With this year’s Christmas tree located on the Fantasyland side of Cinderella Castle and decorated with the 35th anniversary logo, this year’s holiday celebrations at Tokyo Disney Resort are sure to enhance every guest's holiday plans.


For full details, read the press release.

 

 

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"SEIBU RAILWAY×LAIMO & SONG SONG MEOW Campaign" EXTENDED UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY

Thanks to its overwhelming success and the attraction of thousands of international visitors, Seibu Railway has decided to extend its train services to continue until February 28th, 2019. There are also limited-edition gifts that can be redeemed at designated exchange locations starting September 1st. And the popular Taiwanese characters “Laimo” and “Song Song Meow” will have original animations showing on Smile Vision, digital signs located in stations buildings.


For more information, refer to the press release.

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THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE

If you haven’t already visited our website and found the link to our ‘The Canadian Experience’ page, we recommend you check it out. With six contributors providing interesting, informative, and thoughtful insights into Japan, the page is home to a wealth of information that might tempt you to visit Japan or add some new must-see destinations to your itinerary.


Visit The Canadian Experience for inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

The Saga International Balloon Fiesta

 

Join in on one of the largest sky-sporting events in Asia between October 31st and early November! This event is held over a six-day period and presents visitors of all ages with the unique opportunity to watch colourful balloons float high above the ground. The event includes three “tournaments” that culminate in a grand finale fireworks event. If you’d like to go up in a balloon yourself, the Hot Air Balloon School provides a class for new balloonists that will allow you to experience everything from inflation to sending a burner’s hot air to the envelope.


To see the Saga International Balloon Fiesta, Balloon Saga Station is only a five-minute train ride on the JR Nagasaki Main Line from Saga Station. Saga Station will have connecting shuttle buses and information on the various venues.


For additional information click here.


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