Japan Travel Updates is a publication of
the Los Angeles Office of the Japan National Tourism
Cherry Blossom Centennial
Local Japanese Spring
Japan Rail East starts
sale of the Kanto Area Pass!
Theme Parks are ramping
up in Japan!
Narita International Airport presents the "NariTra" App for Smart Phones
New Year Greetings from Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
A very happy New Year to you all! We hope that you are having a peaceful start of a new year.
On behalf of the Japan National Tourism Organization, I would like to express my deepest appreciation for relief supplies and heart-warming moral support after the unprecedented magnitude of natural disaster in Japan. Except for a few countries, international travelers are already coming back to Japan.
As the winter goes into the high season, Japan has a lot to offer even in winter: Capped with world class quality of snow, northern and mountainous regions are great for winter sports and seasonal festivals. Regional winter cuisine is also not-to-miss. Tokyo and Kyoto are located where the mountain range blocks snow system, which makes easier for travelers to cruise around the urban areas.
In addition, a time-limited "Japan Big Welcome Campaign" is currently welcoming international visitors with around 8,000 retailers participating nationwide. While traveling Japan, don't miss this campaign and take advantage of special prices and complimentary gifts offered by the participating stores. (http://www.visitjapan.jp/eng/top.html)
After the winter is the beautiful cherry blossom season in Japan: Starting at the end of January in south most Okinawa until early May in north most Hokkaido, thousands of cherry trees blossom in such an ephemeral yet spectacular color, impressing visitors with unforgettable natural beauty. Cherry blossom has been well known and respected internationally, attracting many foreign visitors to Japan from all over the world.
I would like you to enjoy the best of Japan's winter and flowery spring with cherry blossom. We would like to welcome all of you to Japan with our utmost hospitality.
Ryoichi Matsuyama, President
Happy New Year to our friends in the travel industry!
On behalf of the JNTO Los Angeles office, I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the heartfelt concern and generous support everyone extended to Japan after the devastating natural disaster that hit northeastern Japan last year. All the major tourism sites are back to normal now, and travelers are coming back to Japan to enjoy its unique attractions.
This year, 2012, is very special for US and Japan relations since it is the 100th year since the city of Tokyo gifted over 3,000 cherry trees to the city of Washington D.C. in 1912. To celebrate this important year for the friendship between the US and Japan, many cherry blossom festivals are planned throughout the US, including the biggest one in Washington D.C. in March.
In this memorable year for both countries, we would like to welcome many American travelers to our beautiful country and provide wonderful experiences of our cuisine, historical architecture, unique culture, and most of all hospitality of the Japanese people. I do hope that Japan will be one of your top recommendations for your clients' next trip, and we, the JNTO, are always happy and ready to assist you in your business to Japan.
I look forward to seeing you all in Japan!
Daisuke Tonai, Executive Director
To prepare for the upcoming cherry
blossom season in Japan, this month we have a special section to
highlight some of the best and most unique spots in Japan to view
these spectacular trees.
Kitakami City Park
Kitakami City, Iwate
Kanonji City, Kagawa
Hanami for Stroll
Chidori ga Fuchi
Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo
Kakunodate City, Akita
Hanami for Bicycle
Lake Biwa, Shiga
Maple Yaba Cycling Road
Nakatsu City, Oita
Hanami for Socializing
Ueno District, Tokyo
Nishinomiya City, Hyogo
Joetsu City, Niigata
Hirosaki City, Aomori
Tendo Human Shogi
Since this is a special Cherry Blossom Newsletter many
of these tours are of course focused on Cherry Blossom viewing
Keio Plaza Hotel
The Prince - Park Tower Tokyo
ANA's "Inspiration of
Japan" available on more routes!
JAL official partner of
Tokyo Sky Tree
JAPAN SHOWCASE DATES ANNOUNCED
If you've been longing to make connections with major suppliers in Japan travel - all while learning about the amazing destinations that Japan has to offer - then mark your calendars! The JNTO is proud to announce our lineup of dates for our annual Japan Showcase Seminars.
These seminars are a fantastic networking and learning opportunity. We'll be joined by airlines, hotels, tour operators, tourism representatives, and other special guests. All presentations will be done in a round table format so there will be plenty of one on one time with the suppliers!
We will be giving away many door prizes at each Showcase, including round trip air tickets to Japan!
The dates and locations for the seminars are as follows:
|Salt Lake City, UT||January 25 (Wed)||Marriott City Center|
|Los Angeles, CA||January 26 (Thurs)||Sheraton Los Angeles Downtown|
|Portland, OR||February 14 (Tues)||Doubletree Hotel|
|San Jose/Santa Clara, CA||February 16 (Thurs)||Hyatt Regency Santa Clara|
|Dallas, TX||February 22 (Wed)||Sheraton Dallas|
|Phoenix, AZ||February 23 (Thurs)||Pointe Hilton Squaw Peak Resort|
If you are interested in attending, please contact the JNTO at email@example.com OR by calling 213-623-1952.
You can also find the JNTO at the following shows:
We'll be visiting another show in the Los Angeles area as well: the 2012 Los Angeles Times Travel Show at the Los Angeles Convention Center next to the LA Live complex downtown.
Date: January 27-29 (Industry only
January 27, Open to Public January 28-29)
Can't make it to LA to see us? Don't worry - we'll also be visiting the 2012 Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show at the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Date: February 18 and 19
Just 2 short days after the Japan Showcase in Phoenix, the 28th Annual Arizona Matsuri will be happening. As we have in previous years JNTO will be exhibiting at the Matsuri! If you are in the area stop by and say hi while you are checking out all of the fantastic fun being had. Come see the 2012 Arizona Matsuri, February 25th and 26th at the Heritage and Science Park in Downtown Phoenix.
New Editor/Staff Introduction
Greetings all and Happy New Year! I am Tina Grindol and I've taken over editing this JNTO newsletter. This is my first issue so I hope everyone enjoys the read!
A little bit about me; I was born and raised in the southeastern part of the US but I've lived all around the US and Canada over the years. In university I majored in Japanese Language and Literature and spent time in Japan with the many friends I met through school intercultural exchanges.
I think that experiencing other cultures and different ways of thought is one of the best ways to grow as person. This is why I am so happy and excited to be working for JNTO. To be able to help others to experience something new is one of the best things in life. So please do not hesitate to call, email or write me here at the JNTO LA office if there is anything you need.
Here is to a fabulous and prosperous 2012! Cheers! ^_^
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