Japan is heading towards full-scale winter.
A high-quality Japan that can only be experienced in winter awaits you.
December has come around. Japan welcomes its most bustling season with Christmas and the New Year. The clear blue winter skies and refreshing climate you see before your eyes is very beautiful.
In addition to Hokkaido, northern Japan and in mountainous areas you can appreciate the beauty of a silvery landscape blanketed in snow and enjoy snow sports such as skiing and sleighing.
You can also experience the ultimate form of relaxation as you seemingly become one with nature in an outdoor hot spring amidst the falling snow. Winter is also the best time to catch a glimpse of Mt Fuji.
In contrast, cherry blossoms will first start to bloom in warm Okinawa.
You can also look forward to culinary delights that can only be tasted during this season. Beginning with sukiyaki and shabu-shabu, hot-pot dishes of each region will warm your heart and body. Further, you can enjoy the Christmas illuminations in each area that resemble works of art as well as the best New Year sales.
Please refer to the following links:
Special Event Information
Meet The New Japan Campaign : http://meet-j.jp/
Kansai Mega Sale : http://www.kansai-megasale.com/
At the year end and start of a New Year in Japan, you can experience both the town atmosphere overflowing with the energy of welcoming a New Year as well as the traditional and elegant New Year events. From 2nd January onwards, department stores and smaller shops are filled with shoppers for a specially planned sale period called "Hatsu-uri".
Japan National Tourism Organization uses the web and social media to introduce the appeal of Japan to people around the world. Japan can be enjoyed safely, securely and in comfort.
As always, we will continue to welcome all visitors warmly from the bottom of our hearts. We are sincerely looking forward to extending a hearty welcome to you on your next visit to Japan.
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)
Don't Forget to Share Your Wow! - Photo Contest
The cut off for entries if February 15th so add your entries now so you don't miss out! The awards ceremony will be held on March 15th in a most fascinating venue - the Metropolitan Area Outer Underground Discharge Channel. The discharge channel is a huge underground cistern built to divert flood water away from city areas
during heavy rain fall & Typhoons. It is also a really
unique tourist draw and can be toured with advance reservations (Japanese speaker recommended). So enter your pictures of Japan now for your chance to win one of many great prizes and visit this interesting site! Japan Photo Contest.
Nankai Namba area Chinese Spring Festival Campaign
This coming Chinese New Year join in the special celebrations being held in the Namba area of Osaka. Nankai Electric Railway Co., Ltd is implementing a campaign from February 9th to the 12th to draw shoppers and tourists to the area with many special offers and events! Please see the press release (PDF) for all of the campaign details and information.
Winter Strawberry Picking in Shizuoka Prefecture - Club Tourism
To most Americans strawberry picking is a summer activity. I remember it fondly from my childhood (more berries went in my mouth than the bucket but it sure was fun!) In some areas of Japan picking strawberries is best done in winter! Many Japanese and foreign tourists alike love to join days tours picking strawberries (and eating them straight off the plant). One company that offers such a day tour from Tokyo is Club Tourism. The tour not only lets you taste some of the best strawberries but also includes a winery tasting, lunch, shopping and even a boat cruise. Check out the Club Tourism Tour page for all of the information and to book the tour today!
JR East Kanto Area Rail Pass Special Winter Ski Option
From December 22, 2012 to March 31, 2013 Japan Rail east is offering a special add-on to the JR East Kanto Area Rail Pass that includes a round-trip use on the Joetsu Bullet train to reach the Gala Yuzawa Snow Resort and special discounts at the resort for ski and relaxation! The JR East Kanto Area Passes with the Gala Ski Option can be purchased at JR East Travel Service centers and some JR
East Stations. Please see the official information PDF for all of the details and prices. Join in the winter fun with JR East Kanto Area Pass.
Sky Duck! A new way to tour Tokyo coming Soon
Hinomaru Jidousha Kogyo Corp. which currently offers open top double decker bus tours of Tokyo will soon be introducing a new way to tour Tokyo from land and water! Tentatively slotted for a Spring start the new "Sky Duck: Tokyo Splash Tour" will tour the area around the new Tokyo Sky Tree on land then take a ramp and splash down into the water and continue the tour on the river! This amphibious vehicle tour will be the first of its kind in Tokyo so the vehicles and facilities are all brand new, some are still being built. It will definitely add a great new option for travelers visiting Tokyo. Please keep watch on their English Website for more details.
New/Renewed Japan Tourism Webpages
Japan Rail West New Website
New Electronic Brochures & Newsletters
Ishikawa Tourism Winter 2013 Newsletter
JR Hokkaido Mail Magazine Jan. 2013
Good Luck Trip Fukuoka/Kyushu 1/2013
Gunma G'-now December Newsletter
Great Resources List
Please use these resources to vamp up your webpages and advertisements or help your clients!
JNTO Free Photo library Make your free account for High Quality images, use on websites or print materials!
JNTO Youtube Channel Embed the videos on your website or link to your clients.
JNTO Brochure Archive Print the pdfs as many times as you need!
JNTO Accommodation Search Find hotels or ryokan across Japan.
Meetings & Incentives Planner Find all the latest on MICE planning for Japan here!
Grand Park Otaru
In Otaru during winter, the community celebrates Yukiakari no Michi, otherwise known as the Snow Gleaming Festival, by lighting up the city with thousands of handmade lanterns and candles made from snow.
Discover Love in Otaru this winter as Grand Park Otaru offers you the opportunity to experience a wonderful season with its fabulous Winter Otaru room and dining promotions. From just JPY 14,800 a
night, you can be part of Yukiakari no Michi happening from 8 to 17 February 2013 and enjoy a relaxing getaway with buffet breakfast and dinner for two.
For reservations or enquiries,
please call 81-134-21-3111 or email email@example.com
Ishin Hotels Group
Winter Festive Package (including breakfast & late check-out)
Enjoy the festive season with this limited time offer!
You will receive an original bear, special bath amenities and complimentary breakfast.
Make your reservation today through our website or contact Ishin Hotels Group for more information.
(*Please note that International Garden Hotel Narita, Narita Port Hotel and Sunroute Akasaka will participate with a different type of amenity)
The package includes:
1) Hotel original bear per person*
2) POLA aroma bath amenity
4) 12:00pm late check-out (reg. 11:00am)
New Otani Hotels
Bonus Mile Promotion - Now Through March 31st qualifying guests an now earn bonus air miles for their stay at participating New Otani Hotels. Bonus Miles can be earned for American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines and their partners. Please see this webpage for all of the details and restrictions.
Restaurant Satsuki Super Breakfast - Start your day with the ultimate breakfast buffet at Satsuki in the
Hotel New Otani Tokyo. Enjoy 169 delicious items each prepared with the greatest attention to detail. Try Japanese, Chinese and Western menu items or mix and match for a unique breakfast experience. New Otani Club members receive a discount on this super meal!
||Seattle Golf & Travel Show
||We'll be up in Seattle for the Japan Showcase and the Seattle Golf in Travel Show. Come visit our booth for great information on traveling Japan! Also if you are a golfer or outdoors person there are a ton of great activities to do at the show! Hop down to the Century Field Event Center and join us!
||Visit Japan Fair 2013 in San Francisco
||The Consulate-General of Japan in San Francisco and partners (including JNTO) are pleased to announce a special Visit Japan Promotional Event to be held in San Francisco's Union Square this February 9 & 10. Join us for a celebration of Japanese culture and let us introduce you to all that Japan has to offer travelers.|
||Japan Travel Seminar in Denver
||With the generous support of the Consulate General of Japan in Denver, the Japan National Tourism Organization is proud to present an evening about Japan for Denver area Travel Agents. Presentations will be given by Japan Travel Experts, United Airlines and a Special Guest from the Takayama City, Japan. This event is further supported by the Denver International Airport, the City of Denver and the State of Colorado. If you are interested in attending please email: firstname.lastname@example.org |
||LA Times Travel Show
||This year our partners from the Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau will be exhibiting at the LA Times Travel Show held in downtown Los Angeles at the LA Convention Center. Please stop by their booth (#1309) and find out all about this wonderful island destination! |