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New in Japan: 2013


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New York, NY, November 27, 2012: As the holiday seasons approach, Japan is ready to greet a new year with more new hotel and transportation facilities, serving visitors to more cultural beauty and excitement to visitors from all over the world in 2013.

Hotel Openig

While the city witnesses a lot of redevelopment projects,InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is adding a new property in Osaka in August 2013. Located in Osaka's latest redevelopment zone in north yard of the city's train hub Umeda station, the Osaka InterContinental Hotel accommodates 215 guest rooms occupying 17 floors of Grand Front Osaka building. Grand Front Osaka consists of 3 commercial towers, and the Inter Continental Osaka will become the most accessible hotel to Osaka's urban experience with shopping, dining, business, and major train service to nearby cities such as Kyoto, Kobe and Nara.


New Transportation & Access to Japan

The US gains more gateways to Japan along the West Coast in 2013.

- Delta Air Lines have announced a new non-stop service from Seattle, but this time, to Haneda, Tokyo's inner-city airport. The inaugural flight is scheduled in March 2013.
- All Nippon Airways (ANA) adds a non-stop service from the West Coast. On January 11, 2013, the new service connects San Jose and Narita with Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
- United Airlines starts non-stop service between Denver and Narita on March 31, 2013.

A new airport is opening in Okinawa, Japan's tropical island region. Ishigaki Island, one of Okinawa's remote islands, is getting Shin-Ishigaki Airport as a new gateway to this unique yet tranquil southwest beach paradise of Japan on March 7, 2013. Ishigaki is famous for world's best scuba diving spots, unique island culture and lifestyle, and breathtaking nature.

Japan's train culture takes one step further in 2013. Starting in October 2013, the Bullet Train system (a.k.a. Shinkansen) in Kyushu (southwestern island) adds unique first-class train cars on the train track. The car is designed with retrospective style and full of regional craftworks and traditional designs. Called the Seven Stars Cruise Train that serves in 7 prefectures of Kyushu, the train takes passengers to Kyushu's richness such as hot springs, natural beauty, culinary culture and local hospitality.


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Nori Akashi, Public Relations Manager

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