February 2014

2014 Cherry Blossom Forecast

The 2014 Cherry Blossom Blooming Forecast is now available on the JNTO Homepage. See the latest information on blooming dates for all of Japan. The information comes directly from the Japan Weather Association and is updated regularly throughout the season. See the Forecast Here!
Abenos Harukas, Osaka - Opens March 7th

"Harukas" is an old Japanese expression meaning "to brighten, to clear up." As its namesake suggests, ABENO HARUKAS embodies the exhalation of clear, sweeping views of Osaka from its top floor 300 meters in the air. The complex's wide array of facilities and amenities answer every need, promising every visitor a relaxing time in a bright, comfortable environment. ABENO HARUKAS is the future of multifunctional urban space in the sky. Opens March 7, 2014. Please see the official website for facility information.
Shisui Premium Outlets® Prayer Room (PDF)

Shisui Premium Outlets®, located approximately 10 minutes by car from Narita International Airport and accessible by airport shuttle, welcomes a large number of foreign visitors to Japan. To meet the needs of its international customers and allow guests to enjoy a more relaxed shopping experience, the Outlets are taking up a variety of service improvements. Additionally, the "Silence Room" found at Gotemba and Rinku Premium Outlets® (opened in August 2013 at Gotemba and October 2013 at Rinku) will be renamed the "Prayer Room" beginning Tuesday 1 April, 2014. See the Press Release (PDF) for more information.

New Wifi Service & Location Information

This month we have seen a lot of new releases from various areas about Wifi Services for tourists around Japan. It is getting even easier for travelers to find internet access. See the below pages and press releases for more information.
Osaka City Wifi Information
NTT-East Wifi Hotspot Locator
Hokkaido TelecomSquare new rental service
JNTO Article on Wifi Services

JR East new N'EX TOKYO Direct Ticket for foreign Visitors (PDF)

JR EAST is selling the N'EX TOKYO Direct Ticket (One-way), a discount ticket for foreign visitors to Japan. This one-way discount ticket can be used for Ordinary Car reserved seats of the Narita Express (N'EX) Limited Express train. It takes roughly one hour to get from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station on the Narita Express (N'EX). Enjoy a pleasant trip in a comfortable train with no need to transfer! See the press release (PDF) for more information.
Great Resources List

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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!

There is no Monthly Feature this newsletter but please check out all of the great articles in the JNTO Monthly Web Magazine! This month's features are Mt. Yoshino Cherry Blossoms, Day Trips from Tokyo and Washoku!

The Cherry Blossoms will soon be here, and then it's on to summer!

AdelsmanTours LLC
Fall Colors & Amazing Tokyo - 10% agent commission. All Japan Tours

Japan in Depth Spring Tour 13 days & Grand Tour of Japan - Kyoto Aoi Festival & Cherry Blossom Special Tour 21 days - commissionable.
Charming Asia Tours
Japan Hands On Experience Tour & Kyoto in Depth Tour - 12% agent commission.
Class One Travel, Inc.
Japan's Secret Path of Mt. Koya, Kumano Kodo and Ise - 10% agent commission.
Cox & Kings
Land of the Rising Sun Tour - please call for commission rates.
Tokyo & Kyoto of One Mind - 12% commission & Signature Tokyo - 5% commission.
Globus & Monograms
Discover Japan & Best of Japan
Goway Travel
Essential Japan $2878 & Japan in Depth $2365 - Based on travel in fall 2014.
InsideJapan Tours
Small Group Tour Spirit of Honshu - 7 nights $4290 per person (excluding airfare) & Small Group Tour Classic Japan - 13 nights $4290 per person (excluding airfare) - 10% agent commission.
Japan Deluxe Tour
Grand Tour 11 Days - Cherry Blossom Tour & Essence of Spring Tour 6 days - 10% commission of land price. FAM Rates Available.
JapanQuest Journeys
Japan Luxury Hotel and Ryokan Collection & The Spiritual Japan Tour - 10% commission.
Kyoto and Tokyo Autumn Tour & Autumn Kyushu Tour - commissionable.
Mountain Hiking Holidays
Fall Hiking on Hokkaido - A September Journey through Japan's Outback & Fall Hiking on Shikoku - November Temple Pilgrimage - 10% commission.
Orient Flexi-Pax Tours
Snow Monkeys Tour 6 Days/5 Nights & Cherry Blossom Tour 7 Days/6 Nights - Limited time offer, 10% commission.
Pacific Delight Tours
10 Day Highlights of Japan & China Escapade Experience - 10% agent commission.
SITA Tours
Japan's Scenic Vistas & Affordable Japan - $100 off per couple when booked by Apr 30, 2014.
Super Value Tours
8 Day Kyushu Exploration & 10 Day Japan Classics - Up to 14% commission.

New Otani Hotels / Hotel New Otani Tokyo
3 Nights Special (required 3 consecutive nights) From March 1, 2014 to May 31, 2014. The rate is subject to 10% service charge, 5% tax, and accommodation tax. Free Wi-fi. Executive House ZEN Standard Room (388 sqft) JPY 37,000/per room, per night. Executive House ZEN Deluxe Room (484 sqft) JPY 47,000/per room, per night. Let's join NOC and get benefits. Free to apply and no annual fee. Able to earn NOC points and Mileage points. Enjoy your stay and double points.
Park Hotel Group / Grand Park Otaru
Grand Park Otaru Turns Five! As we turn five this year, enjoy an array of special privileges when you book your stay with us between march and October 2014. *Fabulous Five Package - Mountain view Superior Room: From JPY 11,280 (based on double occupancy). Includes: Choice of breakfast buffet or lunch buffet for two, Complimentary late checkout (1pm), UP to 20% food and beverage discount, 50% parking discount, Upgrade to Ocean View Room for just JPY 500(per person). Valid from 1 March to 31 October 2014 and for first five bookings daily. Terms and Conditions apply. For enquiries or more information please call 81-134-21-3111 or email.
Tokyu Hotels / The Yokohama Bay Hotel Tokyo
"Feel the Breeze of Yokohama" Spring Campaign. Valid Period: April 1st through June 30th, 2014. Executive Twin (43m², with Balcony) : 26, 789 JPY per room per night including breakfast for two, service charge and 8% sales tax. *This room is called "Cherry Blossom Street" so guests may watch the cherry blossom trees from the room in the early April. The above rate is a 10% commissionable rate. This promotion also comes with discount tickets for nearby tourist spots (Sankeien Garden & Yokohama Hakkeijima Sea Paradise.) For booking, please contact Tokyu Hotels Reservation Center via Email or call us at 1-800-428-6598/212-490-0456.

Japan Airlines
oneworld Yokoso/Visit Japan Fare service extended for one more year! Japan Airlines Group is proud to offer a discount domestic air fare for overseas visitors to Japan, the oneworld Yokoso/Visit Japan Fare. The fare can be used to over 30 cities in Japan served by JAL (except flights operated by FDA and Jetstar Japan) and Japan Transocean Air (JTA) based in Naha Okinawa.Only available to residents of the country of sale outside Japan, when booked and purchased prior to departure at country of origin. This fare must be booked in conjunction with return travel on a single ticket to Japan on oneworld member airlines.

20th Annual Honolulu Festival
The Honolulu Festival is Hawaii's premier cultural event and JNTO will be exhibiting with a booth (# TBA), please meet the Japan Specialists for updated travel information on Japan. (More information will follow soon!) Date: March 8 - 9, 2014

Place: Honolulu, Hawaii (Island of Oahu)
Venue: Hawaii Convention Center at 1801 Kalakaua Avenue Honolulu, HI 96815
For more information please Click Here

Japan Week 2014 New York
Japan Week promotes Japanese culture, cuisine, and tourism, announces that its 2014 program will spotlight unique features of Japanese culture from the last 100 years to the present.
Delectable regional foods, technology exhibits, traditional arts and performances will aim to inspire greater understanding of Japan and travel to the country. The multi-day festival will take place at Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hall from March 6 - 8, 2014. This event is a cooperative effort between the Japan Tourism Agency, Japan National Tourism Organization, diverse businesses, local Japanese governments, and supported by the Consulate General of Japan in New York.

Will your customers be able to find you when they click on that link from our website? If you have registered as a Japan Travel Specialist, the answer is yes. Just watch a few educational videos and take three short quizzes to become part of our JTS Program. See the website for details.
You can also contact our office for travel brochures and language handbooks. Please e-mail info@jnto-lax.org for more information.

JNTO is here to help! We can provide you with updated information, advice, brochures, and more to make yours a trip to remember. If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office between 9AM and 5PM Pacific Standard Time. We look forward to assisting you!

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