October 2014

Now Shopping in Japan is Tax-Free!

Visitors to Japan can enjoy tax-free shopping starting October 1st at shops that display the Japan tax-free shop logo! Just show your passport at the shop and spend up to 500,000 JPY (About 5,000 USD) in tax-free goods. For more information please visit our newly launched tax-free shop homepage.
Limited Time Rail and Tourist Passes for Nagoya, Takayama, Kanazawa and Osaka Travel

Visitors can now purchase the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Tourist Pass and have five days of unlimited access to the Shinkansen line between Tokyo Station and Hakata Station and JR local lines within Osaka city (35,000 JPY). Takayama-Hokuriku Area Tourist Pass gives card holders unlimited use of all trains (exception Shinkansen) for five days between Nagoya and Takayama and Osaka and Kanazawa, as well as bus use within Takayama, Shirakawa-go and Kanazawa (10,500 JPY). Valid until June 30, 2015.

Tokyo Awarded Best Markets and Shops by SAVEUR Culinary Travel Magazine

SAVEUR Editors voted Tokyo the best place in the world to find unique shops and tantalizing markets. Whether you stop at Tsukiji Fish Market for the freshest sushi, drop by Ginza for high-end shopping or go to Harajuku to find the latest in fashion, Tokyo shopping has everything you're looking for!

Visit Our New Hokuriku Bullet Train Homepage!

JNTO has launched the official Hokuriku Bullet Train tourism page! Japan Railways will launch the new E7 series Hokuriku Bullet Train in April 2015 with service from Tokyo to Kanazawa, which will also stop at other Hokuriku regions en route like Toyama, Niigata, Fukui and Nagano. Visit our new homepage and 'discover the undiscovered' in Hokuriku, the heart of Japan.

Great Resources List

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Winter Escapes in Japan

Norikura Highlands, Nagano Prefecture

Why go to Japan in winter? In addition to low airfare and affordable lodgings, visitors can avoid the high season crowds and experience parts of Japan that truly shine in fresh powdered snow:

Winter Festivals and Celebrations

Snow Festival, Sapporo City

Some of Japan's best festivals can only be experienced in winter, one of which is the Snow Festival in Hokkaido (Sapporo City), running February 5th - 11th 2015. Over 2 million visitors from across Japan and the globe come to admire the ice sculptures and enjoy the fireworks and festivities of the Sapporo Snow Festival. The Snow Light Path in Otaru, running February 6-15th 2015 in Hokkaido, is a stunning display of snow lanterns spread across the city. Even if you can't make it to Hokkaido, winter festivals are celebrated all throughout Japan, such as the Snow Festival in Tokamachi Niigata, running February 20-22nd 2015, only 2 hours away from Tokyo!

Winter Sports

Niseko Resort, Hokkaido

Japan is home to some of the best snow on Earth, with famous skiing/snowboarding resorts throughout Hokkaido, Tohoku, and the Hokuriku regions. Nagano and neighboring Niigata prefecture are famous winter sports locations that are only a 2-3 hour train ride away from Tokyo. Don't forget Niseko in Hokkaido, a skier's paradise with its steep slopes and breathtaking views! JNTO also has a listing of all ski resorts within Japan for your reference.

Shirakawa- go, Gifu Prefecture

Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture

Winter Landscapes

Some areas of Japan are best seen in winter. Japan's northern most region Hokkaido is a must-see winter destination with its fresh seafood, natural landscapes, healing hot springs and warm hospitality. Japan's Hokuriku and Tohoku areas also have breathtaking winter landscapes that are hauntingly beautiful, calm, and give visitors a different perspective on Japan and its culture.

Nabana no Sato, Kuwana City Mie Prefecture

Winter Lights

Japan shines brilliantly in winter months with its display of Christmas lights. Nabana no Sato in Mie Prefecture is a botanical garden that lights up from November to March, with a rainbow of illumination consisting of over 7 million LED lights! Kobe City's famed Luminarie display in December (December 4-15th 2014) is also a quick trip away from Osaka and is one of the city's annual highlights. Kyoto also shines in winter with a stunning night display of its ancient streets and temples through its Kyoto Hanatouro event. Find more information at our website.

Don't forget about the most important holiday in Japan-New Years! Learn more about joining the new year's festivities in Japan to give your New Years an extra special kickoff!

Adelsman Tours LLC
Tokyo Grand Holiday Excursion - Deluxe Private Land-only Tour for 4 pax; Seven nights/eight days; sumptuous meals; superb accommodations. $4,745/person, Twin Occupancy - 20% Commission All Japan Tours
Essence of Japan (reverse) - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals 2015- Deluxe Private Land-Explore the two main winter attractions of Japan - Snow Monkeys and Hokkaido Winter Festivals - Commissionable
Globus & Monogram
Discover Japan - When exploring Japan, you can walk in circles or you can see the famous squares
- Contact your local rep for specific Commission information
Best of Japan
We create tours with just the right balance of included features - from Local Favorites to VIP access at must-see sites - and, of course, free time. Contact your local rep for specific Commission information
Japan Deluxe Tours Inc.,
Tokyo Quilt Festival Tour 2015 - Visit the largest Quilt Event "Tokyo Quilt Festival". Tour includes grand transportation, English speaking tour guide, and accommodations. Departure January 21st, 2015 - Commission 10% of Land Tour Price.
Japan Quest Journeys
The Spiritual - This journey begins in the Kumano area at the southern tip of the fabulous Kii Peninsula and traverses Wakayama to the spiritual Mt. Koya - 10% commission
AFFORDABLE JAPAN - 7day/5night Highlight on Japan Airlines. The "Golden Route" is our most recommended sightseeing route in Japan. This package allows you to efficiently experience the Golden Route!! Commissionable. Please Contact JTB
Mountain Hiking Holidays
Shikoku Hiking Tour Late Winter/Spring - Stray off the beaten path and explore Shikoku, April 2014 and November 2015 8 Day Pilgrimage Hikes across Shikoku - 10% commission
Orient Flexi-Pax Tours
Classic Japan - 6 Days / 5 Nights - Ideal for first-timers, join us on an unforgettable journey to Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone and Kyoto. $100 off if booked by 10/31/2014 - 10-12% commission
Super Value Tours
Japan Kanto Tour - 6 Day Japan Kanto Land and Air for only $1,950. Autumn is the perfect time to explore Japan's beautiful sites and fall foliage (Koyo). Travel by 11/30, subject to availability. - Commission up to 10% on land pricing with 2% bonus for new agencies through 12/31/14!
Travel Indochina
Secrets of Japan: (15 days) - twin price from $6,620pp
Highlights of Japan: (10 days) - twin price from $4,395pp
Secrets of Japan with Spring Takayama Festival: (15 days) - twin price from $7,185pp
Travel Indochina's Small Group Journeys put an emphasis on connecting you with the local culture, people and food throughout Japan - Competitive commissions are paid on services throughout Asia. Contact our Asia Specialists at 800-342-1957 or info@travelindochina.com for more information.
Hoshinoya Kyoto Autumn Scenery Helicopter Cruise
The balance between temples and autumn leaves is the most beautiful in Kyoto during the fall. This season escape from the hustle and bustle with HOSHINOYA Kyoto, and visit areas famous for their fall colors. Enjoy the sights of the autumn leaves all to yourself as we guide you high through the skies. November 15 - December 10 2014, 5 guests per flight, JPY 405,000 (10% tax not included), round trip. Contact Hoshinoya for more info: Tel: +81 50 3786 0066
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel
Kyoto Tokyu Hotel unveiled a new concept room 'Premium Treat' in August 2014. Room design highlights Japanese-style made room with Western-style functions. Great view of the World Heritage sites Nishi-Honganji Temple, Toji Temple and Kyoto Tower from window boosts the ancient capital atmosphere. Rate starts from JPY 22,000++ ~ Exclusive offer includes complimentary daily buffet breakfast, priority check-in service, guest salon and gym use during stay. Offer is valid until 15th January 2015. 10% Travel Agent Commission Contact Kyoto Tokyu Hotel for More Info Tel: +81 75 341 2411

JTB USA, Inc. / Luxury Escapes New Website
Check out JTB's newly designed Luxury Escapes website for the best in high-end Japan!

JTB's 'Luxury Escapes' Division specializes in luxury travel to Japan, primarily for FIT clients.

Please feel free to contact JTB with any inquiries or requests at their toll free number: 1-888-364-7118
E-mail Inquiries: luxuryescapes@jtbusa.com

Luxury Travel Exchange International
The Palazzo Las Vegas in Las Vegas, December 9th - 11th

JAPAN BREAKFAST SEMINAR "Ultimate Luxury Experience ONLY IN JAPAN" on December 10th (8:30 - 9:45 AM) at the Luxury Travel Exchange in Palazzo Zeno Ballroom #4601. Breakfast will be served from 8:10-8:40AM (Win a round trip business class ticket to Japan!)

2015 Japan Showcase Seminar Locations Announced!

The Japan Showcase provides a great opportunity to network with various travel suppliers and learn more about their products and services. Suppliers include representatives of hotels, airlines, tour operators, and local government offices of popular destinations.

SeattleFebruary 3, 2015ChicagoMarch 10, 2015
San FranciscoFebruary 5, 2015AtlantaMarch 11, 2015
DallasFebruary 18, 2015New YorkMarch 13, 2015
Costa MesaFebruary 19, 2015*Please note dates and locations subject to change.

For inquiries, please contact:

Showcases in Chicago, Atlanta, New YorkShowcases in Seattle, San Francisco, Dallas, Costa Mesa
JNTO New York OfficeJNTO Los Angeles Office
jntonyc1@jntonyc.orginfo@jnto-lax.org 213-623-1952

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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