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Annual Tourism Event Returns to Showcase
the Hidden Treasures of Northern Japan and Beyond


New York, NY, December 17, 2015 – Japan Week, New York City’s premiere Japanese travel and tourism event organized by Japan National Tourism Organization, is back for its 5th year on March 10-12, 2016 at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. Last year, Japan Week saw over 400,000 visitors and reached over 80 million people via television, Internet, and social media, making it the largest Japanese tourism event in the U.S. Now, Japan Week 2016 puts the spotlight on the culture, food, and technology of Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku.

From world-famous ski resorts and picturesque national parks to traditional cuisine, festivals, and seafood, Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku are home to hidden regional gems that even seasoned travelers miss. The brand-new Hokkaido Shinkansen, linking Hokkaido with the northernmost part of the mainland via high-speed rail for the first time ever, is scheduled to open March 2016. Travelers will be able to take a bullet train directly from Tokyo to see all of the natural and man-made wonders of northern Japan.

Japan Week features foods and confectionaries straight from Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku, over 30 diverse businesses in both New York City and Japan, local Japanese governments, and a conveyor belt sushi restaurant right in Grand Central Terminal. Visitors can also find general information on Japan tourism, receive special travel package offers, and even win a trip to Japan.

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Organized by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), Japan Week is a promotional tourism event in New York City that celebrates Japan as a premiere travel destination. Free and open to the public, visitors are invited to discover exciting locales all across Japan and to experience the art, crafts, food, and technology of Japanese culture. Japan Week is a cooperative effort between JNTO, diverse businesses in both New York City and Japan, and local Japanese governments. To learn more about Japan Week, please visit For more information on travel to Japan, go to


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