August 2013

JNTO Monthly Magazine - August 2013

Enjoy JNTO's latest Monthly Magazine Features. Learn all about a new trip route called "The Three-star Road". Explore popular Anime facilities across Japan, perfect for that enthusiastic Japanophile client and take in the fascinating tale of a German man who has found his home and calling as a Zen Monk in Japan. Also don't miss this month's feature on Chiba, an oft-overlooked destination.
Click Here to see these great stories and more.

Michelin Guides Online - Hiroshima & Hokkaido

Know any Gourmet fanatics? Well Japan is earning more and more Michelin stars at restaurants and facilities across the country. They have recently expanded the Japan guides to include cities outside of Kyoto and Tokyo. Now Hiroshima and Hokkaido are pleased to offer searchable versions of the full Michelin Guides for their areas online! Both searches are powered by Japan's food search giant GuruNavi. Find your clients a fabulous restaurant for their next trip. Hokkaido Search. Hiroshima Search.

Google Street View Climbs Mt Fuji

In honor of Mt. Fuji having been giving the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Google Street View Team climbed to the summit with 360 degree cameras attached to their back to showcase this majestic mountain. Now, former visitors and future visitors alike can take a virtual journey up the mountain on a sunny summer's day. Enjoy exploring the summit and taking in the breathtaking views from atop the clouds. Also the Google Street View Initiative has also mapped many other Japanese landmarks including Himeji Castle, Hiroshima Peace Memorial; you can even see inside the Adachi Museum of Art! Click Here to see all of the great mapped locations in Japan.
Premium Outlets® Upgrades for Customer Comfort

Premium Outlets® is introducing the following new services at some outlet centers which have a particularly large number of overseas visitors, to create an even more welcoming environment. These new services are designed to enhance the outlet shopping experience of overseas visitors, whose numbers are growing year by year. New services include; Establishment of a "Silence Room" for worship and meditation, Free Public Wi-fi, Information desk with service in English and Chinese, Call Center support with English, Chinese, Korean and Thai speakers & a Thai Language website. Additionally, the "Welcome to Premium Outlets® Campaign" for overseas visitors will be held at participating outlet centers between October 1 (Tue), 2013, and March 31 (Mon), 2014. During this time, "Special Coupons" will be presented for even greater discounts over already low outlet prices for certain brands featured at the centers. See the press release for more information.
Muslim & Vegetarian Menus at Shin-Yokohama Raumen Museum Stores

Ramen! Its popularity gaining every year, ramen is now known all over the globe and due to the recent increase of international visitors with particular diet needs, The famous Shin-yokohama Raumen Museum in Shin-yokohama has now created menus that can be enjoyed by our Muslim and vegetarian visitors! There is also a special area for those who wish to worship in accordance with Islam. This venue has been created in accordance with Islam direction requirements. Prayer mats are available. For more information, please visit Shin-yokohama Raumen Museum.
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!
Calendar of Events JNTO's monthly list of events across Japan.

Experience a slice of Old Tokyo life by visiting a Sento or public bath.


Typical Public Bath with a Mural of Mt. Fuji on the tiled wall.

Many years ago, because of population density many homes in Tokyo did not have bathing facilities, so public baths became very popular offering showers and large soaking tubs as well as refreshing drinks and relaxing areas. These businesses were a great way for workers and families to unwind after a long day. Unlike Onsen (hot springs), Sento are mostly focused on getting clean, though many have renewed their services and operations to be more like Spas to attract a younger crowd.

Even today there are still Sento in operation across the country, though there are not as many as in their heyday. In Tokyo there are some hundreds of public baths in operation but many have had to change their services to keep up with a changing world were almost everyone has private baths in their homes.

In Tokyo all Sento are regulated to a single price, 450 yen, or about $5USD. This includes use of the locker room, showers and baths. If you come empty handed most Sento also offer an amenities kit (soap, towel etc) for a small fee. Here is a quick guide on how to bathe at a Sento (scroll down for pictures and English).

Recently Sento have become a popular spot for long distance runners to begin and end their jogs in comfort. They can pay the fee and change into their running gear at the Sento, then at their return they can take a shower and relax their muscles in the bath. Many Sento are now offering special service packages to the runners including massages and drinks.

So next time your clients have some free time in the evening recommend they go relax at a local Sento and get a taste of what life used to be like in Japan. Their hotel staff can point them to the nearest public bath or here is a listing service of baths across Japan. Also, check out this more detailed Sento article from one of our partners.

Autumn is almost here; book your clients now for fall color extravaganzas!

AdelsmanTours
The Perfect Introduction to Japan Tour (Fall Colors) & Beyond Tokyo - 15% commission available.
All Japan Tours
The Golden Triangle of Japan (Reverse) Autumn & Japan in Depth (Reverse) Autumn - Commissionable.
Globotours
Tokyo Rush - $1599pp, Commission up to 12%
IACE Travel
Backroad of Japan 2013 & The Kyushu in Autumn Leaves - Commission is available.
Inside Japan Tours
A Northern Soul 14 Nights & Kyushu Elements 13 Nights - 10% commission for agents.
Japan Deluxe Tour
Nikkei Furusato Tour - Japanese American History & Takayama Grand Tour - 10% commission of Land Price, FAM Rates Available.
JapanQuest Journeys
The Great Outdoors & The Mountains - 10% Commission.
Pacific Delight Tours
Japan & China In-depth (Air Inclusive) 2014 - Commission 10% or higher.
PacSet Tours
Japan Holiday & Fire and Ice - $200 agent commission available on all packages.
Super Value Tours
10-day Japan Classics & 9-day Japan Hokkaido - Only a few dates left for fall departures, Commissionable Luxury Tours.
Swain Tours
Nostalgic Japan & Japanese Voyage - Commissions start at 10%, inquire for more details.

Abilitas Hospitality One Niseko Resort Towers - A premium hotel condominium in which you can fully enjoy a long stay, surrounded by nature and where time flows gently by. Special FIT & Group rates from 2,500yen available August 25 - December 15, 2013.

Kobe Meriken Park Oriental Hotel - This resort-style hotel is located in the Meriken Hatoba (pier) area of the port city of Kobe. All rooms have a balcony from which you can enjoy expansive views of the sea and sky. Special FIT & Group rates from 6,500yen available January 5 - March 20, 2014. Oriental Hotel Hiroshima - The Oriental Hotel Hiroshima in the City of Peace is a sophisticated urban hotel that dominates the Hiroshima skyline. Special FIT & Group rates from 4,000yen available January 5 - March 20, 2014.
Oriental Hotel Hiroshima - The Oriental Hotel Hiroshima in the City of Peace is a sophisticated urban hotel that dominates the Hiroshima skyline. Special FIT & Group rates from 4,000yen available January 5 - March 20, 2014.
Special 10% agent commission available for Kobe and Hiroshima. Contact the Abilitas Hospitality Tokyo Sales Office for more information.
Hoshino Resorts
Limited Offer: Hoshino Resorts KAI Hakone & KAI Atami Weekdays privilege for "Ryokan Experience" - This coming season is the ideal time to enjoy traveling within Japan as the autumnal leaves change color. This limited time offer give foreign travelers special 5,000yen per-person discounts on weekday stays at KAI Hakone and KAI Atami both located about 1 hour from Tokyo. Online reservation required (KAI Atami Reservation / KAI Hakone Reservation). For stay between Sunday and Friday. Also don't miss out on the special "Geisha Tradition Experience" at the KAI Atami for only 3,000yen per person. See the Reservation pages for more details.
New Otani Hotels Hotel New Otani Osaka - Located directly adjacent to the Osaka Castle, visitors can enjoy fabulous views and top notch service at this luxury hotel. New Fitness Plus Package includes admission to Fitness Club and other amenities. Also available a special advance booking rate, book 11 or more days in advance and receive a special discount.

Hotel New Otani Tokyo - Book at least 21 days in advance and receive special booking rates until the end of September. 3 night consecutive stay is required to get special rates. Please inquire to the NY Office for more details on all offers.
Park Hotel Group Celebrate Winter Otaru at Grand Park Otaru
- Discover the beauty and charm of the picturesque Otaru seaport town as Grand Park Otaru launches a series of exciting promotions to welcome the enchanting Winter season.
From now until February 2014, keep an eye out as we introduce many fun-filled activities for you and your loved ones. Our fabulous room packages, sumptuous buffet spreads, delicious cooking classes and unbeatable yearend countdown parties are sure to offer you a winter experience like no other. Specials include: Fans of Stamps (get free upgrades), A Stay to Remember (special local tastes and craft experience), Room Packages, Room & Breakfast Packages, Your Dream Event & Your Dream Package promotion (submit your ideas for a chance to win!) For enquiries or more information, please call 81-134-21-3111 or email.
Washington Hotels
New Sendai Washington Hotel Opening December 2013
New Hiroshima Washington Hotel Opening October 2013


All Nippon Airways

ANA's Boeing 787 Dreamliner will return to Seattle on Sept. 20th
Click here to find out more about the upcoming service.
Let's Do Japan Campaign - Meet ANA's modern travelers. Discover which travel personality most matches yours.

Japan Airlines
San Francisco - Tokyo (Haneda)! The quickest way to Metropolitan Tokyo.
Advanced Technology and Cabin Comfort - Starting August 31, A more Comfortable In-flight Experience Awaits Aboard The Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Click Here for more details.
JAL SKY SUITE Named "Best Business Class Airline Seat" at SKYTAX's 2013 World Airline Awards.
The Popular JAL SKY SUITE 777 operates between New York and Tokyo (Narita)!
Also, service starts on Tokyo (Narita) - Los Angeles from November and -Chicago from January 2014.
See here for more details.


2013 Seattle Aki Matsuri - The 16th Annual Seattle Aki Matsuri will be held at Bellevue College on Sat. Sept. 7th & Sun. Sept 8th. Join the Eastside Nihon Matsuri Association for a fun weekend celebrating Japan! Enjoy concerts, festival booths and interesting seminars. Parking and general admission is free! See the Matsuri website for details!
   
The Luxury Travel Exchange International will be held from September 10-12, 2013 - The Venetian in Las Vegas. Come visit Japan Booth #7001
"How to Sell Luxury Japan Seminar on September 10th (2:45 - 4:15) at the Luxury Travel Exchange in Sands Expo Meeting Room #401.(Win a round trip business class ticket to Japan).

2013-2014 Japan Showcase Seminar Locations Announced!

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

New York January 2014 Boston January 2014
Miami January 2014 San Jose February 2014
Los Angeles February 2014 Denver February 2014
Minneapolis February 2014 *Please note dates and locations subject to change.

For inquiries, please contact:
Showcases in New York, Boston and Miami
JNTO New York Office
Kazuko Maratea: kmaratea@jntonyc.org
212-757-5641 Ext. 31
Tomoko Inuishi: tinuishi@jntonyc.org
212-757-5641 ext. 18
Showcases in San Jose, Los Angeles,
Denver and Minneapolis
JNTO Los Angeles Office
info@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!

JNTO Hotline: (213) 623-1952

To unsubscribe to this newsletter, please click here.

THE FINE PRINT/LEGAL STUFF
Information is provided in this Japan Travel Update as a courtesy to readers of this newsletter. Though JNTO endeavors to ensure the information is accurate, users of the information are to act on such using their own judgment and at their own risk. Neither JNTO nor any holder of a copyright to the information shall be held responsible in any way whatsoever for any loss or misunderstanding, either direct or indirect, that is incurred as a result of utilizing the information.
Publisher: Japan National Tourism Organization, L.A. Office
340 E. 2nd Street, Suite 302, Los Angeles, CA 90012
email: info@jnto-lax.org
website: www.jnto.go.jp or www.japantravelinfo.com