Quarterly Newsletter: September 2008
In this Issue:
Attention Please
News Updates
Upcoming Festivals and Events
Destination Hot Blog
Japan Tour Updates
Hotel Updates
Airline Special
Japanese Events in the U.S.

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JNTO Introduces New Spanish Market Website
The Japan National Tourist Organization has launched a new website to accommodate the growing demand for Japan travel information in Spanish.

See Japan's video on Youtube!
JNTO has launched the "Visit Japan Channel" where you can watch beautiful videos of Japan including the famous Visit Japan Campaign promotional video! Click the link above to watch.

JTB USA Offers New Tours to Japan & Asia - Official Tourism Guide for Japan Travel
You'll find land packages, optional and group tours, plus JTB special tours from the US to Japan and other Asian countries. All of the tours include capable English-speaking guides to provide you with many interesting and the most updated information regarding each attraction.

JR EAST: Special Discount on "JR EAST PASS": September 1 to December 31, 2008
JR East will offer the Special Pass this fall. With 10,000 yen you can get unlimited travel on JR East trains for any three days during the period!

JTB Global Marketing & Travel Inc. "SUNRISE TOURS HANDS-ON JAPAN!" launched
A series of experience tours for overseas visitors including traditional Japanese culture, modern subculture, and even Tokyo horse racing!

TripAdvisor 2008 Travelers' Choice Destination Awards
Kyoto ranked #1 in Asia Category!
The TripAdvisor 2008 Travelers' Choice Destination Awards results were released in May, and Kyoto was selected as the top destination in Asia Category! On top of that, Tokyo was selected as the 6th.

Seto Inland Sea's New Website
A new website for Seto Inland Sea is now available in English, German, French, Korean, and Chinese. For those who would love to learn more about the beauty of Seto Inland Sea.

Foreign Visitors no longer have to pay to gain entry into four of Nara Prefectures managed museums
The admission fee for foreign tourists visiting any of the four museums listed will be waived simply by showing a valid passport.

Experience Tokyo with Visa 2008 Edition, Great gifts and discounts when you use your Visa card!
Visit the popular shops and restaurants listed on this website and purchase electronic products, appliances, character goods, handcrafts and more with your Visa card. Show the coupon (downloadable via this website) to the shop staff upon payment, and receive special discounts and gifts. Check out each shop and restaurant for offer details, and please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions before using the coupons.

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Yokohama Triennale 2008  September 13 - November 30, 2008

Tokyo Game Show 2008  October 9 - 12, 2008

Formula 1 Grand Prix  October 10 - 12, 2008
The 2008 Japanese Formula 1 Grand Prix will be held at Fuji Speedway, tickets, as well as 1 day, 2 day, and 3 day package tours are available from JTB Global Marketing & Travel.

Autumn Foliage and Festival in Japan  Late September - Late November

Christmas in Japan  December 24 & 25, 2008

New Years Eve and New Year's  December 31, 2008 - January 1, 2009

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Close your eyes; now imagine the soothing feeling of hot spring water running all over your skin. Are you relaxed? With the frantic, but fun schedule we kept on our April trip to Japan, it would not have been complete if we hadn't gone to an "Onsen" (Japanese hot spring). Read more

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Are you thinking about participating in Tokyo Game Show 2008, Formula 1 Grand Prix or other events? View the latest 2008-2009 tours here!
Also, here are some ideas for cruises and an updated schedule: Japan and Beyond 2008 - 2009

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SPECIAL OFFER from Prince Hotels & Resorts Japan!
Prince Hotels is one of the largest hotel chains in Japan. They would like to introduce The Grand Prince Takanawa, The Grand Prince New Takanawa, and The Prince Sakura Tower urban oasis in Tokyo and extend a special offer to JNTO Newsletter readers and members of Asia Now website.
Value Rates valid until December 30, 2008

Special Room Rate: Conversion rate $1 = 110 yen (August 2008)

The Grand Prince Takanawa
Tower View (Twin or Double bed)
Single Occupancy 17,000 yen ($154)
Double Occupancy 22,000 yen ($200)
Garden View (Twin bed)
Single Occupancy 20,000 yen ($181)
Double Occupancy 25,000 yen ($227)
Garden View (Double bed)
Single Occupancy 21,000 yen ($190)
Double Occupancy 27,000 yen ($245)

The Grand Prince New Takanawa
Recently Renovated Superior Floor (Twin or Double bed)
Single Occupancy 22,500 yen ($204)
Double Occupancy 28,000 yen ($254)

The Prince Sakura Tower
Twin Room
Single Occupancy 29,500yen ($268)
Double Occupancy 36,000yen ($327)
Double Room
Single Occupancy 32,000yen ($290)
Double Occupancy 37,000yen ($336)

Rate Includes
* Complimentary shuttle available between hotel & Shinagawa station
* Complimentary transportation available to/from Tokyo Disney Resort
* More than 12 restaurants within the hotel complex
* Tour bus pick-up for city tours
* Spa & Fitness facility available
* Hi-speed internet access available (please check our website for complete details)

Notice
* Rates inclusive 10% Service Charge & 5% Tax per room, per night
* Rates subject to additional Tokyo City Tax
* Based upon space availability
* Mention key word "JNTO rate" when booking

For more information and Reservations
Prince Hotels & Resorts, Japan
Toll-Free 800-542-8686
Email: princeUSA@princejapan.com
Website: www.princejapan.com
* With the fall and winter vacation season just around the corner you can
browse JNTO's 2008 ACCOMMODATION DEALS to find hotels and dates.

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The KIE Bonus Mileage Program for American Airlines affords travelers up to 15,000 bonus miles.
Kintetsu International, ranked among the top 30 travel agencies in the United States by Travel Weekly magazine and in association with AmericanAirlines, has just announced a new bonus mileage program. The KIE Bonus Mileage Program affords travelers up to 15,000 bonus miles for purchasing a first class ticket to Japan, 7,500 bonus miles for a Business Class ticket and 5,000 bonus miles for a Coach Class ticket. These bonus miles are in addition to the regular miles American's AAdvantage members would earn. This extraordinary program is by exclusive arrangement with American Airlines and only available through KIE.
For more information website
* With the fall and winter vacation season just around the corner you can
browse JNTO's 2008 AIRFARE DEALS to find other Airlines ticket.

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New York Hanjotei (Comic Story)
New York, NY
September 17, 2008

Anime Weekend Atlanta 2008
Atlanta, GA
September 19 - 21, 2008

New York Anime Festival 2008
New York, NY
September 26 - 28, 2008

Japan Festival in Atlanta 2008
Atlanta, GA
September 27 - 28, 2008

Anime USA 2008
Washington DC
October 10 - 12, 2008

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