JNTO Toronto Newsletter July 2012

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JNTO Toronto Newsletter July 2012

Post  Temp on Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:11 pm



The much-anticipated Tokyo SkyTree is now open to the public! Stretching to an impressive 634 meters in height, the new tower offers an unparalleled view of the city. The Tembo Deck at 350 meters houses the Skytree café, Skytree Ship, and Sky Restaurant 634. Up at 450 meters the Tembo Galleria will take you to the highest floor in the SkyTree via a glass tube.

Souvenir shops, ticket counters, and information counters can be found on the lower floors. For ticket reservations, access information, a floor guide and hotel/travel packages, visit the SkyTree website!


On June 1st, luxury hotel chain Hoshinoya opened its newest location on Taketomi island, Okinawa. Approximately 320 people live on Taketomi island and residents are involved in as many as 20 festivals a year. The island is an important ‘preservation district for groups of traditional buildings', a designation which includes the traditional lifestyle of the people who live there. Hoshinoya Okinawa's buildings not only adhere to the regulations of the preservation district, but blend modern comforts with living historical tradition and stunning natural beauty.

Learn about the guest villas, accommodation types, amenities, and rates on Hoshinoya Okinawa's website, and discover what makes Taketomi village a unique destination.


On April 19th, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza opened its doors to patrons in the Tokyo waterfront area. With 154 distinctive stores, DiverCity offers shopping, entertainment, and the largest food court in the area. The plaza is distinguished by the life-sized 18 meter-high Gundam statue guarding the entrance, whose head moves and shoots steam at different times of the day. The statue forms part of the Gundam Front Tokyo entertainment facility, the first permanent Gundam entertainment facility in the world, with a 16 meter diameter dome screen for viewing Gundam MS videos, an exhibit of over 1000 plastic Gundam models, and a digital photo booth where you can take photos with your favourite characters. Other entertainment facilities include a Round One Stadium with bowling, karaoke, and arcade games.

DiverCity's Tokyo Gourmet Stadium food court seats 700 and includes some well-known dining establishments, a Gundam Café, a maid café and a buffet restaurant designed as a spaceship overlooking life-sized Gundam statues.
Visit the DiverCity Tokyo Plaza website


Haneda airport is making your airport experience that much homier with segregated "First Cabins" - private, segregated airport rooms available for overnight or day use. The cabins are located on the first floor of terminal 1 and are available in business class and larger first class sizes. Customers can take a bath or a shower and make use of the self-service laundry, smoking room, telephone booth, and vending machine corner. Cabins and lounges also have access to LAN internet and cellphone battery chargers.

See all the details on the First Cabins website.


Narita airport unveiled new "I speak a foreign language" badges at the end of April, the result of a joint project between the Narita International Airport Corporation and the Narita International Airport Tenants Council. Bilingual and multilingual shop staff at Narita airport now wear uniform, colour-coded badges indicating which language(s) they speak (other than English). The badges were produced to avoid different shops using different designs and enable visitors from abroad to more effectively enjoy the retail facilities.

See the 14 different badge types on the Narita Airport website.


From August 1st, JAL will introduce their First Class service on a selection of flights between Tokyo Haneda airport and Okinawa Naha airport. First Class passengers are privy to exclusive counters, priority boarding, baggage handling, the Diamond Premier Lounge and quality food, alcoholic beverages and soft drinks. The sofa-like seats onboard are 53cm wide, upholstered in fine leather, and recline to a maximum of 132 degrees.

JAL will also being expanding first class service on their Haneda – Fukuoka routes and has plans to increase service on Haneda - Sapporo in the 2nd half of the year. Passengers who have purchased a domestic fare ticket can upgrade from economy class to first class by paying just 8,000 yen for each leg of their journey, subject to seat availability.
Read JAL's press release for more details.


In response to the positive reviews from last year's AIR MOS BURGER, Japan Airlines and MOS Food Services Inc. have teamed up again to bring you the AIR MOS RICE BURGER, a JAL specialty version adapted from the MOS Rice Burger Kinpira. The burger uses 2 steamed rice patties as buns and is filled with a mixture of burdock, lotus root, carrot, oyster mushroom, black sesame, and Japanese chili pepper sautéed in light soy sauce and sweet miso paste for a deep, rustic Japanese flavour.

The AIR MOS RICE BURGER will be served on select flights to Europe and the US from June 1st to August 31st 2012 as part of the economy class second meal service or first class and executive class 'anytime you wish' service.
Read JAL's press release for more details.


From August 4th to 7th, the Hiroshima City University Sports Grounds will become a visitors campsite in honour of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day. Campers will have access to toilets, showers, sinks, and vending machines but only limited parking is available. Camping is free of charge but as the area can only accommodate 150 people per day, prior reservations are necessary. Apply by email, fax, or postcard before July 31st and include your contact information, name, address, period of stay, and if you require a parking space.

Details and camp regulations are available on Hiroshima City's Website.


Last year an employee from Magellan Resorts travel agency came up with the idea for the "Travel Volunteer in Japan" project, a daily travel blog written by Travel Volunteers as they make their way across all 47 of Japan's prefectures. The project came to fruition and two Travel Volunteers, Jamie Lafferty and Katy Morrison, embarked on a fully sponsored 100-day trip between September 15th and December 23rd 2011.The blog detailing their daily adventures is posted at http://travelvolunteerblog.net/, and a new digital book entitled "Smiles of Japan: The story of a 100-day journey through its 47 prefectures" presenting all the information in a beautifully illustrated, easy-to-read format can be viewed on the Travel Volunteer in Japan website.


The Kyoto Tourism Federation website will help keep you up to date on the latest news from the Kyoto area and give you recommendations for each season. They have area-specific information for Tango, Tamba, Kyoto city and Yamashiro, as well as access information and details on local Tourist Information Centers in Kyoto.
Visit the Kyoto Tourism Federation Website
The Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau website has been updated to serve you better! The site provides an abundance of information on Tokyo's attractions, festivals and events, history and traditions and the different areas within Tokyo. They also have practical information on transportation and recommended sightseeing courses, and will help you plan your trip with helpful links and an attractions search engine. You can browse through their photo gallery and read up on recent topics.
Visit the Tokyo Convention and Visitors Bureau website


Test yourself! How well do you know Japanese culture? In this section, we'll give you a photo and a question to test your knowledge about Japan and its culture.

For what annual event are the streets decorated with large colourful streamers?

Curious? Visit the Newsletter section of our website for the answer! You can also view previous editions of the newsletter.


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