Snow has begun to fall over the many ski resorts in Japan, with the promise of a great season this year. Here is the final edition of the JNTO newsletter of the year to help you pick the best travel destinations for 2017.
From 16 December 2016 Qantas will begin its new route flying between Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita). The new route will be operated by an upgraded, two-class A330-300 with 297 seats.
Qantas and Jetstar will both operate flights from Melbourne to Tokyo (Narita) during the December 2016-February 2017 holiday peak. Jetstar will then cease flights on the direct route after the 25th February, 2017.
Japan Rail Pass Update
From 8th March 2017 to 31st March 2018, the JR pass will be on sale within Japan on a trial basis. The price will be slightly higher than if purchased overseas and the eligibility requirements have also changed. See more
Planning your snow holiday
If you are planning on heading to Japan for the winter season and are in the process of ironing out the final details, take a look at our page outlining transport methods to various ski resorts. See more
Tokyo Style Guide Giveaway
Our great friends at Murdoch Books have given us copies of the Tokyo Style Guide by Jane Lawson to giveaway to 5 lucky readers!
For your chance to win simply answer this: "What do you think makes Tokyo a stylish place?" Email us your response, full name and postal address to [email protected] by 22 December 2016. Click here for more information on the book.
Adventures with Baby in Japan
If you are planning a holiday with your baby in a safe, clean and friendly country with lots of cultural experiences, then consider Japan!See more
1 Day Snow Monkey Tour from Tokyo If you're in Tokyo this January to March, consider taking a day trip to see the famous snow monkeys taking a hot bath.See more
New Haneda-Hakuba bus A new direct bus to Hakuba from Haneda Airport starts this winter, from 17 Dec 2016 until 5 Mar 2017.See more
Shirakawago light-up tour from Tokyo Traditional thatched-roofed houses will be lit up in the evening surrounded by snow, straight out of a fairy tale.click here
Shirakawago/Takayama 1 day bus tour Meitetsu Group is offering a one-day English or Chinese guided bus tour of Shirakawago and Takayama from Nagoya this winter.click here
Nikko, Kinugawa Onsen and Kawagoe Discount Travel Passes Relaunched With these passes, travellers can enjoy sightseeing in an even more economical and convenient way.click here
Tohoku Highway Bus Ticket This new ticket allows unlimited rides on designated highway buses throughout the six prefectures of Tohoku, the northeastern region of Japan. click here
Local Festivals and Events
Flight Centre Travel Expo (Jan-Mar) The 2017 Travel Expo will be held in 13 cities across Australia from January through to March and JNTO will be exhibiting at Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Come out to say Hi and get the latest info for all things Japan!
Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival (26 Feb) The Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival returns again in 2017 to transform Federation Square into a Japanese village, full of traditional music, food and art.
Sapporo Snow Festival (6-12 Feb) The Sapporo Snow Festival began in 1950, when local students exhibited six snow sculptures. Today, it has become a major spectacle attracting over 2 million visitors from all over Japan and abroad. Snow sculptures and ice sculptures large and small line Odori Park for around 1.5 km and are lit up at night.