Universal Surprise Halloween 2014, Tokaido-Shinkansen Tourist Pass, Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass, Extraordinary Japan E-learning Workshop, Kyushu Expressway Pass, Grand Park Otaru Travel Industry Deal, Japanese Film Festival Ticket Giveaway
Japan. Endless Discovery
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Thanks to everyone who attended our 'Japan. Endless Discovery' Seminars in Sydney and Brisbane earlier this month. We had a great turnout and received some excellent feedback on the events. 

Save the date! Next month we'll be holding two more seminars, a school tour and general travel agent seminar in Perth on 28th October and a school tour seminar in Sydney on 30th October. More details to come, so stay tuned!

In this issue:

News from Japan
Hotel update  Special feature Universal Surprise Halloween 2014
Universal Surprise Halloween 2014
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Universal Studios Japan in Osaka will hold its seasonal Universal Surprise Halloween event for 59 days starting 12 Sep 2014. This event promises to be the largest event ever held in the Park with seven horrifying attractions, some from popular horror movie franchises like 'Child's Play', 'Friday the 13th', 'Ju-on' and 'Sadako'. Watch the hilarious promotional video on YouTube or read more

Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Tourist Pass
Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Tourist Pass The new Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Tourist Pass allows tourists unlimited use of the Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen bullet-trains including the super-fast Nozomi and Mizuho services as well as access to attractive tourist facilities in the vicinity for five consecutive days. Read more

Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass
Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass The new Takayama-Hokuriku Tourist Pass allows tourists unlimited use of conventional JR lines between Nagoya and Takayama Stations, Osaka and Kanazawa Stations, High-speed Bus “Shirakawago/Kanazawa Line” (Nohi Bus and Hokutetsu Bus) operating among JR Takayama Station, Shirakawago and JR Kanazawa Station and the Sarubobo Bus. Read more

Extraordinary Japan - E-Learning Workshop
Extraordinary Japan - Elearning Workshop Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) challenges travel agents to become Japan Specialists through completing the e-learning course 'Extraordinary Japan'. Agents that complete the training by 17 Oct will go into the draw to win 2 tickets to Japan courtesy of Jetstar. Become a Japan Specialist

Kyushu Expressway Pass (KEP)
Kyushu Expressway Pass Hiring a rental car is a great way to explore Japan at your own pace, particularly in more remote areas like Kyushu. However, drivers need to factor in the cost of expressway tolls which can add up. With the new Kyushu Expressway Pass, tourists can enjoy unlimited use of expressways within Kyushu for 2-10 consecutive days. Read more

Grand Park Otaru Travel Industry Deal
Grand Park Otaru Set against one of Japan’s most picturesque landscapes, Hokkaido, Grand Park Otaru is the only international hotel in this beautiful seaport town. An hour away from Shin Chitose Airport and a 30-minute drive from the capital city of Sapporo, the 296-room hotel is adjacent to Wing Bay Otaru, one of Hokkaido’s largest shopping malls. It is also close to some of the region’s key skiing resorts. Read more

Japanese Film Festival - Double-pass Giveaway
As a thank-you for subscribing to and reading this newsletter, Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) is giving travel agents the chance to win a double-pass to the Opening Night and Closing Night screenings of Japanese Film Festival in your state.

Adelaide (Mercury Cinemas):
Opening: Fri, 10 Oct 2014, 7:30pm~ Lady Maiko
Closing: Sun, 19 Oct 2014, 6pm~ A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story

Canberra (Capitol Cinemas Manuka):
Opening: Wed, 15 Oct 2014, 7pm~ Lady Maiko
Closing: Sun, 19 Oct 2014, 6pm~ A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story

Brisbane (Event Cinemas, Brisbane City Myer Centre):
Opening: Wed, 22 Oct 2014, 7pm~ Lady Maiko
Closing: Sun, 26 Oct 2014, 6:15pm~ A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story

Perth (Hoyts Millennium):
Opening: Wed, 29 Oct 2014, 7pm~ Lady Maiko
Closing: Sun, 2 Nov 2014, 6:15pm~ A Tale of Samurai Cooking - A True Love Story

For your chance to win a double-pass, be one of the first to reply to this email with your full name + name of your guest, company name, job title, phone number and email address and indicate which screening (Opening or Closing) and your state.

JNTO Special Feature: Autumn leaves and the Beautiful Visual Phenomena of Framing
Autumn Foliage framed through a window In traditional buildings in Japan such as at temples, there are places designed for visitors to look at the natural scenery through a window, making it appear to be like a framed work of art. The vibrant autumn colours are particularly striking. This article introduces some of the best spots. Read more

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