N'EX TOKYO Direct Ticket: Save 50% on travel from Narita to Tokyo, Seven Bank resumes ATM services for MasterCard, Jetstar's non-stop flight from Melbourne to Tokyo, JNTO exhibiting at Travel Expo Perth and AIME 2014, Hakkoda Snow Travel Seminar in Sydney.
Japan. Endless Discovery
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Happy New Year!

2013 was a fantastic year for Japan tourism as we reached our target of 10 million visitors, a 24% increase on 2012. 244,600 Australians visited the country, amounting for 2.4% of the total inbound arrivals to Japan. This is a record high for Australia, beating our previous record of 242,031 visitors in 2008.

We couldn't have done it without the support of our valuable trade partners - thank you!

We wish you and your business continued success in 2014.

In this issue:

News from Japan
News from Australia Upcoming events

N'EX TOKYO Direct Ticket - Save 50% on travel from Narita to Tokyo

Save approximately 50% when riding the Narita Express (N’EX) from Narita Airport to Central Tokyo. This one-way discount ticket can be used for Ordinary Car reserved seats of the Narita Express (N’EX) Limited Express Train.

It takes about one hour from Narita Airport to Tokyo Station on N’EX.

Price: 1,500 yen (adults 12 and over), 750 yen (child ages 6-11)

  • Available only to non-Japanese passport holders (passports will be checked at time of purchase)
  • Only from Narita Airport to Tokyo, not available the other way
  • Purchase at Narita Airport T1 and T2 train stations
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Seven Bank resumes ATM services for MasterCard

Users of overseas-issued MasterCard brand debit and credit cards (card logos MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus) can once again withdraw Japanese yen or perform balance enquiries at Seven Bank ATMs as of 10 January 2014. Seven Bank ATMs are located in 7-11 convenience stores throughout Japan.

In addition to Seven Bank, overseas tourists have the option of withdrawing cash from ATMs at all Japanese Post Offices, Shinsei Bank and Citibank ATMs. While credit, debit and prepaid cards are becoming more widely accepted especially in larger cities, we recommend that your clients carry cash in yen when travelling to smaller cities or rural towns.

Jetstar's non-stop flight from Melbourne to Tokyo

Jetstar will launch a four times weekly non-stop service between Melbourne and Tokyo (Narita) from 29 April 2014. The Airbus A330 aircraft will contain business and economy class seating.

The new direct route makes Japan even more accessible to travellers from Victoria. Supplemented by Jetstar Japan’s domestic connection, operating out of Narita Airport, travellers can conveniently transfer to nine other cities in Japan, such as Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo.

JNTO exhibiting at Travel Expo Perth 2014

JNTO is exhibiting at Travel Expo Perth 2014! If you would like to come and find out more about travel to Japan, visit us at stand #77 'Visit Japan - JNTO' and talk to the experts. Pick up some free brochures and maps for your clients.

Date and time: Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd February, 2014, 10am-4pm.
Venue: Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Mounts Bay Road, Perth WA 6000

HAKKODA Snow Travel Seminar

The Aomori Prefectural Government invites you to discover a renowned backcountry powder ski and snowboard mecca of Japan at the HAKKODA Snow Travel Seminar (download flyer - PDF 910kb)  .

Hakkoda, located in northern Japan is blessed with deep powder and breath-taking natural surroundings and home to a deep culture and tradition unique to the region of Aomori.

This seminar will provide travel agents with the chance to find out more about this region. Please come and join to Awaken Your Spirit with Hakkoda's deep powder & deep tradition.

Date and time: Thursday 13th February 2014, 6pm-8pm
Venue: 1 Bligh, The Executive Centre (Bentley and Mercedes Function Room), Level 26, 1 Bligh St, Sydney NSW 2000

This event has strictly limited numbers and registration is essential. To register, send your full name, company name, job title, phone number and email address to [email protected].

JNTO exhibiting at AIME 2014

2013 was a great year for Japan's MICE tourism industry, winning the bid to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo. JNTO will exhibit at Asia-Pacific Meetings and Incentives Expo (AIME) 2014 at Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 18-19 February 2014.

Japan's presence at AIME is bigger than last year with 7 co-exhibitors, including Osaka International Convention Center, THE J TEAM, Prince Hotels, JTB, DMC JAPAN Network, Osaka Government Tourism Bureau and Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo.

Swing by the Japan Booth (#3106) and find out what makes Japan an incredible destination for meetings, incentives and world-class events.

Date and time: Tuesday 18th (10am-6pm) and Wednesday 19th (10am-5pm) February 2014
Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Enjoy the rest of your week!

JNTO Sydney Office
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