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August events; Insider Tip 15; New luxury hotel in Tokyo; Michelin Guide for Hokuriku; and more!
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Although it's the middle of winter here in Australia, August is the hottest time of the year in Japan. Enjoy this "summer" edition of the JNTO trade newsletter!

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If you're in Sydney this weekend and have plans to attend the Sydney Manga and Anime Show, please come by the JNTO table and say hello!
20-21 August, Rosehill Gardens NSW


JNTO Head Office AUGUST CALENDAR OF EVENTS for Japan
Insider Tip #15:
Watching a live sumo tournament is an experience not to be missed! Tournaments are held in Japan six times a year at four different venues (Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka). Advance tickets are usually sold from 1 month prior- September Tokyo Tournament tickets are now on sale. View the grand tournament schedule for the next two years and book tickets for your clients with a credit card from the official site. General admission tickets are usually available on the day of the event.
Free Wi-Fi for Car Rental Customers in Eastern Hokkaido
Experience Japan's new Tohoku Cherry Blossom Tour
A Guide to Universal Studios Japan
Free Wi-Fi for Car Rental Customers in Eastern Hokkaido
As part of a field study, tethering-capable smartphones will be loaned out free of charge to foreign tourists visiting Eastern Hokkaido by rental car.
 
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Featured Wholesale Tour
Experience Japan has launched a cherry blossom tour for 2017 that goes off the beaten path into Tohoku, visiting Hirosaki, Hiraizumi, and four UNESCO World Heritage listed sites. This tour is agent commissionable.
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Featured Blog Content: A Guide to Universal Studios Japan
Nicola Easterby of Polkadot Passport shared her blog post on USJ with us. It's full of photos and is a fantastic overview of the park!
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Trade News
Hotel Hoshinoya Tokyo
Hotel Hoshinoya Tokyo Now Open!
Hoshino Resorts Inc. opened its fifth HOSHINOYA resort in Tokyo on 20th July 2016.  “HOSHINOYA Tokyo” is situated in Otemachi, the economic center of Japan.
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Michelin Guide for Hokuriku Region
Michelin Guide for Hokuriku Region
The English website for the Michelin Guide for Toyama and Kanazawa 2016, featuring Michelin-starred restaurants and accommodation in Toyama Prefecture and Kanazawa City, has been launched!
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Hakone Ropeway has resumed operations
Odakyu Group’s Hakone Ropeway has resumed operations across its entire line from 26 July 2016. Owakudani Park has also reopened for visitors in some sections. 
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Champagne Garden at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Champagne Garden at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo is hosting its 2016 Champagne Garden event, in which guests can savour five kinds of premium free-flowing champagne while admiring the lush garden view of the hotel’s rooftop Serenity Garden.
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Partner Sites
Historical ryokan of the Taisho period
Historical ryokan of the Taisho period
Check out these cool ryokan dating back from the Taisho period (1912-1926), a time when traditional Japanese design melded with a classic Western aesthetic. These unique ryokan boast the distinction of being registered as cultural assets of Japan.
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5 Recommended Museums in Japan
5 Recommended Museums in Japan
There are many museums in Japan, but here are 5 museums that not only have lovely collections but also have amazing architecture.
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Achieve Your Cosplay Dreams at Cosplay Studio Crown
Achieve Your Cosplay Dreams at Cosplay Studio Crown
Anyone from pros, to amateurs, to people who've never cosplayed before can jump into Studio Crown in Akihabara to experience a professional level of cosplay that's both easy and affordable!
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15 Things to Do in Kanazawa
15 Things to Do in Kanazawa
To visit Kanazawa, capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture, is to explore the well-preserved Edo Period districts and samurai culture as well as Japanese handicrafts products and beautiful nature.
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Last Month's Most Popular
Visit Kyushu Special Campaign

Tohoku See Dine Shop Top 100 Digital Brochure
This digital brochure introduces the top 100 spots for sightseeing, dining and shopping in the six prefectures of the Tohoku region.


 
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The Pocket Monsters' store: Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo
Visit Kyushu Special Campaign
Receive up to 70% discount on accommodation from selected hotels in Kyushu with bookings made online. The campaign is subsidised by the government of Japan to support the revitalisation of Kyushu tourism.

 
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Tohoku See Dine Shop Top 100 Digital Brochure

The Pocket Monsters' store: Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo
On the second floor of the Sunshine City alpa shopping mall in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, is Japan's largest Pokemon Center: the Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo.
 
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