JAL Customers receive discounts in Hokkaido,2-for-1 Baseball game and train tickets, Limousine Bus x Hakone Freepass combined ticket, JR-East to offer free Wi-Fi on all stations on the Yamanote Line and the Tohoku Shinkansen and more
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It's June, which means Japan's rainy season or tsuyu is here. Tsuyu is characterised by a small to medium amount of steady rainfall and increased humidity. It's also the peak season for admiring hydrangea and many areas hold Hydrangea Festivals in June, even Tokyo. See this PDF: Calendar of Events to be enjoyed in June
Insider Tip #4:

Using Hyperdia to work out train routes, timetables, fares and travel times is a great tool for working out train routes for your clients' itineraries and is available in English. Input your FROM and TO stations and date of travel to see up-to-date information. If your clients are travelling with JR passes, be sure to uncheck 'Private Railway' and 'Nozomi/Mizuho bullet-train' when searching for routes.
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News from Japan
Special feature Upcoming trade events JAL customers can receive discounts in Hokkaido as the HAPPIRKA campaign continues
JAL HAPPIRKA campaign JAL customers can receive discounts at 60 designated shopping, sightseeing, dining and tourist facilities in Hokkaido prefecture as the HAPPIRKA campaign continues from now until 31 March 2016. Download the vouchers from the site and present your boarding pass or e-ticket to receive the discounts.
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2-for-1 Saitama Seibu Lions Baseball game and train tickets for groups of 10+
Seibu Lions Baseball Game Seibu Travel is offering groups of 10 pax or more 2-for-1 Saitama Seibu Lions Baseball game and Limited Express Red Arrow "Stadium Express" tickets. Read more (PDF: 124kb)

Dates: Sep 16th, Sep 17th, Oct 2nd 
Time: 18:00 first pitch, on all three evenings
Place: Seibu Dome, Saitama (approx. 35 mins from Tokyo by train)

Limousine & Hakone Freepass combined ticket
Adachi Museum of Art Airport Limousine Bus and Odakyu Electric Railway are offering a combined ticket called 'Limousine & Hakone Freepass' for Tokyo-bound customers at Narita Airport from 24th June 2015 onwards. The discounted tickets include one-way travel on the Airport Limousine Bus from Narita Airport to Central Tokyo and a two-day Hakone Freepass. Read more

JR-East Trials Free Wi-Fi on all stations on the Yamanote Line and on Tohoku Shinkansen
JR East Free Wi-Fi JR-EAST is expanding its free Wi-Fi service to all stations on the Yamanote Line (city circle loop). With the introduction of this service to 24 additional stations, JR-EAST Wi-Fi can now be used at 41 stations and five JR East Travel Service Centers in the JR EAST area. Free Wi-Fi is also being trialled on the E5 series Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet-train). Read more

Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi now available at FamilyMart and Lawson
Adachi Museum of Art Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi is a free app for iPhone or Android which allows users to search to and connect to free Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan with one-time registration. The app can now be used at leading convenience store chains FamilyMart and Lawson in addition to 7-eleven stores. Convenient! Read more
DESTINATION JAPAN The Weekend Australian - available for download
Destination Japan Feature On 30-31 May 2015 we released a special DESTINATION JAPAN feature in the Weekend Australian. If you missed it, download it in PDF. Featuring traditional and contemporary architecture in Japan including World Heritage Listed Himeji Castle which opened this March after 5 years of restoration.
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21 must-see spots for hydrangea in Tokyo (TsunaguJapan)
21 must-see spots in Tokyo for hydrangeas This article introduces you to 21 must-see spots to enjoy hydrangea in Tokyo's numerous parks and gardens.
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Upcoming events
Travel Industry Exhibition
16-17 July at Luna Park in Sydney. JNTO will exhibit here for the first time. We look forward to meeting travel agents to give them the latest updates on travel to Japan. Registration for the event is now open.
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