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Hakone - volcanic activity update, Airport Limousine Bus between Kansai and Osaka commences 24-hour operations, Mt Fuji Round Trip Ticket on sale now, Mt Fuji Mountain Climbing Guide (PDF), Attractive Japan - new coupon map website, Pupuru Wi-Fi router rental and more
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New Executive Director arrives
We are pleased to announce the arrival of our new Executive Director Ms Mariko Tatsumi, hailing from Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Head Office in Tokyo. Read the media release

We wish our former Executive Director Mr Hiroshi Kuwamoto all the best as he returns to Japan.

Insider Tip #5:

Tipping in Japan
Tipping in Japan is not customary nor is it expected. Yet Japanese people in the service industry are known for their high-level of customer service and warm hospitality, called omotenashi.
 
In this issue:
News from Japan
Special feature Giveaway Upcoming trade events
Hakone - volcanic activity update 
Hakone The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has increased the alert to level 3 in the Owakudani area of Hakone in Kanagawa prefecture. As such a 1km radius around Owakudani is off limits to keep tourists and residents safe. Routes 734 and 735 (Souunzan through Ubako) are closed and buses that run through this area are also out of service. Accommodation, transportation and attractions outside of Owakudani are still operating as usual, including Lake Ashi (pictured). Read more

Airport Limousine Bus from Kansai Airport to Osaka Station commences 24-hour operations
Kansai Airport From 1st July 2015 Airport Limousine Bus will commence 24-hour operations between Kansai Airport (KIX) and Osaka Station. The journey between KIX and Osaka takes approximately 60 mins. One-way fares are 1,550 yen for adults and 780 yen for children. Download the PDF flyer (91.4kb)

Mt Fuji Round Trip Ticket
Mt Fuji Round Trip Ticket This summer JR-East will once again commence the limited-time sale of the Mt Fuji Round Trip Ticket. The pass provides unlimited travel for two days the Free Area of the Fujikyuko Line and Mt Fuji Climber Bus. It can also be used for round-trip travel from the Tokyo Metropolitan District to Otsuki on the Limited Express trains on the Chuo Main Line. Read more

Mt Fuji: For Safe and Enjoyable Mountain Climbing (pdf)
Mt Fuji If you have clients planning to go climb Mt Fuji this summer, refer them to this handy guide produced by Yamanashi & Shizuoka Prefectures. Contains information on safety, climbing season dates, tips and environmental conservation projects.
Download it here (PDF: 1.48mb)

Attractive Japan - new coupon map website
Dotonbori - Osaka This new website 'Attractive Japan' provides coupon maps of various areas in Japan! Each map contains discounts and freebies, information on souvenirs, seasonal events and more. Offering coupon maps of Asakusa area (Tokyo), Dotonbori area (Osaka) and Sapporo (Hokkaido). Available in English and Chinese. Visit the site

Pupuru Wi-Fi router rental
Pupuru If you need access to the internet any time and anywhere, consider renting a pocket wi-fi router for your trip. Reserve them online and pick them up from the airport or have them sent to your hotel in Japan. Return the device easily using the return envelopes provided. From 400 yen (AUD$4.20) or 1,000 yen (AUD$10.53) per day. Visit the site
 
Kagoshima City: The Samurai Spirit (JNTO Web Magazine)
Kagoshima City Kagoshima City, which is the largest city in southern Kyushu, has a temperate climate and attracts visitors with its abundance of nature, wide variety of delicious foods, wealth of hot springs, and unique samurai culture. Take a look at the spirit and culture of the samurai of Satsuma! Read the article
 
Japan Guide: The six must-visit cities (The West Australian Travel)
Tokyo For those that missed The West Australian Travel feature on Thursday 26th June, it check it out online. Stephen Scourfield introduces the six must-visit cities in Japan: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya, Kobe and Sapporo
Read the article
 
Win a 'Japan. Endless Discovery' portable mobile phone charger
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For the chance to win one, reply to this email answering this question: "What summer activity would you recommend to your clients visiting Japan?"

Please include your full name, company name, job title and email address. Open to residents of Australia and New Zealand only.

Upcoming events
Travel Industry Exhibition: 16-17 July 2015
Come visit us at the Travel Industry Exhibition, a free travel industry event held on 16-17 July at Luna Park in Sydney. Our booth number is C17. We look forward to meeting travel agents to give them the latest updates on travel to Japan. Registration for the event is now open.

SMASH! 2015: 8-9 August 2015
JNTO will once again exhibit at The Sydney Manga and Anime Show, which returns to Rosehill Gardens 8-9 August. 
Featuring an action-packed program of cosplay, anime/manga, Maid Cafe, gaming and arts. Special industry guests will be coming from Japan including Naruto voice-actor NORIAKI SUGIYAMA and cosplayers REIKA AND KANAME☆. For lovers of pop culture, there's no better holiday destination than Japan! Tickets on sale now
 
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