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Japan. Endless Discovery
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New Air Routes
  • Qantas has launched direct flights daily from Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) and Brisbane to Tokyo (Narita) commencing 1 Aug 2015. Read more
  • ANA will launch direct flights from Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) daily from 12 Dec 2015. Read more
Accolades
  • Kyoto City voted #1 in the world by readers of the prestigious Travel + Leisure magazine (US publication) for the second year in a row
Insider Tip #6:

Attending a sumo tournament
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.
 
In this issue:
News from Japan
Special feature Upcoming trade events
Prepaid data sim card vending machines at Narita Airport
Narita Airport Prepaid data sim card vending machines are now available at Narita Airport! Perfect for business and leisure travellers needing affordable internet access while in Japan. 7 & 14 day plans are available. Sim cards available in three different sizes to suit most mobile devices. Read more

TaxFreeShops.jp now open
Tax-free Shopping The website “TaxFreeShops.jp” launched on August 1, 2015 as a source of information on Japanese tax free shops where tourists can enjoy great savings. Search by area, category or the in-built GPS function. Visit the site

Kyushu Expressway Pass (KEP)
Kyushu Expressway Pass Kyushu Expressway Pass (KEP) allows you to use most expressways in Kyushu for a flat rate between 01 Sep - 25 Dec 2015. 2-day to 10-day plans are available. Available to: non-Japanese passport holders residing in or visiting Japan and Japanese passport holders with PR in a country outside Japan. Don't forget your International Driving Permit! Read the PDF flyer

How to use onsen (hot-springs) in Japan
How to Use Onsen Have you ever wondered about the etiquette of taking a bath in onsen (hot-springs)? Take a look at this handy guide for onsen dos and don'ts put together by Visit Kinosaki. You'll feel as confident as a local! Read more
 
 
Agents discover the spirit of Japan - Fam Trip Report
Kimono-wearing experience Last month ten travel consultants were invited on a whirlwind tour of Japan, fully-hosted by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO). Agents visited Japan's "Golden Route", visiting the most popular cities with Australian travellers. Read about it here
 
Destination Japan - The Weekend Australian 11-12 July 2015
Destination Japan - The Weekend Australian July 2015 Check out the Destination Japan feature in The Weekend Australian, published 11-12 July 2015 in PDF. This special talks about powder skiing in Hakuba, rustic country villages, foodie adventures in Osaka and Kyoto and Japan with kids. Read it now

Upcoming events
'Japan. Endless Discovery' Travel Trade Seminars in Melbourne and Brisbane

Travel agents, trade media and airline representatives are invited to learn more about travel to Japan at these free seminars. There will be business sessions, presentations and networking. Registration is essential.
 
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