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Welcome to the August edition of Japan Agent Update.

As we move into September, summer begins to draw to a close, but September is still quite hot so remember last month's opening tips and stay hydrated with tasty treats from conbini and vending machines!

JNTO will once again be exhibiting at Luxperience this year (17-19 September, Sydney), so if you're attending please drop by our desk and say hello, and be sure to check out our co-exhibitors at the Japan booth as well:
  - Ayabex (DMC)
  - JR West Hotels
  - Miu Travel (DMC)
  - Naoshima & Iya Valley (local governments)
  - Setouchi Yacht Charter
  - Tokyu Hotels
We are thrilled to be a finalist for the Luxperience Destination Award, and our co-exhibitor Ayabex is a finalist in the Inspiring category, as well.

We will also be exhibiting at Madman Anime Festival (15-16 September, Melbourne) for the first time this year, so if you have any Melbourne-based clients who are big fans of anime, please tell them to stop by the Visit Japan booth #22 to pick up some brochures and say hello to our team!

JNTO Head Office Calendar of Upcoming Events
Insider Tip #8: Staying connected in Japan

Free Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan are on the rise but for clients that need to be connected for the entirety of their trip to Japan we recommend one of two options:

Renting a pre-paid data SIM card
Renting a portable Wi-Fi router (sometimes called Pocket Wi-Fi)

Prepaid data SIM cards are cheaper, but data may be capped at 100mb per day. Pocket Wi-Fi usually offers unlimited data usage for a daily flat rate and is good for small groups as the connection can be shared with multiple devices (iPhones, tablets, etc.)

For clients that still prefer the free option, we recommend that they download a free Wi-Fi app like The Japan Official Travel App. Other options include Japan Connected or Travel Japan Wi-Fi. These apps search the area for free Wi-Fi hotspots and allow you to connect with one-time easy registration.
Rugby World Cup 2019 info
With the World Cup just over a year away, we've been getting increasing enquiries about who to book through and where to get information. JNTO has a dedicated website for information on the host cities: VisitJapan2019.com

The Official Travel Agents for Australia are:
- Events Worldwide Travel
- Gullivers Sport Travel
- Kingdom Sports
- Sportsnet Holidays
- We Love Rugby

The Official Travel Agent for New Zealand is:
- All Blacks Tours
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