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Hakusan National Park, spanning the borders of the four prefectures of Ishikawa, Fukui, Toyama and Gifu, is a great place to go and see the beautiful red leaves (koyo) in Autumn.  

Good morning, <<First Name>>!
Welcome to the October edition of Japan Agent Update.

We're pleased to introduce a new member to the JNTO Sydney Office: Mr Thomas Fumiaki Hiraoka. He will be working together with Sally as an additional Business Development & Marketing Assistant Manager to support our travel trade partners.
You can reach them as follows so please update your address book:
Sally Miles: [email protected]
Thomas Hiraoka: [email protected]
JNTO Sydney Office all staff: [email protected] (if you aren't sure whom to contact)

We are also excited to announce that the results of Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 Readers' Choice Awards are out, and Tokyo and Kyoto ranked No.1 and No.2, and Osaka ranked No.12 as the best cities in the world! 
Article: Condé Nast Traveler’s 2018 Readers’ Choice Award

Other updates:

Please mark your diaries and save the dates for our upcoming Japan Roadshow
Auckland: Thursday 29 November 2018
Brisbane: Tuesday 4 December 2018
Sydney: Thursday 6 December 2018
Times and locations to be announced in due course though official invitations. 

For information on the effects of this year's severe weather phenomena in Japan, see these links:
- Typhoon Jebi (Typhoon No.21) 04-05 September
- Hokkaido earthquake 06 September

JNTO Head Office Calendar of Upcoming Events
Insider Tip #7: Autumn leaves (koyo)

Most people are aware of Japan's iconic cherry blossoms in spring, but the beauty of the autumn leaves season is extremely underrated. Imagine walking through an ancient temple and gazing out the window to a sea of fiery red and gold autumn foliage. The season for autumn leaves viewing is called 'koyo' and can be enjoyed for much longer than the cherry blossoms, starting as early as late September up north and as late as late December in the south.

Here's some information about what to do and where to go in November:  JNTO November
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Featured Blog: Live Like a Local in Japan
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Unusual Islands in Japan
Unusual Islands in Japan
Out of the 6,852 islands in Japan, it will be a mission to find your favorite island. Hopefully, the two unique islands that we have introduced may be your new favorite places to go. The two islands are Okunoshima (Rabbit Island) and Naoshima (Art Island). Read more
Trade News
Green, gold and autumnal shades of Japan at the 2019 Rugby World Cup
Green, gold and autumnal shades of Japan at the 2019 Rugby World Cup
The autumn leaves known as koyo will be complemented by the visiting Wallabies when Australia plays in the RWC Japan 2019.
Learn more
Hokkaido Welcome Campaign
Hokkaido Welcome Campaign
A new campaign welcoming tourists to visit Hokkaido, We are GENKI Hokkaido/ Welcome! HOKKAIDO, JAPAN Campaign Learn more
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