The Ginkgo trees glimmer in gold when strolling across Showa Kinen (Memorial) Park in Tachikawa city, a popular picnicking spot to enjoy autumn.
Welcome to the November edition of Japan Agent Update. 

Places are filling up quickly to attend our Japan Roadshows!

Register early to avoid disappointment.

Auckland: Thursday 29 November 2018 

Brisbane: Tuesday 4 December 2018 
Sydney: Thursday 6 December 2018 

Please contact us if you would like us to resend the event information.


In November, the weather gradually becomes chilly in the mornings and evenings, but a hot spring excursion is a simple remedy for any cold spells you may encounter. For most of Japan, this month brings brisk air, clear skies, and joyful autumn foliage, making it one of the most pleasant months to travel. Also, keep an eye out for the Christmas lights and illumination events, many of which start in November.

Upcoming events throughout Japan, see the below link:

- JNTO Head Office Calendar of Upcoming Events


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

Insider Tip #18: Kairo
When travelling in Japan in the colder months, especially if you travel to snowy areas, you may find that you need a little more than just thermals and gloves to keep you warm. Enter kairo – portable heat packs.

These come in different styles, from disposable ones with adhesive backing so you can stick them to your clothes and keep your back or stomach warm, to USB-powered rechargeable bricks that you can keep in your pocket to warm your hands. There are even kairo that are designed specifically to slip into your shoes to keep your toes from freezing off!

Read more about kairo on our head office’s webpage

Major Updates

Tokyo Shopping: 5 Spots You Probably Don’t Know

Are you looking for something a little different, something off the beaten track, we’ve pulled together a list of Tokyo’s lesser-known shopping neighbourhoods for you to browse the next time you find yourself in the nation’s capital. Read more

Kyushu: The Japan less travelled

We invited photographer and experience chaser, Pat Kay, to adventure to the pristine prefectures of Kyushu to document a side of Japan rarely seen.   Read more

Okinawa: Home to the Secret to Long Life

Nowhere else in the world will you find more centenarians per capita—people who live beyond the age of 100 years—than Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture.  Read more
Partner Sites

Outer Tokyo's 5 Best Fall Foliage Spots

 (All About Japan)  

For those who want a quick getaway from the city or (sometimes) an evening trip to soak in a few lesser-known spots.

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15 Things to Do in Sapporo

(Taiken Japan) 

Known for its annual snow festival, Sapporo is one of Japan’s most vibrant cities and is extremely visitor-friendly. It has fantastic food and plenty to do. 
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Featured Blog: 50 Awesome Things to Do in Tokyo

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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. Read more
The Best Cities in the World: 2018 Readers' Choice Awards
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!  Read more
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