The Art Illumination at Yamanakako, Yamanashi, where you can see the glittering illuminations turn on and watch the sunset with the spendid view of Mt Fuji.

Welcome to the December edition of Japan Agent Update.


Thank you for attending the Japan Roadshow in Auckland, Brisbane and Sydney.

We hope that everyone had a fruitful experience and got to meet with all of the Japan suppliers. We hope to see you again next year!

~Seminar update~

6th Feb (Wed) – Perth Seminar

More details on place and time will be informed soon.
Please contact us if you are interested or would like to attend this event.


In December, winter starts with the weather ranging from slightly cold winter to freezing cold winter. In Tokyo, the average weather is around 12°C during the day and 6°C during the night, where the air is dry with little rain or snow. 


Here are some winter events in Japan, see the below link:

- JNTO Head Office Calendar of Upcoming Events


★JNTO Sydney Office Holiday Closures★
Our office will be closed on the following dates:
25th Dec (Tue) – Christmas Day

26th Dec (Wed) – Boxing Day
31st Dec (Mon) – End of Year Holiday*
1st Jan (Tue) – New Year's Day
2nd Jan (Wed) – New Year Holiday*
3rd Jan (Thur) – New Year Holiday*
** Japanese public holidays


We will reopen on Wednesday 4 Jan (Fri) and resume normal trading hours.

Insider Tip #9 Christmas & New Year swap roles in Japan.

Christmas in Japan is a spectacular affair, with huge trees both real and artificial all decked out with lights and ornaments, and “light up” events across the country showing that when Japan decides to decorate, they go all out.

However, one way in which Christmas differs in Japan compared to Australia (other than the weather) is that instead of being a traditional family holiday, it’s more of a couples’ day (though many families have adopted the western tradition of gift giving and a nice Christmas dinner). Many shops will even be open on Christmas Day, as it isn’t a national holiday.

Conversely, whereas New Year’s Eve is a major party event in Australia, the New Year holiday, which traditionally spans 29 Dec to 3 Jan but is now trimmed down to 31 Dec to 2 Jan for many, is the traditional family holiday. Many shops and restaurants will be closed over this period as well, so it is prudent for your clients to plan ahead.

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Planning the perfect family holiday in Japan


Planning a family holiday is never easy. With so many competing demands, it can be a challenge to find a destination that will satisfy everyone, and practical considerations like ease of travel and convenience come to the fore.  Read more

Consumer Hotline for Tourists

The National Consumer Affairs Center of Japan has launched the Consumer Hotline for Tourists which offers telephone consultations for overseas visitors that experience consumer issues during their stay in Japan.  Read more
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