Kagami Mochi, which translates to “mirror rice cake” is a traditional Japanese decoration for the New Year. It is usually made up of two pieces of rice cake and a daidai (a Japanese bitter orange) with an attached leaf on top.
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Welcome to the January edition of Japan Agent Update.

 

2018 was a huge success for tourism into Japan, with record-breaking figures not only worldwide but out of Australia. Preliminary figures from JNTO estimate an incredible 31.192 million international tourists visited Japan last year, of which about 552,400 were from Australia! 

A huge, heartfelt thanks goes out from us to YOU, our wonderful agents, for helping to smash 2017’s record of 495,000 Australians and finally bring us over the half-million mark. Keep up the great work and don’t forget that we are here to support you, so if you need assistance please get in touch.

Other notable news: Japan has three additional public holidays this year, due to the succession of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince.

The new holidays are:
30 April (Tue) – Public holiday (国民の休日);
01 May (Wed) – The Enthronement of His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince (即位の日); and

22 October (Tue) – The Ceremony of the Enthronement of His Majesty the Emperor (即位礼正殿の儀).

It’s important to note that this means that this year’s Golden Week is even more fully packed than usual, as 29 April and 3, 4 and 5 May are already public holidays in Japan. If you have clients wanting to travel during this period, it’s a good idea to book their travel as soon as possible.

 

Winter is now in full swing in Japan. Northern parts of the country received heavy snowfall over the New Year period, and there’s still time to book a last-minute ski holiday for your clients for February or March.

  

~Seminar update~

6th Feb (Wed) – Perth Seminar

Invitations are out! If you are interested and have not recieved one yet, please contact us.

 

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

- JNTO Head Office Calendar of Upcoming Events

Insider Tip #10: ‘Conbini’, or Convenience Stores


Convenience stores, known as “conbini” in Japan, are truly as convenient as they are ubiquitous. Even small country towns will have at least one conbini, whether it’s a “Seven” (711), “Famima” (Family Mart), or one of the seemingly dozens of other chains. Not only can you get snacks, drinks, and basic toiletries, you can also get hot food (either from a warming tray, or they will offer to heat it up in a microwave for you).

In addition, you can often find an ATM, a copy machine, a ticket booking machine (for sporting events, concerts, museums, and the like), and free wi-fi. Conbini that sell alcohol will usually have a lit-up sign with the Chinese character for alcohol, 酒, outside, and those that sell cigarettes usually have one reading タバコ (tobacco). For more information, see JNTO head office’s page on conbini.

Major Updates

ANA to begin direct flights between Tokyo and Perth

 

Partners Information: ANA, Japan’s largest and 5-star airline for six consecutive years will begin offering direct daily services between Tokyo and Perth, Australia in September 2019.  Read more

Japan Visitor Hotline

 

We are pleased to launch the Japan Visitor Hotline, a 24-hour, 365 days a year, multilingual call service for travellers in Japan.  Read more
Trade News

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This tour, escorted by Tomato Travel, spends 11 days visiting some excellent off-the-beaten track destinations, including world heritage sites, museums, cultural activities, and of course, some of Japan’s beautiful nature. Commissionable to agents.  

Tours available from 18 April 2019.  Read more

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Located on the Pacific side of the Tohoku region in northern Japan, Miyagi Prefecture offers many opportunities to explore the beauty of Japanese nature and culture.  Read more

30 Things to Do in Nagoya From the Standards to Hidden Gems.
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