Japan's 3 Great Gardens

Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2020 edition of Japan Agent Update.

In 2019, Japan welcomed over 621,800 Australian travellers, a growth of about 12.6% as compared to 2018 (552,440 Australians). Thank you to all of our travel trade partners for your help in achieving this incredible milestone!

Come see us at these upcoming B2B and B2C events in Australia and New Zealand:

1-2 Feb  (Sat/Sun)  Flight Centre World Travel Expo Sydney   (B2C)
9 Feb  (Sun)  Auckland Japan Day   (B2C)
15-16 Feb  (Sat/Sun)  Flight Centre World Travel Expo Perth   (B2C)
16 Feb  (Sun)  Flight Centre Travel Expo Wellington   (B2C)
17-19 Feb  (Mon-Wed)   AIME (Melbourne)   (B2B)
23 Feb  (Sun)  Melbourne Japanese Summer Festival   (B2C)
1 Mar  (Sun)  Canterbury Japan Day (Christchurch)   (B2C)
5 Mar  (Thu)  Japan Travel Agent Seminar in Perth
 (co-hosted with Perth Airport and ANA)
7 Mar  (Sat)  Perth Japan Festival   (B2C)

Information on Japanese Festivals & Events: 

Events calendar by month
- General overview of major festivals

~Insider Tip~
#3: Takkyubin Luggage Forwarding Service, or "Hands Free Travel"


Travel like a pro by sending your large suitcases throughout Japan using the takkyubin baggage forwarding service. Bags can be sent safely and securely to/from airports, hotels, convenience stores and other pick-up locations. It costs about 2000 to 4000 yen per suitcase, depending on size and weight and how far you're sending it. Baggage is usually delivered by the next business day, except in remote areas.

You can read more about Hands-Free Travel, which includes both luggage forwarding and luggage storage services, on JNTO's website.

Luggage-Free Travel is a service offered by JTB, tailored to overseas visitors to Japan, to make it easier than ever before to transfer your luggage from one place to another within Japan. Learn more here.

Major Updates

'Your Japan 2020' campaign

JNTO has launched a new campaign, featuring a full year of never-before seen special experiences and great deals, such as staying overnight in a feudal castle and discounted rail tickets!

Tokyo and Beyond 2020: A Comprehensive Travel Guide

JNTO has also launched a new website full of tips to help you plan and prepare for your trip to Tokyo - or beyond! - in 2020! Currently the site contains a Tokyo guide, greater Tokyo guide, accommodation information and more; and additional resources such as sample itineraries are coming soon, so bookmark this page!

100 Experiences in Japan brochure 

JNTO has worked with local governments and travel suppliers in Japan to create a new brochure to highlight off-the-beaten-track experiential travel. The 100 handpicked experiences are separated into seven passions - Tradition, Outdoors, Cuisine, Cities, Nature, Art, Relaxation - allowing you to find activities suited to your client's interests.

The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Japan

Here’s a breakdown of why Japan should absolutely be on your bucket list, and how any small cultural and language differences will actually only contribute to you having a great time, rather than cause problems.

Top 5 Places to Get Off the Beaten Path

Looking for the next places to visit after you've ticked off the Golden Route of Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Kyoto, Osaka and Hiroshima? Check out this guest blog post for 5 regional areas to add to your bucket list!

The Michelin Guide Fukuoka-Saga-Nagasaki

The MICHELIN Guide Fukuoka-Saga-Nagasaki 2019 Special Edition has been released. Check out the current ranking and use it to plan your next trip to Kyushu!

Partner Sites

Top 5 Tokyo Restaurants Serving Up High Quality Vegan and Vegetarian Ramen (Wow! Japan)

While there has been an increase in the number of vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Japan, there are still limited options available in theses domains. This article introduces you to some of the best vegan and vegetarian ramen available in Tokyo.

Complete Guide to the Goshuin Trend: Collect Japan's Gorgeous Temple Stamps! (Tsunagu Japan)

Goshuin literally means "red seal" in Japanese, and are decorative seals that temples and shrines provide as a commemorative token of a visit. 

Resources for your clients
Japan Visitor Hotline
Open 24hrs, 365 days a year.

Call for tourist information, or if you need assistance in case of emergencies (accident or sickness) or for support during natural disasters.

Ph: +81 (0)50-3816-2787

    Japan Official Travel App

    Designed to make your trip to Japan smooth, safe and comfortable.


    • Tourist information articles
    • Restaurant listings
    • Public transport route guidance
    • Information on hospitals which provide foreign language services
    • Alerts on natural disasters
    • Find duty-free shops, luggage-forwarding spots and ATMs
    • Search for Wi-Fi access points and Tourist Information Centers offline

    Available in the App Store and Google Play.

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