Lake Biwa is the largest freshwater lake in Japan, located entirely within Shiga Prefecture, which is northeast of the former capital city of Kyoto.


Welcome to the May edition of Japan Agent Update. 


Thank you for attending the Japan Roadshow in Auckland, Melbourne 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 soon!


Here are some FYI infomation on Japanese Festivals & Events: 

- JNTO Head Office, all year round festivals & events.


 ~Insider Tip~

 #23: Restaurant Service Etiquette


After hearing how excellent Japanese service is, first-time visitors to Japan may be a little befuddled by the way restaurant servers seem to ignore you. This is actually out of respect for your time and space - they don't want to bother you unless you need something. So, instead of hovering around your table and asking you repeatedly if you want a top-up, they wait to be summoned.

Some restaurants will have a button on the table for you to call your server. If there is no button, call out "sumimasen" (excuse me) loudly enough to be heard, and someone will come to take your order, top up your drink, or bring you the bill.

In terms of paying the bill, at higher-end restaurants you may pay at the table, but for most casual restaurants you take the bill up to the front register and make payment there. If in doubt, ask your server where you should pay - you can use this phrase: "Okaikei wa doko desu ka?"


Major Updates

Luggage-Free Travel new service 

JTB travel has launched a new service for overseas visitors, Luggage-Free Travel (LFT). The service lets you send your luggage to some 12,000 accommodation facilities and airports.

Kyudo archery experience in Hiroshima


A 3-min walk from the Atomic Bomb Dome will bring you to a newly opened dojo that offers – for the first time in Hiroshima – a chance to try kyudo, traditional Japanese archery.

Lake Biwa Great Fireworks Festival


Enjoy 10,000 fireworks launched into the air over Lake Biwa, a stunning display of light that plays out in harmony with jets of fountain water. Thursday August 8, 2019,


New Animal Quarantine Restrictions

As of 22 April 2019, there will be tighter restrictions on the importation of live animals and meat products into Japan.

Lockers unavailable during G20 Summit


During the G20 Osaka Summit (June, 2019) and Finance Ministers Meeting (including several days before and after these meetings), locker services may be closed due to heightened security at railway stations.

G20 Osaka Summit


The G20 Summit is formally known as the “Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy.” Japan’s first-ever G20 summit will be held in Osaka on 28-29 June, 2019. Leaders of 37 countries and organisations will participate in the G20 Osaka Summit.

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Featured Events

~Cycling around Japan~


Ever thought about touring Japan by bicycle?

The one-off FREE seminar, "Cycling Around Japan - Japanese Culture Through the Cyclist’s Eyes", with guest speaker Michael Rice, host of NHK Japan's Cycling Programme, is coming to;
Wellington: Tuesday11 June, Wednesday, 12 June
Perth: Friday, 14 June

Brisbane: Monday17 June
Gold Coast: Tuesday, 18 June

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