Staying connected in Japan, calendar of events for November, New JR TOKYO Wide Pass, Osaka-Tokyo Hokuriku Arch Pass, Hakone Ropeway partial restart of operations, agents indulge in golden famil to Japan, agent commissionable 2016 Cherry Blossom Tours and more
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Insider Tip #8: Staying connected in Japan
Free Wi-Fi hotspots in Japan are on the rise but for clients that need to be connected for the entirety of their trip to Japan we recommend one of two options:
  1. Renting a pre-paid data SIM card
  2. Renting a portable Wi-Fi router (sometimes called Pocket Wi-Fi)
Prepaid data SIM cards are cheaper, but data is usually capped at 100mb per day. Pocket Wi-Fi usually offers unlimited data usage for a daily flat rate and is good for small groups as the connection can be shared with multiple devices (iPhones, tablets, etc.)

For clients that still prefer the free option, we recommend that they download a free Wi-Fi app like Japan Connected or Travel Japan Wi-Fi. These apps search the area for free Wi-Fi hotspots and allow you to connect with one-time easy registration.
In this issue:
News from Japan
Special feature Supplier update New JR TOKYO Wide Pass

Mt FujiThe JR TOKYO Wide Pass goes on sale on 19th November. This new pass will replace the existing “JR Kanto Area Pass” that provides unlimited access to reserved seating on limited express trains and shinkansen (bullet-trains) within the Kanto area (including attractions like Mt Fuji, Nikko and GALA Yuzawa Ski Resort) for a three-day period. Learn more

New Osaka-Tokyo Hokuriku Arch Pass

KanazawaFrom April 2016, JR East and JR West will launch the Osaka-Tokyo Hokuriku Arch Pass to provide overseas tourists more economical travel from Osaka and Tokyo to the Hokuriku area, which includes areas like Kanazawa, Toyama and Nagano.
Learn more

Hakone Ropeway - partial restart of operations

Lake Ashi, Hakone
Following the suspension of operations due to restricted access to the Owakudani crater area in Hakone, Hakone Ropeway has restarted operations between Ubako Station and Togendai Station. A substitute bus service is also running between Sounzan Station, Ubako Station and Togendai Station. Hakone Free Pass holders may use the subsitute bus service. Visit the official site

Agents indulge in luxury on golden famil to Japan

Agents Indulge in Luxury on Golden Famil to JapanThis September, five travel agents from Australia were invited on an 8-day fully-hosted familiarisation trip, highlighting Japan as an ideal destination for the luxury travel market.
Read about their experience here

Product Managers visit Kyushu, the Land of Fire

Sea Hell - BeppuLast month eight product managers from Australia visited Kyushu, Japan's southernmost of the four main islands on a 7-day familiarisation trip hosted by JNTO Sydney Office. They visited Oita, Kumamoto, Kagoshima and Fukuoka prefectures.
Read about their experience here

6 tips for a truly authentic Japan travel experience

6 tips for a truly authentic Japan travel experienceAussie blogger and Japan travel fiend Dean Wormald has come up with these six insider tips for a truly authentic Japan travel experience. Send the link onto your clients visiting Japan!
Read the article

Five lesser known Japanese dishes and how to eat them like a local

OkonomiyakiJohn Asano, an Aussie blogger and foodie now residing in Japan describes some must-try dishes for your next visit to Japan.
Read the article

2016 Cherry Blossom Tours

There are still spaces left on Nippon Travel Agency's 2016 Cherry Blossom Tours! NTA is a Sydney-based wholesale travel agency specialising in travel to Japan.
  1. Late April Special [ download PDF flyer ], incl. return flights, 6 nights accommodation and a 7-day Japan Rail (JR) Pass - departs Sydney 21 April 2016
  2. Special Cherry Blossom & Universal Studios Japan [ download PDF flyer ], incl. 8 nights accommodation, transportation, some meals and an English-speaking guide. Departs Osaka 26 March 2016.
Both tours are travel agent commissionable. Contact NTA for more information.

Until next month!

JNTO Sydney Office

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