Free Wi-Fi at Tokyo subway stations from 1 Dec, Winter Lights in Japan 2014-2015, Japan Shopping Festival 2014-2015 Winter on now, Free Wi-Fi on Ltd Express "Haruka" trains, Qantas to launch non-stop services from Brisbane to Tokyo, JNTO Exhibiting at Matsuri in Sydney this Saturday 13 Dec
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What an exciting year it's been for Japan Tourism! Preliminary figures released by JNTO showed a 37% increase in the number of visitors to Japan in October. While autumn has traditionally been a popular time of year to visit Japan, this large increase could be due to several factors including the perception that Japan is better value for money due to the weaker yen, growth in popularity of large cruise ships going to Japan and the improvements to the tax-free shopping scheme for tourists.

From Jan-Oct 2014 Japan welcomed more than 11 million tourists and we are expecting to reach about 13 million by the end of the year.

New developments and achievements

Qantas expands Japan services
Recent awards and accolades
In this issue:
News from Japan
 Upcoming Events Free Wi-Fi at Tokyo subway stations from 1 Dec 2014
Japan. Tax-free Shop. Japan is becoming more and more tourist-friendly. With a view to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, free Wi-Fi is now being offered at 143 Tokyo subway (Tokyo Metro and Toei Subway) stations from 1st Dec 2014. These stations are in areas most widely used by tourists. Each session lasts up to 3 hours with no limit on the number of sessions per day. Read more

Winter Lights in Japan 2014-2015
Hakuba Ski Resorts in normal operation If you have clients travelling to Japan over the winter season, make their trip even more memorable by including a spectacular winter illuminations display in their itinerary. This handy guide shows you over 150 of the best spots nationwide from the beginning of December to mid February. Visit the site

Japan Shopping Festival 2014-2015 winter on now!
Japan Shopping Festival - Winter Japan Shopping Festival is now on until 28th February 2015. Winter sales in Japan offer the best discounts and with the recent improvements in the tax-free shopping for tourists scheme now in place, shopping in Japan will be more attractive than ever before. Visit the site

Free Wi-Fi on Ltd. Express "Haruka" trains
Free Wi-Fi on Ltd Express Haruka trains To meet the needs of international visitors who wish to access the Internet during their stay in Japan, JR West is now offering a free Wi-Fi service on their popular Limited Express “Haruka” train, the airport express train which directly links Kansai Airport with major stations in the Kansai region including Tennoji, Shin-Osaka and Kyoto. Read more

JNTO Exhibiting at Matsuri in Sydney this Saturday 13 Dec
Matsuri in Sydney 2014 Matsuri in Sydney, Sydney's largest Japanese Festival is on this Saturday 13 Dec at Tumbalong Park, Darling Harbour, 11am-7pm. JNTO will be exhibiting as "Visit Japan/JNTO", promoting Japan as a tourist destination. The event attracted over 20,000 visitors last year. Visit the site

Top news from last month's issue: This is the last newsletter for 2014. Wishing you all a safe and happy festive season and we look forward to your continued support in 2015.

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