JNTO 2014 Cherry Blossom Forecast, Ryokan Experience launched, Rent a Japan-wide Router for 888 yen a day, Nagano Snow Resort Pass and Japan Holidays' Wildflowers, Walks and Wonders Tour
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News from Japan
Supplier update 2014 Cherry Blossom Forecast from JNTO

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) presents the 2014 Cherry Blossom Forecast - an interactive map showing the date of first bloom of the cherry blossoms in major tourist cities around Japan. Clicking on each city will also show trends over the past 10 years for the date of first bloom and date of full bloom. 

We hope this map will come in handy if you need to advise your clients on the best time to see cherry blossoms in Japan during their stay. Note the dates may vary based on weather conditions.

2014 Cherry Blossom Forecast

Ryokan Experience launched

Ryokan Experience, which launched this month with 25 ryokan in Kyoto, is the first online booking system for ryokan (traditional Japanese accommodations). The number of participating ryokan is expected to increase up to 100 within the year. Staying at a ryokan is a real cultural experience that no traveller should miss when visiting Japan. In the past, it was often difficult to book ryokan, due to the small number of rooms in each property and their traditional reservation methods. Ryokan Experience aims to overcome such barriers so more travellers can discover the unique charm of ryokan.

'Omotenashi' - the spirit of true Japanese hospitality

Japan-wide Wi-Fi Rental for 888 yen a day at New Chitose Airport

Telecom Square has launched a flat-rate 888 yen a day Wi-Fi Router Rental service only at New Chitose Airport, a 30% saving off the regular price of 1,260 yen per day. This service is perfect for travellers who want to stay online in Japan without worrying about having to find free Wi-Fi hot-spots.

The 4G LTE routers provide customers high-speed internet access, which can be shared across 10 devices so it is ideal for small groups. The 888 yen a day service applies to the 'Wi-Ho! City Type' routers. If your clients are travelling to rural areas they may have to opt for the 'Wi-Ho! Wide Type' routers, available for 1,580 yen per day.

Campaign conditions:
  • Online applications for the Wi-Fi Rental service must be received before Friday, 28th February 2014.
  • Unit must be picked up at New Chitose Airport
Nagano Snow Resort Pass

NAGANO SNOW RESORT PASS is a convenient and economical pass which allows the unlimited rides on all buses and trains on the designated sections of designated lines in the Nagano area. For example, from Hakuba it could be used to visit Snow Monkey Park, Togakushi Shrine, Obuse Town or Zenkoji Temple. 

Period of use:

Until 31st March 2014

Pass types and prices:
1-day Pass 2,500 yen
2-day Pass (consecutive days) 4,500 yen
3-day Pass (any 3 days within a 2 week period) 6,000 yen

Purchase locations:

Nagano City:
  • Nagano City Tourist Information Center (JR Nagano Station, 2nd Floor)
Hakuba Village:
  • Kita Alps Information Center (Near Hakuba Station)
  • Happo Information Center (In Happo Bus Terminal) (+81-261-72-3066)
  • Hakuba Goryu Tourist Association (In Kamishiro Station)
  • Tourism Commission of Hakuba Village (In Hakuba Village Office) (+81-261-72-7100)
Otari Village:
  • Tsugaike Kogen Tourist Association (Near Tsugaike Kogen Bus Stop)
Nozawa Onsen Village:
  • Nozawa Onsen Tourism Association (Near Nakao Bus Stop)
More information and timetables or download the PDF flyer here (577kb)

Japan Holidays’ Wildflowers, Walks & Wonders Tour

Give your clients the Japan trip of a lifetime on Japan Holidays’ Wildflowers Walks & Wonders Tour. Be dazzled by the sprawling metropolis of Tokyo, bask in the magnificent scenery of the Japan Alps, discover hidden World Heritage Listed thatched-roof villages and walk in the footsteps of samurai on this 16-night fully escorted tour of Japan visiting Tokyo, Matsumoto, Yudanaka Onsen, Shirakawago, Gokayama, Kanazawa and Kyoto.

Tour dates: Sat 7th June – Mon 23rd June
Prices: From $4,725 twin-share excluding airfares & taxes
Tour flyer: Download PDF (559kb)

Tours are 10% commissionable for travel agents. For bookings or enquiries contact Japan Holidays on or phone 07 3300 2396

Have a great weekend!

JNTO Sydney Office
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