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Business trip to Japan

2020.11.27.

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Business trip to Japan from most countries can be operated. Furthermore, business travelers from some authorized countries are allowed to use "Business Track" system. If you use this Business Track system, entry procedure and rules during staying Japan is not strict as normal business travelers.

Authorized countries as of today are;

Vietnam, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia, Singapore, Republic of Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Brunei, Malaysia, Mongolia, Laos, and Taiwan

Authorized countries maybe changed, therefore please check latest information through website of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Business travelers from these countries can use "Business Track" system and some of the necessary procedure to enter Japan will be waived. Business travelers from some other countries might be enter Japan if you have valid VISA, but VISA application procedure and staying rule in Japan are still very complicated.

We JTB Global Lounge Ginza are very happy to help you with travel arrangements for foreign business travelers.

We are able to arrange

・Hotels near airport (if you take PCR test at airport and need to wait until the result will be informed)

・Hotels near visiting company or convenient place for your business

・Meet & Greet service in English or other language at airport

・Chartered car from airport to hotel, or between hotel and visiting company

While you are staying in Japan, you are not allowed to go out for normal sightseeing and you need to follow schedule that you or your company registered to Japanese government. Therefore, your meal choice and activity in Japan are very limited. We are able to arrange hotels with small kitchen facility, or meal delivery service.

We are afraid that we are not able to support Business Track application or VISA application, but if you succeed to apply these, we are happy to arrange necessary hotel/car/assistant in Japan.

Forbes Travel Guide 2020' has been released!

2020.03.27.

As many of you might know, Forbes Travel Guide ("FTG"), the global authority on genuine luxury hotels, restaurants and spas, announced 'Forbes Travel Guide 2020'.

In Japan, 6 hotels were certified as five-star rating in the hotel category. Especially, 'Hotel New Otani Tokyo Executive House Zen' has newly earned a five-star rating in the hotel category for the Forbes Travel Guide 2020, upgrading its four-star rating in last year. Hotel New Otani is renowned for serving the banquet of the Emperor's Enthronement Ceremony in October 2019.

Below are the list of five-star rating hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto. Please kindly check and make the best use of your consultation for your client's future travel to Japan!

~TOKYO~

●Tokyo, 5 starred

‐ Hotel New Otani Tokyo Executive House Zen

‐ Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo

‐ Palace Hotel Tokyo

‐ The Peninsula Tokyo

‐ Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo

●Tokyo, 4 starred

‐ Aman Tokyo

‐ Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills

‐ The Capitol Hotel Tokyu

‐ Conrad Tokyo

‐ Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Marunouchi

‐ Grand Hyatt Tokyo

‐ Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo

‐ Imperial Hotel, Tokyo

‐ Park Hyatt Tokyo

‐ The Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho, A Luxury Collection Hotel

‐ The Prince Park Tower Tokyo

‐ The Prince Sakura Tower Tokyo, Autograph Collection

‐ The Ritz-Carlton, Tokyo

‐ Takanawa Hanakohro

‐ The Tokyo Station Hotel

~KYOTO~

●Kyoto, 5 starred

‐ The Ritz-Carlton, Kyoto

●Kyoto, 4 starred

‐ Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

‐ Suiran, A Luxury Collection Hotel, Kyoto

The Peninsula Tokyo
image: The Peninsula Tokyo
Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto
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Cherry blossom season is approaching in 2 months!

2020.02.07.

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image: Ninnaji Temple
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image: Kyoto Gion

Though Japan in January is still chilly, cherry blossom season, the best and the most unmissable season for trip to Japan is approaching in 2 months! This year's forecast has not been delivered yet, so for your information, we share the data of the tendency of the full bloom day for the past ten years in Tokyo and Kyoto.

Being world renowned cherry blossom viewing destination, their temples and shrines in Kyoto become overcrowded with tourists from all over the world when the annual season arrives in late March. On 27th March in 2020, JTB Royal Road Ginza has specially prepared a private evening event at Daigoji Temple, which has one of the city’s leading cherry blossom trees throughout the temple grounds. Although normally they close its doors to the public at night time, with only our guests at the premises, the participants are able to peacefully appreciate the beautiful cherry blossoms blending in with the historical buildings and surrounding landscapes in the night sky.

For this exclusive visitation to the Daigoji, our services will include a full escorted tour by a private guide and chauffeured car service for each private party.

Regarding prices and further information, please feel free to contact us!

Spring is recommendable season for travel to Japan with the aspects of not only above cherry blossom viewing purpose but also with its mild climate. In addition to Kyoto, Nara and Mt. Koya are near to Kyoto and popular sightseeing destination. As we informed above, this season is very much popular and crowded with tourists from all over the world, so earlier inquiry will be recommended.

Travel in style with luxury premium coach, 'Royal Road premium'!

2020.01.24.

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Our first class coach, “Royal Road Premium” is designed to meet the needs and desires of high-end travel enthusiasts, equipped with: 10 widespread comfortable leather seats with privacy compartments & personal TV monitor (where normally 49 seats are placed in similar size coaches), widely stretched windows to enjoy the panoramic views, pantry countertop for serving drinks & snacks, spacious restroom in the rear end of the vehicle, and air purifier using ©Sharp's unique Plasmacluster technology.

We have recently posted new page about this luxury premium coach on our website. Please check below for details.

*The tour must include accommodation, professional guide and Royal Road Premium bus. We are not able to arrange Royal Road Premium bus only.

“Royal Road Premium” have been already utilized for several tours, for example 3 generation family trip, MICE related tours, incentive or invitation tours etc., and have had good reputation from our clients! Recommend “Royal Road Premium” to your precious and potential clients with this special opportunity!

New luxury hotels will be opened in 2020!

2019.12.06.

Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, next year, there are dozens of new accommodations opening throughout Japan. Many international hotel chains will open their hotels, which will be more familiar to you and your clients. Also Japanese 5-starred luxury hotel chains will propose their new accommodations, aiming to attract affluent foreign tourists. We hope that helps you and your client to widen hotel choices.

We have created our recommendation list of the best newly open luxury hotels in Japan in 2020, so please check below and make use of your consultation for your client!

Although Nikko, Nara or Kanazawa etc are popular tourist destinations in Japan, there are only a few luxury hotels until now, but there will be much more choices.

●TOKYO
Four Seasons Hotel Tokyo at Otemachi in mid 2020

●YOKOHAMA
Hyatt Regency Yokohama in spring 2020
The Kahara Hotel&Resort June in 2020

●HAKONE
Hotel Indigo Hakone Gora Feb in 2020

●NIKKO
Fufu Nikko(*) July in 2020
The Ritz-Carlton Nikko May in 2020

●KANAZAWA
Hyatt Centric Kanazawa June in 2020

●KYOTO
The Hiramatsu Hotels&Resorts Kyoto Mar in 2020
Imperial Hotel Kyoto in mid 2020

●NARA
Fufu Nara(*) May in 2020

●OKINAWA
Hoshinoya Okinawa May in 2020

*Fufu is one of small luxury resort chains of Japan, which has already been expanding its accommodations in Atami and Kawaguchiko

Private viewing event of autumn Leaves

2019.10.04.

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Autumn leaves are to the Japanese autumn what cherry blossoms are to spring. The viewing of autumn leaves has been a popular activity in Japan for centuries and large numbers of travelers from all over the world have been visiting to famous autumn leaves spots.

Above all, Kyoto is one of the top places in the world to witness autumn leaves. Every year, many leaves of deciduous trees start turning red in mid November in Kyoto and remain colorful into early December. In this best season, it is not unusual to see temples and shrines overcrowded with tourists. JTB Royal Road Ginza has specially prepared a private evening at following four temples: To-ji Temple, Shoren-in Temple, Jisso-in Temple and Byodoin Temple, beyond their general hours of admission. Each temple has a unique history and divine beauty, and can become packed with visitors during the day time and general night hours. However, "JTB Global Lounge Ginza" guests are able to enjoy the breathtaking autumn leaves without any hassle along with exclusive admissions to halls and related structures.

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Late Summer Greetings

2019.8.27.

As your Japan travel consultant, we are sending you humble late summer wishes.

In Japan, we have finished "Tsuyu," wet season with one month and a half of continuous heavy rain.

We often receive inquiries on when would be the best time to travel to Japan.

Many remarks on how the cherry blossom season is the most popular and special time of the year, and on the contrary, June to early July is considered as a season best to avoid due to rainy weather limiting traveler’s activity.

After the wet season comes to an end, Japan enters a very hot and humid summer, which can peak to 40 degrees Celsius/104 degrees Fahrenheit, which makes July and August a fairly unpopular season to travel along with June’s rainy season.

But today, we would like to give an argument on how Japan can be equally charming during this unpopular rainy season and burning summer season.

・Rainy Season Pros ? Hydrangeas are in full bloom, stunningly seen everywhere across Japan.

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・Rainy Season Pros ? Rainy days can make photos into a beautiful art piece.

・Summer Season Pros ? The most festive season of the year with firework events and local festivals held nationwide.

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・Summer Season Pros ? Your are able to encounter distinct summer cultural rituals such as “Kawadoko,”“Yukata,” “Nagashi Somen,” and “Kakigori” Kawadoko - a dining concept which involves eating next to or on top of flowing river in order to feel the cool breeze while eating

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Yukata - a traditional summer wardrobe that still exists today, in present times mainly worn at fireworks events and regional summer festivals Nagashi Somen - a summer tradition mainly eaten when families and friends gather. Somen noodles run through the half split bamboo cylinder with water flowing through the bamboo gutter. People enjoy the excitement of catching the slippery noodles running past them with their chopsticks. Once caught, dip the noodle into a cool broth, and bon appetit.

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Kakigori -shaved ice commonly eaten during hot summer days. While casual ones are eaten at home and summer festival food stands topping with traditional artificial flavored syrups, upscales ones have been trending over the years with shops that specialize in Kakigori all year create one of a kind dish with naturally made nutritious syrup. The way they shave the ice is also special, and some consider them as Kakigori artisans.

・Rainy Season and Summer Season Pros ? There are quite a lot of indoor facilities and activities you are able to enjoy regardless of the weather, such as Digital Art Museum by TeamLab, and morning visitation to the sumo stable.

TeamLab Borderless Digital Art Museum, recently trending, one of the most popular indoor facilities in Tokyo Sumo Stables are not always open to the public, but at times are open for public viewing of their morning practice and training

・Rainy Season and Summer Season Pros ? Compared to other travel seasons, it can be a good time to travel if you are not fan of crowds (caution: Japan’s Obon season around August 10 to 15, is a public holiday so while it is not crowded with foreign travelers, many places can be crowded with domestic travelers.

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