The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line will open on March 26, 2016, allowing rail travel between Tokyo and Hakodate (Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto Station) in about 4 hours’ time. Travel times will see quite a reduction, compared to the 5 hours 30 minutes it took before. With the new rail system, you can leave in the morning and arrive in Hakodate by the afternoon, plus it’s great because there’s no transfer necessary if you depart from Tokyo Station. If you’re traveling Japan from overseas, we recommend you purchase a Japan Rail Pass. This pass has an amazing value and lets you ride free as many times as you want, and includes any JR rail line from Hokkaido to Kagoshima. You can enjoy riding trains to every nook and cranny of Japan with this pass, including riding the bullet train. The new Hokkaido Shinkansen Line is also included.
Now that the new rail line is about to open up, how much does everyone know about the sights in the Tohoku region and Hokkaido’s, Donan area? It’s about to get much easier to get to Hokkaido and Tohoku, but there might be a few people who don’t know much about these areas. If this is you, then we’ve found a perfect event! There’s an event in Tokyo that’ll give valuable tips for what you’ll need to see, experience, taste, and enjoy! From famous sightseeing spots to secret, hole-in-the-wall places that only the locals know about, this event will be very comprehensive. We recommend anyone who wants to make their trip to Tohoku and Hokkaido special and memorable, to come to this event and learn how. There will even be editors from Tadaima Japan in attendance, as they look for rare,informational tidbits.
Why not come and get some rare information and insight from us? The Tadaima Japan will greet and can converse with you in both English and Chinese! ●details→http://www.meetup.com/ja-JP/Tadaima-Japan/events/229482283/
100, Must-See Sights When Touring Tohoku!
There are many festivals, local cuisine, local sake, beautiful sights, and other experiences specific to this region that you can only experience in person. There will be a presentation entitled,“Tohoku’s Six Prefectures: 100 Select Sights, Shopping, and Cuisine”, as recognized by the Japan Tourism Agency. These include spots that only people in the know had access to before, including; the “Soma Nomaoi“, a festival of fighting samurai , Mt. Osore, a sacred ground dedicated to the afterlife , Ouchi-juku, a postal town where you’ll slip back into the Edo period , Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, a famous festival that draws more than 2 million visitors to Tohoku every year, and more! Of course, in addition to the 100 picks from Tohoku, there will be plenty of information about Hokkaido’s Donan area, too. With stage performances and free tastings of local dishes, this experience is really an amazing value!
See here for more details!
<< Symposium Program >> 2:00PM – 5:00PM PART ONE: Remarks About Tourism in Tohoku and Hokkaido ① Using the opening of the Hokkaido Shinkansen Line to promote tourism Speaker: Chief of Hokkaido Tourist Bureau Finance Division Noriyuki Goto
② Coordinating with Tourism in Hokkaido and Tohoku ~Working with the Seikan Network through Tsugaru Strait Maguro Women’s Group~ Speaker: Yasuko Shima (Town of Oma in Aomori Prefecture) and Natsuko Sugimoto (Town of Matsumae in Hokkaido)
③ Tohoku’s Six Prefectures: 100 Selected Sights, Shopping, and Cuisine Speaker: President of Jalan Research Center
PART TWO: ① Remarks from our Sponsors ② Panel Discussion “Reactivating the Region and Exchange through Tourism in Tohoku and Hokkaido” (tentative title)
– Panelists: Jalan Supervisor Editor-in-Chief Nao Oohashi Tsugaru Jifubuki-Kai Respresentative (Sightseeing Talent) Shuu Kakuta Chief of Hokkaido Tourist Bureau Finance Division Noriyuki Goto Deputy Director General of Tohoku Tourism Promotional Group Kazuhiko Satou Goryokaku Tower Senior Managing Director Susumu Nakano
– Coordinators -Tohoku Area and Environment Research Center Representative Shuichi Shiga
*You must apply in order to participate in the symposium You can apply by submitting an application through this link(Japanese Text Only) before 5:00PM Friday, March 18th.