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Best Western adds four new hotels in Japan

May 20 (Thu ), 2010

Best Western adds four new hotels in Japan Best Western International has added four new hotels to its growing portfolio in Japan – the 242-room Best Western Hotel Fino Sapporo (Sapporo), 145-room Best Western Hotel Fino Oita (Oita), 72-room Best Western Naha Inn (Okinawa) and 168-room Best Western Fukuoka Nakasu Inn (Fukuoka). The four new hotels join Best Western’s existing portfolio of seven hotels in Japan, located in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagasaki, Hirosaki, Sendai, Takayama and Wakayama, further establishing the brand’s position as one of the country’s fastest expanding hotel chains. Another two properties are also set to soon join Best Western in Osaka and Sapporo in July and November this year. “Japan boasts a diverse array of tourism destinations and enchanting culture, backed up by strong government support for the tourism industry and impressive infrastructure, transportation and communication systems,” said Best Western International’s Vice President Operations for Asia and the Middle East, Glenn de Souza. “We are thrilled with the new additions to the Best Western family in Japan, which significantly reinforces our presence in what is a key destination for our brand. Adding up to 11 hotels in Japan in strategic cities, it will position Best Western as the second largest international brand in the country.” Best Western Hotel Fino Sapporo is centrally located in Sapporo, a major gateway city to the state of Hokkaido, famous for its natural beauty and ski resorts. Shopping, seafood dining and breathtaking golf courses are also enjoyed. Best Western Hotel Fino Oita enjoys a convenient location between state government offices and a shopping/dining district in Oita city. Situated along the Seto Ocean, the seafood is abundant and the hotel is also close to the Beppu Hot Springs area, one of the world’s second largest outputs of hot spring water. Best Western Naha Inn is in Naha, the capital city and business, shopping and entertainment centre of Japan’s renowned beach resort on Okinawa. Naha’s main street Kokusai Dori and the monorail are a few minutes’ walk from the hotel. Best Western Fukuoka Nakasu Inn is centrally located in Fukuoka, Kyushu island’s largest city known for its blend of beautiful green spaces and big city feel. There’s wild nightlife, plentiful shopping, traditional shrines and historical sights to visit and a unique cuisine to enjoy.

New Michelin guidebook to cover Yokohama, Kamakura

May 20 (Thu ), 2010

New Michelin guidebook to cover Yokohama, Kamakura     A Michelin guidebook that rates restaurants and hotels will extend the coverage of its edition for Tokyo to include nearby Yokohama and Kamakura, Nihon Michelin Tire Co. said Thursday.      Bernard Delmas, president of the Japanese unit of French tire maker Michelin, said ''Michelin Guide Tokyo Yokohama Kamakura 2011'' will hit store shelves in November and come out in both Japanese and English. He said researchers for the new guidebook have been making clandestine visits to the two Kanagawa Prefecture cities since mid-2009.      Delmas said Yokohama has a food culture with international flavor, while Kamakura, where numerous temples and shrines are located, has good restaurants. Michelin's guidebook for Tokyo has been published once a year since 2007 and Michelin Guide Tokyo 2010 gave the highest three-star ratings to 11 restaurants.      On Wednesday, Michelin said it will add Kobe to its guidebook for western Japan, which currently covers Kyoto and Osaka, for it to be published in October. -Kyodo

Old steam locomotive chugs through snowy Hokkaido

May 20 (Thu ), 2010

Old steam locomotive chugs through snowy Hokkaido      The annual run of an old steam locomotive started in Hokkaido recently with tourists treated to the sight of the smoke-billowing train whistling its way through a snowy wetland in the northernmost main Japanese island.      Hokkaido Railway Co. operated the locomotive over the weekend between Kushiro and Kawayu-Onsen stations, drawing many train enthusiasts alongside the tracks, and will run it between Kushiro and Shibecha stations from Jan. 30 to March 7 in the Kushiro Wetland.      ''It's very powerful. I still remember I used to get covered with soot when I rode it,'' a 75-year-old local photographer said. -Kyodo

Panel issues report on enhancing 'ryokan' info for foreign tourists

May 20 (Thu ), 2010

Panel issues report on enhancing 'ryokan' info for foreign tourists <!-- start -->        A Japanese governmental panel has compiled a report on ways to make Japanese-style ''ryokan'' inns more convenient and comfortable for foreign tourists by providing various information in foreign languages and employing online images and animation.      The outline of the report, which was presented Friday by the Japan Tourism Agency panel, proposed that commonly used systems for accommodation and other services at Japanese-style inns be introduced to foreigners in easily understandable ways.      For instance, the report says that foreign visitors often face difficulties learning about traditional bathing customs at hot springs and many believe ryokans are expensive because they normally charge for one night stays with two meals.      The panel emphasized the need to distribute information in foreign languages, specifically Chinese and Korean, to boost the number of tourists from East Asia.      ''The demand among foreign tourists is potentially high for use of ryokans as a place to experience forms of Japanese culture,'' the report said. It also urges the government to hire foreign trainees and students living in Japan as interpreters at the inns.      The panel also called for improvements to the system under which accommodation facilities in Japan are registered as ''international hotels'' if they meet certain standards, including being able to provide customer services in English.      Hinting that the system does not sufficiently cater to the needs of foreign tourists, the panel said a review of the standards is necessary. -Kyodo

Summer Deals at Hokkaido Tracks Holidays

May 19 (Wed ), 2010

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Spring Bazaar at HIS

Mar 02 (Tue ), 2010

Spring Bazaar at HIS   Hokkaido International School will be holding its annual Spring Bazaar on April 10th (Sat.), from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.  There will be international foods and a flea market, as well as games and entertainment - come out and enjoy the fun!  Vendors can join the flea market to sell clothes, toys, books, handicrafts, etc. A rental/display space (about 1.5 x 2 m, indoors) costs 2,000 yen.   Please email coordinator Kristin Dixit at dixitkristin@hotmail.com to reserve a flea market space - the deadline is April 8th (Thurs.).    Location: Hokkaido International School, Toyohira-ku, Hiragishi 5-jo, 9-chome, 1-55 -- a 6-minute walk from Sumikawa Subway Sta. on Namboku Line. Please use public transport (except for flea market vendors), as parking is extremely limited.  Tel: 011-816-5000

OJ Community Message Board

Feb 22 (Mon ), 2010

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Go for the green!

Feb 22 (Mon ), 2010

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Resort Property in Japan

Feb 22 (Mon ), 2010

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Feb 22 (Mon ), 2010

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