News from the JNTO Toronto Office
Re-imagining Air Travel
In-flight hygiene protocols have never been more important than they are right now. We all want to know how air travel is going to change to keep us safe from the moment we set foot in our departure airport to the moment we leave our arrival airport. In light of these times, airlines have been working in overdrive so that we can fly in comfort with the assurance of all the proper sanitization mechanisms in place to keep us safe. Here are some updates from the airline partners that travel to Japan.
Air Canada is introducing their CleanCare+ program. Air Canada’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jim Chung, explains the program in this short video.
All Nippon Airways has also updated its safety precautions to combat the spread of COVID-19. Mr. Yuji Hirako, President and CEO of ANA has provided a video message, and here is the link to more information on All Nippon Airways' commitment to our safety in travel.
Japan Airlines has heightened its safety and hygiene standards at airports and in-flight to ensure our peace of mind, so we can fly in comfort again. For more information please check Japan Airlines website
2020 is the 1300th anniversary of Kinosaki Onsen in Toyooka City, which began when a Buddhist monk traveled Japan to heal the sick. Arriving at Kinosaki, he prayed for 1000 days at which point hot water sprang forth to become the most famous hot spring in Japan, renowned for its healing powers. Marking this anniversary, Toyooka City has witnessed an environmental miracle. Over 200 Oriental White Storks, the beloved symbol of the city, have emerged from the brink of extinction. Their resurgence represents a wonderful milestone in the commitment to environmental restoration.
Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido is full of national parks for enchanting escapes into nature. Its primeval forest is called the "Forest of Light," and it is here where visitors can enjoy a forest tour and breathe in the energy of ancient trees as much as 800 years old. Hokkaido’s indigenous culture is called Ainu, and can be explored in its largest village, Akanko Ainu Kotan. Experience the traditional arts and lifestyle, and taste the cuisine of this northern community that predates Japanese culture.
Nikko, renowned for its magnificent ancient shogun sites, is also one of the most wondrous and romantic destinations to stroll in all seasons to enjoy the quiet song of birds chirping between lush green that slowly turns to gold in the tranquility of the autumn. Take the train north of Tokyo to discover unspoiled nature and to relax in Okunikko. As they say in Japan, one can never be truly satisfied until they’ve seen the beauty and wonder of Nikko.
On the top of everyone’s mind is where and how can we travel safely. For the most up-to-date information on travel to Japan, we encourage you to visit our Coronavirus Advisory page. Japan is taking this issue seriously and adhering to its responsibility. Follow this link to learn the latest measures being taken by the Government of Japan, travel and safety tips, and closures and resumptions of attractions and events. We want everyone to feel safe.