Founded in 2012, Japan Week is a promotional event encouraging travel to Japan. For the fourth edition, Japan Week is back in Grand Central Terminal's Vanderbilt Hal on February 18-20, 2015. Last year was a record year for tourism in Japan, with over 13,000,000 traveling to the country from around the world, and Japan Week plans to make 2015 even bigger.
Japan Week is organized by the Japan Tourism Agency and Japan National Tourism Organization. Its sponsors include Delta Air Lines, Seiko, NHK World, JR-EAST, Amnet, Beard Papa, HIS, House Foods, IACE, ITO EN, the Japan Sake and Sochu Makers Association, Kamakura Shirts, Marukome, Minamoto Kitchoan, Sharp, Sun Noodle, VIZ Media, and Watabe Wedding. Famous Japanese characters Doraemon and Domo will make special appearances and pose for photos with fans.
Japan Week offers access to tourism experts, free literature, showcases of Japanese art, food, and fashion, discounted travel packages, and even free trips to Japan to lucky attendees. Highlights include:
HOKURIKU SHINKANSEN - Beginning for the first time this Spring, a new bullet train will connect Tokyo and the Hokuriku region in 2 - 2 ½ hours. Famous for its authentic Japanese traditions, picturesque mountains, skiing, seafood, crafts, and resorts, Japan's Hokuriku region is a remote paradise that's never been easier to access.
DEPACHIKA FOOD EMPORIUM - Feast on sweets from nine regions across Japan and sample additional authentic Japanese eats including ramen noodles, mazemen noodles, miso soup, green tea, tofu, and takoyaki octopus balls.
CASTLES AND HOT SPRINGS - Japan's castles were once the homes of royalty and now destinations that will make you feel like a king. Onsen are traditional hot springs said to have restorative powers. Learn about both and how to take a trip back in time.
LUXURY WEDDING KIMONO - Japanese kimono are works of art and wedding kimono are some of the most beautiful and ornate. This year, three different New York couples will present the first ever wedding kimono fitting live in Grand Central.
TICKET GIVEAWAYS AND SPECIALS - Japan Week offers New Yorkers multiple chances to win free tickets to Japan from Delta Air Lines, and all attendees can take home specials from Japanese travel companies and free guides to a wide range of Japanese destinations.
More information on Japan Week's events, exhibitors, giveaways, and activities will be revealed in the coming weeks at www.japanweek.us