The first anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake

Message from Narita City where Narita Airport, the gateway to Japan, is located

Kazunari Koizumi, Mayor of Narita City (Chiba Prefecture)

In 2011, Japan faced extraordinary challenges.
However, thanks to many heartfelt messages and support from around the world, we are keeping our chin up today. As we wanted to let the world know about it, we created a video with the world class artists expressing Japan’s liveliness with a song and other performances. It is titled “LipDub in JAPAN~filmed at NARITA” and shared on YouTube.
Please take a look at it and see that Japan is a wonderful place as ever.
Narita City, as a contact point between other countries and Japan, welcomes you wholeheartedly.

Feel Narita

News from Tohoku (northeastern Japan) about a big tourism campaign

JR East (Tokyo)

One year has passed after the Great East Japan Earthquake. We would like to thank you for the tremendous support you have given us for the past year. A big tourism campaign called “Iwate Destination Campaign” will be launched from April through June in Tohoku (northeastern Japan). During this period JR East will offer a special pass “JR EAST PASS SPECIAL” (3-day unlimited ride). This is a limited time offer and the pass is sold at a special price of 10,000 yen to support Tohoku. So please enjoy your travel. We are waiting for you at the JR East Travel Service Center in Narita Airport and Haneda Airport!

JR East

Tokyo Sky Tree, the world’s tallest communications tower, opens on May 22.

Tobu Tower Sky Tree Co., Ltd (Tokyo)

We thank you for your support after the Great East Japan Earthquake. Last year overcoming the earthquake on March 11, Tokyo Sky Tree has reached the highest point of 634 meters one week later on March 18. And the tower was well completed on February 29, 2012. TOKYO SKYTREE TOWN, “a town with a tower” centering on Tokyo Sky Tree, will have a grand opening on May 22. As the world’s tallest communications tower, we are thoroughly preparing to be the world’s most loved tower. We are hoping to see many of you coming to the tower.

Tokyo Sky Tree

Enjoy skiing as the ski season is not over yet!

APPI RESORT (Iwate Prefecture)

One year has passed after the Great East Japan Earthquake. We have received encouraging letters and support from so many people around the world. Thanks to the wholehearted encouragement, we are carrying on better than ever. We are grateful for those who came to enjoy skiing or snowboarding from overseas this winter. We are hoping that the circle of warm and heartfelt mind will get bigger through exchanging many smiles. We truly look forward to your visit.


A time slip to the Edo period – Ninjas are waiting for you.

Shimpei Okita, Leader of Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura Grand Ninja Theater (Tochigi Prefecture)

Having passed one year after the Great Earthquake, tourists from overseas started to come little by little. The ninjas in Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura are trying hard every day to maintain peace in Edo in order to liven up the local town, Nikko City. We would love to welcome you here.


Message from Matsushima, one of Japan’s three most scenic spots in the inshore area of Tohoku which is affected by the tsunami

Matsushima Tourist Association Keiji Fukui, Secretary General (Miyagi Prefecture)

Because of the Great Earthquake, one of Japan’s three most scenic spots Matsushima was devastated by the worst tsunami we have ever experienced. But since the affected area was rather small, we worked hard towards the quickest possible recovery. And today we have come to the point where we can lead the recovery in tourism in the Tohoku region as one of the most famous tourist attractions in Japan.
Your support reached us immediately after the disaster and that has given us much power for the quick recovery.
Matsushima is doing fine! Please come to Matsushima, one of Japan’s three most scenic spots. We are waiting for you.

Matsushima Tourist Association

Volunteer tour guides in the Tohoku region are looking forward to serving you.

Miyagi Goodwill Guide Club (Miyagi Prefecture)

Miyagi Prefecture is blessed with nature and delicious food. You can enjoy skiing even in April in Zao. Fishes caught in Miyagi is very good and naturally we have great sushi. We have picked the first seaweeds after the disaster. They were soft and tastier than usual years.
The cherry blossoms will be in full bloom across the prefecture from mid-April. Please come to Miyagi Prefecture. We express our heartfelt thanks to your support we have received from all over the world. Although it is not possible for us to return the favor directly, we will wholeheartedly guide the foreign tourists coming to Miyagi to show our gratitude.

Miyagi Goodwill Guide Club (Miyagi Prefecture)

Japan.Thank you Campaign

Cooperating with many people across Japan, we are sending out heartfelt “thank you” to those who have given us warm support. In addition to presenting the “Japan. Thank you.” logo, we distribute the special edition of ZAGAT travel guides for free at the JNTO overseas offices and the JNTO tourist information center in Tokyo. Please visit Japan in this beautiful cherry blossom season.

A documentary series “Rebuilding Japan” premieres worldwide in March

As part of the East Japan recovery project, Discovery Channel produced a documentary film “Rebuilding Japan” featuring people’s continued recovering efforts and their courage against all odds after the disaster. “Rebuilding Japan” premieres in March in Japan and other countries in Asia, Europe, etc. In conjunction with the documentary, a special tour to support the rebuilding of Tohoku “Discover Tohoku Tour” is now available for people coming to Japan. Participants will have the opportunity to visit the disaster area featured in “Rebuilding Japan” and to interact with people who are persevering in rebuilding Tohoku. The tour also introduces the charms of Tohoku by visiting tourist attractions such as Matsushima and Chusonji Temple.