Personal interest combined with Japan’s predicted popularity for 2019 saw Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) host the biggest ever Japan Roadshow in Sydney & Brisbane.

Taking place last year over two nights, the event saw some 40 representatives from the Japanese tourism industry chat to 277 Aussies Advisors and assist them in becoming Japan experts.

The Japanese Consulate-Generals of Brisbane and Sydney and JNTO Sydney Executive Director, Kana Wakabayashi, welcomed Advisors. Trade updates, new developments, plans for 2019 to engage the industry further and updates on Rugby World Cup were shared by JNTO’s Thomas Hiraoka.


Special guest speaker Craig Wing (former dual-international for Australian Rugby League and Japan Rugby Union) shared his experiences of life in the country whilst playing rugby union for the national team.

Beyond Rugby tourism and Craig’s speech, attendees also learned that the some 47,400 Australian visited the Land of the Rising Sun in October 2018, up 20 percent on the same month in 2017.


Of the 448,900 Australian visitors between January and October 2018 (12.6 percent growth), the vast majority (91 percent) visited the country as tourists.


Is the Land of the Rising Sun on your bucket list for 2019?