Held for five days over two weekends, The Japan Rail Fair – A Virtual Trip to Japan, brings a piece of Japan to Singaporeans at the comfort of your own house!
Date: 20 Nov – 22 Nov | 27 Nov – 28 Nov 2020
Fee: Free & Paid
Working together with sponsors from the Japan Railway Group, various prefectural governments as well as travel partners, and supported by Visit Japan Now – Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) Singapore Office, The Japan Rail Fair will bring all on a virtual, but a no less fun-filled trip to the popular destination, complete with experiential live programs that include food and alcohol delivery! All ticketed programs can also be attended for free without food and beverage add-ons.
There will also be a free Online Travel Booth where visitors can speak with travel experts to plan for their next (real) trip when possible. A grand lucky draw with attractive prizes will take place at the end of the fair. Visitors are encouraged to tune in and participate in as many live programs and travel booths as they can to increase their chances of winning prizes like JR East Passes as well as return flight tickets to Tokyo by Japan Airlines.
Here are some of the event highlights from the fair, which will take place on its website and Facebook page!
Shizuoka: Green Tea and Autumn Leaves
Date: 21 Nov 2020
Time: 1 pm
Take a trip to Gyokuro no Sato, an authentic tea house located in the countryside of Shizuoka Prefecture and learn more about the culture and history surrounding tea while enjoying the beautiful autumn leaves.
Date: 22 Nov 2020
Time: 11 am
Have you been to Hokkaido? Join special guest Ghib Ojisan”, in this webinar to learn of all the wonders that Hokkaido has to offer: the vast lands of beautiful scenery, sightseeing spots, delicious food and many more! You will get to “experience” Hokkaido as the webinar will be broadcast live directly from the island!
An Awe-tumn Treat with JR-EAST HOTELS
Date: 22 Nov 2020
Time: 3 pm
Fee: $5 (ticket)
Depending on where you are in Japan, you can experience both autumn and winter. And in this webinar, JR-EAST HOTELS will bring you to experience the best of autumn and winter in East Japan!
Known as Little Kyoto of the North, Kakunodate is famous as an autumn destination. Get introduced to this beautiful town and the different autumnal activities there. While enjoying the virtual tour, have a taste of Japanese winter with Hotel Metropolitan Edmont Tokyo as you dig into their fresh and decadent seasonal Fruits Sando, a popular Edmont delicacy.
Enjoy an Authentic Farm Stay in Akita
Date: 27 Nov 2020
Time: 9 pm
Travel like a local and indulge in a truly Akita experience as you’re welcomed into a local guest house, Sakekoshimai. Meet the adorable Mr Yamauchi and learn how to make Kiritampo, a must-try local cuisine of Akita! What's more, you'll get to harvest the rice that will be used to make the dish as well!
Okinawa – Oasis of Japan
Date: 28 Nov 2020
Time: 5 pm
Getaway to the southernmost part of Japan, Okinawa, to enjoy its pristine sea, untouched nature, and friendly people! Discover how unique the culture & history of Okinawa is as compared to the rest of Japan and get to enjoy traditional live performances in this webinar!
Images Source: Japan Rail Café