By Psyche Cho
Photo courtesy of Fukuoka Prefecture Tourist Association
Railway travel fans who visit the nearly 100 Japan booths at the Taipei International Travel Fair (Taipei ITF), now running at the Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC), will be surprised by how many new trip routes and discount tickets they can find.
Traveling by rail is nothing new but can be more enjoyable this season in feeling the charm of Japan, said Yang Lin, Assistant Manager of the Overseas Division at the Kyushu Tourism Promotion Organization yesterday at the Kyushu booth for ITF.
“It’s always a popular option for Japanese to spend their leisure time,” Yang said. Now with the newly launched all-around Kyushu Free Pass, available for 3 days and 5 days, travelers can experience the area with practically no limits while the ticket is in effect.
Along with the tickets launched for sale this year, various routes are planned to offer different attractions from hot springs to local delicacies. “Traveling by rail is very flexible, people can make brief stops at will, and the wide range of options enable consumers to make a perfect trip plan according to their needs,” she said.
Other railway operators such as Tokyo Metro, JR-East, Thru Pass, and others have also provided special ticket packages for the fair session.
With an overall total of 44 units taking up 100 booths at TWTC this year, Japan tops all exhibitors and sets the record for Taipei ITF history. Visitors can find the latest and detailed information for destinations in Japan.
Domestic travel agencies and airline companies have also joined hands to launch tour packages at valuable prices, which are available only at the fair.
In addition to showcasing feature scenic areas, Japanese exhibitors this year continue their convention of presenting feature performances, trying to woo local outdoor goers. Traditional lion dances, Sansa dances, hairstyling shows, and other activities will be performed at regular intervals.
By Psyche Cho