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New in Japan in 2012

February 23, 2012

Tokyo Sky Tree – Opening 22 May 2012
Tokyo Sky TreeThe gigantic Tokyo Sky Tree is the newest architectural wonder on the Tokyo skyline. The tower became the tallest artificial structure in Japan when it reached its full height of 634 metres (2,080 ft) in March 2011. When it opens to the public on 22 May 2012, the Observation Deck at 450 metres, will overtake Tokyo City View’s 250 metre high observation deck to become the highest in Tokyo. The tower easily surpasses the height of the current Tokyo Tower (250m, 820ft) and other skyscrapers in Tokyo, creating a new Tokyo skyline.

The Tokyo Sky Tree is currently the tallest free-standing tower in the world; and the second tallest structure in the world, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

Image: © Tokyo Sky Tree

Hikarie, Shibuya
A new tower is emerging near the iconic Shibuya crossing. Opening 26 April 2012, Hikarié will house theatres, galleries, event spaces, a Tokyu department store and restaurants. More details will follow in our next newsletter. 

Three Low Cost Carriers Launching in 2012
The launch of three low-cost carriers in Japan in 2012 is set to reduce the cost of domestic air travel, making it cheaper for people to combine a city break in Tokyo with time relaxing on the beaches of Okinawa in Japan’s far south or skiing and snowboarding in Hokkaido in Japan’s far north.

Peach Aviation staff uniforms

Peach Aviation, Japan’s first dedicated low-cost carrier, will commence its first routes from its home base, Kansai International Airport (Osaka) to Fukuoka and Sapporo (Shin-Chitose) on 1 March, while Nagasaki flights start on 25 March and Kagoshima flights a week later on 1 April.  Daily services from Osaka to Fukuoka and three daily flights from Osaka to Sapporo will also launch in March. Osaka (Kansai) – Seoul (Incheon) route will commence on 8 May 2012, Osaka (Kansai) – Hong Kong route will commence on 1 July 2012 and Osaka (Kansai) –Taipei (Taoyuan) route will commence on 30 September. Beyond July 2012, Okinawa (Naha) route is also set to commence.

As an indication of fares, with “Happy Peach” airfares, the one-way airfare for Osaka (Kansai) –Nagasaki will range from 3,780 yen (£30) –11,780 yen (£94), Osaka (Kansai) to Sapporo (Shin-Chitose) will range from 4,780 yen (£38) to 14,780 yen (£117) and Osaka (Kansai) –Kagoshima route will range from 4,280 yen (£34) –13,280 yen (£106).

Peach Aviation

For further information about Peach Aviation’s schedules, or to book flights, visit
Images: Copyright © by Peach Aviation Limited

AirAsia Japan will be the first low-cost carrier to be based at Narita International Airport. Operating under the AirAsia brand, it is to serve both domestic and international destinations when operations are launched in August 2012, subject to obtaining the relevant approvals. In the first stage of launching, the LCC will fly to Sapporo, Fukuoka and Okinawa, followed by international services to Seoul and Pusan. To keep up-to-date with AirAsia Japan developments stay tuned to their website at

Jetstar Japan - a new domestic airline that will bring more low airfares to customers in Japan - will commence domestic operations by the end of 2012 and expects to fly from Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka (Kansai International), with other destinations under consideration including Sapporo, Fukuoka, and Okinawa. Jetstar Japan also plans to ultimately offer short haul international services to key Asian cities making travel more accessible and appealing to millions more people.

JNTO Partners