WAKUWAKU JAPAN and JTB Making Trips Seen on TV Available

Olive grove on Shodoshima (Photo: Business Wire)

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TOKYO--()--WAKUWAKU JAPAN Corporation (headquartered in Minato Ward, Tokyo, Masafumi Kawanishi, president & CEO) has announced, together with JTB Corporation, the development of a series of television programs and travel products that will allow persons outside of Japan to experience the Japanese destinations and services introduced on TV.

WAKUWAKU JAPAN will jointly plan and produce, together with Yurayura Kick Corporation and P.D. Network, a new cultural television program, “Japan Travel Maestro” (nihontsujin in Japanese), to introduce premium travel destinations within Japan. Program broadcasting will begin on Saturday, January 7th, 2017, and will feature travel maestros who will compile and present points of rare attraction that exist throughout Japan. These will not be the travel locations that are well known. Instead, the focus will be on introducing travel data geared for those in the know. The featured travel maestros will include professionals who have deepened their knowledge of Japan from magazines like Ray and mina, from Shufunotomo Co., Ltd., and from Japan gastronomy tourism Alliance. Experiences that should be introduced to persons outside of Japan will be presented, offering new wonders and ways to enjoy Japan.

The premium travel that appears on “Japan Travel Maestro” will also become travel packages available from JTB, enabling people to experience these destinations for themselves. These packages will be sold by JTB offices within the broadcast area. The first two programs in the series will be evaluated and ongoing broadcasting considered.

Program Overview

Name: Japan Travel Maestro
Broadcast Area: Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam
Scheduling: Saturday, January 7th, 2017, from 6:00 to 6:30 PM, and from 6:30 to 7:00 PM in Singapore
Rebroadcasts: Saturday, January 14th, 2017, from 6:00 to 6:30 PM, and from 6:30 to 7:00 PM in Singapore

Episode One: Osaka

Travel on a private cruiser throughout the waterways of Osaka to freely explore the city’s charms. Also experience Osaka’s unique culinary offering: kelp broth. After experiencing the skills needed to shave kelp from an artisan’s introduction, the program will offer exquisite cuisine that utilizes broth from freshly shaved kelp.

Episode Two: The Seto Inland Sea and Shodoshima

Fly from one island to the next in a private Cessna among the many islands that dot the Seto Inland Sea. Drink in the exquisite views of a landscape filled with many islands, and experience the unique cultures that took root there. Various important experiences will be introduced, including the Hishio rice bowl, a dish unique to Shodoshima, and the chance to wear traditional costumes and perform in a rural form of kabuki, a traditional art form.

WAKUWAKU JAPAN Corporation Facts

  • Name: WAKUWAKU JAPAN Corporation
  • Address: 7th Floor, Akasaka Enokizaka Building, 1-7-1 Akasaka, Minato Ward, Tokyo 107-0052
  • Date Incorporated: May 1st, 2015
  • Capitalization: ¥5.5 Billion
  • President & CEO: Masafumi Kawanishi
  • Stock Structure: 60% owned by SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, 40% owned by the Cool Japan Fund Inc.

About WAKUWAKU JAPAN - Official Website: http://www.wakuwakujapan.tv/

WAKUWAKU JAPAN is a locally-oriented channel, broadcasting Japanese content 24 hours per day, in local languages. Programming is used to bring information on the Japan of today to viewers in their respective countries in the hope of increasing interest in and respect for Japanese culture and its localities as well as superior Japanese products. Various promotions also offer viewers the opportunity to experience the wonders of Japan, as WAKUWAKU JAPAN works to foster and expand a Japan boom.

• Countries and Regions where Programming is Underway: Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam

Contacts

WAKUWAKU JAPAN Corporation
Tomoko Karasawa
Marketing Department
t-karasawa@wakuwakujapan.com

Release Summary

WAKUWAKU JAPAN, together with JTB, announced the development of a series of TV programs and travel products for persons outside of Japan to experience the Japanese destinations introduced on TV.

Contacts

WAKUWAKU JAPAN Corporation
Tomoko Karasawa
Marketing Department
t-karasawa@wakuwakujapan.com