Kanto Inbound Travel Awards

Join us in supporting Kanto Inbound Travel Awards

Be part of the award giving committee of the Kanto Inbound Travel Awards as a judge and win a fantastic “Thank you” box containing unique Japanese goodies!

Update 20.01.18 The Judges have been selected and we like to thank all of our community who did apply and received a positive notification. We shall accompany the further process and publish related news here as they appear. 

About the Kanto Inbound Travel Awards

Japan World Link is launching a new tourism award to drive in more foreign tourists to the North Kanto area of Japan.

Awards will be given to tourist facilities with the best English website or best YouTube video.

Instead of having a panel of selected few judges, the scheme is to have as many travel insiders as possible from around the world to vote for websites/video they find appealing.
This is the first regional competition to recognise outstanding websites and videos that encourage travellers to visit this region, enjoy attractions, and stay in local Hotels (& Ryokans).

There is no need to have travelled to Japan, but you will be required to either have experience of working in the tourism industry or have written about travel in a personal travel blog or for the media.

Judging process in the Kanto Inbound Travel Awards

Judging for the Kanto Inbound Travel Awards can be done at your own pace (we will send you a Google Spreadsheet to enter the scores) and it should take approximately 2-3 hours. After judging, each judge will be sent a ‘Thank you box’ with some unique Japanese goodies and have the opportunity to include a short bio and links to themselves on our website.

The ‘North Kanto’ region just north of Tokyo has one problem.
When it comes to tourism, this area does not provide much information in English. This is especially true online.
This means that it is quite hard for overseas travellers to discover what this region has to offer. Many tourists miss out on the rich nature and culture that is available only 1-3 hours away from the central Tokyo.
With the help of overseas judges like yourself, the ‘North Kanto Inbound Travel Awards’ will encourage the hospitality industry to prepare more English information online, making it easier for overseas tourists to enjoy.

Provinces in „North Kanto region“

The Saitama Prefecture

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Hitsujiyama Park Pink / Saitama Region
Famous for the moss festival in spring © Chichibu Travel Guide

The Saitama Prefecture is Tokyo’s neighbor to the north. Much of southeastern Saitama, including the prefectural capital of Saitama City, are considered suburbs of Tokyo, while its western parts are mostly rural and mountainous and include parts of the Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park.
The former castle town of Kawagoe and the mountainous Chichibu region, known for its night festival held in December, are some of the prefecture’s major tourist attractions.

Check out top destinations in Saitama

Ibaraki Prefecture

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Kairakuen is most famous for its thousand plum trees. © Chichibu Travel Guide

Ranked among Japan’s three finest landscape gardens, Kairakuen is most famous for its over three thousand plum trees. Kairakuen is located in Mito, the capital of Ibaraki Prefecture, one hour northeast of Tokyo by limited express train. The garden suffered damage from the March 2011 earthquake, but was repaired and fully reopened in February 2012.

While worth a visit throughout the year, Kairakuen is particularly popular during the plum blossom season, which usually takes place from late February through March. The garden features a forest of 3000 trees of over one hundred different plum tree varieties with white, pink and red blossoms.

Go to Website of the Kanto Inbound Travel Awards to register!