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Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
Shinetsu
Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan. Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan.
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare. An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare.
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife. Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife.
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan. Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan.
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara. The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara.
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower. Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower.
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving. Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving.
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky. The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky.
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Privacy Policy

PLEASE READ THIS PRIVACY POLICY CAREFULLY

1. OUR PRIVACY STATEMENT

The protection of your personal data is of great importance to Japan National Tourism Organization (“Organization”). This privacy policy (the “Privacy Policy”) therefore intends to inform you about how Organization, acting as data controller, collects and processes your personal data that you submit or disclose to us. We also act as data controller when we process your personal data received or obtained through third-parties. We process this personal data in accordance with the applicable EU and Member State regulations on data protection in particular, the General Data Protection Regulation No 2016/679 (the “GDPR”).

We encourage you to read this Privacy Policy carefully. If you do not wish your personal data to be used by us as set out in this Privacy Policy, please do not provide us with your personal data. Please note that in such a case, we may not be able to provide you with our services, you may not have access to and/or be able to use some features of the Website, and your customer experience may be impacted.

If you have any queries or comments relating to this Privacy Policy, please contact webmaster@jnto.go.jp.

2. HOW DO WE USE YOUR PERSONAL DATA?

We will always process your personal data based on one of the legal basis provided for in the GDPR (Articles 6 and 7). In addition, we will always process your sensitive personal data, for example, concerning your trade union membership, religious views, or health condition, in accordance with the special rules provided for in the GDPR (Articles 9 and 10).

We may collect and process your personal data for the purposes detailed below, which are required so that we can pursue our legitimate interests and provide you with adequate services:

Marketing activities, including online advertising

The delivery of newsletters and other promotional communications

The issuance of brochures

The subscription of participants in our competitions, lotteries and sweepstakes

Invitations to office receptions

Participation and affiliation on social network services. Participation in familiarization trips organised or sponsored by us

Responses to questionnaires and surveys of us

Participation in online training and learning programs of us (e.g., e-learning program)

Participation in travel expositions and fairs

Management of suppliers and business partners lists and contact details

Processing of invoices, reporting, and other management

The processing of office lease contracts and documentation

The processing visitors to tourist information centers

The processing of other IT information when you interact with our website and other online services

Recruitment

Evaluation of local employees' performance

Management of working status and conditions of employees

Management of secondments

Provision of business cards

Accounting and auditing

Attendance management and holiday arrangement

We may also collect and process your personal data for the following purposes, based on the execution of our contractual relationship between you and us:

Processing of salaries, bonuses and expenses

Please be aware that you are entitled to withdraw your consent at any time, and this without affecting the lawfulness of processing based on your consent before withdrawal thereof.

We will process your data for these specified, explicit and legitimate purposes, and will not further process the data in a way that is incompatible with these purposes. If we intend to process personal data originally collected for one purpose in order to attain other objectives or purposes, we will ensure that you are informed of this. We will keep your personal data for as long as it is necessary for us to comply with our legal obligations, to ensure that we provide an adequate service, and to support its business activities (Article 5 and 25(2) GDPR).

For a more extensive description about our processing your personal data, see below.


We process personal data of our employees as part of our Human Resources and employment-related tasks. The personal data processed for these purposes includes employees' surname, name, company name, title, executive/non-executive, telephone number, mobile phone number, professional and personal email address, salary details and salary history, payroll information, health data, CV, social security/fiscal number, and bank account information. We process this personal data in order to perform our contract with our employees (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR), and where this is not required, in both our employees' and our own interest to manage and honor our contractual relationship (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR). Where required, we also process this data in order to comply with labor law obligations (Article 6(1)(c) GDPR). If we need to process any special category of personal data from you (e.g., health data), we will do it subject to your explicit consent (Article 9(2)(a) GDPR), or further to employment or health regulations (Articles 9(2)(b) and (h) GDPR).

We also process personal data for marketing and public relationship purposes. The personal data processed for these purposes includes pictures for photo contests, email addresses to deliver newsletters, press releases, and distribution of brochures. We are also active online, where we might process personal data related to the delivery of online advertisings and networking sites, through which we might process your personal data (e.g., IP addresses, e-mail addresses, personal interests). We process this personal data based on our legitimate interests to provide you with these services and your legitimate interests to receive them (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR). Where consent is required, we will obtain it prior to delivering to you any advertising or communication (Article 13(1) and (2) e-Privacy Directive).

We process personal data of our members, customers, businesses partners, members, contractors, vendors, seminar participants and their respective employees, in order to arrange services (e.g., e-learning, online training) and events (e.g., familiarization trips), and to prepare surveys, reports and follow-up documents of such services and events. The personal data processed for these purposes includes the third-parties' surname, name, address, telephone number, email address, and other useful information as appropriate. We process this personal data in order to perform our contract with the third parties (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR), and where this is not required, in both their and our own interest to provide them with these services (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR). If we need to process any special category of personal data from you (e.g., health data), we will do it subject to your explicit consent (Article 9(2)(a) GDPR).

We process personal data of other individuals with whom we interact for general administration and IT matters, including as part of office lease contracts and documentation, the information of visitors to tourist information centers, and the processing of IT information when you interact with our website and other online services (see our Cookie Policy ] for more information). We process this personal data in order to perform our contract with the third parties (Article 6(1)(b) GDPR), and where this is not required, in both their and our own interest to provide them with these services (Article 6(1)(f) GDPR). Where your personal data may be used for other purposes, we will request your consent accordingly (Article 6(1)(a) GDPR).


3. WHAT TYPES OF PERSONAL DATA DO WE USE?

For the purposes specified under this Privacy Policy, we need to collect categories of personal data that are necessary to achieve the purposes, as described above and further detailed specifically when data is collected.

We can obtain such personal data either directly from you when you decide to communicate such data to us (i.e., when you fill in forms displayed on the Website) or indirectly where such personal data is provided to us by your electronic communication terminal equipment or your Internet browser. We ensure that the personal data processed be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed.

4. HOW DO WE SHARE YOUR PERSONAL DATA?

We may share your personal data between the offices of Organization and with third parties in accordance with the GDPR. Where we share your data with a data processor, we will put the appropriate legal framework in place in order to cover such transfer and processing (Articles 26, 28 and 29). Furthermore, where we share your data with any entity outside the European Economic Area, we will put appropriate legal frameworks in place, notably controller-to-controller (2004/915/EC) and controller-to-processor (2010/87/EU) Standard Contract Clauses approved by the European Commission, in order to cover such transfers (Articles 44 ff. GDPR).

Strategic Partners

Subject to your prior consent, your personal data may be transferred to, stored, and further processed by strategic partners that work with us to provide our services or help us market to customers. Your personal data will only be shared by us with these companies in order to provide or improve our services and advertising.

Service Providers

We share your personal data with companies which provide services on our behalf, such as hosting, maintenance, support services, email services, marketing, auditing, fulfilling your orders, processing payments, data analytics, providing customer service, and conducting customer research and satisfaction surveys. .

Corporate Affiliates and Corporate Business Transactions

We may share your personal data with all Organization's affiliates. In the event of a merger, reorganization, acquisition, joint venture, assignment, spin-off, transfer, or sale or disposition of all or any portion of our business, including in connection with any bankruptcy or similar proceedings, we may transfer any and all personal data to the relevant third party.

Legal Compliance and Security

It may be necessary for us – by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence – to disclose your personal data. We may also disclose your personal data if we determine that, due to purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, the disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

We may also disclose your personal data if we determine in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect our rights and pursue available remedies, enforce our terms and conditions, investigate fraud, or protect our operations or users.

Data Transfers

Such disclosures may involve transferring your personal data out of the European Union to the following countries: Japan, Canada, the United States, Russia, Australia, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam. Such transfer may take place in order to ensure the provision of services by vendors and service providers to the Organization, and the sharing of useful information within the Organization. For each of these transfers, we make sure that we provide an adequate level of protection to the data transferred, in particular by entering into standard contract clauses as defined by the European Commission decisions 2001/497/EC, 2002/16/EC, 2004/915/EC and 2010/87/EU, or by any standard data protection clauses adopted by the European Commission pursuant to Article 46(2)(c) of the GDPR.

5. OUR RECORDS OF DATA PROCESSES

We handle records of all processing of personal data in accordance with the obligations established by the GDPR (Article 30) when we process personal data. In these records, we reflect all the information necessary in order to comply with the GDPR and cooperate with the supervisory authorities as required (Article 31).

6. SECURITY MEASURES

We process your personal data in a manner that ensures their appropriate security, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage. We use appropriate technical or organisational measures to achieve this level of protection (Article 25(1) and 32 GDPR).

We will retain your personal information for as long as it is necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law.

7. NOTIFICATION OF DATA BREACHES TO THE COMPETENT SUPERVISORY AUTHORITIES

In case of breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed, we have the mechanisms and policies in place in order to identify it and assess it promptly. Depending on the outcome of our assessment, we will make the requisite notifications to the supervisory authorities and communications to the affected data subjects, which might include you (Articles 33 and 34 GDPR).

8. PROCESSING LIKELY TO RESULT IN HIGH RISK TO YOUR RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS

We have mechanisms and policies in place in order to identify data processing activities that may result in high risk to your rights and freedoms (Article 35 of the GDPR). If any such data processing activity is identified, we will assess it internally and either stop it or ensure that the processing is compliant with the GDPR or that appropriate technical and organisational safeguards are in place in order to proceed with it.

In case of doubt, we will contact the competent Data Protection Supervisory Authority in order to obtain their advice and recommendations (Article 36 GDPR).

9. YOUR RIGHTS

You have the following rights regarding personal data collected and processed by us.

Information regarding your data processing: You have the right to obtain from us all the requisite information regarding our data processing activities that concern you (Articles 13 and 14 GDPR).

Access to personal data: You have the right to obtain from us confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning you are being processed, and, where that is the case, access to the personal data and certain related information (Article 15 GDPR).

Rectification or erasure of personal data: You have the right to obtain from us the rectification of inaccurate personal data concerning you without undue delay, and to complete any incomplete personal data (Article 15 GDPR). You may also have the right to obtain from us the erasure of personal data concerning you without undue delay, when certain legal conditions apply (Article 17 GDPR).

Restriction on processing of personal data: You may have the right to obtain from us the restriction of processing of personal data, when certain legal conditions apply (Article 18 GDPR).

Object to processing of personal data: You may have the right to object, on grounds relating to your particular situation, at any time to processing of personal data concerning you, when certain legal conditions apply (Article 21 GDPR).

Data portability of personal data: You may have the right to receive your personal data in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format, and have the right to transmit those data to another controller without our hindrance, when certain conditions apply (Article 20 GDPR).

Not to be subject to automated decision-making: You may have the right not to be subject to automated decision-making (including profiling) based on the processing of your personal data, insofar as this produces legal or similar effects on you, when certain conditions apply (Article 22 GDPR).

If you intend to exercise such rights, please refer to the contact section below. If you are not satisfied with the way in which we have proceeded with any request, or if you have any complaint regarding the way in which we process your personal data, you may lodge a complaint with a Data Protection Supervisory Authority.

10. CHILDREN

Our services are intended for adult customers. Thus, we do not knowingly collect and process information on children under sixteen (16). If we discover that we have collected and processed the personal data of a child under sixteen (16), or the equivalent minimum age depending on the concerned jurisdiction, we will take steps to delete the information as soon as possible. If you become aware that a child under sixteen (16) has provided us with personal data, please contact us immediately by using the contact address specified under this Privacy Policy.

11. LINKS TO OTHER SITES

We may propose hypertext links from the Website to third-party websites or Internet sources. We do not control and cannot be held liable for third parties' privacy practices and content. Please read carefully their privacy policies to find out how they collect and process your personal data.

12. UPDATES TO PRIVACY POLICY

We may revise or update this Privacy Policy from time to time. Any changes to this Privacy Policy will become effective upon posting of the revised Privacy Policy via the Services. If we make changes which we believe are significant, we will inform you through the Website to the extent possible and seek your consent where applicable.

CONTACT

For any questions or requests relating to this Privacy Policy, you can contact us by email (webmaster@jnto.go.jp).