1893

1893

The roots of JTB are in the Kihinkai (Welcome Society), which was established with the aim of welcoming tourists to Japan.

1912

The Japan Tourist Bureau took on the role of the Kihinkai on 12 March 1912. The European style design of our tiny first office meant that work was occasionally interrupted by locals thinking that the building was a German beer hall.

1925

We were commissioned by the Ministry of Railways to sell tickets to visitors to Japan.

1932

JTB cooperated with selected Ryokan to provide traditional Japanese accommodation to tourists.

1940

From September 1940 until March 1941, JTB employees helped 2,000 Jewish refugees to escape the Holocaust across the Sea of Japan.

1948

We were first accredited as an IATA travel agency in November 1948.

1952

The New York office was the first JTB branch in America.

1963

JTB was renamed as “Japan Travel Bureau Inc.”

1970

We welcomed 12 million people to Japan during the World Exposition in Osaka.

1982

Our first office in London.

2002

We were the appointed travel agency for the FIFA World Cup, handling all official tours and transport in Japan and Korea during the tournament.

2007

Our “JAPANiCAN” website was launched to provide multilingual services for visitors to Japan.

2010

JTB’s Rurubu travel guide series was officially recognized by the Guinness Book of Records™ as the largest selling travel guide series in the world.

2012

We celebrated our 100th anniversary in the year of the London Olympics. We welcomed both athletes and supporters, looking after a total of 7,178 people over the course of the games.

2014

There are currently around 26,000 employees working for the JTB Group all over the world.