Japanese TV Celebrity Travel Show Shoots Illinois Special, Features Galena/Jo Daviess County in Episode Two

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Japanese travel experts take a road trip to Galena, Illinois where visitors can enjoy a historic, small town with big city indulgences.

“Here you will find the old-fashioned mid-western town of Galena, a 19th century mining town with a quiet pace of life where you can escape the busy city."

Jo Daviess County raised its tourism profile with a Japanese travelogue program called Tabi Salad. In September 2016, the TV celebrity travel show filmed a visit to Illinois, including Galena in part two of the series. Tabi Salad is a 90-minute weekend morning show featuring travel. The Illinois Office of Tourism partnered with Connect Worldwide Japan Co., Ltd. and secured Illinois for their 4 part overseas travel show. The Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) worked with the Illinois Office of Tourism for this special road trip.

The team traveled from Chicago to Galena, IL; enjoying the views on US Hwy 20. Upon arrival the host, Ms. Aoi Yoshikura, tells viewers, “Here you will find the old-fashioned mid-western town of Galena, a 19th century mining town with a quiet pace of life where you can escape the busy city. With the old buildings just as they were, it looks like a nice place to live. It takes you back in time and you get a feel for the way America used to be.”

Ms. Yoshikura enters the charming bed and breakfast, Farmers’ Guest House, commenting that “the owner is lively and cheerful and greets you like an old friend.” She also enjoyed the accommodations, the “cute, country-style rooms, great for relaxing," and the homemade cherry danish at breakfast is a “real taste of Mid-America.”

The travel show takes viewers to a relaxing mud & charcoal facial at the Stonedrift Spa at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, before heading downtown for dinner at Log Cabin Steakhouse. The petite host enjoyed their specialty, hand-cut Allen Bros. steak, “so big, everything is big here! So tender and delicious and I ate the whole thing!”

Ms. Yoshikura took to the skies in a hot air balloon with Galena on The Fly, enjoying the panoramic views of Jo Daviess County. The footage from the balloon is stunning. Visit our Youtube channel to see the episode of Tabi Salad, featuring Galena, Illinois. https://youtu.be/3yQZOLPa-2k

Use the mobile-friendly galena.org to plan your next vacation to Galena, IL in Jo Daviess County.

Program Title: Tabi Salad (Travel Salad)
TV Station: Asahi Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)
Network: the ANN national network (27 local TV stations)
Target: those in 20-60s who love to travel
Audience: 4,000,000 households across the nation
Air Time/Date: 8:00 - 9:30 on Saturdays in October
Chicago/Illinois Coverage: 20-minute x 2 episodes covering the city of Chicago, Oak Park and the second episode contained Chicago and Galena
Media Value: 500,000 JPY/15 seconds

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