Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Haneda Airport Discount Train Fare

New Special Ticket Pack: PASMO and Haneda Airport Access

  • New offer for foreign travelers only!
  • Convenient access from Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) to central Tokyo and Yokohama via the Keikyu Line

Keikyu Corporation, which operates train lines connecting the Tokyo gateway of Haneda Airport to central Tokyo and the Yokohama area, has announced the release of a convenient discount ticket package to foreign travelers utilizing Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport) for use in transit between the airport and central Tokyo or Yokohama.

Foreign travelers purchasing a 2,600 yen PASMO card receive a 200 yen discount when accessing Haneda airport via Shinagawa station, and a 280 yen discount when accessing the airport via Yokohama station.

PASMO is an IC card-based passenger ticket that can be used on over 100 transportation facilities in the Tokyo metropolitan area, including JR and other railways, subways, and buses. This card also includes a convenient e-currency feature. (For more details regarding PASMO, please see: http://www.pasmo.co.jp/en/).

Available June 1, 2011 – March 31, 2012 (To be issued in limited quantity of 5,000 sets. Ticket set will no longer be available once quantities run out.) This ticket set is intended for sale to foreign travelers visiting Japan. As such, customers will be asked to present their passport upon purchase.

For detailed information please see the Keikyu website:

http://www.haneda-to … o/news/20110526.html

Friday, May 27, 2011

2011 Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Caravan Group

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2011 Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Caravan

Governor Hirokazu Nakaima Comes To Hawaii !

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 , 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Place: Hawaii Okinawa Center, Legacy Ballroom

The 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai Overseas Caravan group will be visiting Kenjinkais in Canada, New York, Los Angeles and their last stop: Honolulu!

If you are interested in participating in the 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Taikai in October, please join us on Wednesday, June 8th at 7 p.m. The Caravan group will be ready to share information about the Taikai and will also show the DVD of the last Taikai that took place five years ago. It is their hope that their visit and sharing will create excitement and enthusiastic participation in the Taikai. With the talented and famous Daiichi Hirata in the midst of the Taikai Caravan group, we can expect an exciting “finale”! So, see y’all on June 8th !

Please contact us if you will be attending and if you will be traveling to the Taikai with the Naka’s Travel Service 5th Worldwide Uchinanchu Festival Tour to Okinawa. If you are not connected with a tour group and are traveling independently, please call the Hawaii United Okinawa Association at 676-5400 or email huoa@huoa.org to let them know of your attendance.

Roster of Taikai Caravan Group:

  • Governor Hirokazu Nakaima, Okinawa Prefecture
  • Kiichiro Miyagi, Governor’s Secretary
  • Hidetoshi Chinen, Governor’s Interpreter
  • Daiichi Hirata, Director General, Dept. of Culture, Tourism & Sports
  • Tae Tengan, Deputy Taikai Chair
  • Yasuhiko Yogi, Chief of Taikai Participant Coordination Section
  • Matthew Anderson, Coordinator for International Relations

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hiroshima Navigator

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The city of Hiroshima, in western Japan, has redesigned the Hiroshima online sightseeing site “Hiroshima Navigator” (www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/en). It features information about sightseeing spots, information about accommodation, shopping, restaurants and more.

With six beautiful rivers flowing through it, Hiroshima is called the City of Water. The origins of the City date back to 1589 when Mori Terumoto, a feudal lord, built Hiroshima Castle (also referred to as Rijo, or Carp Castle) at the large delta of the Ota-gawa River. (The current castle was reconstructed after the original was destroyed by an atomic bomb during the war.)

Because the delta resembled a large island, the area was called “Hiroshima,” or ‘wide island’ in Japanese. The town was the seat of the Mori and Fukushima families, and later of the Asano, who laid the foundations of Hiroshima’s further development as the most lively castle town in western Japan.

Upcoming events in Hiroshima:

Hiroshima established the Hiroshima Art Prize in 1989. The purpose is to recognize the achievements of artists who have contributed to the peace of humanity in the field of contemporary art, and through contemporary art aim to appeal to a wider world and the spread the “Spirit of Hiroshima,” which seeks everlasting world peace. This prize is awarded once every three years. The winner of the eighth Hiroshima Art Prize is Yoko Ono. An award ceremony will be held in July. At the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, a special exhibition about Ono will start from July.

The Peace Memorial Ceremony is held on Aug. 6 every year. The ceremony starts at 8 a.m. Many visitors come to the peace memorial park to attend the ceremony in early morning. At night, a Lantern Floating ceremony will be held. Originally, lantern floating is an event to mourn for the departed souls. But in this Lantern Floating ceremony, participants float their lantern not only to mourn for the souls of the victims by A-bombing, but also to promise to make efforts toward the realization of world peace.

In late October, the Hiroshima Food Festival will be held in Hiroshima Castle and the Central Park featuring various foods from all over Hiroshima prefecture. Many stalls are opened at the site. From the end of October to the end of November, the fall foliage is at its finest in Hiroshima. Miyajima is famous for foliage sighting as is Hijiyama park and the Mitakidera temples and in the northern part of Hiroshima scenic areas such as Sandankyo Gorge and Taishakukyo Gorge.

See the Naka’s Travel Service Japan Tours page for information on package tours to Hiroshima and other parts of Japan. There is more information about Hiroshima on the Hiroshima Navigator page at http://www.hiroshima-navi.or.jp/en/ or from the Japan National Tourism Organization page at http://www.japantravelinfo.com.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Japan is Open for Business - Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga wants you to visit Japan!

Two months following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, officials are now spreading the word that the island nation is safe for visitors traveling on business and pleasure. “The health and safety risks to areas beyond the 50-mile evacuation zone, and particularly to Tokyo, Nagoya, Yokohama, nearby U.S. military facilities … and to prefectures which are outside a 50-mile radius of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are low and do not pose significant risks to U.S. citizens,” the most recent travel alert from the U.S. State Department says.

Lady Gaga has been supportive of the country since disaster struck: After participating in the “Songs for Japan” charity album and donating the proceeds of the sale of her “We Pray for Japan” wristband, she will visit the country in June to perform at the annual Video Music Awards. “I am writing about Japan, not only because we did the Japan bracelet and to highlight the way that pop culture can be used to provoke change, but to create awareness and not allow the media to perpetuate falseties about the conditions in Japan, so we can say everything’s OK, everyone’s rebuilding,” she says. “Go to Japan, it’s safe, continue to support the relief efforts but know that it’s only 0.1 percent of the country that was affected and that we’re doing more harm to Japan by staying away than by going. Enjoy their beautiful cities and landscapes. Always looking forward and not looking back, never operating from a place of fear.”

Read the full article at http://www.readmetro … phia/20110517/1/37/# or contact us to book your trip to Japan now - also see upcoming escorted and non-escorted tours to Japan from Honolulu on our Japan Tours page.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Travel Guard Launches World Unluckiest Traveler 2 Contest

travel-insurance-number1.gif Travel Guard North America is launching “World’s Unluckiest Traveler 2: The Rescue” contest on Memorial Day.

The public can share how one kind person saved their day while traveling. In the business of helping correct travel mishaps, Travel Guard knows first-hand how one good deed can turn a travel nightmare into a dream come true. So whether someone came to the rescue in an emergency, a flight attendant personally carried a passenger’s bag, or a traveler gave up their airline seat to a fellow passenger, Travel Guard wants to hear about these random acts of kindness.

The story that wins as voted by the public will be awarded a $10,000 “Hero’s Vacation.” Travel Guard is also encouraging the public to spread the love by sharing their favorite stories of travel good deeds via Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. For more information on the contest starting May 30th 2011 and a full set of rules and regulations, visit http://www.TravelGuard.com. See the Naka’s Travel Service travel insurance page for online quotes for information about ensuring your peace of mind with TravelGuard.