Thursday, August 4, 2011

Tsukiji Fish Market Reopens Tuna Auction Observation Area

jts-logo.jpg After the temporary closure of the public viewing as response to the 3.11 earthquake, the Tsukiji Fish Market reopened its tuna auction public viewing area to visitors on July 26, 2011.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market (東京都中央卸売市場 Tōkyō-to Chūō Oroshiuri Shijō), commonly known as the Tsukiji Market (築地市場 Tsukiji shijō), is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world and also one of the largest wholesale food markets of any kind. The market is located in Tsukiji in central Tokyo, and is a major attraction for foreign visitors.

Some changes were also made to the procedures for visiting the area.

(1) Number of visitors : up to 120 people per day on a first come, first served basis
(2) Tour registration
- Location: Fish Information Center 1F (next to the Kachidoki Gate entrance)
- Registration starts from 5 am
(3) Tour hours: Visitors will be divided into two groups and 60 visitors are taken to the tour each time.
- First tour 5:25-5:50 am
- Second tour 5:50-6:15 am

Visitors can also enter the Uogashi-Yokocho (Fish Market Alley) area with various small grocery shops and sushi restaurants. The business hour for each store varies, but many shops are open around 6 am to 2 pm.

Note: Please visit those market areas after 9 am to avoid commercial rush hours.

For further information, please visit Tokyo Tourism Info or Tsukiji Jogai Shijo (Outer Market).

Win an Oahu vacation to attend the 2011 Aloha Festivals

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Win an Oahu vacation to attend the 2011
Aloha Festivals from HAWAII Magazine!

HAWAII Magazine is giving away a free Hawaiian Airlines round-trip for two to Oahu and a five-day, four-night stay at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa to attend the 2011 Aloha Festivals in September!

The Aloha Festivals, now in its 65th year, is one of Hawaii’s longest-running cultural celebrations. Among the highlights: the 59th annual Waikiki Hoolaulea street party, spanning more than 12 blocks of Kalakaua Avenue, Waikiki’s main drag; and the Downtown Honolulu Aloha Street Festival. And you could be on Oahu to attend both, and much more, from Sept. 15-19!

Click here for all the details on entering, but make sure you enter soon! The 2011 Aloha Fest Oahu flyaway contest ends Aug. 19, 2011.

For more information about the 2011 Aloha Festivals, click here.

Official Rules

1. All contest entries must be received by midnight (Hawaii time), Fri., Aug. 19, 2011.

2. Winner and guest from the U.S. Mainland must be able to depart for Honolulu, Oahu, from one of the 10 U.S. Mainland gateway cities served by Hawaiian Airlines on Thurs., Sept. 15, 2011, with the return flight departing Honolulu, Oahu, on Mon., Sept. 19, 2011. Winning tickets are non-transferable. If the winner of the contest is a Hawaii resident not residing on the island of Oahu, he or she and guest will depart for Honolulu, Oahu, on the dates above from the nearest Hawaii airport served by Hawaiian Airlines. Winning airline tickets, hotel accommodations and other prizes are non-transferable. If the winner of the contest is a resident of Oahu, Hawaiian Airlines airfare will not be awarded as part of the prize.

3. Winner and guest must travel on the same Hawaiian Airlines departure and return flights and will be responsible for their own ground transportation.

4. Winner and guest will be responsible for any Hawaiian Airlines baggage fees or onboard fees incurred.

5. Winner and guest will be responsible for all incidental charges (parking, Internet, food, beverages, etc.) incurred while staying at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa.

6. Employees of aio and its companies, Aloha Festivals, Hawaiian Airlines and Marriott Resorts Hawaii, and their immediate families, are prohibited from entering the contest.

7. We’ll select one winner, at random, from all entries received by midnight (Hawaii time), Fri., Aug. 19, 2011, and notify the winner via e-mail on Mon., Aug. 22, 2011. The winner will be given 24 hours from the time prize winning notification is sent to reply via email before the prize is awarded to another winner.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Essential Experience Number 41 - In Step with the Dutch Life

princess-curise-logo.gif “In Step with the Dutch Life”

SANTA CLARITA, (August 2, 2011) – Princess Cruises today revealed Amsterdam, Netherlands as “Essential Experience #41” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List,” leaving only nine more experiences yet to be revealed. This week District Sales Manager Megan O’Toole explores her family heritage while visiting Dutch relatives.

She writes: “I realized a lot of people in the Netherlands looked like me, which had never happened on my travels before. … I discovered a commonality, a deep-rooted sense of familiarity and sameness with the Dutch. It took me a long time to discover my heritage, but I found it in the Netherlands.” read more

These and other stories can be found online at www.50EssentialExperiences.com, where a new experience is unveiled weekly. Each is authored by a Princess destination expert – a long-serving and well-traveled shipboard or shoreside employee.

Contact us to book a Princess Cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page to book cruises around the world.

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 17 modern vessels.

Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Essential Experience Number 40 - Falling in Love with India

princess-curise-logo.gif “Falling in Love with India”

Princess Cruises reveals New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India as “Essential Experience Number 40” on its blog, “50 Essential Experiences: The Travel Bucket List.” This week Stacy Souza, Director of Customer Relations, writes about her trip to New Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, India.

She writes: “When I first joined Princess Cruises many years ago, I never imagined I would have the opportunity to visit some of the world’s most exciting destinations as part of my job. I joined the company as an agent in the Air Department and over time worked my way into a management position. It was during a time when I held responsibility for our pre- and post-cruise hotel programs that I really expanded my horizons.” read more

These and other stories can be found online at www.50EssentialExperiences.com, where a new experience is unveiled weekly. Each is authored by a Princess destination expert – a long-serving and well-traveled shipboard or shoreside employee.

Contact us to book a Princess Cruise or see the Cruise with Naka’s page to book cruises around the world.

One of the best-known names in cruising, Princess Cruises first set sail in 1965 with a single ship cruising to Mexico. Today, the line has grown to become the third largest cruise line in the world, renowned for innovative ships, an array of onboard options, and an environment of exceptional customer service. A recognized leader in worldwide cruising, Princess offers approximately 1.3 million passengers each year the opportunity to escape to the top destinations around the globe, aboard a fleet of 17 modern vessels.

Princess Cruises was catapulted to stardom in 1977 when one of its ships, Pacific Princess, was cast in a starring role on a new television show called “The Love Boat.” The weekly series, which introduced millions of viewers to the concept of a sea-going vacation, was an instant hit and both the company name and its “seawitch” logo have remained synonymous with cruising ever since. The show, which can still seen around the world, has been widely credited with fueling the dramatic expansion of the industry.

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates July 28 2011

The Japan Rail Pass, which is issued by the JR (Japan Railway) Group, offers travelers excellent value for money and convenience. The Rail Pass enables the almost unlimited use of JR trains and its affiliated bus and ferry services within various areas of Japan. The Japan Rail Pass can also be used for the Tokyo monorail to Haneda Airport and the Narita Express to Narita Airport.

The Japan Rail Pass is available only to people from abroad who wish to travel to Japan as “temporary visitors” for sightseeing. The pass must be purchased before entering Japan.

Japan Rail Pass exchange rate for July 28th 2011 through August 3rd 2011 - 1 USD =80.17 JPY

JR Pass prices are updated for the current exchange rate every Thursday.

See http://www.nakastrav … l.com/rail-pass.html for details and current pricing.

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Japan’s four major islands, Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu and Shikoku are covered by an extensive and reliable network of railways. About 70 percent of Japan’s railway network is owned and operated by the Japan Railways (JR), while the remaining 30 percent belongs to dozens of other private railway companies, especially in and around metropolitan areas.

The Japan Railways Group, more commonly known as JR Group (JRグループ), is made up of six regional passenger railway companies, which are JR Hokkaido, JR East, JR Central, JR West, JR Shikoku, and JR Kyushu, and one nationwide freight railway company, JR Freight. Together they operate a nationwide network of urban, regional and inter-regional train lines, night trains and shinkansen (bullet trains).