Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Collette Vacations - Best Tour Operator 2011

collette-vacations.gif Collette Vacations was voted Best Tour Operator, USA/Canada by the readers of TravelAge West in the 2011 WAVE Awards.

Collette celebrates 91 years of experience in the escorted travel industry and offers more than 125 quality tours to premier destinations on all 7 continents . Its vacation packages are crafted to provide travelers with enriching cultural experiences and classic sightseeing, many included meals, and centrally-located accommodations that reflect the flavor of the destination. Professional tour managers accompany passengers throughout the entire tour so enjoying your trip is easy.

Collette offers a different kind of traveling experience that’s both experience-rich and value-packed. Leave the hassle of getting to the airport behind. Collette’s new complimentary roundtrip home to airport sedan service is your free ride from home to the airport when you purchase air travel with your tour.

Also, you can rest assured when you purchase the best travel protection in the industry. Collette promises you a full cash refund if you cancel right up until the day prior to departure for any reason, minus the small cost of the insurance.

See the Tour with Naka’s Page for information about Collette Vacations tour packages.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Summer Eisa in Okinawa Japan

jts-logo.jpg “Eisa” is an Okinawan ceremonial dance using drums, originally performed to welcome and console the souls of one’s ancestors during the Summer “Bon” season. The steady beat of various drums, colorful and exotic costumes, sweetness of the women’s dance, and dynamic moves by young men, are all the essence of exciting Eisa.

Some videos of Eisa performances can be seen at http://editor.wn.com … arade_Okinawa_Japan/ or on the Naka’s Travel Service YouTube Channel.

Naka’s Travel Service escorts tours to Okinawa from Honolulu every year, see the Okinawa tours page for information on current and future escorted tours.

August 7, 2011: 10,000 Eisar Dance Festa 2011

Dynamic and colorful Eisar dance is what Okinawa’s summer is all about. Out of many Eisar festivals, this is one of the must-see! In this event, the popular Naha shopping street goes completely Eisar for a whole week, concluding with the final parade by 10,000 Eisar dancers. Enjoy watching various Eisar styles, both traditional and new, from youth to elderly dance on-stage and throughout the street.

For more information see http://www.kokusaidori.org/

August 18-21, 2011: The 56th All-Okinawa Eisa Festival

Okinawa City, the home of many famous Eisa teams, has hosted the festival since 1956. There is no such opportunity as this festival where you can see Eisa teams from all over the island together on one field.

For more information see http://www.koza.ne.jp/

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Royal Caribbean Cruiselines Returns to Japan

royal-caribbean.jpg Royal Caribbean International said that because of what it calls the “stabilization of the situation” in Japan and the recent lifting of travel advisories on that country by Singapore and China, it plans to deploy its cruise ship Legend of the Seas back to Japanese ports of call starting with Okinawa on Aug. 1, following the ship’s Hong Kong summer season.

Legend of the Seas will operate 11 sailings, including a number of charters to various Japanese ports of call such as Okinawa, Fukuoka, Kagoshima, Beppu, Nagasaki and Hokkaido, out from Hong Kong, Tianjin and Shanghai, from late July to early October. Royal Caribbean said these sailings are mostly based on the ship’s itineraries originally planned for this year, which do not call at the areas affected by the tsunami and nuclear crisis.

“Judging from the current situation in Japan, we are well-assured of the safety of traveling to Japan,” said Kelvin Tan, regional director, Asia Pacific for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “Japan has always been an attractive tourist destination and its show of great resilience in the face of the recent crisis has given travelers the confidence to visit the country again. Travelers also understand that visiting these cities on a cruise ship is a safe and hassle-free option.”

Besides the North Asian cruises to Japan and Korea, Legend of the Seas is also offering cruises to Taiwan, Vietnam and Sanya from Hong Kong from June to July and from October to November.

See the “Cruise with Naka’s” page to book Royal Caribbean cruises online or for information about other cruises around the world.

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