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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Insight Vacations - Save up to $600 on Europe!

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  • Smaller Groups
  • More Legroom
  • Selected Hotels
  • Desirable Locations
  • Leisurely Paced Itineraries
  • More Included Sightseeing
  • Delicious Dining
  • More Personalized Service

Visit Italy this Fall and Winter, when the crowds are long gone and up to a 20% savings over our summer departures.

You can also enjoy a savings of up to $600 per couple ($300 per person) when you book an air inclusive 2011/12 Winter Europe departure!

This fantastic offer ends June 24th 2011. Contact Naka’s Travel Service to book now, or see our Tour With Naka’s page for this and other great tour packages.


Book Now – Offer ends June 24th


***Now extended through June 29th

Book a 2011/12 Winter Europe Insight tour and:

SAVE $ 600 per couple ( $ 300 per person) on air-inclusive packages

SAVE $ 400 per couple ($200 per person) on land-only packages

Terms and Conditions: Offers valid on new 2011/12 Insight Vacations Winter Europe bookings when full payment on the land package (and air if applicable) is made between April 20th, 2011 – June 24th, 2011. Save $600 per couple ($300 per person) offer is valid on air-inclusive packages only. Once payment is received, air tickets are non-changeable and non-refundable. Save $400 per couple ($200 per person) offer is valid on land-only packages. Travel must depart between November 1st, 2011– March 30th, 2012. Offers are applicable to groups – with availability and collection of travelers’ names at time of booking; full payment on entire group package is due by June 24th, 2011. Offers are combinable with brochure discounts (except Early Payment Discounts) and Show Discounts. Offers only valid on tours featured in 2011/12 Winter Europe & Eastern Mediterranean brochure. Offers are not valid on tours to Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Turkey, Greece, Morocco, Select Choices or any tour with a cruise inclusion. Offers are not combinable with each other. Offers can be booked online. Offers are subject to availability and can be withdrawn at any time. Other restrictions may apply. CST No. 20687545-20

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Disney Soundsational Summer, June 3 - Sept. 5

disney-soundsational.jpg The perfect symphony of experiences new and old comes to life as “Disney Soundsational Summer” comes to the Disneyland® Resort, June 3 –Sept. 5, 2011. There are more new stories to experience than ever before, giving you more to do and see than you might imagine.

At Disneyland Park, you will feel the Force in Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue, a completely re-imagined 3D attraction that will take you to new places in the Star Wars™ galaxy – and with more than 50 different story adventures, you can have a new experience each time you return!

Also new this year, “Mickey’s Soundsational Parade” will celebrate the songs of classic Disney movies from “The Three Caballeros” to “Mary Poppins” to “Tangled” in a procession starring the “leader of the club,” Mickey Mouse! And evenings will light up with the return of “Magical!” – the summertime fireworks spectacular, high in the sky over Disneyland Park.

Over at Disney California Adventure™ Park, you can be magically transported “under the sea” in The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure, where you can become part of Ariel’s world, singing along with Sebastian and Flounder – but you’ll need to keep an eye out for the evil Ursula and her henchmen, Flotsam and Jetsam.

Opening in July, Goofy’s Sky School will take you for a wild ride, as Goofy offers lessons in barnstorming on this classic “wild mouse” coaster, inspired by the “How To” cartoon series of the 1940s and 1950s. (Goofy’s Sky School will open in July.)

And after your memorable day of fun in the sun, you will definitely want to enjoy “World of Color,” the one-of-a-kind nighttime water spectacular that continues to wow audiences nightly on the waters of Paradise Bay.

When you check in at one of the three Hotels of the Disneyland® Resort from June 3 to Sept. 5, 2011, you will receive two Disney’s FASTPASS® tickets for each person in your party per stay.

Combined with valid theme park admission, it’s a great way to experience Disney Soundsational Summer, whether you go under the sea to experience the all-new “The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure” at Disney California Adventure™ Park, or find out where the Force will take you – in 3-D for the first time – onboard “Star Tours® – The Adventures Continue” at Disneyland Park.

See more information about Naka’s Travel Service’s Disney Packages.

See more about Summer at Disney.

Offer includes two (2) Disney’s FASTPASS® tickets for each registered guest (ages 3 and older) per Disneyland® Resort hotel reservation for arrivals from 6/3/11 through 9/5/11. Separate theme park admission is required. Each of these Disney’s FASTPASS® tickets will allow a guest one (1) entrance to the Disney’s FASTPASS® return line of any Disney’s FASTPASS® attraction at the Disneyland® Resort Theme Parks or one (1) entrance to a specially created, limited-time Disney’s FASTPASS® return line for The Little Mermaid~Ariel’s Undersea Adventure attraction. Tickets are valid 6/3/11 through 9/11/11. Disney’s FASTPASS® attractions and return lines may not operate daily and Disney’s FASTPASS® tickets are subject to attraction changes, closures and capacity. No cash value; no substitutions. Tickets may not be sold, copied or transferred for commercial purposes and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

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