Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Explore Japan by Rail: JR Pass Rates October 4 2012

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 October 4th 2012 through October 10th 2012 - 1 USD =79.49 JPY

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

See http://www.nakastrav … for details and current pricing.


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).

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Save in 2013 with Cosmos Affordable Budget Tours

cosmos.jpg Cosmos is offering a series of tours that are based on the beauty of the American landscape. For 2013, Cosmos is again partnering with the National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, with its commitment to make a donation to the NPF for each client that visits a national park at no additional cost to travelers.

Cosmos has more than a dozen tours for $150 per day or less, including Highlights of the Canyonlands (eight days); Western Wonders (12 days); Enchanted Southwest (12 days); National Parks & Canyon Country (13 days); Pacific Coast Explorer (15 days); and Historic Trails & Blue Ridge Mountains (14 days).

Three brand-new itineraries are available for 2013: Circle the American West (15 days); Texas — the Lone Star State (13 days); and Footsteps of Martin Luther King Jr. (11 days), as well as “Special Departure” vacations centered around events that can be combined with select Cosmos tours, including a new program called Wild, Wild West (13 days, June 7, July 5 and Aug. 16 departures); another new one called Christmas in San Antonio (13 days, Nov. 24 departure); Little Bighorn Battlefield (14 days); Halloween in New Orleans (13 days); Civil War Anniversary (15 days); and Elvis’ 78th Birthday Celebration (eight days).

Cosmos tour packages offer travelers included sightseeing with expert guides and tour directors and a choice of optional excursions, some included meals plus the freedom to indulge in local fare on a whim, a dynamic blend of transportation as well as clean and comfortable pre-selected hotels.

Contact us or book Cosmos vacation packages online. See the Tour with Naka’s page to book other package tours around the world.

About Cosmos

From the East Coast to Eastern Europe and Little Italy to the Italian countryside, Cosmos helps travelers travel more often.

Cosmos designs tours for Travelers with a capital T: Those people who love to get out and get away … People who want to see and experience the world. Our goal – a pledge – to them is to make their favorite pastime an affordable reality.

We invite dreamers to become doers. Cosmos helps people travel internationally at domestic prices and domestically with international flare. We turn travel dreams into reality.

We understand that many travelers would prefer another day in Paris to a chocolate on their pillow. That’s why Cosmos creates vacation packages with hotels, transportation and sightseeing for about $100 day – less than a night out at home might cost – and much less than travelers could book on their own.

We offer our travelers more time to explore the world by ensuring they won’t have to spend valuable time figuring things out. We get them there (From Britain to Turkey; Atlantic Canada to Hawaii) and make it easy to become acclimated and immersed in foreign cities and local cultures for as low as $74 a day.

Not only do we give travelers the chance to vacation anywhere in the world more often, thanks to the value we offer, expert Tour Directors give our travelers interesting insight and stories that bring meaning to the locations they visit.

Cosmos empowers travelers to save money while building a bank of unforgettable memories.