Thursday, March 29, 2012
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The experienced and attentive General Tours Trip Leaders hail from these exotic lands and their keen insights will enrich your clients’ exploration of these far-off places. Every day in their engaging company is filled with extensive sightseeing and unique cultural experiences not possible in a larger group. And come evening, we’ll indulge you with our outstanding hotels and resorts, from contemporary 5-star landmarks to historic properties that evoke the elegance and romance of Old Asia.
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Vietnam Sampler - 8 days from $2,199 Now $1,899
Featuring outstanding hotels and resorts and an overnight Ha Long Bay cruise, this remarkably affordable trip blends extensive sightseeing with innovative cultural experiences like a private gallery reception hosted by a local artist in Hanoi’s charming Old Quarter.
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We uniquely combine must-see highlights like Bangkok, Ayutthaya and Chiang Mai with forays deep into the Golden Triangle and Kanchanaburi Province. Your clients will visit numerous hill tribe villages and experience facets of Asia which few visitors glimpse.
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Our unique excursions into the heart of the Mekong Delta and northern countryside are complemented by an elegant overnight cruise through Ha Long Bay and extensive sightseeing in Saigon, Hoi An, Hue and Hanoi. The trip ends on a high note with 2 full days of unhurried, expertly guided exploration at Angkor.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Carnival Corporation announced the largest deployment ever by a global cruise line in Japan when it brings Sun Princess to the country for a spring to summer season of cruising in April 2013.
Princess Cruises in Japan will feature a 87-day program of nine cruises on seven different itineraries operating April through July of 2013 from both Yokohama and Kobe. The cruises will be from nine to 12 days in length.
The itineraries, which have been customized for the Japanese vacation market, will launch with the most significant national holiday of Golden Week, a nine-day cruise on April 27, 2013, which includes two days in Hakata during the renowned Dontaku Festival.
Highlights of other itineraries will include overnight stays at cities with popular annual festivals, destinations known for their natural hot springs, northern ports of Japan and foreign ports in Korea and Taiwan, among others. Pricing for cruises will start at 124,000 yen per person, double occupancy for a nine-day sailing.
This new season of cruises will open for sale on April 16, 2012 and the sailings, along with all other cruises sold in the Japan market for Princess’ worldwide destinations, will be sold in Japanese Yen.
Las Vegas Review’s Best Singer of 2008!
In response to rave reviews, Lani Misalucha’s special engagement at the Magic of Polynesia Showroom has been extended and is now a glittering fixture in Waikiki’s entertainment scene.
The Lani Misalucha Show is a fast-paced and inviting selection of her signature songs mixing both glitz and glamour in a unique and colorful Las Vegas style one-woman concert. Her five-octave range is showcased in her global anthology of hit tunes from Andrea Bocelli to Whitney Houston. Her natural comedic gift for dead on impersonations of Tina Turner and Celine Dion bring a wave of humor mixed with pop culture. Top quality lights and sound illuminate her ability to sing everything from arias to Broadway to rock and roll standards.
Misalucha’s career began at the age of 17. In 2004, Lani became the first Asian female performer to headline Las Vegas. She has been called “Siren of the Strip” by Show Biz Magazine on their cover and “The New Diva of Las Vegas” by What’s On Magazine. Her ability to sing/perform in all of these different styles has made her one of the most popular vocalists in Asia (dubbed as Asia’s Nightingale by MTV Asia). In March 2008, Misalucha was voted “Best Singer” in the “27th Annual Best of Las Vegas” by the Las Vegas Review Journal. This puts her in the same sentence as super-diva Celine Dion, the readers pick for “Best Singer.”
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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
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It is said that there were almost 25,000 castles one time in Japan, big or small. Today only 12 remain with the original Main Tower (Tenshu). Four of them and Nijo Castle in Kyoto are designated as National Treasures, regardless that Nijo Castle lost its Main Tower by a lightning strike in 1750.
1. Himeji Castle, Himeji City
Known as the White Heron Castle, Himeji Castle has attracted tourists and photographers from all over the world. Himeji Castle is also designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. As informed via the JTS Bulletin News October 2010, the 5-year major restoration of the Main Tower started in 2010, and now the Main Tower is completely covered with the roofed scaffolding. An observation facility, Egret’s Eye View, is built inside to let the visitors see the restoration process. Please advise your clients to make reservations online to secure the admission to the Egret’s Eye View as they limit the admission occasionally.
Castle Visitor’s Hours: 9:00 am-4:00 pm (Castle area closed at 5 pm),
until 5:00 pm from April 27 to Aug. 31.
Closed: Dec. 29 & 30
Admission to Castle: 400 yen ($4.80)
Admission to the Egret’s Eye View is additional: 200 yen ($2.40)
Access: 5 min. by bus or 15 min. walk from JR Himeji Station.
2. Nijo Castle, Kyoto City
Nijo Castle is also designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. Originally this castle was built as an official residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun Ieyasu in 1603. The Ninomaru Palace, a National Treasure, is well preserved with elaborate architectural design and gorgeous interior decorations. There are three beautifully landscaped Japanese gardens in the property.
Hours: 8:45 am-4:00 pm (The gate closed at 5 pm)
Closed: Dec 26-Jan 4; every Tuesday in Dec, Jan, July and Aug
Admission: 600 yen ($7.20)
Access: About 15 min. by bus from JR Kyoto Station to Nijo-jo-mae Bus Stop, or by subway with one transfer.
3. Matsumoto Castle, Matsumoto City, Nagano Prefecture
Constructed in the 16th century, Matsumoto Castle is one of the oldest surviving Japan’s castles. The six-story Matsumoto Castle against a backdrop of Japan Alps is amazingly beautiful. Seasonal events in the precinct are scheduled, such as the Castle lightning-up during cherry blossom season, Takigi-Noh (Bonfire Noh performance) and Japanese drum (taiko) performance.
Hours: 8: 30 am-5:00 pm (enter by 4:30 pm), until 6 pm during Golden Week (April 28-May 6, 2012) & summer season (Aug 4-19, 2012)
Closed: Dec 29-Jan 3
Admission: 600 yen ($7.20)
Access: 15 mn.walk from JR Matsumoto Station. Or 10 min. by bus.
4. Hikone Castle, Hikone City, Shiga Prefecture
The construction of the castle began in 1603 and it took almost 20 years to build the whole castle. The 3-story Main Tower, a National Treasure, was built around 1606 and the top floor provides breathtaking view of Lake Biwa, Japan’s largest lake.
Hours: 8:30 am-5:00 pm, year-round
Admission: 600 yen ($7.20), including the admission for Genkyuen Garden
Access: 10 min. walk from JR Hikone Station. Hikone Station is 5 min. from Maibara Station by JR rapid train. Maibara is 30 min. from Nagoya Station, or 40 min. from Shin-Osaka Station by Shinkansen, Bullet Train.
5. Inuyama Castle, Inuyama City, Aichi Prefecture
Inuyama Castle was constructed in 1537 and the Main Tower is considered Japan’s oldest. The castle stands on the steep cliffs overlooking Kiso River. The external corridor on the top floor provides superb view of Kiso River, and mountain ranges over the city.
Hours: 9:00 am-5:00 pm (enter by 4:30 pm)
Closed: Dec 29-31
Admission: 500 yen ($6.00)
Access: 20 min. walk from Inuyama Station. Inuyama Station is 25 min. from Meitetsu Nagoya Station by limited express train on Meitetsu Railways.