Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ali’i Kai Catamaran - July 3 and 4, 2012 Fireworks Dinner Cruise

alii-kai.jpg Celebrate the red, white and blue as we light up the sky! The Ali’i Kai Catamaran will be adjusting its return sail time to accommodate viewing of the firework display on the evening of Tuesday, July 3, & Wednesday, July 4, 2012. The sail will be from 6:00pm to approximately 9:00 - 9:15pm.

What better way to take in the festivities than with a coastline view from the world’s largest
catamaran? Guests receive an additional hour at sea to view the fireworks in addition to our delicious
menu and famous Polynesian revue.

This is being offered at an exceptional rate of $104.00 for Adults and $61.00 for Children for July 4, 2012 only.

*Please note that the following combos will not be offered on July 3rd and July 4th due to an
extended sail time – Ali’i Kai Catamaran and the Return to Paradise combo , and Moonlight and Magic.

Contact us for for more information or to book your catamaran cruise today!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Inspired to Cruise

princess-curise-logo.gif Everybody has their own reasons to cruise, whether they’re celebrating a special time in their life, reconnecting with friends and family, or just taking a break from the everyday grind!

Check out these stories from Princess Cruise passengers who were inspired to cruise and maybe get a little inspiration of your own!

For information and booking cruises worldwide please contact us or see the Cruise with Naka’s page at:

http://www.nakastrav … eatured-cruises.html

Be sure to ask about upcoming 2013 Japan cruises on the Sun Princess, coming out for sale later this month!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Five Castles Designated as National Treasures in Japan

jts-logo.jpg 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.

http://www.himejijo- … uri.jp/en/index.html

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.

http://www.city.kyoto.jp/bunshi/nijojo

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.

http://welcome.city. … nts03+index.id+3.htm

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.

http://www.hikoneshi.com/en/

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.

http://ml.inuyama.gr.jp/en/

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Mele Mei 2012

Hawaii Destination Specialist Logo.  4 color jpg file. Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of the unique music of Hawaii. Started in May 2011, Mele Mei 2012 represents anchor Hawaiian music and hula events throughout the entire month of May. Events in Mele Mei are held throughout Waikiki and will take place at various hotels, venues and the beach. Beginning on May 1st, and every weekend leading up to the Festival, partner events are scheduled including Lei of Stars dinner concert (Hawaiian Music Hall of Fame); Hawaii Book and Music Festival; International Hula Conference (Waikiki Improvement Association); Ka Leo Kiekie Contest, Hula Palua Competition, and Legends of Steel luncheon concert (Maiki Aiu Foundation); Slack Key All Stars Concert (East Hawaii Cultural Center); cultural walking/music tours of Waikiki; and several Hawaiian concerts for Mother’s Day.

On April 27th a media brunch will kick off Mele Mei to welcome participants, government officials, music educators from around the state, media and special guests. The brunch will feature music and comments from keynote speakers and provide media information on the events occurring in the four weeks to follow.

Additionally, there will be two concert events that weekend to kick-off Mele Mei on Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28, 2012. Both concerts will feature Na Hoku Hanohano Award winning artists.

For more information and a complete listing of all special offers, visit the Mele Mei web site at http://melemei.com/index.html.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Okinawan Languages - Myakufutsu, the language of Miyako Island

jts-logo.jpg Do you know about the languages of Okinawa? Check out this article for some interesting information about the different languages of Okinawa, which are different both from Japanese and from each other. We’ll be going to Miyako Island this October to check out their unique kind of Okinawan on the Naka’s Travel Hawaii United Okinawa Association Study Tour and Okinawa Naha Matsuri Tour from October 4th - October 15th 2012

We’ll also be visiting Ikema Island, which has a unique dialect all its own, even though it is just across the bridge from Miyako Island!