Make this holiday a great one or surprise a loved one. THREE differently priced tour packages and multiple options to plan it your way, this is the ultimate winter trip for any budget. Visit our website to sign up for our Japan Holiday Tour.
This week, we’re rolling out three new tours for 2012 and 2013. Next up: Japan Holiday 2012!
Tour: Japan Holiday 2012
When: December 10-18, 2012
Where: Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto, Tokyo, Yokohama
Price: Starts at $410 a month/$2,450 total, including the Kobe-Kyoto-Osaka portion.
Wait… really?: Yup. It’s also our most customizable tour ever.
So the flight, accommodations, AND the trip to West Japan is THAT CHEAP?: YES. Read on for pricing details!
Not a very inventive name, is it?: Actually, the name refers to 1) winter holidays and 2) the concept of “taking a holiday” abroad. But hey, if you don’t like the name… haters gonna hate.
About the Tour: Japan during the holiday season is truly a wonder to behold. Sure, it’s cold, but the entire population is out celebrating the end of the year with giant “bonenkai” (literally “forgetting the year” parties - and yes, alcohol is involved) and the festivals are spectacular. The streets of Kobe, Shinjuku, and Harajuku are lined with millions of colored lights, hot springs and theme parks welcome visitors with special holiday displays, and vendors in Asakusa clap and celebrate every sale at their yearly Hagoita-Ichi. Our tour will be visiting all of these festivals and destinations, along with other locations in Kyoto, Osaka, Tokyo. This is, without a doubt, a fantastic time to experience Japan…
…so why does no one ever visit during this time?
I’ll level with you guys: there has never been a successful pop culture tour to Japan in December. Ever. Many companies in the business have tried to run holiday tours, and to our knowledge, they’ve all failed. This is the time of year that the Japanese Tourism Industry holds meetings, and there’s a reason: people aren’t traveling. There are a million reasons why this is the case - preparing for family trips over the Christmas Holiday, end-of-semester finals and projects for students, and most people have spent all their cash on presents. Considering all that, why are we trying to even launch this tour? Are we crazy? Have we consumed too many glowing neon poptarts and now believe that we can fly like Nyan Cat?
Here’s why: We’ve lived in Japan at this time of year. We’ve been to all the events and locations on this tour. We had the time of our lives, and we are so certain that you will as well that we couldn’t forgive ourselves if we didn’t try to organize a tour. So what makes this trip so awesome? Let’s start with the price - after the jump.