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Where in the World is the WIT Agent? — Japan

WIT Agent Pam just returned from her fantastic trip to Japan, and she’s come back with some gorgeous photos. Her whirlwind tour included Tokyo, Kamakura, Yokahama, Nikko, Kyoto and Nara. For her pics in our newly updated Gallery, just click here.

Thinking about Japan for your next family getaway? Let WIT plan your trip! We can design air, hotels, trains, day trips, and tours throughout the country. Call us at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com for more.

For escorted tours, we highly recommend Alexander & Roberts–click here to learn more about their small groups to Japan and beyond.

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Where in the World is the WIT Agent? — Nikko, Japan

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“Never say Kekkou (“I am satisfied”) until you’ve seen Nikko.” — Traditional Japanese Saying

Our agent Pam is currently in Japan exploring the amazing sights and sounds of the Land of the Rising Sun. We’ve taken a quick look at her stops along the way–Yokohama and Kamakura–and today we’re featuring Nikko. What’s there to see, you ask? A bit out of the way, you wonder? Well, let’s take a look:

Nikko is a small city approximately 140 km north of Tokyo in Japan’s Tochigi Prefecture. The name literally means “sunlight” in Japanese, and whether its the name or the natural beauty that surrounds the city, Nikko never fails to draw the attention of local and international tourists year-round.

Here you’ll find the austere mausoleum of Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the great Tokugawa shogunate. There are also many famous hot springs in the area, and nearby Nikko National Park is a popular spot for mountain-hiking and catching glimpses of beautiful waterfalls. Nikko is also home to the 8th-century Futarasan Shrine, the Cedar Avenue, Edo Wonderland Nikko Edomura, and Lake Chuzenii.

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The most popular attraction, however, is undoubtedly Toshogu Shrine, home of the Three Wise Monkeys who See no evil, Hear no evil, and Speak no evil. The shrine is adorned in gold and wood carvings, showcasing both Shinto and Buddhist elements. Traditionally, the two religions have not been severely segregated in Japan. Among the colorful decorations are the five story pagoda, the Sozonozo Elephants (carved by an artist who had never seen elephants), the Crying Dragon, and the Nemurineko or Sleeping Cat.

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Nikko is best reached by Tokyo’s Tobu-Asakusa Station on the Tobu Nikko line. It’s can be a busy day trip from Tokyo, but is best enjoyed in a few days. Plus you can spend the night at a traditional Japanese ryokan guesthouse and take a dip in their hot springs!

Call Wittravel to arrange your trip to Japan or to discover more about the Land of the Rising Sun, at 503-224-0180 or info@wittravel.com. 

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Where in the World is the WIT Agent? — Yokohama

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Last week, our agent Pam headed to Tokyo to check out the sights, smells and sounds of Japan. She spent the first few days exploring the capital, and is now venturing out to check out neighboring towns. First on her route outside of the capital? Yokohama.

Located south of Tokyo, this prominent port city on Tokyo Bay is just a half-hour, high-speed train ride away. With a population of over three million, Yokohama is Japan’s second largest city. For more than a century, its conveniently located harbor has attracted a diverse gathering of foreigners–a fact still evident in the sizable Chinatown and the historical Western homes in the Yamate district.

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Here you’ll find the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise, an amusement park that combines aquarium with thrill rides and a market. At the park there are over 500 species of aquatic creatures, some of which are featured in a “touch and learn lagoon.”

Other cool museums are the Sail Training Ship Museum, Cupnoodles Museum, and the Silk Museum. At the Nogeyama Zoo, you can catch glimpses of red pandas, peacocks and giraffes.

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Yokohama also has one of the largest Chinatowns in the world, with over 500 shops and restaurants sandwiched in 500 square meters.

Visitors can take a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life at the Sankei Garden, a classical Japanese garden that spans over 18,000 square meters. It’s a beautiful spot particularly in the spring, when plum and cherry blossoms bloom.

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And if you’re lucky enough to be there the season Pam’s there, you may be able to catch the Kanagawa Shimbun Fireworks Festival (August), an impressive summer event in the harbor.

Call Wittravel to arrange your trip to Japan or to discover more about the Land of the Rising Sun, at 503-224-0180 or email info@wittravel.com. 

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Ferrari designer creates super luxurious Japanese train

(From CNN) — What happens when you ask a super-car designer to create a super luxurious train?

Magic, judging by the images released by Japanese rail company JR East.

Yamagata-born Ken Okuyama, well known in automobile design circles, was brought in to style the company’s super slick new Cruise Train, due to start chugging down the tracks in spring 2017.

Holding a maximum of 34 passengers, the Cruise Train will have 10 carriages made up of five suites, one deluxe suite, two glass-walled observation cars, a dining car and lounge.

According to his company, Ken Okuyama Design, he wanted to create a train that would allow passengers “to appreciate the flow of the time and space,” while enjoying Japan’s landscapes and culture throughout the journey.

Some unique features:

  • An observation carriage at the front of the train, which allows passengers to see onto the tracks ahead. The other observation car is at the end of the train.
  • JR Rail says the train will be fitted with furniture that conveys the nobility of traditional Japanese culture.
  • The Lounge, for instance, is wrapped in graceful curves and features decor inspired by trees.
  • All suites will have a private bathroom with a shower and toilet, but the top sleeping space is the split level deluxe suite, which sleeps four.
  • On the bottom are two double beds, on the top a traditional Japanese dining area, with seats on the floor.
  • The train will be able to run on both electric and non-electric rails.

Read the Full Article Here.

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Takayama Grand Tour

Looking for an escorted tour that will introduce you to the beautiful and diverse country of Japan?

Look no further than the Takayama Grand Tour!

This tour is 11 nights and takes you on a fun-filled tour via bullet train, bus, ship and cable car from the islands of Shikoku and Kyushu to the hidden mountain villages of Honshu.

At $4098 per person (based on double occupancy)–That’s just 372 per night.

Visit Takayama during one of the most beautiful festivals of Japan, when the town erupts in traditional dance and music, costume performances, during the 9th and 10th of October.

The tour will also visit: Himeji Castle, Hiroshima Peace Park, Nagasaki, Naruto Whirlpools, Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, Gion Geisha District, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo and many more destinations.

Call us to book your tour now! We can arrange air as well. 503-224-0180 or info@wittravel.com for more information.

taka1 Fine print: Package prices are per person, based on double occupancy. Single supplement and triple discounts will cause per person prices to fluctuate. Prices are subject to change without prior notice. Cancellation penalties and other conditions or restrictions may apply.

Don’t have 11 Nights? Check out these other options: tala2

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