Pacific Delight Tours Responds to Renewed Interest in Japan with 6-Night Package from $2299

Pacific Delight's six-day Touch of Japan program at $2,299* per person, based on double occupancy. The Sept. 14, 2012 departure is priced from $1,899 per person with the $800 per couple discount for bookings paid in full by July 31.

Luxury Asia specialist, Pacific Delight Tours (www.PacificDelightTours.com), has experienced a flurry of inquiries about Japan now that the country’s tourism is back on track. The tour operator offers a superbly arranged six-night Touch of Japan Escapade Experience highlighted by visits to Mount Fuji (pictured right) and Owakudani Boiling Valley in Tokyo as well as Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kyoto.

The tour is priced from $2,299 per person, based on double occupancy, however, clients can save an additional $800 per couple on the Sept. 14 departure when booked and paid in full by July 31.

“After experiencing a rough 2011, tourism to Japan is rebounding in a big way,” said Larry Kwan, president of Pacific Delight. “The country is 100% safe and is extremely welcoming to visitors interested in exploring one of the oldest cultures in the East and some of the most picturesque natural landscapes in the world.”

The tour begins at Tokyo Tower, where guests will enjoy a stunning panoramic vista of the city, followed by a visit to Meiji Shrine, a Shinto monument to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Next, the program moves to Tokyo’s Imperial Palace, located at the former site of Edo Castle, which was demolished after the Tokugawa shogun was overthrown in 1867. The Imperial Palace now serves as the royal residence of Japanese Emperor. Guests will pass the Akasaka Guest House as well as the meeting place of the Japanese House of Representatives and the House of Councilors on their way to the Ginza, Tokyo’s luxurious shopping district.

Visitors will drive through Japan’s picturesque Kanagawa Prefecture to Mount Fuji, stopping halfway up the mountain for remarkable views. They’ll view the volcanic terrain of Hakone from the vantage point of a double-wired gondola lift on their way to Owakudani Boiling Valley, referred to locally as the “Valley of Hell” due to the steam escaping from its rugged mountains. Their experience of Tokyo’s countryside culminates with a tranquil cruise along Lake Ashi, revered for its views of Mt. Fuji.

In Kyoto, guests will observe Nijo Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dating back to the Tokugawa Shogunate era in the 17th century, before continuing to Kinkakuji Temple, a Zen temple and garden complex dating back to the late 14th century. They will also visit Kyoto Imperial Palace, the former residence of Japan’s emperors until 1869, and the Kyoto Handicraft Center for traditional arts and crafts demonstrations such as doll making.

International airfare is not included, but can be purchased from Pacific Delight Tours at competitive rates from all major gateways. Arrival and departure transfers are included if international air is arranged through Pacific Delight Tours.

For more information or to book, consult your local travel agent, contact Pacific Delight Tours at 800-221-7179 or visit www.PacificDelightTours.com.

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