Japan Travel Guide: Tour or Vacation in Japan on your Holiday

August 14, 2008 by  
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An archipelago in the Pacific, Japan is separated from the east coast of Asia by the Sea of Japan. It is approximately the size of Montana. Japan’s four main islands are Honshu, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Shikoku. The Ryukyu chain to the southwest was U.S.-occupied from 1945 to 1972, when it reverted to Japanese control, and the Kurils to the northeast are Russian-occupied.

With many hot springs in this country, they have given rise to some stunning resorts.

Tokyo, Japan’s city is a modern city of which is full of wonderful diversity. There are many sacred shrines and temples that hold there own amongst the imposing might of the skyscrapers.

The Tokyo Disney Resort in Chiba, is a holiday and recreation resort which has become the most popular and most visited theme park in the world since it was opened in 1983.

Mount Fuji is stunningly impressive and standing at a stunning 12,388 ft., has earned it the title of the tallest mountain in Japan. The Japanese revere this majestic mountain and use it as a symbol to the very spirit of their country. The best viewing place for Mount Fuji is Hakone and although it is almost always shrouded in clouds on a clear day the peak becomes visible.

The adventurous among you will be pleased to know that there are 6 ascents to the peak of the mountain of varying difficulties. Depending on the weather you can climb in the months of April to October although the “”official”" climbing season is from mid-July to the end of August.

Lake Ashi can be found in the volcanically active Izu National Park in Japan. The lake is breathtaking and was apparently formed in the caldera of Mt. Hakone 3000 years ago after the volcano’s last eruption. This is a popular tourist attraction which is well known for its hot springs and stunning views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day.

You will have the opportunity to take cruise boats resembling pirate ships along the lake where some small towns are located on the shore.

Nikko is a small city at the entrance to Nikko National Park. Here you can experience the famous Toshogu shrine which is Japan’s most elaborately decorated shrine.

Nikko National Park offers one of the most scenic landscapes, boasting mountains, stunning lakes, impressive waterfalls, hot springs. You can get close to the wild monkeys on one of the many walking trails.

Hiroshima is the largest city in the Chugoku region on the largest of Japan’s islands and was rebuilt after World War II.

You cannot mention Hiroshima without it conjuring up the reminder that it was the first place in history to be subjected to an atomic bomb by the United States of America.

Thankfully in modern times, new buildings have grown all over the city. Now proclaimed as a City of Peace by the Japanese parliament, Hiroshima has become the seemingly appropriate place for holding international conferences on peace.

Hawaii Honeymoon

June 17, 2008 by  
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Your Hawaiian honeymoon is about to begin. Holding your beloved’s hand, you sit back and close your eyes as the airplane lifts into the sky. In a few hours your honeymoon begins–for real–in Hawaii.

With its warm weather and the beauty of its tropical scenery and pristine beaches, Hawaii is the most popular honeymoon destination in the United States. The four main islands are Oahu, the Big Island (Hawaii), Kauai and Maui.

For those who desire a more active time together in Hawaii, you can swim, snorkel, surf, sail or scuba dive. You can golf at some of the world’s top golf courses. There are many tourist activities to be seen, including Polynesian cultural events, dinner cruises, helicopter sightseeing tours and submarine rides. You can also sea kayak and mountain bike and hike through lush vegetation or volcanic hillsides.

The diversity of Hawaii is so great, that you could spend weeks on these islands and still not see all of its wonders. Knowing that your time will be limited, I have included a brief summary of each island along with two of the most highly rated honeymoon hotels or resorts on each island.

Oahu Honolulu’s Waikiki beach is perhaps the best-known beach in the U.S. Honolulu has many excellent restaurants, cultural and historic sites, fine hotels, nature trails and beaches. This is an exciting place if you want to be active during your stay.

Many people who visit Hawaii for the first time choose to arrive via Honolulu. By Hawaiian standards, Honolulu has reasonably priced accomodations and many opportunities for inexpensive flights or all-inclusive packages. Also, on Oahu’s North Shore, some of the best surfing in the world can be found.

Two of the best honeymoon hotels on Oahu are in Honolulu.

The Halekulani, is a modern, airy hotel–a refuge, really. It has been operating since 1917, and is the only hotel in the state that has received a five-star rating from AAA. Outstanding service and excellent dining are the hallmark of the Halekulani.

The Hyatt Regency Waikiki across from Waikiki beach has excellent views of the beach, the surfers riding the waves, along with views of Diamond Head. You will be in the center of the action.

Big Island (Hawaii)

The Big Island has the most diverse ecology of all the islands. In the Waipio Valley, you can ride horseback, viewing huge waterfalls, thousand foot cliffs and black sand beaches. At Volcanoes National Park you can see the world’s most active volcano, Kilauea.

The Kona coast (west side) is a seventy mile stretch of black lava-covered coastline, noted for its coffee and world-class deep sea fishing.

The summit of Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in Hawaii, offers stargazing opportunities unlike any other place in the world.

The Kona Village Resort on the island’s west side is a nearly perfect honeymoon destination. Located on the beachfront, this hotel offers thatched-roof bungalows. You can swim, snorkel, explore marine life, attend a traditional luau or get a massage, all within this resort. Travel and Leisure Magazine has rated this as one of the world’s top 50 romantic getaways.

Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows in Kohala offers many unique features. Palm trees and flowing pools greet you as you enter the atrium around which the hotel is centered.

Oceanfront rooms have dazzling views. With its accomodating staff and many services, this resort is exquisite. It features two of the island’s best golf courses. The South course, built on a lava flow, has spectacular views.

Maui has both world-class resorts and rental condominiums to choose from amidst natural wonders.

Here you will find Haleakala National Park, Maui’s main natural attraction. Hawaiians recognize the mountain as a sacred site. Many people drive from sea level to the 10,000 foot summit of the crater to watch the sunrise.

Along with the natural beauty on the road to Hana, Maui boasts some of the best beaches on the islands. It also has several top-rated (PGA Tour) golf courses. Snorkeling and scuba adventures abound on the west and south shores of the island.

If your vision of the perfect Hawaii honeymoon is to get away from it all and still have many comforts and conveniences, Maui is the place for you.

Hotel Hana-Maui, on the east coast of the island, is noted for its seclusion and luxury service, so if you want to slow-down and relax, this hotel is sure to please you.

Hotel Hana-Maui is a long drive from Kahului airport over twisting roads. If you wish to forego this adventure, flying into Hana airport from Honolulu is your best bet.

The Four Seasons Maui at Wailea is an exquisite property with an open courtyard of reflecting ponds, fountains and gardens. Nearly all the rooms have ocean views and lanais where you can watch the sunset and see whales in winter.

You can have a massage in the privacy of your own cabana, listening to the waves rolling in on Wailea Beach. Also, surrounding the hotel are great restaurants and shopping, in addition to the beach.


Kauai, the Garden Isle, is covered with flowers and tropical vegitation unlike anywhere else.

There is no nightlife on this island, simply the magic and beauty of tropical paradise with emerald valleys and golden beaches.

The natural beauty of the island can be found along the NaPali coast or in Waimea Canyon. Called the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Waimea Canyon, with its reddish lava beds bursts with ever-changing color throughout the year.

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Priceville Hotel on the North Shore’s NaPali coast is richly furnished in a casually elegant style. It sits on a cliff between the crystal-blue waters of Hanalei Bay and the volcanic mountains. Most rooms have ocean views. With access to Puu Poa Beach, spas, tennis, river and ocean kayaking, you can do as much or as little as you like. Private dinners on the beach are available if you desire a romantic evening together, and money is not a concern.

The Hyatt Regency Kauai Resort and Spa is on the South Shore. The grounds are exotic, and the multiple pools are incredible, meandering through diverse vegetation and terrain. With a golf course, multiple spas and five restaurants, you will never have to leave this resort if you don’t want to. Of course this all comes with a high price tag, but if you are looking for luxury on your Hawaiian honeymoon, this is the place.

I hope your honeymoon in Hawaii is all that you want it to be. Remember: “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.” -George Sands

Hawaii Luxury Beach Villas: Your Booking Options

May 27, 2008 by  
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Are you planning a Hawaii honeymoon or a romantic getaway? If so, you will want to examine Hawaii luxury beach villas. Beach villas are defined as large, country-like homes that are situated along the beach, often a Hawaii coast. They are the perfect way to bring romance to your Hawaiian honeymoon or romantic getaway.

If you would like to book a stay at a Hawaii luxury beach villa, you will need to make your reservations. When it comes to making these reservations, you will find that you have a number of different options. Your options include online travel websites, direct reservations, and travel agents. If you are like many other vacationers, you may be wondering what the best method of booking is. The easiest way to determine how you should go about booking your next Hawaii luxury beach villa stay is by examining the advantages and disadvantages of each method. This is often the best way to make the decision that best fits your needs.

One of the most popular ways that vacation reservations are made, including Hawaii luxury beach villa reservations, is online, though online travel websites. Online, you can find a number of online travel websites that will allow you to book a stay at a Hawaii luxury beach villa. Of course, you can choose any travel website that you want, but you may want to think about using a Hawaii travel website. Hawaii travel websites are websites that have a focus solely on Hawaii trips. Often times, you will find that these customized websites offer you the best deals, as well as the largest selection of overnight accommodations, including beach villas.

In addition to using an online travel website, namely a Hawaii travel website, you can also use the internet to book your Hawaii vacation reservations directly. As nice as it is to book your reservations directly, you may find that doing so is fairly time consuming. When booking your Hawaii luxury beach villa reservations directly, you will need to find the contact information of beach villa owners. These can easily be done with a standard internet search, but the hard part comes if you want to find the best deal. Unlike online travel websites, which often allow you to easily compare vacation reservation offers; you will need to do your own comparisons. While it is possible to do, it can take a fairly large amount of time to do your own research.

You can also book a stay at a Hawaii luxury beach villa by using the assistance of a travel agent. Travel agents are nice because their jobs are to help you plan your vacation, as well as make your reservations. The only downside to using the assistance of a travel agent is that you must still be in contact with your agent, to notify them of your wants and your needs. There are some individuals who feel that, because of this, their time is better spent making their own reservations. Despite the slight decline in the use of travel agents, you may still want to use one. If so, you can easily obtain the assistance of an online travel agent, often by performing a standard internet search, or a local travel agent, but using your local phone book.

Although it is important to focus on how you will make your Hawaii luxury beach villa vacation reservations, you may also want to focus on the rental that you want. For instance, do you need a certain number of bedrooms? Do you want to vacation on Hawaii’s Big Island, Molokai, Lanai, Kauai, Oahu, or Maui? How much are you willing to pay for a Hawaii luxury beach villa? Once you have answered these questions, you will find it easier to book your Hawaii vacation reservations.