Pop Japan Travel now accepting reservations

August 27, 2007


Pop Japan Travel, the original and premiere anime and manga tour operator, is now accepting reservations for three dynamite tours of Japan in the first half of 2008! The Cold Steel Tour departs first, in January. Then in April the Fujoshi Paradise Tour serves the growing legions of American yaoi and boys' love fans, and the Tokyo Darkside Tour entices fans of the fascinating world of gothic- lolita fashion. Reservations can be made at www.popjapantravel.com. Sign up for the Cold Steel Tour on or before Oct. 15 and you'll be entered to win one of four Transformers MP3 players!

Departing Monday, January 28 and returning Wednesday, February 6, our first tour of 2008 is liable to knock your tabi off, with four full days in the modern megalopolis of Tokyo, a full-day tour of the samurai capital of Kamakura, and two days in Sapporo, Hokkaido for the opening of the Sapporo Snow Festival, the world's most famous ice and snow sculpture carnival.

You'll have the chance to see a real anime studio, eat the freshest sushi you've ever tasted, visit a cosplay cafe in the otaku mecca of Akihabara, and much, much more! Cross-dressing hip-hop dancers, bean exorcisms, plastic food, giant buddhas, swords galore: We've pulled out all the stops to make the first trip on the new Pop Japan Travel one to remember!

For $2,500 (plus a $200 fuel surcharge) the Cold Steel Tour includes roundtrip airfare from Los Angeles to Tokyo, hotel accomodations for eight nights in Japan, tours of Tokyo and Kamakura, and roundtrip airfare to and tours of Sapporo, Hokkaido. Our tour base: the Tokyo Hilton tower in the heart of Shinjuku - our most luxurious hotel ever. All the spacious rooms look out on the electric wonderland of downtown and feature high-speed wireless Internet access. Japanese baths, jacuzzis, sauna, massage and a full health club ensure you'll be relaxed and ready to explore the anime city!

Leaving April 11 and returning April 18, the Fujoshi Paradise Yaoi Tour, named for the "dirty girl" moniker that Japanese yaoi fans apply to themselves, is quite simply heaven on Earth for the bishonen fan (ages 18 and up only). Shop in the yaoi paradise of Otome Road, with multi-story doujinshi stores soaring to the sky, then sit down at not one but two yaoi cafes. But that's not all! You'll also have some private time with one of Digital Manga Publishing's famous yaoi artists, and a late-night bishonen dance show guaranteed to make you go ga-ga -- some of them may be playing women, but all the dancers are men!

Also traveling from April 11-18: the Tokyo Darkside Tour, America's first gothic-lolita themed tour of Japan. Tired of high mark-ups for your goth-loli goods -- if you can even find them at all? Then shop for yourself! Pop Japan Travel takes you to all the brand-name boutiques: Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, Moi-meme-Moitie, Victorian Maiden, Angelic Pretty, h.NAOTO and more! Show off your own unique look in Harajuku, then it's off to a local goth-loli hangout - the Christon Cafe, a Tokyo restaurant full of real antique gothic paraphernalia and built in a classical European style -- with red velvet galore. Plus you'll even get to meet some of the people who've made Japanese goth-loli fashion the international sensation it is today!

Of course, both of these packages also include PJT's acclaimed Tokyo tours, taking you from the imposing traditional sights to the latest and hottest shopping districts - equipped with advice and resources better than you'll find in any guidebook. Explore Tokyo old and new; dining in hangouts both delicious and bizarre; see Akihabara, Nakano, Shibuya and more -- plus, since these tours depart at the same time, you even have the option to participate in both if you choose! Fill out your stay with an optional retreat to Hakone, in the shadow of Mount Fuji, or take a free day for even more urban exploring!

The Fujoshi Paradise Yaoi Tour and Tokyo Darkside Goth-Loli Tour both carry a $1,998 price tag, which includes hotel accomodations in Tokyo, tours of the oldest and oddest parts of the city, and exclusive activities guaranteed to thrill and surprise!

Book now at www.popjapantravel.com or [email protected]!


DIGITAL MANGA'S POP JAPAN TRAVEL is the original and premiere provider of pop culture themed tours of Japan. Since 2003, PJT has operated more than 15 tours with themes focused on Japanese anime, manga, games and more. Pop Japan tours offer a careful balance of the hyper-modern world of J-pop culture and the rich traditions of ancient Japan, and PJT is the ONLY tour agency to provide exclusive experiences such as visits to anime and game studios, meetings with manga artists, and more. Pop Japan Travel tours are organized in cooperation with IACE Travel, one of Japan's largest travel agencies.

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