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By me on Thursday, April 22, 1999 - 12:39 am:
We are a gaijin family of 5 and we have found that having a family holiday in Japan (say 1-2 weeks at a seaside resort or town) can be VERY expensive. So now we are considering holidays overseas instead.
I have been gathering information on airfares from discount travel agents, but none of them want to sell a packaged (airfare & accom) holiday. They refer you to the mainstream Japanese travel agents who dont discount their tickets as much and only have brouchures in Japanese.
My questions is...Can anyone recommend an English speaking travel agent that will put together or sell a package holiday USING discount airfares?
By Cheryl on Thursday, December 20, 2001 - 9:53 am:
Sweet Travel is Bankrupt
If you or anyone you know got a super-cheapo discount ticket in Tokyo to whereever this holiday (1/2 what you normally pay), PLEASE call and make sure they haven't gone bankrupt!! Try to call during hours they should be open!
Sarah and I arrived at the airport on Saturday to find that Sweet Travel in Tokyo went belly-up a week back and therefore the airline still had our reservation BUT had never been paid for the ticket and therefore wouldn't give us our tickets! We were given only one option.... buy a NEW, FULL-PRICE ticket for 238,000 yen (which they later discounted down to 110,000).
Be careful!! Make sure your ticket agent is licenced (you'll see their IATA number somewhere on your voucher).
By Kate S. on Thursday, December 20, 2001 - 2:22 pm:
"My friend is trying to get a flight from Washington, DC to Tokyo and home again around New Year's. I know from living in the US that Japanese travel agencies usually have the best deals, but I can only remember H.I.S. Travel.
Does anyone know of any other Japanese travel agencies in the US? We've been surfing the net, of course, but I can't seem to find Japanese agencies on-line. Thanks!"
On-line travel agent:
Let me recommend http://www.sky-tours.com
They search through all the different airlines for you. it seems pretty reasonable price-wise to me and you can pay in any currency you like. They send you the IATA-labelled tickets by FedEx within a week or so.
By Suzy on Sunday, December 23, 2001 - 9:46 am:
Australia to Japan
You can book tickets online at www.statravel.com.au Despite the fact that the name refers to students, they do offer fares for everyone and they often seem to have good deals.
Just in case it might be useful to anyone else.. STA sells two great fares with JAL (from Australia), one to London and one to Vancouver, both for about the same prices as a roundtrip to Tokyo. You can stopover (with no time limit, although the ticket is only valid for a year) in Japan in both directions, so I essentially live in Tokyo on "stopover" and get an "almost free" trip to London or Vancouver.
I am about to go home to Sydney for 5 days on the last leg of a Syd-London rtn and I have bought (online) a Syd-Vancouver rtn which will get me back to Tokyo, then over to visit my sister in Canada in May, back to Tokyo again, and then to Australia in October for my brother's wedding... all on the same ticket for the bargain price of $1299 AUD ($700USD?).
I paid by making an internet transfer from my bank account in Australia but you can also pay by credit card (with a 2.2% charge). They will post the tickets to an Australian address for an extra $5 or they will deliver it to any one of their offices.
By Karen on Tuesday, January 29, 2002 - 4:59 pm:
I use (and recommend) Wendy at AirNet Travel in Shibuya. She's prompt with email replies and exceptionally friendly. email@example.com or phone (03)5456-5677.
By Cornelia on Thursday, January 31, 2002 - 10:40 am:
I can't even count all the tickets I've bought from these folks over the last 5 years. They have almost the lowest if not always the lowest fares. I have had trouble once or twice with a less experienced staff person giving me wrong terminal information or some such detail, but no problems with the tickets.
Number One Travel
Shinjuku -- tel: 03-3200-8871 fax: 03-3200-8870
Ikebukuro -- tel: 03-3986-4291 fax: 03-3986-9989
Shibuya -- tel: 03-3770-1381 fax: 03-3770-1382
Yokohama -- tel: 045-322-1701 fax: 045-322-2082
Nagoya -- tel: 052-243-1681 fax: 052-243-1683
Osaka -- tel: 06-6363-4489 fax: 06-6363-4721
Kyoto -- tel: 075-251-6970 fax: 075-251-6976
Fukuoka -- tel: 092-761-0957 fax: 092-761-5869
More travel agents that offer discount flights:
STA Travel -- Tokyo (03) 5391-2922 and Osaka.
Airnet travel -- 03-5456-5677 http://www.airnetjapan.com/
World Vision Travel -- (03) 3585-1O76
Across Travel -- (03) 5391-2871
Just Travel -- (03) 3362-3441 (Takadanobaba)
Most of the discount agencies in Tokyo have English speaking agents. I don't know about elsewhere.
H.I.S. Travel in Sendai next to the station has received recommendations and also has English speaking agents.
H.I.S. Travel -- Niigata (025) 243-6531
No1 Travel is actually owned by H.I.S. or a separate company owned by the same man who owns H.I.S., Hideo Sawada (also started Skymark Airlines).
By Natasha on Sunday, October 6, 2002 - 2:36 am:
JTB has an English page and they also have offices in North America. Here is the link for searching for cheap tix from USA to Japan or vice versa. Their search does not include all airlines but might be useful to for ballparking current prices.
By Sam Aita on Saturday, April 26, 2003 - 10:20 am:
My wife work at Uniglobe Alii Travel Agency. http://www.lulina.com/
They provide discount air tickets and packaged holiday. They can help you in English and Japanese. I went to Malaysia Benang Island with 3 of my family within a packaged (Airfair & Acomm), and to Okinawa as well, But Malaysia was better. contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Office number 03-3376-1326
And you will be happy with my wife "Safaa" services.
note from Admin: 2004 Mar 27 I just tried this link and it is not working. I called the number and the answering machine said "something International"...
By Anne on Wednesday, February 25, 2004 - 7:34 am:
We would like to go the to the Cairns-Port Douglas, Sheraton hotel with our 30 month-old boy.
Do you know a travel agency that can offer good price from Tokyo to Cairns for the golden week includ. the Accomodation booking? I would prefer to do the booking through the internet.
Also let me know what is your experience of the Sheraton Hotel in Port-Douglas with young kids.
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By Sandy on Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 9:53 am:
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