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Washington, DC, United States, 2011/04/28 - JapanQuest Journeys, the premier destination management company for Japan, welcomes luxury travelers back as Japan's doors open once again - JapanQuestJourneys.com.
Most of Japan's major tourist areas, transportation systems and food supplies were unaffected by the earthquake and tsunami and are safe and fully available for travel and enjoyment. Co-Founders Scott Gilman and Philip Rosenfeld are pleased to announce that JapanQuest Journeys will resume offering the very best of Japan, a truly extraordinary country, to its clientele.
JapanQuest Journeys is known for its bespoke “tailor-made” luxury journeys exclusively to Japan and its unique access to the very best Japan has to offer. JapanQuest Journeys works directly with high-end individuals and serves top travel consultants and institutions worldwide. Our in-country presence ensures immediate access to local resources to service client needs.
According to Rosenfeld based in Tokyo,“A sense of normalcy has returned to most of Japan. In the days and weeks following the earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region of northern Japan on March 11th, a feeling of self-restraint prevailed as a nation came together to lend its support to those individuals affected by the disaster. This support will of course continue in the months and years ahead. However, there is a sense throughout Japan that it is time to move forward, for people to return to their daily routines as a spiritually strong and economically reinvigorated nation is what is needed most to rebuild the lives of those individuals in the affected areas.
People are once more dining out with many restaurants in Tokyo and other areas full with customers and Japanese will again be traveling domestically as the Golden Week holiday begins next week. Professional baseball, which proved to be cathartic in the United States in the wake of 9/11, is underway and people are taking time to enjoy themselves. In essence, the Japanese people have realized that returning to their normal lives is the best way for them to help their fellow citizens in need and traveling to Japan is one of the primary means through which you too can help and show your support for the Japanese people.”
Gilman further comments that “if one were to overlay a chart on a map of Japan encompassing the predominant destinations that travelers traditionally visit, it would include Tokyo then on through Nagano to the western coastline to Kanazawa and throughout the southern, western and eastern regions stretching to the island of Kyushu. In the north, tourism would be focused on the island of Hokkaido. These destinations are far from the impacted areas in Tohoku including the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. “
The U.S Department of State has downgraded its travel alert stating that health and safety risks are low and do not pose significant risks outside a defined 50 mile/80 kilometer radius around the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant which lies approximately 185 miles/300 kilometers north of Tokyo. Other governments have also updated their travel advisories to more accurately reflect the status of the country in terms of safety and security. The Japan National Tourism Organization has also resumed promoting tourism to Japan.
According to Gilman and Rosenfeld,“Japan is an amazing venue to journey to and those seeking to travel there should not be dissuaded by the events that transpired in the northern part of Honshu. Although tragic, virtually everywhere luxury travelers venture is unscathed and available for an extraordinary journey.”
“We encourage travelers to start planning now for their journey and see the wonders Japan has to offer in the upcoming seasons.”
About JapanQuest Journeys
JapanQuest Journeys (japanquestjourneys.com | asiaquestjourneys.com | asiajet.com) is a boutique firm specializing in bespoke “tailor-made” luxury journeys to Japan with an unparalleled and undiluted single-country focus. With offices in the US and Japan, we deliver a wealth of unique Japanese expertise based upon decades of first-hand experiences and an intimate understanding of the cultural, historic and modern landscape. We will share extraordinary experiences and insider access---making available the “real” Japan through an extensive network of locally cultivated relationships.