Pop Japan Travel and Japanese publisher Gakken are sponsoring the Cold Steel Tour, a travel package available though Dec. 15.
The Cold Steel Tour brings you four full days in Tokyo, a full-day tour of the samurai capital of Kamakura during the traditional Setsubun festival, and two days in Sapporo, Hokkaido for the opening of the Sapporo Snow Festival, the world's most famous ice- and snow-sculpture carnival. Other activities on the itinerary include a trip to the Ghibli Museum, a ride on a water ferry designed by Leiji Matsumoto (SPACE BATTLESHIP YAMATO), tours of the traditional and modern Tokyo sights from Asakusa and Meiji Shrine to Harajuku, Odaiba and Shibuya, plus otaku shopping and a visit to a cosplay cafe in Akihabara and Nakano.
The Cold Steel Tour will also include two other exciting exclusives: a visit to Studio Pierrot, producers of BLEACH and NARUTO, and a meeting with Hideyuki Kikuchi, creator of VAMPIRE HUNTER D, and Saiko Takaki, the artist behind the upcoming D manga. In Tokyo, the Pop Japan Travel tour group will sit down with Mr. Kikuchi and Ms. Takaki to talk about their work, receive autographs and kick back in a more casual and intimate setting than ever before.
Each tour participant will also receive free copies of the publisher's popular anime magazine ANIMEDIA and its pin-up magazine MEGAMI.
The tour costs $2,500, plus a $200 fuel surcharge, and includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles to Tokyo and to Sapporo, full hotel accommodations at the luxurious Tokyo Hilton and Sapporo Grand Hotel, bilingual guides every step of the way, all transportation and entry fees, and a customized guide book with maps, descriptions, culture notes and a language primer designed for the pop Japan fan. A land-only option, which includes everything except the flight to Tokyo, is also available for $2,200 with no surcharge.
Pop Japan Travel is accepting reservations for the Cold Steel Tour at its website, www.popjapantravel.com.