All work and no play makes one dreary and drained from travel and the modern working world is allowing less and less disparity between our work and personal lives–what's a business-savvy traveler to do? Enter Asia Transpacific Journeys, premier tour operator and curator of once-in-a-lifetime travel opportunities in Asia and the Pacific. The company, headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, uses its vast repertoire of contacts and partners across the region to create the ultimate Asian adventures for travelers of all types, businesspeople included.
Tokyo is a perfect example of a business destination ripe for leisure-time exploration. Japan's high-speed rail network makes extending your visit outside of the city a breeze and Asia Transpacific Journey's full-service support ensures the fun part of your visit is effortless. While Kyoto is an obvious and enjoyable addition to a Tokyo business trip, true to their overall philosophy, Asia Transpacific Journeys recommends something more unusual and off the beaten path.
Escape to the Countryside
A short bullet-train ride away from Tokyo's bustling cityscape, you'll find the picturesque and relaxing, mountainside town of Karuizawa. Stay at the superb Hoshinoya Karuizawa for an elevated yet traditional experience. When not soaking away the stresses of business in the onsite onsen (traditional hot spring), venture into the surrounded forested hills for fabulous hiking and biking opportunities, or treat yourself to a round of golf. Dine on local, seasonal cuisine or traditional buckwheat soba noodles (the best in Japan come from this area) as you sip the some of the world's most famous whiskey, produced from the region's pristine glacial water.
Shrines and Samurais
Find yourself a world away from board meetings and conference calls just two hours from Tokyo in Kanazawa. Rife with historical delights, the stately city is steeped in remnants of the samurai era–evocative, winding lanes are dotted with ancient shrines, traditional craft workshops and some of the country's most beautiful, traditional gardens. A quick jaunt to Yamanaka Onsen beckons travelers with Japanese authenticity at the intimate, 10-room Kayotei ryokan. This special region is seemingly untouched by time making it one of Japan's most untapped treasures.
Trade Tradition for the Tropics
Japan is a diverse nation; and Asia Transpacific Journeys is the perfect resource to help visitors discover every peak, valley, and sandy white beach. Board a short flight from Tokyo to Ishigaki, in the Okinawa Islands, Japan's southernmost point. Then hop a scenic ferry to Taketomi, a traditional Okinawan village and site of the stunning Hoshinoya Taketomi ryokan. You'll think you've arrived in Southeast Asia, not Japan, as you stroll pristine beaches and snack on tropical island fruits.
Leave the Details to the Experts
When traveling for business, you'll need to be “in the zone,” focused on the tasks at hand. Booking your leisure travel with Asia Transpacific Journeys ensures the transition between work and play is seamless, even enjoyable. You can rest easy knowing even most unusual itinerary will be completely handled by seasoned travel professionals with decades of on-the-ground expertise.
Even simpler–join an intimate Asia Transpacific Small Group. Secure a spot on the bestselling 11-day Quintessential Japan Small Group Trip, which runs each April and October to savor the best of Japan's famous cherry blossoms or autumn foliage. On this adventure filled itinerary, you will visit Japan's cities, countryside, temples and art centers, experience the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, watch geisha dance performance, access gorgeous temples and gardens, stay in a ryokan (traditional inn) and sample delicious Japanese cuisine all with the guidance of trusted companions and travel aficionados, Asia Transpacific Journeys.
Perhaps Japan isn't on your list of business destinations. Looking to make the most of a business trip to Seoul, Beijing, Hong Kong, Delhi, Mumbai or anywhere else in Asia? With decades of on-the-ground expertise in 28 destinations across Asia and the Pacific, Asia Transpacific Journeys has got you covered. Visit www.AsiaTranspacific.com or call (toll-free) 800-642-2742 to turn your next business trip into something much more.