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PacSet Teams Up With Aitai☆Kuji for Anime Expo 2019!
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PacSet is returning to Anime Expo 2019 - but this year, we’re doing things a little differently!

We are proud to announce that we will be sharing a space with our friends at Aitai Kuji! We’ve been friends with the Aitai team for a while now, and getting to work with them on this has been awesome. ^_^

Wondering what we have planned for the con? Read on…

I’m an Aitai Kuji fan - who the heck are you PacSet people?

We are a travel company that arranges travel to Japan! We do trips that feel less like tours and more like random misadventures where you have fun but we take care of the complicated stuff. We also offer a crazy-cheap trip troubleshooting service called Boost, and arrange private trips. More about us here/on this webpage.

We are also great at Karaoke. We rock those mics, friends.

I’m a PacSet fan - who are Aitai Kuji?

Aitai Kuji is a Japan-based company specializing in supplying Anime fans (and others) around the world with the latest and greatest in character goods, plushies, and more. This will be their FIRST Anime Expo, and they are bringing an assortment of goodies imported straight from Japan that will blow your mind. In a good way. :)

Their name comes from Kuji, which some of our alumni might remember from their trip. Kuji are like pull tabs, where you buy a “kuji” from a certain series or show and get a prize as a result. The prizes range from “nice!” to “crazy fancy” but there are never any bad pulls, and all the merch is exclusive.

Are you offering any sales or discounts during the con?

Yes!

Aitai Kuji will be offering Kuji pulls for $15 from a number of exclusive series Kuji. They’ll also have a ton of just-released stuff available at the show, as well as some other cool extras we’ll announce later, so stay tuned! ^_^

On the PacSet end, we will be offering $50 off any guided adventure - but if you make a purchase with Aitai Kuji, we’ll double it. And yes, if you are an alumni, you can combine that discount with your alumni discount!

ALSO: If you spend $50 or more with Aitai Kuji, you’ll get a free Boost. The boost needs to be used before December 31, but hey - free Japan travel advice! Hawt!

Will you be selling Kippu plushies or other PacSet merch at Anime Expo this year?

No. However, we will be selling our merch on a new site beginning this fall. Stay tuned!

PacSet Launches Rural Relaxation 2020!

Hi everyone!

It’s NEW TRIP TIME! Today we are proud to present a one-of-a-kind trip into rural Honshu and Shikoku: Rural Relaxation.

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What is Rural Relaxation? Exactly what it sounds like. Want hot springs? We’ve got three of them - maybe four. Food? All breakfasts and dinners are included. Want some views that are so good that Instagram could never capture them? Yup.

Best of all, it’s affordable! This baby starts at just $2,795 - that’s right, less than three grand! - so if you have less time to spend traveling or money to spend, we’ve got you covered.

What’s more, the trip includes the flight to and from Tokyo’s Haneda airport, so all you need to do is get to Japan and we’ll get you out of the city and into a whole new state of mind.

Want more info? See the full itinerary right here, and we’ll see you in Japan next year!

PacSet Official Statement on the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games

Hi everyone,

As the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo draw closer, we have been getting more and more inquiries into whether we can assist with hotels and tickets for the Olympics. In order to arrange things, we met with a number of hotels and suppliers to see what we could arrange. Unfortunately, the news we got was less than fabulous, which is why we have decided to release the following statement to clarify our position.

The good news: Here is what we ARE planning for the 2020 Olympics Season.

  • We can help provide travel tips and suggestions for how to spend your time in Tokyo via our Boost service.

  • We are planning a post-Olympic trip called "Japan Beyond" that will take place after the games. Details for the journey will be announced this summer on pacsettravel.com and the usual bunch of social media channels that you know and love. <3


Beyond the two things listed above, we will not be able to organize any full itineraries or private trip arrangements during the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

This is due to the following reasons:

1) The Olympic Organizing Committee in Tokyo has seen fit to arrange all their tickets through select resellers in other nations. The only way you can get tickets is through these services, and even then, tickets are not guaranteed. Should you wish to purchase tickets in the United States, the only option at this time is via https://www.cosport.com and their packages. 

2) According to our suppliers, one company (that we will not mention in this post) has reserved close to 90% of the rooms in most hotels in Tokyo. While we do not agree with these kinds of business practices, we do not have the power to change them.

We are well aware that this is less-than-fabulous news. However, as a travel agency, we don't want to promise things to our customers that we cannot deliver.

We are very thrilled about our post-Olympic trip, and we hope you’ll give it a look when it goes live. Likewise, if you do make it to the games, have a good time! A lot of our friends in the city are working hard to make them the best Olympics ever, and we have no doubt that they’ll knock this one out of the park!

Yuricon and PacSet Unveil "100 Years of Yuri" Trip to Japan [Press Release]

Yuricon and PacSet Proudly Present:

100 Years of Yuri

 
 

[FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] JANUARY 31, 2019: Yuricon, a celebration of Yuri in anime and manga, and Japan travel leader PacSet (PacSet Tours Inc.) have joined forces to launch the first guided trip to Japan dedicated to the Yuri genre of Japanese animation and manga. The trip will take place from September 8 until September 17 of this year.

Created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Yuri and lesbian images in Japanese art and literature, the trip will escort Yuri fans on a journey across Japan’s Kanto region to locations featured in many famed Yuri works, as well as popular series like Sailor Moon. The group will also attend the Girls Love Fest to check out the latest in Yuri fan works. In keeping with PacSet’s “off-the-beaten-path” focus, the trip will also visit the famous Akasaka Hikawa Festival, under-explored Tokyo neighborhoods, and spend an overnight at a hot spring resort in the Shonan region.

The journey will have two leaders; Yuricon founder Erica Friedman, who has led smaller private groups to Yuri-themed events and spots in Japan for more than a decade, and PacSet founder Evan Miller, the designer of the trip and creator of numerous trips for fans of Japanese popular culture, including North America’s largest anime-themed trip to Japan.

“We are truly lucky to have the chance to work on a project like this with Erica and the Okazu family,” says Miller. “PacSet has built a strong reputation for working with fans and creators, and to have the chance to create something like this is truly exciting. We hope people like what we have planned!”

The trip includes all accommodations, admission to all activities, all rail transit, and much much more. Prices start at $2,795 for the full journey, and $3,695 for the trip plus round trip airfare to Tokyo from Los Angeles. Guests can visit https://www.pacsettravel.com/ to book.

ABOUT YURICON: Yuricon was founded in 2000 by Erica Friedman with the mission of bringing together fans of lesbian images in Japanese animation and comics. Erica has written about Yuri for Japanese literary journal Eureka,  Animerica magazine, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund,  Dark Horse, and contributed to Forbes, Slate, Huffington Post, Hooded Utilitarian, Afterellen and The Mary Sue online. She has written news and event reports, interviews Yuri creators and reviews Yuri anime, manga and related media on her blog Okazu since 2002.

ABOUT PACSET: PacSet (PacSet Tours Inc.) offers a wide variety of Japan adventures that blend both traditional and pop cultures, while also allowing guests to customize their experience. PacSet also specializes in tours for student groups in Japan and travel arrangements for independent travelers. To learn more or make a booking, visit www.pacsettravel.com, e-mail info@pacsettravel.com, or call (310) 218-3816. CST#2107554-40.