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A yen for visiting Japan in Easter 2015.03.17
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IF you and your parents are planning to travel this Easter holiday, you had better hurry.

Tours to Japan (日本) and other Asian (亞洲的) countries during Easter are fully booked because of the unusual long break of five days, travel agents in Hong Kong say.

But the cheaper yen has not led to cheaper Japan tours as demand exceeds supply, explains EGL Tours (東瀛遊) executive director Steve Huen Kwok-chuen (禤國全).

Several travel agencies have reported that all tours to Japan departing on 3 April – the first day of the holiday – are already fully booked because many people are keen to witness the blooming of cherry blossoms.

Huen said the most popular destination cities are Osaka (大阪), Tokyo (東京), Kyushu (九州) and Hokkaido (北海道).

“We have no seats to Japan from 31 March – before the Easter holidays begin – until 6 April,” he said.

Besides the longer break, Huen added, another reason for the heavy bookings could be sweeteners like the tax breaks announced in the budget.

Worldwide Package Travel (縱橫遊) spokesman Yuen Chun-ning (袁振寧) put the increased demand down to the longer break and the cherry blossoms.

There were 10 million visitors to Japan in 2013, 13 million in 2014 – and 15 million are expected this year.

(The Standard, 12 March 2015)

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