Singapore, 27 June 2013 – With effect from 1 July 2013, the Government of Japan has decided to exempt visa application procedures for Malaysian passport holders with biometric passports only.

The visa waiver is only applicable for Malaysian Nationals who hold biometric passports with an embedded microchip compliant with ICAO standards. This would also mean that Malaysian Nationals with biometric passports no longer need to apply for visa to visit Japan. Please refer to the following PDF file to check if the passport is biometric:

Visa Exemption for Malaysian Nationals with Biometric Passports

The visa exemption is valid for visitors who intend to stay in Japan for not more than 3 months. Visitors will have to apply for a visa if their intended stay exceeds 3 months.

For more information, please refer to the press release issued by the Embassy of Japan in Malaysia at:

A Good Travel Agent Can Save You Headaches


Most Travel Agents combines the talent of a committed team, professional travel planning and warm Malaysian hospitality. They specialize in arranging Taiwan, Korea, China and Japan tours yea around. Making sure you are getting the best bang for your buck. When looking for a travel agent, you would want a leading travel agent providing unique, fun and affordable holiday and vacation throughout many different countries.  You want a holiday tour program that would include highlights throughout most of Asia.
When you are looking to plan a vacation, there are going to be several things that you want to look at so that you know your vacation is going to be as smooth as possible. This is where a very experienced travel agent can make a big difference.  One of the most important aspects is going to be deciding on how to plan your trip. Choosing a travel agent is something that you have probably thought about, and when you are planning a vacation it can be a time saver, a money saver, and a lifesaver. The chances are the agent has done the trip and has a very good idea what to do or look for.

In most cases, you do not have to worry about waiting around to find the right deals either, or looking through all of the various sites to make sure that you are getting the best savings. By booking your flight arrangements, your hotel packages and your entire travel itinerary with a travel agent, you can avoid unnecessary stress and save valuable time and energy that would have been otherwise wasted hunting around for similar deals elsewhere offered by less reputable travel agents.

Why Spend Extra Money?

You may not be aware of it, but booking all of the parts of your vacation on your own, no matter where you are going, is going to cost you extra money. If you book it on your own, there are booking fees and taxes that you will have to pay on all of the parts of your trip. You can save on these expenses by working with a travel agency. The pre-packaged tours have taken taxes and additional cost into account. Some even go to the extent of what is called an “All In” where even the meals are thrown in. Also, you will not have to worry about hunting for the best deals. It is going to be almost impossible for you to find the best deals for everything when you are booking a trip on your own.

These are just some examples just why a travel agent might be the best option when planning a vacation. You should rest assured knowing that you have found the best deals, as the travel agency will search for them and will keep you informed. This means that you never have to worry about wondering if you have made the right choice. Worrying causes stress and you do not want to be stressed out on your holiday as they are already precious little of those these days.


The best places to visit in Japan: Hokkaido

Are you looking for the best place to visit while on your much needed holiday? If you are interested in beautiful views, historic landmarks, thriving culture, relaxing activities, and exciting adventures then look no further than Hokkaido Japan. Hokkaido is the second largest of Japan’s four islands and has something for everyone.

Relax on your vacation in one of Hokkaido’s famous hot springs. The hot springs minerals and warm water is therapeutic for your whole body and will help you relax.  The island is home to the most hot springs in all of Japan and you can find them at various locations. Not only will a trip to the hot springs provide physical restoration, but you will also enjoy the glorious views of the picturesque mountains and lakes of the island.

Another scenic location on the island of Hokkaido is Toya National Park. The main attraction of the park is the fascinating diversity of nature. The park is home to some active volcanoes including the Mt. Yoteizan. This volcano is reflected on the calm and virtually clear lake below, which is truly a sight to behold.  Wildlife and vegetation are abundant in the park and include bears and a variety of water birds. Not only is this a beautiful location, it is also home to one of the best hot water spas in all of Japan were you can get pampered while you enjoy the scenic views of the lake, volcanoes, and geysers.  Cap off your night with an amazing fireworks show on the lake. The best place to view the fireworks is on a boat that is sitting on the lake itself. It is truly a sight to behold and will leave you breathless.

The Nixe Marine Park is a great place for all ages to observe sea creatures in a close up setting. It is a Danish style theme park mixed with an aquarium where you can observe a variety of sea animals including; sharks, giant octopi, king crabs, and sturgeon. The park is location in a Danish styled castle that really adds a little something extra to the already amazing aquarium. You also have the opportunity to touch small sharks, horse shoe crabs, and rays. Not only is there sea life on display but there is also a reptile house that houses snakes, turtles, and lizards. One of the best attractions at Nixe Marine Park is the dolphin and sea lion show, and the king penguin parade.

One of the most popular tourist destinations is Furano flower fields. It is a wondrous sight to behold when you look upon the millions of flowers that grow in the fields and rolling hills. The fields are most known for their lavender flowers, but they also grow other seasonal flowers such as the poppies, lupines, sunflowers, lilies, and cosmos. You can ride a bus around and through the breath taking fields of flowers and you will not believe you eyes at the number of them. Several of these flower fields are accompanied by a range of mountains that provide an amazing backdrop. You can enjoy the full experience by making a lavender pillow, pressing flowers, tasting the lavender flavored ice cream, and looking at the shops. Another beyond amazing place to visit is the Biei Hill which is another flower garden which also has a variety of flowers that grow over the rolling hills with a gorgeous mountainous background. You will not want to miss the view.

If you are looking for a night of romance, or just a day in the city, the Otaru Canal is the place for you.  Not only is it a beautiful location but it is filled with history. Formerly it was an economic city filled with warehouses; now those warehouses are filled with shops, museums, and restaurants. During the day enjoy the local artists that show you their resent work, while at night take a romantic stroll of ride along the canal with the old fashioned gas lamps to light your way.

Looking for a bit of adventure? Take a ride on one of the North Ranch’s horses while you enjoy the views as well as the thrill of horseback riding. If you are looking for something a little tamer, they also offer horse drawn carts for you to ride in. These rides are equally as pleasurable; simply choose according to your taste. If you want to get a little shopping done while in the area be sure to check out the Tanukikoji Shopping Street. This is home to such a variety of merchandise and you are sure to leave happy.


At Hello Holidays, our conviction is to provide tour services and packages that eliminate hassles and worries so that you can truly enjoy holidays and travels that will showcase your treasured memories.