Thank you for taking some time to visit my website. My name is Brad and I am the Owner of Japan Travel Packages.
Brad, Street Performing in Yokohama early 1990s
The day after my high school graduation I hitched a ride to California where after a few months I landed a "work passage" job on a freighter bound for Australia. In Australia I learned to juggle while working in the circus for about a year. My new juggling skill gave me the opportunity to travel, live and work all over the world and I did not return to America to live for nearly 20 years. I have lived in a variety of countries and have traveled to scores but Japan became my main destination. I first arrived in Japan in 1989... I clearly still remember the day I got off the plane, took the train into Tokyo, plopped my backpack down on a busy walking street corner and did a street show (and surprisingly wasn't harassed by the Mafia or police). The first couple years I was in and out of Japan depending on my performing schedule and the fact that I was still enjoying a vagabond traveling life. However, in the mid-90s I was offered a contract by a talent agent in Japan so I decided to take it and lived permanently in Japan for around 12 years. For those 12 years I did approximately 40 to 80 shows a year in all corners of Japan. I have been to more places in Japan (multiple times) than 99% of the Japanese. Not only have I traveled to these places, I experienced and learned the complicated feelings and culture of the Japanese people... after all, I was a very successful entertainer who could make them laugh and enjoy my show. Not only did I do live shows, I was on a variety of TV shows and I even had my own weekly Japan Travel TV show sponsored by IBM.
Brad in Colorado Springs, CO.
No, I am not your typical college student who went to Japan to teach English and decided to start a travel business. I am a born "Adventurer" who's core life-style is travel and experiencing the unknown. I have experienced things in Japan very, very few foreigners have. From sleeping in a supposedly ghost ridden Ryokan (Japanese Inn) in the north, hobnobbing with famous Japanese celebrities in Osaka, eating at a super exclusive sushi joint that only accepts 2 patrons a night (with a member of the... Japanese Mafia) and performing for literally tens of thousands of Japanese, my experiences and knowhow about Japan cannot be matched. If you are looking for a special Japanese experience with a guide who knows Japan, it's people and customs like the back of his hand, please contact me and let me know what you have in mind.