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Send Your Stuffed Animals on a Tour of Japan so You Don't Have To Wish you were here

March 26, 2014 • words written by Linda Lombardi • Art by Aya Francisco

Did you ever have an idea that you were sure no one else would ever think of? And then, because we have the Internet, you found out that there were people doing the same thing all over the world?

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That's what happened to me when I started taking photos of my stuffed Kogepan toys on my vacations. I took them with me to California , to New York City, and around the monuments and museums of Washington DC . I thought I was original and maybe a little bit odd. Then I went to post the photos online and discovered there was more than one Flickr group devoted to traveling stuffed toys .

And now, I'm kicking myself for not realizing that this was actually evidence of a huge under-served market. Sadly, I was not as brilliant as Sonoe Azuma, who three years ago opened a travel agency for stuffed toys in Japan.

It's called Unagi Travel, and it started out because Sonoe Azuma had the same hobby I did: she took photos of her stuffed eel Unasha and blogged about it. Now Unasha serves as stuffed animal tour guide and together they've taken about 450 stuffed toys from all over the world on trips around Tokyo as well as excursions to other areas. Her customers are so satisfied that more than half come back for another trip, and one, a hippo named Kaba-san from Osaka, has been on six trips.

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Customers can choose from various options: a tour around Tokyo including Asakusa, Meiji Jingu Shrine and Tokyo Tower, a one-day tour to an onsen, a weekend in Kyoto, and special tours that are sometimes offered, including to the Tohoku region. While you follow along via social media, your stuffed animal will see the sights and learn about Japanese culture, like calligraphy:

stuffed animals doing shodo

…and have Japanese meals that you will envy:

stuffed animals eating japanese food

If your toy is a real free spirit, you can surprise it with a Mystery Tour. The Mystery Tour may visit other parts of Tokyo, Azuma told us, such as Shibuya, Ginza, or Roppongi, or places in nearby prefectures such as Kawagoe or Odawara. Or it may have a cultural theme, and your toy may come home knowing more than you do about architecture of the Meiji period or bronze statues.

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Tours are limited to ten so everyone gets enough personal attention. You're assured that your animal will never be placed directly on the ground, and asked whether your toy has any food allergies, whether it gets seasick or carsick, and if there's anything in particular your creature wants to see or do on the tour.

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The form that customers fill out also asks how long you've been together and has you tell something about the toy's character. Along with the photos, the answers to these questions often show up on Unagi's Facebook page, so it's fun to follow even if you're not sending a toy on a trip yourself. People have all sorts of creative stories about their toys, and there's often the hint of interesting human stories behind them as well.

One toy from France on a recent trip was said to have been with its thirty year old owner since she was one day old, and loves chocolate and knitting. A pair of handmade cats from Nara Prefecture called Custard-san and Hana-san from Nara Prefecture were said to be on a mother-daughter trip together. They're supportive of each other, and the mom loves to listen to enka. And a toy called Little Brother Bear was returning to Tokyo where he had lived sixty years ago.

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All sorts of creatures are allowed, as long as they weigh under 250 grams, and you need to mail your toy to Tokyo. The Tokyo tour is $45; special tours cost more, like $95 for two days in Kyoto.

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Do you have more questions about this? So did we. Azuma was kind enough to answer a few questions for Tofugu:

Tofugu: What kinds of toys do foreigners send? Are they different from Japanese, or does everyone like the same kind of stuffed animal?

Unagi: Foreigners tend to send us realistic animal toys, whereas Japanese tend to send us cute toys. Regardless of whether it's from Japan or overseas, the teddy bear accounts for a large percentage.

Tofugu: What's the most unusual toy you have taken on a tour?

Unagi: It was a Japanese spiny lobster.

Tofugu: When you go on overnight trips, how do the innkeepers feel about having stuffed animals as customers?

Unagi: Once the business understands the concept, we are very welcome.

Tofugu: Your job sounds like so much fun. What do you like about it?

Unagi: I'm happy that I can make my customers happy and energetic. For example, there was a man who applied for our trip in order to make his wife happy, who was very busy raising their child. After the trip, he gave us the feedback that our trip became a good pastime for her and she really enjoyed it. Although this is a small business, it's very satisfying for me because I can do something for someone else. This job also requires imagination, creativity, and interpersonal skills. That part of it is also fun for me.

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Now, I know what some of you are thinking: "What is the matter with these people? What normal adult would pay good money to send a stuffed animal on vacation?" If you don't get the fun of this, maybe what you need are some of the heartwarming tales: One customer who was in a wheelchair wanted her toy to go down narrow alleys that she was unable to navigate. Or you'd have to have a heart of stone not to be touched by Connor the Chemo Duck from Tennessee, a stuffed therapy animal for children with cancer, especially when he went to Senso-ji temple to fan himself with the healing smoke.

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And if you're thinking this is one of those uniquely weird Japanese things, not so fast: right now, Azuma says that half of her customers are from overseas.

There was actually once a similar business in Prague – the owner was half-Japanese, and it eventually failed, and one in Berlin seems to be hanging on, although they seem to do tours far less often. But I think there's global potential here. I'm thinking maybe I need to open a company like this of my own. Don't you think Japanese stuffed animals would love to come see the cherry blossoms in Washington DC?

If you'd like to send your stuffed animal on a tour of Japan, be sure to visit Unagi Travel's website to get more information. And don't forget their facebook and twitter pages either.

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The soft toy travel company was launched to offer adventures for people who cannot physically travel themselves. Photo / Unagi Travel

Ahead of two major sporting events Japan is expecting a record-breaking 40 million visitors next year .

From 'tattoo masking' services at public bathing spots to Samurai-inspired tours - the country has seen all sorts of niche services emerge catering to the tourist influx.

However, none are more niche than those offered by Unagi Travel , "Japan's travel agency for stuffed animals".

While you are watching the rugby quarter finals or a heat of Olympic badminton, you can relax in the knowledge that your stuffed mascot is travelling the Japanese countryside pursuing his-or her- own interests.

Photo op: Unagi takes holiday snaps for the toys' owners. Photo / Unagi Travel

They'll even send you a couple of holiday snaps to prove how much fun they're having. This bizarre travel agency for teddy bears has existed long before Japan's new status as top tourist destination.

Unagi Travel has run over 300 tours since opening for business in 2010.

Since then it has developed programmes to include trips to Tokyo and the Japanese islands and a partnership with the Japanese travel agency NTA. The international demand has led to an expansion and creation of an English language service.

For $70-77 you can book your stuffed animal into a tour round Tokyo, from anywhere in the world.

Stuffed with action: Unagi itineraries include water sports in Okinawa. Photo / Unagi Travel

Itineraries include water sports in Okinawa, hotel check-ins and all the dumplings a stuffed animal can eat.

Unagi Travel was the brain child of former banker and consultant Sonoe Azuma. Though has since made the fluffy toy travel business a full time job.

Speaking with Forbes Azuma said her inspiration behind the business "was to offer adventures for people who cannot physically travel: people in hospitals, the physically challenged, people who are busy, etc."

Cultural tourism: Toys travelling with Unagi will have the opportunity to sample local cuisine. Photo / Unagi Travel

It has inspired a whole fleet of copy-cat businesses offering photo ops for play things in locations around the world.

Notable mentions include Peluche Travel which invites busy patrons to send their stuffed animal to France.

Run anthropomorphic bumble bee Zabeille, the stuffed animal and site mascot was sent on a trip by owner Sabine Passelegue in 2014.

"Zabeille has met nice friends during her tour in Japan, and would like now to welcome friends to visit France," reads the copy from the company website.

Teddy travel: One of Peluche's customers posing in Lyon. Photo / Peluche Travel

With trips costing between €40 and €55 ($70-$95) to send toys from New Zealand on luxury holidays around Paris and Lyon, you can see the appeal and value of vicariously touring the French countryside through one's stuffed animal.

How it works: Unagi Travel

1. A holiday is booked by the owner 2. Details and receipt are emailed to the owner 3. The animal is sent to Unagi's address in Tokyo, Japan 4. Your stuffed animal is treated to a day out around Japan's favourite landmarks 5. The tour group of stuffed animals are videoed, photographed and uploaded to the agency's social media channels. 6. Secure accommodation will be provided for at the Unagi headquarters 7. The stuffed animals will enjoy a trip lasting roughly 2-3 weeks. 8. Finally the toys are returned home to their respective owners, with a tracking code

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Unagi Travel provides a virtual travel experience for clients.

Unagi Travel is a Japanese travel agency that takes stuffed animals on trips when their owners are unable to leave home themselves.

— -- Like most travelers posting photographs on Facebook, their faces are pressed up to the windows of their tour vans, they're smiling out over beautiful vistas and soaking up the steam from a hot spring during a brief respite.

Unlike other travelers, these are less than a foot tall and have plush or felted fur.

Unagi Travel is a Japanese travel agency for stuffed animals, sending favorite toys on adventurous trips when an owner is too ill or unable to do so himself. Founder Sonoe Azuma has been taking stuffed animals away with her for the last three years so that their owners can live vicariously through them.

A hippo, "Kaba san," from Osaka, has taken the most excursions, Azuma told ABC News, acknowledging that there are many repeat customers. The farthest she has ever taken a stuffed animal was to Oita prefecture, in the southern area of Japan.

The trips range in cost from $35 to $55 per stuffed animal, and includes return shipping as well as memento photograph. While the stuffed friend is away, the owners can follow their travels by looking for updates on the Unagi Travel Facebook page.

"I love Shibuya! Thank you for showing it to me! Brings back memories," one fan wrote beneath an image from a trip to Tokyo.

"You made it! Is it raining? You two wear lovely hats," inquired another beneath a photo with twin plush dogs flanking a Buddha statue.

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Unagi Travel is not the first to venture into the world of stuffed animal travel. Tomio Okamura -- who is half Japanese, half Czech -- launched a similar business, Toy Traveling, in Prague in 2010. And Teddy Tour Berlin offers packages out of Germany.

But those outfits market themselves as economic alternatives to human travel as opposed to a virtual experience for those unable to for health reasons.

In some cases, clients of Unagi Travel have been able to join their stuffed animals on return trips to destinations, Azume said.

"Not regularly but I do trips to Tohoku, the area which was damaged by the earthquake and tsunami," she said. "One client visited the area several months after the tour. Others visited tourist cities such as Yokohama."

"Recently I asked 25 clients if they became interested in traveling to the areas their stuffed animals visited," she added, "and all 25 of them answered yes."

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May 17, 2013 / 8:55 AM EDT / CBS News

TOKYO The Unagi Travel company caters to a decidedly underserved corner of the tourism market: Clients must be quiet, petite, and fluffy.

It is a travel agency, in other words, for stuffed animals.

It may not be easy bein' green, as Kermit used to wail, but you sure can't beat the travel perks. For as little as $20 (roundtrip shipping to Japan is extra), and no more than $50, even for a plush trip to a hot spring resort, toy travel agent Sonoe Azuma will escort the stuffed animal of your choice around local highlights, exhaustively blogging the jaunt in real-time on her Facebook page .

On a recent package tour, the 38-year-old entrepreneur clutched her charges -- a small toy dragon, frog and mouse, mailed in by owners from the U.S. and Japan -- and waded purposefully into the throngs at Tokyo's popular Asakusa Kannon temple.

Oblivious to the bemused, confused stares from passers-by, she posed the toys in front of a souvenir shop, grabbed a snapshot, and tapped out a quick accompanying message on her smartphone to preserve the moment for Internet posterity.

"I wanted to provide adventures for everyone, including people who are physically challenged," she said. "If their stuffed animals could travel all over the world, I thought it would be a communication tool."

Azuma's newly launched Unagi Travel offers four to five trips every month.

"I try to treat (the toy) as a person," said Azuma, who kicks off each tour by seating the toys at a conference table for an "orientation," complete with homemade tour pamphlets.

On a trip to a Japanese-style inn, the stuffed animals -- she dresses them up like real patrons, in doll-sized cotton kimonos -- get tucked into their own futon. She'll stage pillow fights and poses the toys chillaxing with a glass of beer, or "munching" on a Japanese matcha tea cake (for the sake of a photo-op, she obligingly takes the bite), packing as much local color into each tour as possible.

The venture grew, oddly enough, out of Azuma's previous occupation as a globe-trotting banker.

"I had lots of opportunities to visit abroad. I did my job, of course, did some shopping and eating out. But that was it." Despite her extensive traveling, she felt she had come away with only the most superficial impression of each destination.

While brainstorming a way that foreign visitors could somehow connect with local culture, she hit on the idea of taking toys on virtual tours as proxies for their owners.

From the tour guide's point of view, running package trips for teddy bears, Pokemon dolls and Disney characters has plenty of upside: No whiny customers. No clueless tourists gone missing. No bathroom or meal breaks. And reservations are a snap -- a single ticket for the tour guide and her purse-sized menagerie is adequate.

As for making money off the venture, so far, Azuma says she's in the red, although she insists the company could be viable once she "scales-up" and hires partners in other cities.

While it may all sound nutty, Azuma is convinced there are plenty of cash- and time-starved people with wanderlust who would be content to settle for sending a stuffed emissary abroad instead.

"Lots of people have a special stuffed animal in their lives."

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Japan’s Travel Agency For Stuffed Animals Is So Heartwarming

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Enter Unagi Travel . It dubs itself as a “travel agency for stuffed animals.” For the past three years, Sonoe Azuma, 38, has been taking stuffed animals on holidays and day trips. This allows the owners of the stuffed animals, some of which are physically impaired, to live vicariously through the plush toys.

Travelogues are uploaded to Facebook , where the owners can follow what activities their stuffed animals are up to.

Japan’s Travel Agency For Stuffed Animals Is So Heartwarming

“So far, more than 200 stuffed animals have participated in the trips, and some of them sign up regularly. I would say 40 per cent of my business is repeat customers,” Azuma told The Yomiuri Shimbun . She now organizes 10 trips a month and has even taken stuffed animals abroad to the US and Europe.

Azuma got the idea for the tours after her blog, which followed the exploits of her stuffed animal eel, was a bit hit among friends and readers.

Japan’s Travel Agency For Stuffed Animals Is So Heartwarming

The stuffed animal tours offer encouragement to their owners.

“I want to see and walk around the sights that I viewed through my stuffed animal’s journeys someday,” a 51-year-old woman from Saga Prefecture told Yomiuri . The woman had become a recluse because an illness had made walking difficult. However, she was inspired to rehabilitate her legs and go out in the world after seeing her stuffed animal on an Unagi Travel tour.

“Seeing my stuffed animal travelling encouraged me,” she said. “I began to think that I should do what I can do, instead of lamenting over things that I can’t.”

Others said the tours helped them overcome social anxiety and even depression.

Japan’s Travel Agency For Stuffed Animals Is So Heartwarming

Tours are priced at between around $20 and $55, depending on the trip and the activity. There are also “mystery tours,” which are priced at $35, and involve your stuffed friend getting on an aeroplane and jetting off to a mysterious location. And, no, they don’t need passports!

There are travel restrictions, such as each stuffed animal must weigh under 250 grams, and you are responsible for getting your plush toy to Tokyo, where Unagi Travel is located.

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Now, you can send your favorite stuffed animal on a vacation to Europe or the Onsen hot springs in Japan – without you.

For the past three years, Sonoe Azuma, 38, has successfully operated Unagi Travel, a Tokyo-based travel agency that takes stuffed animals on tours around the world.

Interested clients select which tour to send their favorite plush toys on – like the Tokyo Tour for $45 or the Kyoto Tour for $95 – and then mail them at their own expense to Tokyo.

Unagi frequently posts picture updates to Facebook, so clients can keep updated on their stuffed animals’ travel status and whereabouts. The entire process usually takes two to three weeks, with the return shipping covered by Unagi.

Unagi has sent stuffed animals to places throughout Japan, Europe and the United States.

Apparently, some clients have even reported therapeutic benefits to sending their stuffed animals on a solo trip.

According to a Japan News article , a woman who was unable to walk due to illness became inspired to work to rehabilitate her legs after she saw photos of her stuffed animal on one of the Unagi tours.

“Seeing my stuffed animal traveling encouraged me,” said the woman. “I began to think that I should do what I can do, instead of lamenting over things that I can’t.”

Meanwhile, other clients reported feeling happier and inspired to try new things after seeing their favorite plush toys traveling the world.

For more information, check out Unagi’s English-language site,  unagi-travel.net .

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Unagi Travel Mystery Tour in Japan for Stuffed Animals

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“Brooke, how would you like to send one of your stuffed animals to Japan for a vacation?”

That was how a very funny and interesting conversation took place right before we sent Zombie Monkey to Minato-ku, Tokyo in Japan. 

Nope, I didn’t lose the last bit of sanity I have managed to hold on to for all these years – there really is a travel agency for stuffed animals!  How does that work?  Great question.

How it Works

1. Unagi Travel offers very exclusive tours for your Teddy all around Japan.  Does your train want to tour Tokyo?  How about a nice Hot Spring soak for your babydoll?  Tell Unagi where your pet toy wants to get pampered when you place your order and they are ready to go!

2. Mail your stuffed animal to the Unagi Travel location provided on the website and include your order information.  Safe travels!

3. Unagi Travel sends you a confirmation e-mail when they receive your toy and the fun really begins!  Each day your toy is in Japan, you will find photos posted on Facebok so you know it is doing great.  Your toy has an actual ‘tour day’ set where they go to their tour attraction and photos will be posted of the trip for you to view and save.

4. Your toy gets shipped back to you within a week of their tour.

How much is it to ship a toy to Japan?  Shipping from the United States to Japan will vary depending on size and how fast you want to send it.  We paid approximately $ 20.00 to ship a small stuffed animal from Austin, TX in the ‘cheapest way possible’.

How long will my toy be gone?   With shipping and the tour, the toy could be in Japan for two to three weeks.  I suggest letting the child choose a toy that they would be comfortable with not seeing for an extended period.

How can I turn this fun event into an even more rewarding experience for my child?   The Unagi Travel tours is a great way to talk about travel and learn about the country of Japan.  It is also a great way to discuss vacations and missing a friend who is far away.  We had a going away and welcome party for Brooke’s toy as well as talking about what he was doing on his trip from pictures through the Unagi Travel Facebook page.  We dined on items like miso soup and sushi during his tour and drank green tea.  I put together some fun materials to talk about Japan and some interesting facts about daily life in Tokyo.  This was a great opportunity to learn about the relations between the U.S. and Japan and we learned about the tsunami relief efforts in Tohoku.  What great discussions Brooke and I have had about this experience and will continue to have in the future!

Bonus!   Want to see how our Zombie Monkey enjoyed his trip?  Check it out!  Total success!

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Tour Pictures!  Zombie Monkey made it to Tokyo! Follow his Mystery Tour travels on the Unagi Travel Facebook page here .

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Psst!  Ask Unagi about their scholarship fund for Stuffed Animals.  This is a great idea for a classroom learning experience.

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  • Khabarovsk Regional Philharmonic;
  • White Theater, and others.

In addition, Khabarovsk offers several concert halls, culture houses, cinemas and art institutions .

Major destinations

  • Airport 18, T1, T2, T4
  • Botanical Gardens' 9, 25, 29, 33, 54
  • City History Museum 1, 54, 56, 57, T5
  • Komsomolskaya Square 1, 9, 14, 19, 29, 34, 38, 55, 56, T1, T3
  • Lenina Square 14, 19, 21, 29, 34, 38, 55, 56, T1, T3
  • Railway Station 1, 6, 7, 11, 13, 20, 22, 24, 26, 34, 54, 57, T2, T5
  • Slavy (Glory) Square 1, 9, 29, 33, 34, 56

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The Far Eastern Museums

There is a fantastic cluster of top notch museums along Shevchenko Street, just behind the tall blue-domed Church of Theotokos on Komsomolskaya Square towards the river and stadium. Not only are the museums some of the best in the far east, they also make their home in some impressive century-old buildings dating back to before the revolution. After a visit, the nice river promenade is just a short walk away, so you can wash all that new found knowledge away with some pivos in good company.

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Tugged away just across the next street behind the military museum, you also find the Archeology Museum on Turgeneva street.

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Unagi Travel – Japan Travel Agency for Stuffed Animals

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1-Day Tokyo Tour

Currently our website is under construction. We are accepting orders for Tokyo Tour only. Tokyo Tour: – Visiting the popular sightseeing sites in Tokyo – Leaving in the morning and coming back in the evening – The stuffed animals will take local transportations to travel, i.e. Tokyo Metro – We will go on a day tour on a sunny day – The stuffed animal will stay at Unagi Travel’s office for several weeks – Will post photos and videos live on Facebook and Twitter during the stuffed animal’s stay – The stuffed animal will have to be 300g or lighter – We kindly ask the customer to pay for the shipping cost from your home to Tokyo – The shipping cost from Tokyo to your home is included – We will email you our address, etc. once you place an order – We will take good care of the stuffed animal, but we will pay up to US$100 if we lose the stuffed animal during the tour in Japan

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