Forget Hawaii, Hong Kong, Bali, Britain or Paris -- before too long your family vacation choices will include staying at space hotels or taking a 10-day spin around the moon.

When Toyoyuki "Nick" Naka- mura first told his colleagues at the Japan Travel Bureau that he planned to launch space travel as a new product to offer the company's customers, everybody thought he had gone mad.

"One colleague patted me on the shoulder and said, 'I know you are tired after so many years in the countryside. You should just take it easy for now,' " he recalled.