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TOHOKU TRAVEL'S "RETRY" AUTUMN CIRCLE SHIKOKU with 
SHODOSHIMA & AWAJISHIMA ISLAND TOUR #21A
NOV. 27, 2020 (FRI) - DEC. 9, 2020 (WED) 

TOUR ITINERARY
NOV. 27 (Fri) HONOLULU
Leave Daniel K. Inouye Int’l Airport. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.

NOV. 28 (Sat) KOBE,
KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS (ONSEN) 
Arrive at Kansai International Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to Rokko Island, Kobe to a luxury hotel with Onsen Hot Spring Bath located conveniently to a monorail station and convenience store.

NOV. 29 (Sun) SHODOSHIMA ISLAND,
BAY RESORT HOTEL SHODO SHIMA (ONSEN) 
In the morning, catch a ferry sailing through Seto Inland Sea National Park to Shodoshima Island. The birthplace of olive cultivation in Japan with a Mediterranean atmosphere also called “Island of Olives.” We will visit Twenty-Four Eyes Movie Village set with the entire reconstructed village including a schoolhouse, old house for teacher, fisherman's house, etc. This popular movie was filmed here, about a story of a schoolteacher and her first class of students leading up to WWII. Later visit the Marukin Shoyu Factory which has an over 400 years long and proud tradition of producing soy sauce in Shodoshima’s warm climate and low rainfall proved to be well-suited to soy sauce production. Also visit Somen Noodle Museum a local delicacy of very thin wheat noodle. See the 400-year-old traditional methods of making Somen. We will stay at a beautiful Onsen Hot spring bath and Open-air bath resort hotel. Soak and Relax at the Onsen that overlooks the Seto Inland sea. The view from our rooms will offer a gorgeous view of the gentle ocean..

NOV. 30 (Mon) TAKAMATSU,
JR HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU
Head to breathtaking Kankakei Gorge to ride the Ropeway ranks as “One of the top three most beautiful gorges in Japan.” The sheer cliffs and expressive rock formations provides a stunning scenery. The Autumn colors combining with the unusual rock shaped formation as the backdrop gives an impressive view. From the upper station, a fantastic panoramic view awaits you the view of a peaceful Seto Inland Sea over the gorge. Later visit Olive Park will offer picturesque walking paths through the century old groves of olive trees. You may feel as if you are on a Mediterranean island. Then catch a ferry to Takamatsu, central city in Shikoku. Tonight's hotel is located close to Takamatsu station and its shopping area. After hotel check in, your tour guides will take you Holo Holo around the hotel.

DEC. 1 (Tue) IMABARI,
IMABARI KOKUSAI HOTEL (ONSEN) 
Visit Ritsurin park “One of the finest landscaped gardens in Japan.” Autumn colors will be in season while you stroll through this elegantly laid out garden with mounds, ponds, rocks, and trees. Afterwards we will enjoy lunch a famous local cuisine Sanuki Udon. Head to Besshi Copper mine that had been in operation for 283 years since 1691 at one time the world’s biggest copper producing mine. We will visit the Museum renowned as one of the notable mine museums in Japan. We will ride on a replica miner’s train and walk inside an authentic mine with replica miner’s hard at work. Then proceed to Imabari. Our hotel is a nice city hotel with Onsen Hot spring bath and Open-air bath.

DEC. 2 (Wed) DOGO ONSEN,
HOTEL LUNA PARK (ONSEN) 
Imabari is known for production of world’s highest quality towels using only the premier raw materials. It’s highly praised for comfort, reliability, and first-rate towels. Visit the Towel Museum to see firsthand how these superior towels are made. You will be given the opportunity to purchase various designs and colors of Imabari Towel. Later drive the highway above Seto Inland sea from island-to-island known as Shimanami Kaido. With a spectacular view of the island scenery and calm sea underneath. Visit the Murakami Kaizoku Museum (Feudal Navy) which honors a Samurai who sailed this area 500 years ago. This museum will give you a memorable insight of the Samurai Navy’s history displaying valuable literature and articles that were used. Then proceed to Dogo in Matsuyama, the oldest hot spring in Japan with 3,000-year-old history. After hotel check in tour guide will take you to 126-year-old Dogo Hot Spring main building, the first hot springs facility designated as a National Important Cultural Asset and the revered symbol of the town. In the evening, enjoy a delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner with Grilled Abalone! After you can relax by soaking at the Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath.

DEC. 3 (Thu) SHIMANTO,
NEW ROYAL HOTEL SHIMANTO (ONSEN) 
Go to Uchiko with its 19th century - Meiji Era picturesque Old town lined with large wealthy merchant houses. Take a stroll around the historical district and feel the soul of old Japan. Then proceed to Japan’s biggest producer of pearls, the city of Uwajima. Visit the Pearl Center to enjoy shopping for fine quality Japanese pearls. This should be perfect timing to see Autumn color (depending on mother nature) while we visit the 1866 built Tenshaen Garden where you can walk around the peaceful grounds. Visit Osakanakan Aquarium that exhibits the fish and fauna of Shimanto River the longest river in Shikoku. The realistic manmade exhibits with incredibly giant river fishes in their natural habitat. Then drive along Japan’s last remaining crystal-clear river the Shimanto River. Relax and soak at the Onsen Hot Spring bath.

DEC. 4 (Fri) KOCHI,
CROWN PALAIS NEW HANKYU KOCHI
Visit 239-year-old historic Nishioka Sake Brewery. We will learn about the local sake and how it’s made you can enjoy shopping and tasting their sake. Kochi’s Sake is said to be Smooth, Dry and a treasure of Kochi. Next, you can be creative by making Traditional Japanese handmade paper “Washi” registered as a UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage of humanity lists in 2014. Kochi is one of premier paper making locations in Japan with a 1,000 years history. You can shop for and learn about the history and tradition of beautiful Tosa Washi paper. Next head to the Tosa Knives Distribution Center to learn about the origin of traditional Samurai sword making along with the historic Tosa Knife which has 800 years history. You will see “Shokunin(craftsman) using their skills. You will have time to enjoy shopping with over 3,000 items to choose from. We will stay at city resort hotel located in center of Kochi City, on the southern coast of Shikoku.

DEC. 5 (Sat) KOCHI,
CROWN PALAIS NEW HANKYU KOCHI
Go to Nishijima Flower Garden where you will find a lot of beautiful tropical flowers and fruit trees throughout this garden. While here we can experience tasting fresh and juicy Japanese Melon and Watermelon. Kochi became popular due to NHK’s Historical drama “Ryomaden” about a favorite Japan’s historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma who was born in Kochi. We will visit the Sakamoto Ryoma Museum, to learn about his works during the turbulent times before 1868 Meiji Restoration. At lunch we will taste Kochi’s most famous dish “Katsuo-no Tataki” which is lightly broiled sliced Bonito. Those who would like can try toasting Katsuo (Bonito) on your own. We will also visit a Ryoma's notable large statue on picturesque Katsurahama beach. You can embrace a strong sense of honor and dignity together with the local people. After coming back to the hotel, those who wish to climb up the steps, you can visit the original 17th century “Kochi Castle” known as the symbol of Kochi.

DEC. 6 (Sun) NARUTO,
AOAWO NARUTO RESORT HOTEL (ONSEN) 
We will visit Kochi’s Sunday Market this market is most notable as Japan’s oldest outdoor marketplace dating back to 1690. With over 500 stalls selling wide-ranging of Kochi’s local products. You will find local crafts, antiques, clothes, and fruits. We will drive by Oboke Great valleys with its marvelous scenery of the rushing rapids through the sheer rocks that created this gorge. Visit the 148 feet long and suspended 50 feet high Kazura (made of vine) Bridge ranked as "One of three weirdest bridges in Japan" along with Kintaikyo bridge and Saruhashi bridge. Then proceed to our luxurious resort hotel located right on Seto Inland Sea National Park and right in front of Naruto strait. Relax and soak with a beautiful ocean view at the Onsen Hot Spring Bath. We hope that you will enjoy tonight’s dinner buffet featuring local delicacies like seafood, vegetables, etc.

DEC. 7 (Mon) KOBE,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE 
Head to Seto Inland Sea’s largest island “Awaji Island” with its unique atmosphere unlike mainland Japan. In the morning enjoy Viewing Cruise of the Uzushio (Whirling tides). Experience the power up close of the whirlpools on a large pleasure boat. Later visit Tako Senbei-no Sato, a famous Octopus chips factory. You can try and buy many different flavored chips at the factory shop. We will enjoy shopping for Incense, Aroma, Senko etc. Awaji Island has the highest production of incense which uses natural scents to bring an authentic Japanese ambiance, calming, restorative and invigorating. Later drive over the world’s longest suspension bridge at 2.4 miles “Akashi Kaikyo Bridge” to Kobe. Our hotel is conveniently located close to Kobe’s popular shopping and amusement area where you can enjoy shopping as well as the beautiful sights and tastes of Kobe. Tour guide will take you Holo Holo to Shopping mall after hotel check in.

DEC. 8 (Tue) KOBE,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
Today we will stop at a local Tsukemono pickles shop carries “Konanzuke” high grade vegetable pickles made with Nada sake lees a 150-years-old tradition. Later head to Mt. Rokko to visit Hall of Halls Rokko exhibit music boxes and automatic musical instruments along with the world’s largest dance organ. You will be amazed to see fabulous music performances using many different instruments. After enjoy shopping and lunch at AEON Shopping center, visit Kobe Animal Kingdom, a fun and leisurely theme park featuring lovely birds, animals, and beautiful flowers. Enjoy walking around a huge greenhouse filled with colorful flowers in full bloom as well as birds, fishes, and other creatures. After going back to the hotel, Free time to continue shopping, packing, etc. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense)

DEC. 9 (Wed)  HONOLULU,
At check-out time we will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. By bus to Kansai Int’l Airport to catch a flight in the night to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, Dec. 9. 2020 (Wed). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch & dinner will be at your own expense.)

Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train and hotel reservations. Members may return to Honolulu individually, but no later than 90 days from day of departure. Weekend returns will cost more per person. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

**Buffet meals are subject to change Set meals.

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: 15 NOVEMBER 2020 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM 
ATTIRE: CASUAL
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG @ 477 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.



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