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NEW YEAR CELEBRATION WITH JAPANESE WHISKEY & SNOW EXPERIENCE TOUR #1 
JAN 18, 2021 (MON) - JAN 27, 2021 (WED)
*8 nights in Japan
ESCORT: WESLEY JUNIOR

TOUR ITINERARY
18 JAN (MON) HONOLULU 
Leave Daniel K. Inouye International Airport via Japan Airline. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks. 

19 JAN (TUE) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO,
HOTEL METROPOLITAN
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport. After clearing entry formalities, by bus to Ikebukuro, one of Tokyo’s multiple commercial centers. Hotel is located within easy walking distance to Ikebukuro station and Shopping district. After hotel check in, Free time to meet your relatives and friends, go shopping or just rest. Tour guide will take you to Holo Holo around the hotel.

20 JAN (WED) INAWASHIRO,
HOTEL LISTEL INAWASHIRO (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Tochigi to have fun with Strawberry Picking in season. Try tasting fresh and sweet Japanese Strawberry as many as you like. Stop by a shoe store to buy your snow shoes before heading to Ouchi Juku a former post town in Edo period (1603~1868) designated as National important preservation district for a Group of historic buildings. Winter Illumination will welcome you at the entrance of our hotel in Inawashiro. Also soaking and relaxing in Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open air Bath with beautiful lake view.

21 JAN (THU) YAMAGATA,
HOTEL METROPOLITAN YAMAGATA
Visit Lake Inawashiro, a symbolic lake in Fukushima and 4th largest lake in Japan to see Swan visiting from Siberia around this time of the year. Then head to Kitakata, known as Warehouse Town for the more than 4,200 warehouses are scattered. Visit Lacquer Ware Museum to learn and enjoy their products which has 500 years history. Enjoy Kitakata Ramen known for its Niboshi (sardines), based Shoyu with Tonkotsu (pork bones) broth for lunch. Then head Yamagata to visit Takahata Winery producing genuine Japanese Wine from Delaware, Chardonnay, Muscat. You can choose your favorite one to purchase (resumption of sample is not sure for now) Then to our hotel located next to Yamagata Train Station. Enjoy Kaiseki dinner combined with some “Osechi Ryori” (Japanese traditional new year cuisine) Dishes. 

22 JAN (FRI) YAMAGATA / MT. ZAO,
HOTEL METROPOLITAN YAMAGATA
Head to Zao Mountain range offering a picturesque scenery throughout the year to ride Rope way to mountain top station (5,285ft). During the ride you will see beautiful fantasy world of Juhyo” (Snow Monster). Numerous of trees covered by snow and ice look like imaginary monsters. (Weather permitting). This phenomenon occurs in only a few places around the world. These otherworldly shapes looming on the vast landscape are truly amazing! Visit Tendo, known as a production center (90% share) for Shogi (Japanese Chess) piece that designated as the National traditional Art craft. Enjoy shopping at the store for their collection of Shogi products with many deferent Kanji character painted on it. Go to Miyagikyo Nikka Whisky Distillery to learn and try tasting their products that has been recognized to rank among the world's best single malt whiskies and have won numerous awards. 

23 JAN (SAT) NAGAOKA,
HOTEL NEW OTANI NAGAOKA
In The morning, enjoy the ultimate winter fun. Riding on Snow Mobile and Banana boat, Snow Rafting, etc. (for those who want to). We will visit Northern Culture Museum, the former residence of a wealthy farming family in the Edo Period. This “farmhouse palace” is filled by full of Art and Tradition and well-harmonized with Banqueting Hall displaying Paintings and calligraphy, Chanoma (Living Room) used by the head of the household to receive visitors, Art gallery room, etc. Well preserved Japanese Garden can be seen from the building as well. Those who wish to, try Mochi Pounding here and freshly pounded Mochi will be served for everybody! Then to our hotel located by Nagaoka train station. After check-in, enjoy holo-holo near the hotel.

24 JAN (SUN) TAKASAKI,
HOTEL METROPOLITAN TAKASAKI 
Then to Tamagawa Shuzo Sake Brewery, has 340 years history. Learn the secret of their production with "Yukikura (Snow room)", a storage room kept its low temperature by snow as a "natural refrigerator". And try some sample of their products including “Shiboritate Genshu” that is available only in this season and enjoy shopping. Then to Naeba to try riding “Doragondora” a Gondola Lift to go up to middle of Mt Naeba (4416ft). During ride we will enjoy dynamic scenery of deep snow land with going up and down like a dragon. Our hotel is connected to Takasaki Train Station. After arrival, enjoy holo-holo and dinner for your favorite food. 

25 JAN (MON) LAKE KAWAGUCHI,
HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Nagano. Visit Nitta Jozo Miso Factory originally established in 1855 to learn about production of Shinshu Miso and try tasting Miso Soup and enjoy shopping for their products of Miso, Miso Senbei, etc. Stop at Aeon Shopping Center to enjoy shopping and lunch. Then proceed to Lake Kawaguchi, a very popular resort area where spectacular views of Mt. Fuji can be enjoyed. Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, with the picture window of all the room facing it. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot Spring Bath and enjoy delicious Sukiyaki Dinner in the evening. 1 bottle of alcohol per person allowed to bring at banquet room to enjoy!!  

26 JAN (TUE) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Then go to Lake Sai, one of Fuji 5 lakes, to visit Saiko Iyashi no Sato Village where you can step into the revived old Japanese village with traditional thatched roof houses. If weather is fine, you can command a stunning view of Mt. Fuji between the thatched roofs with snow covering a whole village. Then to our hotel in Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. Hotel is connecting to underground shopping mall and within easy walking distance to department store, big electronics store, 100Yen shop, etc. (Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense.) 

27 JAN (WED) YOKOHAMA / HONOLULU
At checkout time our agent will come to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. Afternoon proceed to Narita Airport to catch Japan Airline Flight #786 in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 27 JAN (WED) After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home.  (Lunch and 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 3 months 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: 
10 JANUARY 2021 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM 
ATTIRE: CASUAL
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG @ 477 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.


**We at Tohoku Travel and Yokohama Travel apologized due to the Coronavirus, at this time we can’t provide the listing of our future tour costs and airfares. Tohoku Travel Service Inc will be closed until 6 January 2021Thank you for your understanding and patience. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us via e-mail. 
Please take care of yourself and and your families.



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