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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPRING CIRCLE KYUSHU TOUR WITH WORLD’S GREATEST LIGHT FESTIVAL #5A
MARCH 02, 2021 (TUE) - MARCH 14, 2021 (SUN)

TOUR ITINERARY
2 MAR (TUE) HONOLULU
Leave Daniel K. Inouye International Airport via Hawaiian Airline Flight. Dinner and Breakfast will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.

3 MAR (WED) HAKATA,
HAKATA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Arrive at Fukuoka Int’l Airport by direct flight operated by Hawaiian airlines. After clearance of government formalities, by bus to the hotel in Hakata, biggest city in Kyushu. Hotel is located near downtown Nakasu area, where good for shopping and strolling, etc. 

4 MAR (THU) HAKATA,
HAKATA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Go to Dazaifu used to be an important administrative center about 1,000 years ago. Visit Tenmangu Shirine, dedicated to the Japanese deity of education. The approach to the shrine is lined with a variety of local shops including shop selling local specialty “Umegae-mochi.” You will get a chance when it’s best eaten hot off the grill. The shrine is also known for Ume blossoms. 6,000 Ume trees will bloom and fill the garden this time of season (depending on climate). Later visit Konpeito (Japanese sugar candy) Kingdom. Konpeito candy is a traditional Japanese sweet with a history over 460 years. We will try making our own Konpeito candy. Then head to Kushida Shrine, originally built in 757 as a guardian deity of Hakata. We’ll visit Machiya Furusato Museum, that celebrates the history and cultural heritage of Hakata. Look at the creative displays of folk culture and items used in everyday life in a 150-year-old designed houses of a traditional weaver. Also, it will be a perfect place to purchase Hakata’s traditional crafts such as Hakata textile, Hakata doll, etc. You will get a chance to enjoy strolling at Kawabata Shopping Arcade, Hakata’s oldest shopping street lined with various kind of store carrying Traditional souvenirs of Hakata, Japanese Tea, Kimono wear, etc. 

5 MAR (FRI) SASEBO,
HOTEL OKURA JR HUIS TEN BOSCH (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Ushinoo Ume Forest known as the best Ume flower viewing place with 13,000 Ume trees lining over since 19th century. Then head to Huis Ten Bosch, a very popular medieval theme park that recreates a Dutch town in the 17th century. Entire park is filled with life size replicas of old Dutch style buildings. There are lovely windmills, picturesque canals and beautiful flowers which makes you feel as if you are in Netherlands. Here you can see various types of entertainment during our visit. (Admission is included). There will be a good chance to catch the spectacular “Kageki the revue” (Takarazuka style show). With great singing and dancing by female dancers called the “Broadway in Japan.” Location of our Hotel is right in front of Huis Ten Bosch, with a big gift shop, pastry shop, Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath. After dinner those that want to go back the park again will experience the Kingdom of lights festival with over 13 million lights and illumination displays in the throughout the amusement park. It is called the "World's greatest light festival." This night illumination is ranked as No.1 in Japan.

6 MAR (SAT) NAGASAKI,
HOTEL NEW NAGASAKI
Today we head to Nagasaki an intriguing and attractive city with an incredible history with close ties to Europe & China. Here we will enjoy “Strawberry picking” where you get a chance to taste fresh sweet Japanese strawberries right off the vine in season. Then proceed to Nagasaki Peace Park that commemorates the city’s destruction by the Atomic Bomb that was dropped on Aug. 9, 1945. There is a massive Peace Statue and various other statues which promote and urge the concept of World Peace. We will also visit Atomic Bomb Museum, aiming to contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of lasting world peace. You can enjoy shopping for Pearl products one of Nagasaki’s specialties, head to our hotel located close to the Nagasaki train station and shopping building with supermarket, Tokyu hands, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you Holo-Holo near the hotel. 

7 MAR (SUN) NAGASAKI,
HOTEL NEW NAGASAKI
Visit Glover Garden, an emblem of Nagasaki known as the setting for a famous opera “Madame Butterfly.” The elegance of the period of foreign settlement, nestled in scenic background offers a superb and extensive view of Nagasaki Harbor. The garden feature the former Glover Residence Japan’s oldest western wooden building has added to the list of World Heritage Site in 2015. Then visit Dejima, site of the former Dutch trading post that was Japan’s only “Window to the outside world” during the national isolation period (1641 - 1859). Enjoy strolling at an open-air museum with many different types of traditional buildings to include various residences for Dutch traders, warehouses, a protestant school, etc. Later visit Koshibyo Shrine, Japan’s only full-scale Chinese style Confucius’s mausoleum built in 1893. This colorful, atmospheric shrine is quite prominent. The museum exhibits a wide range of artifacts from China. Tonight’s dinner will be at a restaurant on top of a mountain that will offer breathtaking panoramic view of Nagasaki City Skyline which is considered “one of three most spectacular night views in the world.”

8 MAR (MON) KUMAMOTO,
HOTEL NIKKO KUMAMOTO 
Today we head to Shimabara peninsula to catch a 45-minute ferry ride to the third largest city in Kyushu “Kumamoto”, an old castle town blessed with an abundance of nature. We will visit Suizenji Garden. A spacious Japanese style garden that was built in 17th century that is registered as a National historic site of scenic beauty. This landscape garden features the reproductions of the 53 post stations of the Tokaido road which are scattered throughout the garden. Enjoy a relaxing walk along a circular path where you can even find a miniature Mt. Fuji. Ume flowers should be in full bloom through-out the garden depending on the climate. We will stay at wonderful city hotel located in the city center and close to department store and shopping mall. After hotel check-in, enjoy Holo-Holo around the hotel.

9 MAR (TUE) KAGOSHIMA,
KAGOSHIMA SUN ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨ 
Head to Hitoyoshi, a 700-year-old castle town called “Small Kyoto in Kyushu.” We will visit Kamata Jozojo that be producing their Miso and Shoyu for 90 years. Enjoy shopping for their authentic products at their factory shop. Afterwards, head to Kagoshima that has been gaining attention because of NHK’s 2018 TV Drama “Segodon.” The story of the life of historical figure Takamori Saigo who was born and raised in Kagoshima. We will visit Senganen Garden which attracts tourists because of a titular distinction of “One of the 36 of Japan’s most stunning places” selected by CNN. This World Cultural Heritage Sites was constructed in 1658 with fine design and has a refined taste, using Kinko bay to resemble the pond and Sakurajima island as the miniature mountain of the garden. We will stay at a modern city hotel that faces Sakurajima Island, the symbol of Kagoshima. Soak and Relax in the Onsen Hot Spring bath while viewing Sakurajima located in front of bathtub.

10 MAR (WED) MIYAZAKI,
ANA HOLIDAY INN RESORT MIYAZAKI (ONSEN) ♨ 
Today we will visit the Museum of Meiji Restoration, you can learn about dramatic history of the Meiji Restoration with robotic show including Takamori Saigo appearing with English translation. Then catch a 15-minute ferry to Sakurajima Island, one of World’s most active volcanoes with minor eruptions occurs multiple times per day. You can feel the power of the nature when you see rising steam up close. Then head to Aoshima Island, a National Special Natural Monument with unusual wavy rock formation called Oni-no Sentakuita (Ogre’s washboard), with stripe patterns that show up at low tide. These perfectly straight rows of rock look as if they were manmade. We will stay at popular resort hotel located in famous resort area of Kyushu. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot spring bath where you can look over beautiful Hyuganada sea while bathing.

11 MAR (THU) BEPPU,
HOTEL FUYOU CLUB (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Saitobaru, a National Historic site where more than 300 burial mounds from 4th-7th century that are scattered around which is the largest site in Japan. Visit Archaeological Museum displaying excavated artifacts from the tombs taking you back to ancient time in Japan. Later we will go to Cape Hyuga where you can see magnificent scenery with many beautiful facing rocks in Hyuganada Sea. Umagase at the tip of the cape is a precipitous cliff of pillared-like rocks, towering 230 feet high (highest in Japan) and commands excellent view of waves below breaking against rocks. Then head to Beppu, known as the world’s second largest source of thermal spring water after Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy famous Beppu's Onsen Hot spring bath boasting 100 % pure Hot spring water which comes directly from the hot spring source.

12 MAR (FRI) KOKURA,
RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA
We will enjoy and experience the awesome “Onsen hot spring capital,” Beppu Jigoku (Hell of Boiling Spring). Tour the hot springs for spectacular views instead of bathing which has a different effect in its own way. We will see Chinoike Jigoku (blood pond hell) features a pond of hot, blood-red water. This amazing pond takes its impressive color from red clay that dissolves in the natural hot spring water. And see Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell). One of the most beautiful hells features a pond of boiling, turquoise blue water that resembles the sea. Its waters are 394 feet depth and with a temperature of 208 degree Fahrenheit. Later go to Ao-no Domon which is the rugged 600 feet long tunnel that one Buddhist monk in 18th century had dug only by using chisel by his hand and taking 30 years to complete. You can feel the monk’s indomitable spirit trying to repent for his sins. Then go to hotel next to Kokura station and its shopping area. Upon arrival at hotel, tour guide will take you Holo-Holo to station area.

13 MAR (SAT) KOKURA,
RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA
Visit TOTO Museum. The world’s most innovative toilet company, “TOTO” opened their museum on the company’s 100th anniversary. It’s a fun museum where you can learn everything about toilets and the transition and evolution of Japanese toilet culture. Its museum shop carries various original goods that are fun for souvenirs. Then cross Kanmon Straits to get Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi prefecture, known by some great historical sea battles in Japanese history such as battle leading to the fall of the Heike clan in 1185 and duel between Musashi Miyamoto and Kojiro Sasaki in 1612. We will visit famous Karato fish Market for some fun shopping for Dried Seafood, Seaweed, Processed sea products, etc., with a lively atmosphere. This will be the best chance to enjoy today’s fresh caught Sushi at the famous fish market (You can purchase at your own expense from 1 piece or more). Enjoy shopping and lunch at AEON Shopping Center before going back to the hotel. (Lunch & dinner will be at your own expense.)

14 MAR (SUN) KOKURA / HONOLULU
At checkout time our agent will come to tape & tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. Afternoon proceed to Fukuoka Airport to catch Hawaiian Airline Flight in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 14 MAR (SUN) 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: 28 FEBRUARY 2021 (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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