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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S TRAVEL THROUGH NORTHERN JAPAN TO
HOKKAIDO "SHINRYOKU" FLOWER VIEWING TOUR #8
MAY 09, 2021 (SUN) - MAY 21, 2021 (FRI) 

TOUR ITINERARY
9 MAY (SUN) HONOLULU
Leave Daniel K. Inouye Int’l Airport. Dinner and Breakfast will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks. 

10 MAY (MON) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO,
HOTEL METROPOLITAN 
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after entry formalities, proceed by bus to hotel in Ikebukuro, one of Tokyo’s multiple city centers. Hotel is located within easy walking distance to Shopping district. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you Holo-Holo around the hotel.

11 MAY (TUE) INAWASHIRO,
INAWASHIRO RESORT HOTEL ONSEN ♨ 
Go to Ashikaga Flower Park CNN’s “Top 10 Dream Destinations in the World.” To view Wisterias this park has various colors of blossoms from Beautiful Purple, White and Yellow wisterias trees are blooming continuously from April to May will be in season. (Blooming level depends on climate of the year). Then go to Sano known for its Ramen with a rich deep flavored of Shoyu broth and curly noodles. We will eat famous Sano Ramen for lunch. Later, head to beautiful Lake Inawashiro, called “Heaven’s mirror lake” renowned as one of the world’s highest pristine clearest lake. We will stay at resort hotel offers magnificent views of the lake from your room. You can Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Bath with a beautiful lake view.

12 MAY (WED) SENDAI,
SENDAI ROYAL PARK HOTEL 
Go to Aizu-Wakamatsu, made popular by the NHK’s Historical drama “Yae no Sakura” Heroine Yae Niijima was born here. Visit Oyakuen Garden, a lovely traditional Japanese garden which was constructed over 600 years ago for the feudal lord of Aizu. The garden is designated as “National Scenic Site” as a prime example of an Edo-period garden. Next visit Tsurugajo castle, the symbol of the Samurai City, Aizu. The castle gained fame as an impenetrable fortress when it withstood heavy attacks during the Boshin Civil War in 1868 during the middle of military phase of Meiji Restoration. (Yae Niijima disguised herself as man to fight in the war) Then go to Sendai the largest city in the Tohoku region and known as a modern city within the harmony of nature. Tonight’s hotel is located next to Outlet mall and Shopping complex.

13 MAY (THU) MORIOKA,
HOTEL METROPOLITAN MORIOKA 
Head to Hiraizumi, first World Heritage Site in Tohoku region. Visit National treasure Konjikido (Golden Hall) within Chusonji Temple, which built in 1124 to recreate an ideal Buddhist “Pure Land” or Jodo meaning Paradise in this world. It’s marvelous example of spiritual and cultural achievement in the region. After enjoying a local Mochi dish for lunch, visit Esashi Fujiwara Heritage Park, magnificent historical theme park recreates the glory of the Oshu-Fujiwara clan in 12th century. About 120 historical buildings such as brilliant castle fortifications, palace structures, government offices, etc., are accurately recreated. The park has been used as a shooting location for many Samurai movies and TV dramas. It enables you immerse yourself in the history and culture of magnificent dream tale of Heian period (794-1185). Then head to our hotel located close to Morioka train station and shopping area where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

14 MAY (FRI) AOMORI,
HOTEL JAL CITY AOMORI 
Go to Hachimantai National Park. We will enjoy driving on the Aspite Line, one of Japan’s best scenic driving roads with beautiful mountain views. If timing is right, we will enjoy driving through Great Wall of Snow called “Snow corridor.” The accumulation of the snow naturally piled to cover the road during winter season forming walls of snow on both sides of the road. This amazing experience is only available during this timeframe! Then head to Aomori and visit Warasse Nebuta Festival Museum dedicated to all aspects of the liveliest event in Aomori “Nebuta Festival.” You will see Gigantic and Colorful floats that were used during the festival. Feel the spirited and electrifying atmosphere of “one of Japan’s best known and biggest Summer events” that attracts 3 million visitors annually. Then go to the hotel located center of the Aomori city. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you Holo Holo around the hotel.

15 MAY (SAT) ONUMA HAKODATE,
ONUMA PRINCE HOTEL ONSEN ♨ 
In the morning go to Aomori station to ride Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train. As we cross to Hakodate in southern Hokkaido, via the Seikan Undersea Tunnel 33.5 miles long and the second world longest railway tunnel. Upon arrival we will visit the famous Hakodate Morning market with about 250 stores selling Hokkaido delicacies such as dried seafood, sweets, snacks, processed seafood products, etc. Later go to Goryokaku park, Japan’s first western style fort with its 5-pointed star-shape that is known as the last battle ground of the Boshin War. We will get a bird’s eye view at 351 feet from the Observatory Tower. Enjoy the amazing view of a huge star shape park along with the whole city of Hakodate. Tonight’s hotel is popular resort located in a National park that is surrounded by a beautiful untouched forest of white birches and oaks. Enjoy Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath where you can view beautiful forest over the pond while soaking hot spring bath.

16 MAY (SUN) CHITOSE,
ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHITOSE 
Stop at Morimachi to see Cherry blossoms (Sakura). If timing is right, 500 Sakura trees will be in seasonal bloom. Later proceed to Lake Toya, praised as “One of Hokkaido’s three most impressive landscapes” therefore, chosen as the venue of G8 Summit in 2008. We will visit a Special National Monument “Showa Shinzan volcano” one of Japan’s youngest mountains created between 1944-1945. With its active vents spewing sulfurous fumes now. Then go to Chitose Salmon Aquarium. See salmon and a variety of freshwater fishes in the northern ecosystem. You can peer inside the Chitose river in Japan’s first “underwater observation room”. We will participate in the release of baby salmon into river that is available only during this season. Tonight’s hotel is located close to Aeon supermarket. After hotel check in, your tour guide will take you shopping.

17 MAY (MON) MAKUBETSU TOKACHI,
MAKUBETSU ONSEN GRANDVRIO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨ 
Head to Tokachi where once described as “Real Hokkaido is here.” Enjoy extraordinary experience at Bear Mountain where you will get a chance to see closer the Brown bear, the largest land animal in Japan. Here you can safely see them living in a real forest up close from caged bus. Afterward, go to Shichiku Garden, one of Tokachi’s most renowned sites. It features a large area with various kinds of seasonal flowers and commanding view of the Hidaka mountain range, providing spectacular and impressive scenes. This garden has been created by the beloved “Granny Shichiku,” for over 30 years. It has been often featured by the TV, Newspaper, etc. Then proceed to the hotel in Makubetsu Onsen, one of only two hot spring resorts in the world that use moor hot spring water. It is good for beauty, neuralgia, muscle pains and dermatitis. Enjoy Soaking and Relaxing in famous Onsen Hot spring bath and Open-Air Bath. *Private Onsen is available (own expense).

18 MAY (TUE) LAKE KUSSHARO,
KUSSHARO PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨ 
Head to Eastern Hokkaido a popular tourist destination filled with primitive natural wonders. We will visit an Ainu village in Lake Akan to see the Ainu ritual dance and singing. Ainu are the aborigines of the Northern part of Japan. These dance rites have been listed as an Intangible World Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Later visit Lake Mashu, considered by many as “Japan’s most beautiful lake” for of its sublime beauty. You can see postcard and picture-perfect nature scenery on clear day. Then proceed to Watanabe Experience Farm where they breed 120 dairy cows on a large 173 acres meadow to learn about the dairy farming and cows. Those who would like to try milking or feeding the cow will be given the opportunity. Then head to our hotel facing to Lake Kussharo, a large cobalt blue lake that lies in the largest caldera in Japan. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot spring bath and Open-Air “Roten buro” Bath.

19 MAY (WED) SOUNKYO GORGE,
CHOYOTEI (ONSEN) ♨ 
Go to Higashi-mokoto to enjoy the impressive view of vibrant pink flowers “Shibazakura” (moss phlox) that blankets a huge hillside. Enjoy strolling around the park with a magnificent scenery of moss phlox resembling little Sakura flowers which create wonderful landscapes. It is one of Hokkaido’s most famous flower fields that should visit at least once in lifetime. Later visit Yama-no Aquarium. It is amazing to see Japan’s biggest freshwater fish “Ito (Japanese Huchen)” swimming and forming groups. Its Basin water tank is Japan’s first water dome tank where you can see the world under the waterfall. Then head to 530 feet high steep cliffs “Sounkyo Gorge” in a Daisetsuzan National Park with its unusual rock formations and beautiful greenery. We will see “One of the best 100 water falls in Japan” beautiful Ryusei (shooting star) and Ginga (galaxy) Waterfalls, cascading down through columnar joints on the sheer cliff. Tonight’s hotel is in cozy Sounkyo Hot spring town. Enjoy Onsen Hot spring bath and Open-Air Bath that you can feel nature of Hokkaido.

20 MAY (THU) SAPPORO,
CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Head to Sapporo the capital of Hokkaido is an attractive city considered to be “Northern Paradise” with an amazing gourmet food and plenty of picturesque scenery. On the way, visit AEON shopping Mall for lunch and shopping. And stop at a big shopping store Sunagawa Highway Oasis where you can shop for Hokkaido’s delicious local specialties. Our hotel is located next to Sapporo station with Department Store and Underground Shopping Mall. After hotel check in, Free time to go Shopping, Packing, etc. (Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense.)

21 MAY (FRI) HONOLULU 
At checkout time our agent will come to tape and tie-up our boxes and take down baggage to be checked in. We will leave the hotel by bus to Chitose Airport to catch our domestic flight to Narita Int’l Airport. Upon arrival at Narita, transfer to international Airline Flight to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 21 MAY (FRI) 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 90 days from day of departure. Weekend returns will cost more per person. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!


TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: 25 APRIL 2021 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM 
ATTIRE: CASUAL
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG @ 477 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.


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