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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S MAGNIFICENT NATURE IN “FLOWER LAND” HOKKAIDO TOUR #14
JUNE 29, 2020 (TUESDAY) - JULY 11, 2020 (SUNDAY)

TOUR ITINERARY
29 JUN (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.

30 JUN (WED) CHITOSE,
AIR TERMINAL HOTEL
Arrive at Chitose International Airport in Hokkaido and after government formalities. We will walk to our hotel that is connected to the airport terminal building. Hokkaido’s climate is a lot cooler than mainland Japan and a popular tourist destination in July.

1 JUL (THU) OTARU,
GRAND PARK OTARU
Visit the world-renowned #1 soy sauce producer “Kikkoman Shoyu Factory.” See the process of brewing traditional soy sauce and many soy sauce-based seasonings beloved throughout the world. Their products will be available for purchase. Later visit Japan’s biggest English style garden, the beautiful “Yuni Garden” filled with a variety of flowers in season. See Rose, Linaria, and other flowers magnificently blooming in an enormous garden (if timing is right). Store will carry original jams, local souvenirs, herb teas, pickles, etc. Then head to Otaru, regarded as “One of the most picturesque cities in Japan” thanks to romantic city atmosphere that is immersed in history. We will stay at a five-star hotel connected to a big shopping complex, with a Supermarket, Home-center, 100- yen shop, etc. After hotel check-in you will have free time to shop around or just rest.

2 JUL (FRI) OTARU,
GRAND PARK OTARU
Otaru still creates an atmosphere of the good old days in a 19th century with many historical western style buildings, nostalgic warehouses, etc. Enjoy strolling around the Sakaimachi, an attractive street lined with old merchant shops from the 1800's. You can visit Otaru Glassware Store, another trademark of Otaru with the brilliant and delicate glasses creating refreshing atmosphere. Here, you can buy popular Dripless Shoyu bottle and other glass products. Also visit Music box Museum carrying a large collection of beautiful and intricate music boxes that can be purchased. Later visit Herring Mansion. The Herring fishing industry had a major role in the history of Otaru. This large mansion was built for wealthy fishermen. The power and wealth of fishermen during the height of the herring era is reflected in the historic residence. Then return to Otaru and stop at Otaru Canal, a symbolic spot creates the sense of nostalgia with well-preserved old warehouses lining canal.

3 JUL (SAT) LAKE TOYA,
TOYAKO MANSEIKAKU HOTEL LAKESIDE TERRACE (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Yoichi Distillery a main distillery of Nikka Whisky. It has been attracting many tourists because founder Masataka Taketsuru and his wife Rita served as the model for the NHK’s TV drama “Massan.” You will have a chance to buy famous Nikka whisky. And visit the Hokkai Soran Festival, an annual festival held in Yoichi, the birthplace of famous folk song “Soran-bushi.” This festival features a Traditional Song, Drum performance and delicious food stalls. Later have fun picking and tasting Japanese Cherry in season. These cherries are very different from the American Cherries. Later visit Kyogoku Waterpark located at the foot of spectacular Mt. Yotei. A beautiful river runs through the park with a spout that distributes cool water from Mt.Yotei and known as “One of the top one hundred purest spring waters in Japan.” We will stay at the resort hotel located in front of beautiful Lake Toya for two nights. After a big buffet dinner, enjoy a spectacular lakeside firework show right from your room. Relax and soak at the Hot Spring Bath and Open-air Bath with beautiful lakeside view.

4 JUL (SUN) LAKE TOYA,
TOYAKO MANSEIKAKU HOTEL LAKESIDE TERRACE (ONSEN) ♨
Lake Toya is praised as “One of three most impressive landscapes in Hokkaido” and authorized in the UNESCO Global Geopark with an active volcano “Mt. Usu” has erupted 4 times within the past 100 years. We will visit the Volcano Science Museum with visual displays of the eruption complete with a special sound system with English narration. After we will ride Mt. Usu Rope Way to the observation station to observe one of Japan’s most active volcanoes up close with swirls of white smoke. Also, you will see another volcano and one of Japan’s youngest mountains “Showa Shinzan” that has been designated as a Special National Monument. Later visit Marine Park Nixe, Hokkaido’s biggest aquarium in combination with Danish theme park. Enjoy spectacular music and light show with 10,000 sardines swimming in sequence creating a colorful reflection of the sardines that resembles the Milky Way. Tonight, we will enjoy Japanese Kaiseki dinner in the evening.

5 JUL (MON) JOZANKEI VALLEY,
JOZANKEI MANSEIKAKU HOTEL MILIONE (ONSEN) ♨
Go to recently build National Ainu Museum and park to learn about the aborigines in Hokkaido. You will experience various aspects of Ainu culture and lifestyle at this open-air museum. We will see their traditional dance and singing that is listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Then head to Lake Shikotsu, one of the top three clearest and deepest lakes in Japan. We will ride a sightseeing boat to see the beautiful contrast of the tranquil blue lake with the surrounding greenery and mountain. This glass bottom boat will let you observe the rough rocks and lake fishes at the bottom of the lake. Then proceed to Hokkaido’s largest hot spring town Jozankei Onsen, surrounded by lush greenery and magnificent canyons dotted with picturesque views. Perfect opportunity to Relax in the Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Bath that contains a large variety of minerals that are considered beneficial for all types of skin conditions.

6 JUL (TUE) ASHIBETSU,
ASHIBETSU STAR LIGHT HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the site of the 1972 Winter Olympics large hill ski jumping Okurayama Ski Jump stadium. If you wish to you can try riding Ski lift to go up to observatory looking down Sapporo city. Later head to Iwamizawa to visit Hokkaido’s largest Rose garden with 630 types of roses in bloom. This will be the perfect time to take a leisurely strolling around big Rose garden on clear day. Later enjoy beautiful scenery of the vast spacious green fields while driving on highway to Sunagawa Highway Oasis, this big shopping area is where you can buy most of Hokkaido’s major local specialties. Then go to Ashibetsu famous for high-quality hot springs listed as National Hot Spring Health Resorts which is the only one in Hokkaido. Soak and Refresh in the nation insurance Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air "Roten buro" Bath.

7 JUL (WED) SHIROGANE ONSEN,
HOTEL PARK HILLS (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the “Best Sake brewery in Hokkaido” Otokoyama Sake Brewery. At the museum you will learn the history and brewing process of their Sake. Here you can taste their Fresh Sake and purchase it! Then go to Biei. It will be the best season to visit to see the pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes created by hills with various fields. One of its highlights is a view of Patchwork Hill with tremendous fields and hills covered with various colors of shrubbery. You will be amazed by the beautiful landscape that resembles patchwork. Later visit Shikisai Flower Garden, a panoramic flower garden where you can leap into the grand nature of Hokkaido. Enjoy amazing colors and fragrances of several dozen different flowers that carpet the hill. Then proceed to world-renowned “Furano”, with its breathtaking Lavender flowers in bloom. Our hotel is in Shirogane Hot Spring Town. Upon arrival at the hotel, our tour guide will take you to see a beautiful waterfall and cobalt blue river near the hotel. Good chance to unwind and soak in 100 % pure hot spring water at Hot spring Bath and Open Air "Rotenburo" Bath.

8 JUL (THU) SAHORO,
SAHORO RESORT HOTEL
Hokkaido’s seasonal highlight in July is “Lavender”! We will visit Farm Tomita one of Hokkaido’s best lavender viewing spot. Enjoy a spectacular view of the magnificent “Purple Carpet” Lavender fields with Mt. Daisetsu and Tokachi mountain range as a backdrop. You can see the beautiful colors of nature at its highest. Later visit Furano Winery to enjoy tasting local Furano wine. This winery also has its own lavender field. Tonight’s accommodation is a nice resort hotel surrounded by nature here you can enjoy a big public bath and open-air bath (Sorry! Not Onsen hot spring) and enjoy peaceful walk around the hotel in the morning.

9 JUL (FRI) SAPPORO,
CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Enjoy an exceptional experience at Bear Mountain here you will get a chance for a up close look of the Brown bear, the largest land animal in Japan. Here you can safely see them up close from a caged bus in their natural habitat. At the central observation point, large glass windows will let you stare eyeball to eyeball with the bears. Then head to Yubari well known as “Melon Kingdom” that producing “Best Melon in Japan.” Enjoy lunch with famous Yubari Melon right in season. Later go to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest city. Visit Shiroi Koibito Park, a confectionery theme park of Hokkaido’s most famous souvenir “Shiroi Koibito cookies.” See how these delicious cookies are made and enjoy shopping. Our hotel is located next to Sapporo station with department store and underground shopping mall. After hotel check in, tour guides will take you Holo-Holo to shopping area.

10 JUL (SAT) SAPPORO,
CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Go to a lovely central park in Sapporo Odori Park. Beautified with colorful flower beds, green space, artistic statues, fountain, etc. We will visit Sapporo TV Tower the symbol of the city. From 296 feet high observation deck take in the panoramic view of the city and surrounding Mountains while enjoying the beautiful seasonal view of Odori Park. Next, we will visit Sapporo Central Wholesale Market a popular spot for local people as well as tourists. You can buy Dried Seafood, Processed marine products, Local specialties, etc., at the wholesale price. Also stop at big Aeon Shopping Mall to enjoy shopping and lunch. Then visit Yurigahara Lily Park a great place to stroll and enjoy the fresh air and nature. Lilies will be the season with about 100 different types blooming throughout the park. Then go back to our hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, Free Time to finish Shopping, Packing, etc. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense.)

11 JUL (SUN) SAPPORO / 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 International Airport to catch Hawaiian Airline Flight to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 11 JUL (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!


TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: 20 JUNE 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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