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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN LEAVES & WINTER ILLUMINATION WITH MT.FUJI TOUR #21
27 NOVEMBER (SATURDAY) 2021 - 9 DECEMBER (THURSDAY) 2021  ESCORT: WAYNE

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

28 NOV (SUN) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita International Airport and after entry government formalities, proceed by bus to our hotel in Japan’s 2nd largest city Yokohama. After hotel check-in enjoy some free time to shop, meet your relatives, friends or just rest. We will stay 3 nights at the hotel which is connecting to underground shopping mall and within easy walking distance to department stores, big electronics store, ¥100 Yen shop, etc. Upon arrival, tour guides will take you around the hotel.

29 NOV (MON) YOKOHAMA / KAMAKURA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Today we will visit Kamakura, a historical picturesque town that retains traces of turbulent medieval Japan. It has a long and illustrious history reflected in its architectural legacy in shrines and temples. Visit Kamakura’s most important and significant shrine Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. It became the center of politics & culture during the Kamakura Period (1185~1333). It will be in season of the fabulous Autumn colors. Red- and yellow-colored trees blend remarkably with the shrine buildings making it pure soul-nurturing beauty. Later enjoy strolling Komachi-Dori Street lined with Japanese-style sweet shops, Traditional souvenir shops, etc., unique to the ancient city with an old historic atmosphere. Then go to see Great Buddha of Kamakura. Japan’s second largest 43.8 feet tall a monumental bronze Buddha statue is the symbol of Kamakura. It was cast in the year 1252 and designated as a National Treasure.

30 NOV (TUE) YOKOHAMA / TOKYO,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Head to Tokyo to enjoy Autumn Leaves that should be during the right season. Enjoy driving around Tokyo metropolitan area to see the brilliant fall colors scenery. We will drive by Meiji Shrine Outer Precinct, one of the most beautiful Autumn foliage spots in Tokyo. If timing is right, the rows of uniquely trimmed Ginkgo trees turn into stunning golden color. Then drive to National Diet Building the road leading to the building is also famous spot has a superb view of beautiful Ginkgo trees along the roadway. Later visit Zojoji temple, originally built in 1393 and was the family temple of Tokugawa Shoguns that ruled Japan in the Edo period (1603-1868). This beautiful and peaceful temple’s massive main building with symbolic Tokyo Tower in the background makes for postcard-like pictures. In the evening, for those who wish to take a Yokohama Night View Tour. In the winter, the city transforms into a light up magical winter wonderland by elaborate and beautiful illuminations.

1 DEC (WED) AKISHIMA, TOKYO,
FOREST INN SHOWAKAN
Visit Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, an open-air museum where 30 architectural gems from the 19th to early 20th century Tokyo were restored and relocated. This is expected to be the right season for Autumn colors. Enjoy strolling and seeing how the cityscape and buildings have changed throughout history in Japan. Later visit Tokyo’s largest amusement park Yomiuri Land offering fun and entertainment to Tokyoites since 1964. We will see “Jewellumination” (named after Jewel and Illumination) which is the largest illumination festival in Kanto region. Everywhere in this amusement park has been lit up by 6.5 million lights. Those beautiful winter landscape lights sparkle like a thousand jewels. Then proceed to Akishima in western Tokyo close to Yokota air base. We will stay at quiet urban resort hotel with 16-acre vast forest in background. You can enjoy peaceful walk in the morning while viewing Autumn colored trees.

2 DEC (THU) LAKE YAMANAKA,
HOTEL MOUNT FUJI (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Mt. Takao, specified for the maximum of 3-star sightseeing spot in Japan by French travel guidebook for its magnificent beauty. Ride the Japan’s steepest Cable Car at 889 feet. difference of elevation to enjoy beautiful Autumn scenery depending on climate of the year. On a clear day you can observe a superb view of Kanto plain, skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo, etc. Visit “Saru or monkey bridge” 1 of 3 most famous ancient bridges in Japan, designated as National Place of Scenic Beauty. This bridge keeps its original form made by layering bridge girders without using any pier since 1,300 years ago. Then visit Maglev Exhibition Center. The world’s fastest bullet train at 374 mph based on Maglev will start operation in 2027. We will learn about superconductive linear mechanisms in detail. Then go to Lake Yamanaka, the largest of the 5 lakes of Mt. Fuji. We will stay at a Highland Resort filled with a refreshing atmosphere of Mt. Fuji and Lake Yamanaka. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot spring & Open-air bath with view of Mt. Fuji.

3 DEC (FRI) LAKE YAMANAKA / KOFU,
HOTEL MOUNT FUJI (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning experience an exciting attraction at the foot of Mt. Fuji “Fuji Airways” called the “Next generation movie theater”. Take a virtual 4D flight that will give you a full sensory experience with stunning aerial views of Mt. Fuji. The rites of winter in this area are making elaborate traditional “Dried Persimmons.” We will see photogenic dried persimmons hanging from farmhouses eaves here you can purchase this Japanese delicacy in winter. Later we will visit Herb Garden Tabi-nikki to see herbal flower and taste herb tea. Also enjoy shopping for many herb products such as natural and organic cosmetics, hand cream, soap, etc. In the evening for those who wish we will take you to Lake Yamanaka Art Illumination Festival. We will see about 100 different illumination displays over vast grounds in a warm scene of lights.

4 DEC (SAT) IZU HATAKE ONSEN,
DAISENYA (ONSEN) ♨
Today we will visit Chichibunomiya Memorial Park. Originally was Gotemba imperial villa where former Prince and Princess stayed during and after World War II. You can stroll around the garden with Autumn leaves from which Mt. Fuji can be seen on clear days. Then go to Atami famous for its scenic beauty with seasonal aspects surrounded by the sea and mountains. We will enjoy browsing around Atami Baien garden, known as the latest Autumn colors, to change in Japan where the Maple Festival is held during this time of year. You will see picturesque sceneries while strolling along the pathway with beautifully colored maple trees. Also have fun “Mikan tangerine Picking.” Izu Mikan tangerine has the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. Then head to Onsen resort hotel where Mt. Fuji can be seen on clear day. Enjoy delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner in the evening and a relaxing soak at Hot Spring Bath & Open-air Rotenburo bath, designated as a Hot Spring with recuperative properties by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.

5 DEC (SUN) NIHONDAIRA PLATEAU,
NIPPONDAIRA HOTEL
Head to Shuzenji, one of the oldest and most famous hot spring resort towns in Izu and a well-known place to see the Autumn Colors. We will visit Shuzenji Maple Forest where you can walk about to see over 1,000 Japanese Maple trees with deep crimson leaves making your autumn pictures stand out. Later visit Izunokuni Panorama Park to ride the Rope Way to get to 1,483 feet. high mountain top where you can enjoy stunningly beautiful landscapes with Mt. Fuji on clear day. Later visit Japan’s longest pedestrian only suspension bridge at 1,312 feet. long “Mishima Skywalk”. Here you can see the “3 of Japan’s Bests” at once. The bridge is the longest in Japan, Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan and Suruga Bay is the deepest bay in Japan. We will stay at Deluxe Resort hotel located on the top of Nihondaira Plateau which is No. 1 in the “Plains” category of the list of Japan’s top 100 sightseeing destinations because of the best view of Mt. Fuji. You will have a large picture window in your room that faces Mt. Fuji, you can enjoy Mt. Fuji while laying down on bed. (Wishing good weather!)

6 DEC (MON) GOTEMBA,
GOTEMBA KOGEN HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Shizuoka is widely known as the “Green Tea Capital” which is responsible for over 40% of Japan’s tea production. Visit Japanese Tea Factory. You can purchase their product which is like a “Deep-steamed Green Tea” which is said to “Taste better than other types of Japanese Green Tea.” Next head to Aeon Shopping Mall for shopping and lunch. After lunch we will visit World Heritage Site Shiraito (White Thread) Falls that is designated as National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Treasure of Japan. The 492 feet. wide cascade is fed by glassy snowmelt water from Mt. Fuji and flows off the edge of a 66 feet. high arc-shaped cliff. Hundreds of thin white waterfalls that looks like hanging white silk threads from the lava wall. Then go to Gotemba, which boast beautiful views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. Our hotel is located at Gotemba highlands resort complex. In the evening you can enjoy a spectacular Night Illumination featuring 5.5 million lights in 1500 feet. long tunnel. Experience this fascinating display of lights in a winter atmosphere. You can also enjoy the Onsen Hot Spring.

7 DEC (TUE) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Today we will head to Hakone one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. We will enjoy a tranquilizing Boat Cruise on a serene Lake Ashi surrounded by beautiful mountains. Enjoy the best views of the lake in combination with Mt. Fuji can best be seen by boat. Then go to Odawara originally developed as a castle town in the 16th century. We will visit the newly opened in Dec 2020 Minaka Odawara a shopping complex with 35 shops and restaurants characterized by its authentic Japanese design, which is typical of Odawara’s prosperous days as a castle town during the Edo period. Later head back to Yokohama after arriving at our hotel you will have free time to relax in your room or do more shopping.

8 DEC (WED) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
This morning we will go to Yokohama Wholesale Market to buy Japanese traditional foods such as Tsukemono pickles, Umeboshi, etc., at wholesale price. After we will drive through Yamashita Park Avenue hopefully timing is right as the streets will be covered in a golden carpet of ginkgo leaves. Next, we will ride the “Sea Bass Ocean bus” taking in the views of Yokohama skyline from Yokohama bay. Then we will go to world’s first “Food amusement park” the Ramen Museum. You can taste famous local ramen at 7 different ramen eateries from all over Japan. After going back to the hotel, Free Time to continue shopping, packing, etc. (Lunch / Dinner will be at your own expense)

9 DEC (THU) 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. In the afternoon proceed to Narita International Airport to catch Airline Flight # in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 9 DEC (Thursday). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch at your own expense / Dinner on the plane.) 

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.

*At this moment Tohoku Travel Service are working on the prices for all our tours. They will be posted soon, as we are also waiting for airfare prices. Mahalo for your patience.


TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE:  
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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