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APRIL 13,2009(MON)/ #$06 NIIGATA SADO FLOWER VIEWING WITH 5 ONSEN 13D-TOUR Similar to previous year's tour #TOUR#06
  • All meals are included, EXCEPT LAST TOUR DAY, AND RETURN FLIGHT DAY

  • LIMIT TO ONE BUS

  • Departure Date APRIL 13,2009(MON)
    Tour Guide ROSS TERANISHI
    Air Japan Airlines
    TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
    DATE: MARCH 22, 2009(SUN) at 12 Noon
    PLACE: Hawaii Tokai International College Cafeteria
    2241 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii
    COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
    ATTIRE: INFORMAL-MUUMUU, ALOHA SHIRT
    (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 1/2HOURS)

    Itinerary
    APRIL 13(MON HONOLULU
    Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.
    APRIL 14(TUE) TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN TOKYO
    Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, by bus to our hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. It will be free time to meet your relatives, friends or just rest.
    APRIL 15(WED) KINUGAWA ASAYA HOTEL -ONSEN
    Visit Ashikaga Flower park to see the tulip, cherry blossoms etc.,(weather permitting) Stop at AEON shopping center for lunch and shopping. Go to Nikko Toshogu (World Heritage Site) known for the carving of the Three Monkeys; see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. Then to our hotel in Kinugawa. Soak and relax in the first HOTSPRING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH on this tour.
    APRIL 16 (THU) INAWASHIRO HOTEL LISTEL INAWASHIRO-ONSEN
    Head to Lake Rindo area, Tochigi. See the Begonia and enjoy Strawberry Picking at Ohana no Shiro (Flower Castle). Also shop for local souvenirs at this location. Next visit ASAHI Beer Factory to see the process of brewing beer and taste freshly made beer! Then proceed to out hotel in INAWASHIRO via Koriyama. After check in, enjoy strolling around the hotel. Soak and relax in HOTSPRING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH.
    APRIL 17(FRI)NIIGATA HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA
    Go to Tsuruga Castle, known as the tragedy of Byakkotai (Teenage samurai whom committed Harakiri) Also famous for Cherry trees around the castle. We will see Cherry Blossoms blooming if timing is right. Proceed to NIIGATA visit Niigata Prefectural Botanical Garden for Rhododendron and Azaleas. Also stop at Niigata Furu sato Mura for shopping and see the history of NIIGATA. Our hotel is located at the main shopping area in Niigata city. After check in good chance to holo-holo and shopping near the hotel.
    APRIL 18(SAT) SADO ISLAND HOTEL AZUMA-ONSEN
    Proceed to NIIGATA pier to board the JETFOIL to SADO ISLAND. There is a lot of picturesque coastal scenery and also visit to see the old customs such as the okesa dance. First, enjoy the fantastic view of the SENKAKU BAY SCENIC with its steep cliffs stretches over 1 mile. Next: visit its famous Gold Mine Museum. See the Meoto Iwa Rocks (Meoto means husband and wife) before going to the hotel. Two rocks lining close to each other like a couple. After dinner go to see Sado Okesa (traditional local dance in Sado). You get to sleep on traditional tatami floor. NO WESTERN ROOM IS AVAILABLE. Soak and relax in HOTSPRING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH. Also private Onsen (2 rooms) is available (own expense)
    APRIL 19(SUN) NIIGATA HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA
    In the morning go down to Nishimikawa area to enjoy Gold Picking. Try your luck at gold panning. Then stop at TOKI No MORI park to see symbol bird of SADO Island. Visit Mano Park filled with Cherry trees. We will see cherry blossoms blooming, if timing is right. Enjoy seeing NOH Dance Show performed by a Robot before catching the JETFOIL again and go back to NIIGATA City. After going back to the hotel, it will be free time to meet your relatives, shopping or just rest.
    APRIL 20(MON) NIIGATA HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA
    In the morning proceed to Murakami City to visit Iyoboya Salmon Museum. (Iyoboya means salmon in this area) to see fishing methods, salmon recipes and a little hatchery and a fish tank of river fish on display. Oshagiri Museum with exhibition of Floats actually used for Murakami Taisai Festival. Then back to Niigata city. We will see tulip blooming along the way to Murakami, if timing is right. Niigata produces the best rice in Japan. We will enjoy “grilling” senbei (rice cracker) at Senbei Kingdom before going back to the hotel. Also you can buy fresh Senbei at the factory store. Visit Imayo Tsukasa Sake factory to see inside a sake brewery and to tasting Niigata’s Sake.
    APRIL 21(TUE)AKAKURA AKAKURA KANKO HOTEL-ONSEN
    Visit the Shirone Kite Museum. There are 800 collections of kites and 3-D movie. Visit Echigo Tenryo No Sato, a theme park of the EDO period (1603-1867) Go to JOETSU Municipal Aquarium, before going to the hotel at AKAKURA Onsen. Soak and relax in HOTSPING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH. Also private Onsen (1 room) is available (free)
    APRIL 22(WED) KUSATSU KUSATSU NOW RESORT HOTEL-ONSEN
    Visit OBUSE TOWN, called A little Kyoto In Nagano. The town is renowned for all its charming streets with historic sites. Obuse is famous for chestnuts. Good chance to buy the variety of products made from locally grown chestnuts. Then head to Kusatsu, one of the three best Onsens on Japan. Visit Tropical park to see monkeys, alligator, flamingo, etc., After check in at the hotel, for those of you who wish to catch the hotel bus to YUBATAKE (hot spring field). We will see the YUMONI SHOW. Enjoy traditional Kusatsu folk song and dance. Also SAI NO KAWARA Park with river steam rising from it. , Soak and relax in HOTSPRING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH. Also private Onsen (5 rooms) is available (own expense)
    APRIL 23(THU)TAKASAKI TAKASAKI VIEW HOTEL
    Proceed to Onioshidashi Lava Garden, you can observe an enormous stream of solidified lava formed by the eruption of Mt Asama in 1783. In the garden, platforms and promenades are provided for viewing the whole area. Go to KOMORO Winery to see how wine in this area is produced and tasting and shopping for local wine. Visit Misato Shibasakura Park to see Shibasakura (Moss phlox) (if timing is right). Our hotel is in the same building of Takasaki station, a good place to enjoy shopping.
    APRIL 24(FRI) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL
    Visit Takasaki Kannon Statue. You can climb up inside of the body of the statue if you wish to. (137 ft. high) Then proceed to Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. Hotel is located within easy walking distance of department stores and underground shopping. After arrival free time for shopping or meeting your friends or rest (Lunch and Dinner will be your Own Expense)
    APRIL 25(SAT) YOKOHAMA /HONOLULU
    {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY} {LUNCH ON YOUR OWN / DINNER ON THE PLANE} At check out time, our agents will come to tape & tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. In the afternoon, proceed to Narita Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, April 25, 2009 (SAT). After clearing U.S. Custom, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR NIIGATA SADO FLOWERS VIEWING TOUR #6 WITH 5 ONSENS. Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining train, plane 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. Yokohama Travel Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually from Yokohama, around $90.00 per person. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

    Destnations
    TOKYO, INAWASHIRO, NIIGATA, SADO ISLAND, AKAKURA, KUSATSU, TAKASAKI, YOKOHAMA


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