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MAY 06, 2009(WED))/ #07 NOMBIRI HIROSHIMA & YAMAGUCHI TOUR 13D-TOUR Similar to previous year's tour #07
  • All meals are included.,EXCEPT FOR LAST TOUR DAY, RETURN FLIGHT DAY.

  • LIMIT TO ONE BUS

  • Departure Date MAY 06, 2009(WED))
    Tour Guide GARY TSUMOTO
    Air Japan Airlines
    TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
    DATE: APRIL 19, 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
    MAY 06(WED) HONOLULU
    Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.
    MAY 07(THU)KOBE HOTEL NEW OTANI KOBE
    Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to Kobe. After hotel check-in, you will have Free Time to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is located in the middle of Kobe’s new downtown area. It is connected to the shopping mall and within easy walking distance from the department stores.
    MAY 08(FRI) KOBE HOTEL NEW OTANI KOBE
    Leave the hotel at 9:30 a.m. to visit Kobe Flower Garden to see Begonia and Tropical Water Lilies. Then proceed to the Hakutsuru Sake Museum. Kobe is a well-known center for sake production. Approximately one third of all sake produced in Japan comes from this area. Enjoy the fine taste of the famous “Nada Sake”. . Next go up to the famous summit of Mt. Rokko, with an elevation of 3,100 feet, to enjoy a panoramic view of the city and port. Later enjoy Holo-Holo at the famous China Town (Nankin Machi) and Moto Machi Shopping Street. Kobe is known in Japan as “a city having a uniquely exotic atmosphere style”, which has been affected by the foreign cultures and flourishes as an international port since olden days.
    MAY 09(SAT) OKAYAMA HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
    Leave Hotel at 9:00 a.m. Proceed to Ako, known as the “Hometown of Chushingura,” the story of the “47 Samurai”. We will visit the Ako Castle Ruins and Oishi Shrine, which will tell you more about the story. Ako Castle is well known as a residence of Lord Takuminokami Asano and his loyal retainers. Oishi Shrine was constructed in dedication to the “47 Loyal Samurai of Ako”. You will see stone statues of 47 samurai standing along the entrance path to the shrine. Then go to Bizen, known as the hometown of Bizen-yaki, one of six ancient potteries in Japan with a history of over 1,000 years. Visit the Bizen Ceramic Art Museum, which displays both old and new examples of Bizen-style Pottery. Also visit the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum. Bizen Osafune is Japan’s Sword Craft Center. A variety of masterpiece swords are on display. Our hotel is located next to Okayama Station. Enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.
    MAY 10(SUN) OKAYAMA HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
    Leave hotel at 9:30a.m. Visit Okayama Farmers Market to enjoy “Strawberry Picking”. Also enjoy strolling and shopping in the Southern European Style Park. Then proceed to MT Washu to see SETO- Oceab bridges (Shimotsui Bridge & Iwakuro-shima Bridge) Then proceed to Kurashiki, a preserved, aesthetic area of ancient Kura-yashiki Streets. Many old houses and kura (warehouses) have been preserved along the canals and the Kurashiki River. It is designated as an “Aesthetic Area” as well as a National Important Preservation District for groups of historic buildings. Return to the hotel in Okayama City.
    MAY 11(MON) IMABARI IMABARI KOKUSAI HOTEL
    Leave hotel at 9:00 a.m. Head to Shimanami Kaido (highway above the sea), with its unique island-to-island bridges, and enjoy the luxurious multi-isle beauty of the Inland Sea. Visit Oyamazumi Shrine to see its museum. The collections of artifacts account for 80% of all the body armor and armory designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. “Don’t forget to see the armor of Yoshitsune”. Later proceed to Imabari in Shikoku Island. After arrival at the hotel, go Holo-Holo at the Supermarket and Department Store near the hotel.
    MAY 12(TUE) HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
    Leave hotel at 9:00 a.m. Proceed to Matsuyama Port to catch a ferryboat to Kure and visit the Yamato Museum. Yamato was the world’s largest battleship built in Kure. The museum’s centerpiece is a 1/10th scale reproduction of this battleship. Also visit the “Steel Whale (Submarine) Museum” of The Maritime Self-Defense Forces. You are able to look at the insides of a decommissioned “Real Submarine”. You will also be able to enjoy shopping at Yume Town Shopping Center located next to the museum. Then to Hiroshima and our hotel located near Hiroshima Station and the shopping area. After hotel check-in, you will have Free Time to meet your relatives, friends or just rest.
    MAY 13(WED)HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
    Leave hotel at 8:30 a.m. Enjoy a Japan Mint Tour. They will provide you with a general explanation of coin production in Japan. You will learn the history of Japanese Coins, and get to understand the close relationship between society and coins. The mint tour is scheduled from 9:30 a.m to 10:30 a.m. Later visit Peace Park and Peace Memorial museum. (Lunch and dinner are payday) Or you may visit relatives and “Haka-mairi” We will be back at the hotel around 12:30p.m.
    MAY 14(THU) OSHIMA ISLAND HOTEL & RESORT SUNSHINE SAZAN SETO-ONSEN
    Leave hotel at 9:00 a.m. Proceed to a Shoyu Factory in Yanai City. They produce the very rare “Kanro Shoyu”. It is a double fermented (saishikomi) shoyu, which originated in this city. Visit Kunimori house which was built inn the late 18th century, it is a good example of a mid –Edo period wealthy merchant house an has been designated National cultral asset. Also look around the town. After lunch proceed to Oshima Island to visit the Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii in Oshima-gun, Yamaguchi. It displays the hardships faced by the emigrants in Hawaii, their cultural contributions and to the economy of their hometowns, and a history of cultural exchanges, etc. Proceed to our hotel located in front of the ocean.
    MAY 15(FRI) UBE CITY UBE ANA HOTEL
    Leave hotel at 9:00 a.m. Proceed to HIKARI City. Visit the first prime minister HIROBUMI ITO Museum. Ito Hirobumi was born in 1841 in HIKARI City. Adopted into a samurai family, he gained official samurai status in 1863, shortly before his voyage to England. Proceed to Hufu City to visit Hofu Temmangu Shrine, dedicated to SUGAWARA Michizame (845-903), scholar-statesman of early Heain Period. This shrine has been worshiped as “God of Study” and very popular for students. Visit mansion and beautiful garden of Mori Family who was one of a military ruler in this area
    MAY 16(SAT) KOKURA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA
    Leave hotel at 9:00 a.m. Proceed to Toyoura Town in Shimonoseki city to visit “Re-fresh Park” and see the Rose Flower, then visit Shimonoseki Fish Market known for certain specialties, including Balloon Fish (Fugu). Enjoy shopping and have lunch here. Shimonoseki which faces the Kanmon Strait and the western most city, on Honshu Island. The Kanmon Strait is known as the scene of an ancient battle leading to the fall of the Heike Clan. Visit Akama Shrine, which enshrines the Heike Clan and the young Emperor Antoku, who died in the battle against the powerful Genji Clan Samurai. Proceed to KOKURA, out hotel is easy walking distance to Kokura station and shopping area.
    MAY 17(SUN) HAKATA HOTEL NIKKO FUKUOKA
    Leave hotel at 9:30 a.m. Proceed to FUKUOKA City (HAKATA). We have shopping time at JUSCO/AEON in Nogata City, before going to the hotel, visit KUSUDA Shrine which has the largest portable float for the festival (July 1-15) called Hakata Gion Yamagasa Festival. (LUNCH and DINNER will be At Your Own Expense). We will give everyone a carton box for packing his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).
    MAY 18(MON)FUKUOKA/KANSAI OR NARITA/ HONOLULU
    {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY} At check-out time we will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. Later proceed to Fukuoka Airport to catch a domestic flight to Kansai (Osaka) or Narita Airport. Then catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, . MAY 18. After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI HIROSHIMA & YAMAGUCHI TOUR #7! Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train 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. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

    Destnations
    KOBE, OKAYAMA, IMABARI, HIROSHIMA, OSHIMA ISLAND, KOKURA,HAKATA


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