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MAY25,2009(MON)/ #09 DISCOVER JAPAN WITH MR.FUJI,JAPAN ALPS & KAMIKOCHI 13D-TOUR Similar to previous year's tour #09
  • All meals are included,EXCEPT LAST TOUR DAY, AND RETURN FLIGHT DAY.

  • LIMIT TO ONE BUS

  • Departure Date MAY25,2009(MON)
    Tour Guide WAYNE TERANISHI
    Air Japan Airlines
    TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
    DATE: MAY 17, 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 25 (MON) HONOLULU
    Leave Honolulu Int¡¯l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.
    MAY 26 (TUE) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
    Arrive at Narita Int¡¯l Airport and after government formalities, go by bus directly to the hotel in Yokohama, the 2nd biggest city in Japan. Free Time to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Takashimaya, Okadaya and Sogo Department Stores and the big electronics store Yodobashi Camera. Also the 100 Yen Shop and underground shopping mall.
    MAY 27 (WED) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
    Proceed to Kamakura, an ¡°Old capital city of the Kamakura Period,¡± which boasts a heritage comparable with that of Kyoto and Nara. Visit the famous Great Buddha Statue, which is the second largest in Japan (37.4 feet). Then to the most famous shrine in Kamakura, ¡°Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu Shrine¡±. Founded in 1063 by the Genji Clan, the creators of the Kamakura Shogunate, it became the center of politics and culture during the Kamakura Period. Large landscaped grounds contain several vermilion colored buildings. An arch bridge is at the entrance. Within the grounds are a lotus pond, dancing platform and the main shrine. Holo-Holo on Komachi-Dori, the main shopping street near the shrine, with many traditional and modern shops. Then back to Yokohama and visit Harbor View Park, overlooking Yokohama Port and Yokohama Bay Bridge. Roses blossoming in the garden are at their best around this time of season. Pass the popular Yamashita Park, the oldest harbor park in Japan, before going back to the hotel.
    MAY 28 (THU) SHIZUOKA HOTEL ASSOCIA SHIZUOKA TERMINAL
    Proceed to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park where you will see Lake Yamanaka and Lake Kawaguchi of the Fuji Five Lakes. We will stop at ¡°one of the best places for viewing Mt. Fuji,¡± Lake Motosu. (Weather permitting). Then visit the beautiful ¡°Begonia Garden¡± with its ¡°Colorful Flowers and Owl Collection.¡± Later, head to Shizuoka City via Asagiri Plateau, at the foot of Mt. Fuji. Our hotel is close to Shizuoka Station and a good area for shopping. Good chance to buy ¡°This Year¡¯s Newly Picked Japanese Tea (Shin-cha)¡±.
    MAY 29 (FRI) HAMAMATSU HOTEL CONCORDE HAMAMATSU
    Proceed to Lake Ikawa, formed by a 328 ft. high dam. Take the popular Trolley Train, passing through 62 tunnels and over a 325 ft. high bridge and terminating 2,200 ft. above sea level at Ikawa Station. Enjoy the beautiful river and mountain scenery along the way. Then to our hotel in front of Hamamatsu Castle. You can take a walk around the castle site. After dinner, go to Hamamatsu Flower Park to see the Firefly Festival. There are many fireflies blinking in the Bamboo forest along a small creek. (Weather permitting).
    MAY 30 (SAT) IRAGO IRAGO GARDEN HOTEL
    Visit the Hamamatsu Kite Museum, to see the beautiful kites from all over Japan. Then proceed to Hamanako Garden Park, the site of the 2004 Hamanako Flower Expo. Enjoy walking with its ednless panorama of flowers, water and greenery. After lunch, visit the famous ¡°Eel Pie Factory.¡± Lake Hamana is famous for its eel farming. Eel Pie is the most popular souvenir in this area. Our beautiful beach resort hotel is located at the tip of Atsumi Peninsula and faces the beautiful ocean in Irago. Enjoy Soaking and Relaxing in the Big Public Bath with the beautiful scenery of Mikawa Bay. {THIS HOTEL HAS A BIG BATH, BUT IT IS NOT AN ONSEN HOT SPRING}
    MAY 31 (SUN) NAGOYA NAGOYA SAKAE TOKYU INN
    Catch a ferryboat to Chita Peninsula. Visit Sakana Hiroba Fish Market to enjoy shopping for dried seafood. Then to Ebi Senbei no Sato, the shop, which makes the famous Shrimp Chips. You can enjoy sampling the different flavored chips made here. Later go to Kunizakari Sake Museum, to learn the history and process of making sake as well as tasting it. Then, continue on to the central city in Japan, Nagoya and our hotel. Good chance to go to the 100 Yen Shop and local Department Stores.
    JUNE 01 (MON) HIDA-TAKAYAMA HOTEL ASSOCIA TAKAYAMA RESORT
    Visit the famous Tagata ¡°Da-Kine¡± Shrine on the way to Hida-Takayama, a beautiful, historical town with rich traditions and culture. Upon arrival, visit Hida Folk Village, exhibiting over 30 typical farmhouses and other traditional buildings as well as a number of Gassho-zukuri Houses with thatched roofs that look like praying hands (¡°gassho¡±). Then walk around and enjoy shopping at the Old Town, which preserves the atmosphere of a castle town, with the latticed windows and linked eaves of merchant¡¯s houses. Our hotel a beautiful mountain resort hotel with a good view of Takayama city and Japan Alps. Good chance to Soak and Relax in the HOTSPRING BATH & Open-Air ROTEN-BURO BATH & JACUZZI, with a panoramic view of the Northern Alps! There is also a Foot Bath with a beautiful view of the mountain scenery
    JUNE 02 (TUE) HOTAKA HOTAKA-SO YAMANO HOTEL (ONSEN) ¢Í
    In the morning, visit the Takayama Morning Market, among Takayama¡¯s Best -Known-Sights. Lots of stands sell local crafts and farm products such as vegetables, pickles and flowers. Then drive over the 9 miles long Norikura Sky Line Road, which has the highest altitude of any highway in Japan. You can enjoy the panoramic scenery of Mt. Yarigatake and Hodaka on the way. If the timing is right, we can drive through the snow walls along the roadside. Proceed to the Tatamidaira Parking Area (alt. 8,865 ft.) of Mt. Norikura (3rd highest volcano in Japan). One of the easiest places to access by bus, over 8,000 ft. high. Later, we ride the Shin Hodaka Rope Way, which is the second longest rope way in the world, to enjoy a breath- taking panoramic view of the majestic Japan Alps from the observatory. Then proceed to the quaint onsen hotel. Good chance to warm up the body in the HOT SPRING BATH or try the Open-air ROTEN-BURO BATH by the River! Another thing to try: the special FOOTBATH by the store!
    JUNE 03 (WED) MATSUMOTO HOTEL BUENA VISTA
    Proceed to Kamikochi, the south entrance of the Northern Alps with 10,000 ft. high mountains via the 2.6 miles long New Abo Tunnel, which took 17 years to build. Visit one of the most famous mountain sightseeing spots, Kamikochi Valley, located along the upper reaches of the Azusa River, and surrounded by the lofty peaks of the Japan Alps. Pass by Taisho Pond and visit the ¡°Kappa Bridge¡± (a suspension bridge) over the crystal clear waters of the Azusa River. Then go down to visit a Winery and Miso Factory. Nagano Prefecture is No. 1 in the production of Miso. Later, head to Matsumoto City, while viewing the panoramic mountain scenery along the way. After check-in, Holo-Holo and shop at the local super market
    JUNE 04 (THU) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHI-KO (ONSEN) ¢Í
    In the morning, visit MATSUMOTO CASTLE, one of the best preserved, oldest and most architecturally impressive castle in all of Japan, designated a National Treasure of Japan. Proceed to Lake Suwa, the biggest lake in Nagano Prefecture. Visit Suwa Taisha Grand Shrine, one of the oldest shrines, over 1,200 years old, of the Shinto Religion. It is also famous, for the Onbashira Festival, held every 7 years. Later proceed to Lake Kawaguchi. Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, with the picture window of all the rooms facing it. ¡°Kamui-Paponika-Ahoiya!¡± Enjoy a Relaxing Soak in the ¡°small¡± Onsen Bath and a delicious ¡°Japanese Kaiseki Dinner¡± in the evening
    JUNE 05 (FRI) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
    Proceed directly to Yokohama, and before going to the hotel, make a stop at the ¡°Whole Sale Market¡± to buy some Tsukemono, etc. After arrival at Yokohama Bay Sheraton Hotel & Towers, FREE TIME TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING, ETC. Your rooms are paid for but meals (LUNCH/DINNER) will be at your own expense to let you eat your favorite foods before returning home. We will give everyone a carton box to pack his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess).
    JUNE 06 (SAT) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST INCLUDED THIS DAY}
    At checkout time our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take 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, JUNE 06, 2009 (SATURDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING TOHOKU TRAVEL¡¯S NEW DISCOVER JAPAN WITH MT. FUJI, JAPAN ALPS & KAMIKOCHI TOUR #9! 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. Weekday returns will cost less. Yokohama Travel, Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually, and around $90.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

    Destnations
    YOKOHAMA, SHIZUOKA, HAMAMATSU, IRAGO, NAGOYA, TAKAYAMA, TOKAKA, MATSUMOTO, LAKE KAWAGUCHI,


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