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JULY 04,SAT)/ #11 new summer hokkaido flower & shopping 10D-TOUR Similar to previous year's tour #11
  • All meals are included except last tour day and return flight day.

  • limit one bus

  • Departure Date JULY 04,SAT)
    Tour Guide GARY TSUMOTO
    Air Japan Airlines
    TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
    DATE: JUNE 07, 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
    JULY 04 HONOLULU
    Leave Honolulu Int¡¯l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.
    JULY 05(SUN) NARITA/TOMAKOMAI GRAND HOTEL NEW OJI
    Arrive at Narita Int¡¯l Airport and after clearing government formalities, transfer to your connecting flight to Chitose Int¡¯l Airport in Hokkaido. Upon arrival, go directly to your hotel in Tomakomai City.
    JULY 06(MON) LAKE TOYA TOYA KANKO HOTEL (ONSEN) ¢Í{NO WESTERN ROOMS
    Visit Hokkaido¡¯s largest Ainu Village at Shiraoi. Ainu are the aborigine of Hokkaido. Ainu culture and lifestyle are shown in an outdoor reproduction of a small Ainu Village. Before going to Lake Toya, where the G-8 Summit of 2008 was held, we will enjoy ¡°Cherry Picking¡±. Taste the sweet Japanese Cherry at its best during this season. At the hotel this evening, you can ¡°Dine in Yukata and Slippers {If You Wish To}. Good chance to Soak and Relax in your first ¡°HOT SPRING BATH¡±! You will also get a chance to experience sleeping on the ¡°Tatami Floor¡± with typical Japanese bedding. The ¡°Long-run Fireworks Festival¡± will be held during this season. Enjoy the ¡°Lakeside Fireworks Display¡± in the evening. {Sorry, ¡°No Western Room¡± is available at this hotel}.
    JULY 07(TUE) OTARU HILTON OTARU
    In the morning visit Kyogoku Park, located at the foot of Mt. Yotei, often called the ¡°Mt. Fuji of Hokkaido¡±. This park is particularly famous for its pure water, one of 100, purest water in Japan. A beautiful river runs through the park and there is a spout that dispensed water from Mt. Yotei, which is said to be mild and slightly sweet. You will be able to take some water for drinking, so ¡°please prepare an empty bottle¡±! Then proceed to Otaru, a beautiful harbor city with its canal lined with old warehouses. The canal makes for a pleasant stroll owing to the towns nostalgic, old-fashioned mood enhanced by the old Western-style architecture and layout from the late Meiji Period. You can browse around the shopping area and view the Otaru Glass Stores, Music Box Museum, Shopping Markets, etc. Our hotel is connected to a huge shopping complex with a large variety of stores where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.
    JULY 08(WED) SHIROGANE SPA HOTEL PARK HILLS (ONSEN) ¢Í
    Proceed to Furano, noted for its pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes. July especially, is the best time to visit to see its breathtaking Lavender Flowers in bloom during the summer season. We will make a photo stop at Farm Tomita (Field of Lavenders), one of the best places to view the lavender. Enjoy a spectacular view of the magnificent ¡°Purple Carpet¡± Lavender fields with Mt. Daisetsu and Tokachi Mountain Ranges as a backdrop. Later visit Furano Winery to ¡°enjoy tasting local Furano Wine¡±. This winery also has its own lavender field. Then proceed to Biei Town, known for its beautiful hills and fields of various sizes. One of its highlights is a view of ¡°Patchwork Hill¡±, a hillside covered with various colors of shrubbery. The perfectly balanced colors change gradually from the season of fresh verdure to the time of harvest. Flowers of the Irish potato, bloom during this season. Upon arrival at the hotel, good chance to walk down to see the beautiful waterfall and emerald green river near the hotel. Enjoy the ¡°HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN-AIR BATH (ROTENBURO)¡±!
    JULY 09(THU) SOUNKYO MOUNT VIEW HOTEL (ONSEN) ¢Í
    Visit Kanari Land Flower Garden where you can enjoy a beautiful garden that shows a seasonal expression, with such flowers as Lily and Campanula, etc. Next visit a huge AEON Shopping Center for some shopping. There are 132 shops including a JUSCO Supermarket. You will be able to try the Asahikawa Shoyu Ramen here. Later, head to Sounkyo Gorge, part of the Daisetsu National Park, a giant gorge consisting of 300 feet high cliffs stretching 15 miles. We will view the unusual rock formations, and visit Ryusei-no-Taki (Shooting Star Waterfall) and Ginga-no-Taki (Galaxy or Milky Way Waterfall). The water falling directly over the cliff gives you a sense of the power of nature. The hotel is located in the popular Sounkyo Hot Spring Town. Good chance to Relax and Refresh yourself in the ¡°HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN-AIR BATH (ROTENBURO)¡±!
    JULY 10(FRI) LAKE SAROMA LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN) ¢Í
    Stop at Onneyu Town where Iris Flowers are blooming during this time of the season. We will also enjoy seeing the Fresh Water Aquarium here. Continue on to Oketo Town to try your hand at ¡°making Soba Noodles¡± and enjoy a Soba Lunch! Later proceed to the Okhotsk Seaside. Visit the Abashiri Prison Museum to learn about the socio-political history of Japan. The prison was constructed in the 1890¡¯s to hold one thousand notorious criminals. Buildings and structures of the old prison and how daily life of the prisoners was can be seen thru relics, wax dolls of prisoners, etc. Then continue on to Lake Saroma, the largest lake in Hokkaido, with a circumference of 54 miles and also known for its ¡°Beautiful Sunset¡±. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner featuring local seafood, etc. Also Relax in the ¡°HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN-AIR BATH¡±!
    JULY 11(SAT) ASAHIKAWA ASAHIKAWA TERMINAL HOTEL
    Head to Monbetsu to visit the Giza Ice Floe Museum and watch a short film about the Four Seasons of this area. Also experience what -4 degrees temperature is like and touch real Ice floe Ice that floated in from Russia during Winter Time. Then, go to Kitanomori Garden Park to visit its Bear farm, where you can ¡°try feeding the bears¡±. Next head to the 2nd largest city in Hokkaido, Asahikawa City. Upon arrival at the hotel, go Holo-Holo at the Department Stores and Heiwa-dori Shopping Mall located near the hotel.
    JULY 12(SUN) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
    Proceed to Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido. Along the way, stop at Sunagawa Highway Oasis to shop for local specialties. This drive-inn is well known for selling the famous ¡°pumpkin Seed Cookies¡±. Later visit Iwamizawa Rose Garden with 243 kinds of Roses blooming (If the Timing is Right). Upon arrival in Sapporo, visit the Sapporo Central Market to buy Dried Sea Foods. On the way to the hotel, pass by the Clock Tower, the symbol of Sapporo. Our hotel is located close to the Underground Shopping Arcade and Department Stores, etc. It is a good place to finish up your shopping. UPON ARRIVAL, 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 use for packing their gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).
    JULY 13(MON) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
    JULY 13(MON) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY} LUNCH will be At Your Own Expense, and DINNER will be served on the flight back to Honolulu. At checkout time, our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage¡¯s to be checked-in down. Upon arrival at Chitose Airport, catch a Domestic flight to Narita Int¡¯l Airport and transfer to a Japan Airlines International flight to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, JULY 13, 2009 (MONDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING TOHOKU TRAVEL¡¯S NEW SUMMER HOKKAIDO FLOWER & SHOPPING TOUR #11! 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. Please call our office for more details if you are extending your stay in Japan

    Destnations
    TOMAKOMAI, OTARU, SOUNKYO, LAKE SAROMA, ASAHIKAWA, SAPPORO


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