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OCT 02,2009 (FRI)/ #16 HAPA AUTUMN JAPAN TOUR 13D-TOUR Similar to previous year's tour #16
  • All meals are included. EXCEPT LAST TOUR DAY, AND RETURN FLIGHT DAY.

  • LIMIT TO ONE BUS

  • Departure Date OCT 02,2009 (FRI)
    Tour Guide
    Air Japan Airlines
    TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
    DATE: SEPT.13,2009(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
    OCT. 02 (FRI) HONOLULU
    Leave Honolulu International Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS
    OCT. 03 (SAT) TOKYO CROWNE PLAZA METROPOLITAN HOTEL
    Arrive at Narita International Airport, and after government formalities, go directly to the hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo by bus. After hotel check-in, FREE TIME to meet your relatives, friends or go walking in the Ikebukuro Shopping District.
    OCT. 04 (SUN) LAKE SUWA RAKO HANANOI HOTEL (ONSEN) ¢Í
    Proceed to Katsunuma, the largest producer of grapes in Japan, to enjoy ¡°Grape Picking¡±. Then visit beautiful Shosenkyo Gorge to enjoy the beauty of the enormous fantastically shaped rocks and swift fresh water currents. Our hotel is located in Kamisuwa Spa near Lake Suwa. Good chance to try the Relaxing HOT SPRING BATH and ROTEN-BURO (OPEN-AIR BATH)! {A Private Onsen Bath (Kazoku-buro)(Only 1 Room) is available (At Your Own Expense)}.
    OCT. 05 (MON) HINATAYAMA HEIGHTS KUROYON ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ¢Í
    In the morning go to Shiojiri Town to enjoy ¡°Apple Picking¡±, and taste the ¡°juicy and sweet Nagano apple in season¡±. Then proceed to the old castle town Matsumoto City, and visit Matsumoto Castle, designated as a National Treasure. This is one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan¡¯s original castles. The moats and stonewalls are the remnants of the original structure built in 1504. Corridors connect the imposing six-story donjon, designated as a National Treasure, with a small keep on the northern side. Later visit Daio Wasabi Farm (horse-radish farm), the biggest Wasabida (horse-radish field) in Japan to see the Wasabi Farm and enjoy shopping for Wasabi products. Proceed to our hotel located at the foot of the Northern Japan Alps. This hotel is a popular Alpine Resort Hotel surrounded by nature. Relax and Refresh in the HOT SPRING BATH and ROTEN-BURO (OPEN-AIR BATH)!
    OCT. 06 (TUE) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
    By bus to Ogisawa for a whole day sightseeing trip to view the ¡°Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.¡± This is a journey through glorious alpine scenery. One can enjoy a superb view of 9,045 ft.-high mountains from the convenience of a cable car, bus, ropeway and trolley bus. First take the trolley bus from Ogisawa to Kuroyon Dam. Walk across the top class arch-style dam to Kurobe Station to catch the under-mountain cable car to Kurobedaira and take the ropeway to Daikanbo to enjoy seeing a panoramic view of the Japan Alps. Board the tunnel bus for Murodo Plateau, overlooking the Ushiro Tateyama Mountain. Then down to Tateyama via Midagahara and proceed to the hotel in Toyama City located near Toyama Station and connected to a department store with a 100 Yen Shop.
    OCT. 07 (WED) KANAZAWA ANA CROWNE PLAZA KANAZAWA
    Proceed to Wajima to visit its famous Asaichi (morning open market) with about 200 stalls lining the main street. The markets offer various products like folk crafts but primarily fresh seafood landed daily at Wajima Port, including delicious ¡°smoked abalone¡±. Also see Wajima¡¯s traditional industry, beautiful Lacquer Ware Products. Wajima-Nuri Lacquer Ware is said to have begun a thousand years ago, and designated as a ¡°National Intangible Cultural Property¡±. Then enjoy driving along the Chirihama Nagisa Drive Way. This beach forms a 5 miles-long natural driveway of packed, fine sand. Enjoy driving along the seashore on the ¡°sand roadway¡±. Our hotel is located close to Kanazawa Station and a Big Shopping Area.
    OCT. 08 (THU) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
    In the morning, visit the main attraction in Kanazawa, beautiful ¡°Kenrokuen Park¡±, one of Japan¡¯s three most beautiful landscaped gardens and designated as a ¡°National Special Place of Scenic Beauty¡±. Kenrokuen means ¡°Combining Six Features,¡± indicating that the park has six prominent features: Vastness, Solemnity, Careful Arrangement, Venerability, Coolness and Scenic Charm. It has the typical features of a large treed garden landscaped in the go-around style. Later proceed to Kyoto, the most historical city in Japan attracting a large number of tourists from all over the world. Visit the Higashi Honganji Temple with its main hall, which is Kyoto¡¯s largest wooden structure. Our hotel is located in front of Kyoto Station with its Underground Shopping Mall, where you will have a chance to walk around and shop before diner.
    OCT. 09 (FRI) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
    All Day Kyoto City Tour. Visit the colorful Heian Shrine, built for the occasion of the 1,100th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Heian Capital. See its exquisitely landscaped strolling garden ¡°the Shin-en Garden¡±, built in 1895 and dedicated to Emperor Kammu, founder of Kyoto, and Last Emperor Komei. Later visit the Kyoto Handicraft Center, which has a variety of Kyoto¡¯s souvenir items for shopping and lunch. Then proceed to Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto¡¯s symbolic temple and a ¡°World Heritage Site¡±. The Muromachi Government, the 3rd Shogun Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, built the original building in 1397 but the building was burned in 1950 and rebuilt in 1955. The main pavilion is covered with gold leaf and situated picturesquely in its garden. Also visit the Nishijin Textile Museum to enjoy seeing the Kimono Show and do some shopping.
    OCT. 10 (SAT) WEST KOBE KOBE SEISHIN ORIENTAL HOTEL
    Proceed to Kobe, a port city known as a city having a unique style with an exotic atmosphere in Japan, which has been affected by the foreign cultures and flourished as an international port since olden days. Visit the Nada Sake Brewery. Nada is ¡°one of the biggest sake producing areas in Japan¡±. Enjoy the fine taste of the famous Nada Sake and see a short movie in English. Then enjoy a ¡°Kobe Bay Cruise¡± and see the beautiful scenery of the Port Tower, Mt. Rokko, Akashi Bridge, the Dock Area, etc. from the ocean side. Later proceed to our hotel in West Kobe, and connected to a huge shopping complex. It is located next door to Daiei Supermarket and easy walking distance to Sogo Department Store, etc. Enjoy shopping before and after the ¡°Big Buffet Dinner¡±!
    OCT. 11 (SUN) OKAYAMA HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
    Proceed to Osafune Town, which thrived as ¡°The Land of Sword Smiths¡± from the Kamakura Period (12th century). Visit the Japanese Sword Museum, which exhibits dozens of historical samurai swords. Then, go to Okayama City to visit Okayama Korakuen Park, another one of the three most beautiful landscaped gardens in Japan. The garden has a tea ceremony house, several ponds, a small waterfall and elegantly designed landscapes. Your hotel is located next to Okayama Station and near Takashimaya Department Store and the Underground Shopping Mall where you can enjoy shopping before and after dinner.
    OCT. 12 (MON) HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
    Proceed to Hiroshima, the first city to suffer from the Atomic Bomb. See the Atomic Bomb Dome (Ruins of the Industry Promotion Hall), which was majestic and beautiful before the blast, and is the only Atomic Bombed building remaining in the city. Visit the Peace Memorial Park, containing a modern-style Peace Memorial Hall, Peace Memorial Museum, International Conference Center, Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph for Victims of the Atomic Bomb and many other memorial monuments. The Peace Memorial Museum contains displays showing the history of Hiroshima before and after the bombing. Later, go to our hotel connected to Hiroshima Station and easy walking distance to the Underground Shopping Mall and Department Stores. You will be able to enjoy shopping this night also.
    OCT. 13 (TUE) KOKURA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA
    Catch the Shinkansen (Bullet Train), with speeds up to 135 MPH to Shin Shimonoseki Station. Upon arrival, by bus to Shimonoseki Fish Market, known for certain specialties, including Balloon Fish (Fugu). Enjoy shopping for dried seafood if you wish to. Later, head to Kokura in Kitakyushu. Our hotel is located next to the train station and easy walking distance to the shopping mall and department store. After hotel check-in, 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).
    OCT. 14 (WED) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
    At check-out time our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage¡¯s to be checked-in down. Before 12:00PM (Noon), we will proceed to Fukuoka Airport to catch a Japan Airlines flight to Nagoya or Kansai Airport (Osaka), then, catch a Japan Airlines connecting flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, OCTOBER 14, 2009 (WEDNESDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL¡¯S ¡°HAPA¡± AUTUMN JAPAN TOUR #16! 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 if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

    Destnations
    TOKYO, LAKE SUWA. TOYAMA, KANAZAWA, KYOTO, KOBE, OKAYAMA, HIROSHIMA,KOKURA


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