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NOV.06, 2009(FRI)/ #18 NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN TOUR 13D-TOUR Similar to previous year's tour #1
  • All meals are included. EXCEPT LAST TOUR DAY AND RETURN FLIGHT DAY.

  • LIMIT TO ONE BUS.

  • Departure Date NOV.06, 2009(FRI)
    Tour Guide
    Air Japan Airlines
    TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
    DATE: OCT 04, 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
    Title HotelNOV. 06 (FRI) HONOLULU
    Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.
    Title HotelNOV. 07 (SAT) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
    Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport in Osaka. After clearing Immigration and Customs formalities, by bus to historic Kyoto via the expressway. Upon arrival, Free Time to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Isetan Department Stores and the Underground Shopping Mall.
    Title HotelNOV. 08 (SUN) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
    All Day Kyoto City Tour. Visit a World Cultural Heritage Site, “Nijo Castle,” with its beautiful garden. The castle is an excellent example of traditional castle defensive structures. It is also famous as a fabulous palace with “gorgeous painted screens”, “Nightingale Floor”, etc. Next to Arashiyama with a symbol of the area, “Togetsu Bridge.” The scenery is amazing and breathtaking. And we will visit the Misora Hibari Memorial Museum, concerned with great female Japanese singer “Misora Hibari”, in which her records, films, costumes and living room were on display. Later return to our hotel and enjoy walking around and shopping at Kyoto Station and the Underground Shopping Mall.
    Title HotelNOV. 09 (MON) TAKAYAMA HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN)
    Proceed to popular Takayama, which is one of the famous old historical towns, and often called “Hida’s Kyoto.” Along the way to Takayama, visit a fruit farm to enjoy either “Persimmon or Mikan (Tangerine) Picking”. Upon arrival in Takayama, visit Matsuri no mori (Festival) Museum, exhibit Gorgeous and splendid floats of the Takayama Festival, one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals. Also you can see the World’s biggest drum, Mikoshi float etc. After hotel check-in, good chance to experience the HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR JACUZZI (Not Onsen Hot Spring Bath!)
    Title HotelNOV. 10 (TUE) TAKAYAMA HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN)
    In the morning, visit another interesting market in Japan, Takayama Morning Open Market, and Sannomachi Shopping Street in the Old Town District. Enjoy walking and shopping for local craftworks, etc. Then visit the Historical Government House (Takayama Jinya), the only remaining building of its kind in Japan, with a history of over 300 years. Later enjoy “Apple Picking”, then return to the hotel, go to see Hirayu Waterfall (210 ft.), one of Japan’s top 100 beautiful waterfalls. Or you can “Soak, Relax and Refresh yourself” in the HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR JACUZZI (Not Onsen Hot Spring Bath!)
    Title HotelNOV. 11 (WED) KANAZAWA ANA CROWNE PLAZA KANAZAWA
    Leave the hotel by bus to visit a World Heritage Site, “Gassho-Zukuri Village in Gokayama.” This mountain farming village is famed for its unique architecture. “Gassyo Style” (steep sloping gable roof), was developed to survive severe weather with heavy snowfall. This is the only place you can see these historical triangle roofed houses in a settlement like scenery surrounded by nature as in olden times. Then to Taira Village to challenge yourself in “making your own traditional Gokayama Washi Paper.” Also learn the history and tradition of Gokayama Washi, as well as its manufacturing technique. This paper making demonstration building was built in the “Gassho-zukuri” style. Later proceed to Kanazawa, one of the major cities for people traveling in Japan. After check-in, “Go Holo-Holo” near the hotel before dinner.
    Title HotelNOV. 12 (THUR) NOTO PENINSULA NOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN)
    Kanazawa is a city full of charm where a lot of old neighborhoods have been kept intact. In the morning, enjoy a visit to the Old Samurai Town of Nagamachi, and take a pleasant walk around the old town to see the elegant Nomura’s Samurai House with its beautiful garden. The ranking of this house was No. 7 in the Shiosai Rankings of the 2005 Japanese Garden Journal. Next visit Kenrokuen, considered one of the Three Best Landscaped Gardens in Japan. This garden has the typical features of a large treed garden with plentiful water landscapes. After lunch, go to Hakuza (Gold foil shop). Kanazawa produces 99% of the nation’s gold leaf. The Golden Tea Ceremony Room used about 40,000 pieces of first class pure gold leaf, which is a pleasure to see. Then proceed to Noto Peninsula via the Chirihama Nagisa Drive Way. This beach forms a 5 miles-long natural driveway of packed, fine sand, so hard that any kind of vehicle can drive on it. Enjoy a drive on the sand along the seashore before going to our popular resort hotel in Noto Peninsula. Soak and Relax in the big HOT SPRING BATH and Out-Door ROTEN-BURO!
    Title HotelNOV. 13 (FRI) WAJIMA / NOTO PENINSULA NOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN)
    Proceed to Wajima and visit the famous “Asaichi” (Morning Market), with about 200 stalls lining the main street. The market offers various products like vegetables, and folk crafts, but primarily fresh seafood landed daily at Wajima Port, including delicious “Smoked Abalone.” Then visit the Kiriko Lantern Museum. 22 Kiriko Lantern Floats and musical accompaniment items, unique to the many festivals of Noto, are exhibited. After lunch, go to a main attraction in Noto Peninsula, Noto Kongo with sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations. Also visit Senmaida, known for its terraced small rice paddies constructed on the steep hillsides. There are more than a thousand paddies standing downward to the ocean. Then back to the hotel and Soak and Relax in the big HOT SPRING BATH and Out-Door ROTEN-BURO!
    Title HotelNOV. 14 (SAT) HAKUBA SIERRA RESORT HOTEL HAKUBA *
    Visit Uozu Buried Forest Museum. See displays of buried forest designated as a National Monument. The ruins of the virgin cedar forest buried 2,000 years ago are preserved. The trunks were excavated are breathtaking. And visit Firefly Squid Museum Enjoy a various types of displays include the “Illusion Theater” to learn the secret and charms of phosphorescent firefly squid (Hotaruika). Then proceed to Hakuba, which is part of the Japan Alps National Park. We will stay at a nice mountain resort hotel Try the Jacuzzi in your room.
    Title HotelNOV. 15 (SUN) YATSUGATAGE HEIGHT YATSUGATAKE ROYAL HOTEL ONSEN
    Head Daio Wasabi Farm in Azumino to see Japan’s biggest Wasabi farm and enjoy shopping of Wasabi products. And visit Lake Swan to see wild swans come from Russia, only can be seen during the Winter season. Also visit Milo Factory. Nagano Prefecture is No. #1 in the production of Miso. Then to visit the Music box Museum in Moegi no Mura in Kiyosato heights. You can stroll around in the park with lots of stores. Then to our hotel surrounded by the forest. Tonight Soak and Relax in the HOT SPRING BATH & OPEN AIR ROCK BATH.
    Title HotelNOV. 16 (MON) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO CROWNE PLAZA METROPOLITAN HOTEL
    Proceed to Katsunuma, producing “made in Japan” wine over 130 years. We will visit the Winery and taste wine in the home of Japanese wine. Next visit another local specialty Shingen Mocha Factory. Shingen mochi is a most famous sweet as a souvenir of Yamanashi. You can buy those at the factory outlet shop. Then proceed to Lake Kawaguchi on the foot of Mt. Fuji. If weather is good, we should be able to see Mt. Fuji on the way. We will see Saru mawashi (Monkey performance) Show. Featuring familiar acrobatics and comic skits by talented and adorable monkeys. Then to our hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, located within easy walking distance to Ikebukuro Shopping district. After check-in, Free time to finish Shopping, Packing, etc.
    Title HotelNOV. 17 (TUE) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO CROWNE PLAZA METROPOLITAN HOTEL
    Go to Ryogoku, the center of the Sumo World. Then visit Edo Tokyo Museum, which displays the historic heritage of the city of Tokyo and its precursor Edo continuing for 400 years. Later return to our hotel in Ikebukuro. Tokyo, and FREE TIME TO CONTINUE 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. The member will pay for any excess). AFTERNOON IS FREE TIME. “WE WILL HAVE AN {OPTIONAL} TOUR BY TRAIN”. Good chance to visit Ameyoko, Asakusa, etc.
    Title HotelNOV. 18 (WED) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY)
    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. In the afternoon, proceed to Narita Int’l Airport to catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, NOVEMBER 18, 2009 (WEDNESDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2009 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN ONSEN TOUR #18! 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 per person. 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
    KYOTO, HIDA TAKAYAMA, KANAZAWA, NOTO,HAKUBA, YATSUGATAGE,TOKYO


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