19 OCT (TUE) HONOLULU
Leave Daniel K. Inouye Int’l Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.
20 OCT (WED) HAKATA,
HAKATA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Arrive at Fukuoka International Airport by direct flight operated by airlines. After clearance of government formalities, by bus to the hotel in Hakata, biggest city in Kyushu. Hotel is located near downtown Nakasu area, where good for shopping and strolling, etc.
21 OCT (THU) HAKATA,
HAKATA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Go to Dazaifu used to be an important administrative center about 1,000 years ago. Visit Tenmangu Shirine, dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara Michizane (845-903), a scholar and politician of the Heian Period. The approach to the shrine is lined with a variety of local shops including shop selling local specialty “Umegae-mochi.” You will get a chance when it is best eaten hot off the grill. Later visit Konpeito (Japanese sugar candy) Kingdom. Konpeito candy is a traditional Japanese sweet with a history over 460 years. We will try making our own Konpeito candy. Then head to Kushida Shrine, originally built in 757 as a guardian deity of Hakata. We will visit Machiya Furusato Museum, that celebrates the history and cultural heritage of Hakata. Look at the creative displays of folk culture and items used in everyday life in a 130-year-old houses of a traditional weaver. Also, it will be a perfect place to purchase Hakata’s traditional crafts such as Hakata textile, Hakata doll, etc. You will get a chance to enjoy strolling at Kawabata Shopping Arcade, Hakata’s oldest shopping street lined with various kind of store carrying Traditional souvenirs of Hakata, Japanese Tea, Kimono wear, etc.
22 OCT (FRI) SASEBO,
HOTEL OKURA JR HUIS TEN BOSCH (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Fujii Apiary, that will offer delicious Japanese milkvetch honey and acacia honey since 1909. Both will have a deep and sophisticated taste. Learn the process of making the production and demonstration using beehives. We will head to Huis Ten Bosch, a very popular theme park that recreates a medieval 17th century Dutch town with various types of entertainment to keep you entertained. The entire park is filled with real size copies of old Dutch buildings with lovely windmills, picturesque canals and beautiful flowers which will make you feel as if you are in Netherlands. Admission is paid for to enjoy your favorite attraction. There will be a good chance to watch the spectacular “Kageki the Revue” (Takarazuka style show). With great singing and dancing by female dancers called the “Broadway in Japan.” Location of our hotel is right in front of Huis Ten Bosch, with a big gift shop, pastry shop, Hot Spring bath and Open-air Rotenburo bath. After dinner those that want to go back the park again can enjoy Illuminated Fountain Show and Projection Mapping Show.
23 OCT (SAT) NAGASAKI,
HOTEL NEW NAGASAKI
Today we head to Nagasaki, an intriguing and attractive city with an incredible history with close ties to Europe and China. We will visit Nagasaki Peace Park that commemorates the city’s destruction by the Atomic Bomb that was dropped on August. 9, 1945. There is a massive Peace Statue and various other statues which promote and urge the concept of World Peace. We will also visit Atomic Bomb Museum, aiming to contribute to the abolition of nuclear weapons and the realization of lasting world peace. Later you can enjoy shopping for Pearl products one of Nagasaki’s specialties. We will stay 2 nights at the hotel that is located close to the Nagasaki train station and shopping building with supermarket, Tokyu hands, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guides will take you “Holo-Holo” near the hotel.
24 OCT (SUN) NAGASAKI,
HOTEL NEW NAGASAKI
Visit Dejima, site of the former Dutch trading post that was Japan’s only “Window to the outside world” during the national isolation period (1641 - 1859). Enjoy strolling at an open-air museum with many different types of traditional buildings to include various residences for Dutch traders, warehouses, a protestant school, etc. Then go to Aguri-no Oka Garden where 150,000 Cosmos blooming. (blooming level depending on the climate of the year). Later visit Glover Garden, an emblem of Nagasaki known as the setting for a famous opera “Madame Butterfly.” The elegance of the period of foreign settlement, nestled in scenic background offers a superb and extensive view of Nagasaki Harbor. The garden feature the former Glover Residence Japan’s oldest western wooden building has added to the list of World Heritage Site in 2015. We also visit Koushibyo Shrine, Japan’s only full-scale Chinese style Confucius’s mausoleum built in 1893. This colorful, atmospheric shrine is quite prominent. The museum exhibits a wide range of artifacts from China. Tonight’s dinner will be at a restaurant on top of a mountain that will offer breathtaking panoramic view of Nagasaki City Skyline which is considered “1 of the 3 most spectacular night views in the world.”
25 OCT (MON) KUMAMOTO,
HOTEL NIKKO KUMAMOTO
Today we head to Shimabara peninsula to catch a 45-minute ferry ride to the third largest city in Kyushu “Kumamoto”, an old castle town blessed with an abundance of nature. We will visit Suizenji Garden. A spacious Japanese style garden that was built in 17th century that is registered as a National historic site of scenic beauty. This garden features the reproductions of the 53 post stations of the Tokaido road which are scattered throughout the garden. Enjoy a relaxing walk along a circular path where you can even find a miniature Mt. Fuji. We will stay at superb city hotel located in the city center and close to department store and shopping mall. After hotel check-in, enjoy “Holo-Holo” around the hotel.
26 OCT (TUE) KAGOSHIMA,
ART HOTEL KAGOSHIMA
Head to Hitoyoshi, a 700-year-old castle town called “Small Kyoto in Kyushu.” We will visit Kamata Jozojo that be producing their Miso and Shoyu for 90 years. Afterwards enjoy shopping for their authentic products, head to Kagoshima that has been gaining attention because of NHK’s 2018 TV Drama “SEGODON.” The story of the life of historical figure Takamori Saigo who was born and raised in Kagoshima. We will visit Senganen Garden which attracts tourists because of a so-called distinction of “1 of the 36 Japan’s most stunning places” selected by CNN. This World Cultural Heritage Sites constructed with fine design and has a refined taste, using Kinko bay to resemble the pond and Sakurajima island as the miniature mountain of the garden in 1658. Tonight's hotel is overlooking Sakurajima Island up close.
27 OCT (WED) MIYAZAKI,
MIYAZAKI KANKO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Today we will visit the Museum of Meiji Restoration, you can learn about dramatic history of the Meiji restoration with robot show including Takamori Saigo appearing with English translation. Then catch a 15-minute ferry to Sakurajima Island, one of World’s most active volcanoes with minor eruptions occurs multiple times per day. You can feel the power of nature when you can see steam rising from the earth. Then head to Aoshima Island, a National Special Natural Monument with unusual wavy rock formation called Oni-no Sentakuita (Ogre’s washboard), with stripe patterns that show up at low tide. These perfectly straight rows of rock look as if they were manmade. We will stay at popular resort hotel located along Oyodo river which runs through center of Miyazaki city. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot spring bath.
28 OCT (THU) BEPPU,
BEPPU FUGA (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Saitobaru, a National Historic site where more than 300 burial mounds from 4th-7th century that are scattered around and is the largest site in Japan. If timing is right, we will see 3 million Cosmos that will cover the ground in amazing colors surrounding the historical mounds. Visit Archaeological Museum displaying excavated artifacts from the tombs taking you back to ancient time. Later we will go to Cape Hyuga where you can see magnificent scenery with many beautiful facing rocks in Hyuganada Sea. Umagase at the tip of the cape is a precipitous cliff of pillared-like rocks, towering 230 feet high (highest in Japan) and commands excellent view of waves below breaking against rocks. Then head to Beppu, known as the world’s second largest source of thermal spring water after Yellowstone National Park. Enjoy famous Onsen Hot spring bath boasting 100 % pure Hot spring water which comes directly from the hot spring source.
29 OCT (FRI) KOKURA ,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOKURA
We will enjoy and experience the awesome “Onsen hot spring capital,” Beppu Jigoku (Hell of Boiling Spring). Tour the hot springs for spectacular views instead of bathing which has a different effect in its own way. See Chinoike Jigoku (blood pond hell) features a pond of hot, blood-red water. This amazing pond takes its impressive color from red clay that dissolves in the natural hot spring water. And see Umi Jigoku (Sea Hell). One of the most beautiful hells features a pond of boiling, turquoise blue water that resembles the sea. Its waters are 394 feet depth and with a temperature of 208°F. Later go to Ao-no Domon which is the rugged 600 feet long tunnel that one Buddhist monk in 18th century had dug only by using chisel by his hand and it took 30 years to complete. You can feel the monk’s indomitable spirit trying to repent for his sins. Then go to hotel located within easy walking distance to local department store and Tanga Market which has a 100-year history.
30 OCT (SAT) KOKURA / SHIMONOSEKI,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOKURA
Visit TOTO Museum. The world’s most innovative toilet company, “TOTO” opened their museum on the company’s 100th anniversary. It is a fun museum where you can learn everything about toilets and the transition and evolution of Japanese toilet culture. The museum shop carries various original goods that are fun for souvenirs. Then cross Kanmon Straits to get Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi prefecture, known by some great historical sea battles in Japanese history such as battle leading to the fall of the Heike clan in 1185 and duel between Musashi Miyamoto and Kojiro Sasaki in 1612. Visit famous Karato Fish Market for some fun shopping for Dried seafood, seaweed, etc., with a lively atmosphere. This will be the best chance to enjoy today’s fresh caught Sushi at the famous fish market (You can purchase at your own expense from 1 piece to several pieces). Enjoy shopping and lunch at Aeon Shopping Center before going back to the hotel. (Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense.)
31 OCT (SUN) KOKURA / HONOLULU,
At checkout time our agent will come to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. In the afternoon proceed to Fukuoka International Airport to catch Airline Flight # in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 31 OCT (SUN) After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch & dinner will be at your own expense.)
Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train, and hotel reservations. Members may return to Honolulu individually, but no later than 90 days from day of departure. Weekend returns will cost more per person. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!
*Buffet meals are subject to change Set meals.
*At this moment Tohoku Travel Service are working on the prices for all our tours. They will be posted soon, as we are also waiting for airfare prices. Mahalo for your patience.
TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
TIME: 11:00 AM
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG @ 477 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.