6 NOV (SAT) HONOLULU,
Leave Daniel K. Inouye Int’l Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.
7 NOV (SUN) KYOTO,
MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO
Arrive at Kansai International Airport. After clearing entry formalities, by bus to Kyoto, which carries a reputation as the “Most Beautiful City in Japan.” We will be staying 2 nights at our hotel which is located right in front of Kyoto Station and close to AEON shopping mall including UNIQLO, 100yen shop, etc.
8 NOV (MON) KYOTO,
MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO
All day Kyoto city tour! Enjoy the most historical city in Japan with over 1,200-year history and awarded as the “World’s best city to Travel” by the U.S magazine Travel + Leisure. We will visit Arashiyama, a major sightseeing area in Western Kyoto’s. Pleasant scenery combined with its landmark Togetsu Bridge, river flow and forested mountain in the background are breathtaking. Later, visit World Cultural Heritage Site, Nijo Castle with its beautiful Japanese Garden. This is an excellent example of traditional castle defensive structures built in 1603 and for the residence of Tokugawa shoguns and noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors boasting delicate transom woodcarvings and fabulous paintings. Afterwards, we will visit Saga-giku (Chrysanthemum) Exhibition. See beautiful displays of Traditional Antique “Saga Chrysanthemum,” a special variety of chrysanthemum with brush-like petals has been cultivated exclusively in Daikaku-ji Temple. After going back to the hotel, tour guides will take you “Holo Holo” around the hotel.
9 NOV (TUE) TAKAYAMA,
HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN) ♨
This morning you will enjoy “Picking & Tasting Sweet Japanese Persimmons” a seasonal Autumn fruit in Japan in season! Later proceed to Takayama, while viewing the magnificent Autumn scenery turned red and yellow (depending on climate of the year). Takayama boasts “One of Japan’s Most Atmospheric Townscapes” and has maintained its original Japanese landscape form. It makes this town “Japan’s Must visit sightseeing spot” for tourists from overseas. After hotel check-in, good chance to enjoy a relaxing soak in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Jacuzzi. Enjoy delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner in the evening.
10 NOV (WED) TAKAYAMA,
HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN) ♨
All day Takayama city tour! First, visit Historical Government House, built 329 years ago, and served as the Edo government’s administrative building for 177 years. It is the one and only building of its kind remaining in Japan. Also visit the interesting Takayama Morning Open Market in front of the Government house. It is Takayama’s best known sight. Lots of stands selling local crafts, farm products, etc. Later enjoy browsing around the Old Town District, which beautifully preserves the quaint atmosphere of an old castle town during the Edo period with antique merchant’s houses and age-old specialty shops carrying famous Local Sake, Hida lacquerware which has a long history dating back to 1606. Then go to Matsuri-no Mori Festival Museum showcasing the key aspects of Takayama Festival with gorgeous and splendid floats. You will see and feel the atmosphere of “1 of 3 most beautiful festivals in Japan.”
11 NOV (THU) KANAZAWA,
ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KANAZAWA
Visit a World Heritage Site, beautiful Gassho-Zukuri Village in Shirakawago. This mountain village is famed for its unique architecture “Gassho or steep sloping gable roof style farmhouses,” which was developed to survive severe weather with heavy snowfall. Enjoy strolling around the village that was chosen as “1 of the World’s 10 Greatest Towns for Architecture Fans" by CNN. Later challenge yourself in making your own traditional Gokayama Washi paper. You will also learn the history and tradition of beautiful Gokayama Washi paper which is accredited as a Traditional Japanese Handicraft. Then go to the historic castle town "Kanazawa" which has been registered as a UNESCO’s Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art. Kanazawa produces 99 % of Japan’s gold leaf. We will visit Hakuza Gold foil shop. Its “Golden Tea Ceremony Room” made using about 40,000 pieces of pure gold leaf is a sight to see. Tonight’s hotel is located close to Kanazawa train station with big shopping area carrying Kanazawa’s local specialties. You can enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.
12 NOV (FRI) NOTO PENINSULA,
ROYAL HOTEL NOTO (ONSEN) ♨
Kanazawa is a city full of charm where a lot of old neighborhoods have been kept intact and thus called “1 of the Best-Preserved Cities in Japan.” Go to Nagamachi Old Samurai Town to take a pleasant walk around the “Old Samurai town” and visit elegant Nomura’s Samurai House with its beautiful Japanese garden. This graceful garden is highly praised by the Japanese Garden Journal (USA) as “One of the very best Japanese gardens” Then we will visit Kenrokuen Garden, considered to be 1 of Japan’s 3 best landscape gardens has the typical features of a large, treed garden with plentiful water landscaping. Every step and turn in the garden bring a new view to stop and admire. After enjoying shopping and lunch at AEON Shopping Mall, go to Noto peninsula, holding unparalleled beauty with many magnificent sights via Chirihama Seaside Driveway. This 5-mile hard fine sand packed along the beach creates a natural driveway that any kind of vehicle can drive on it. This is the only place in Japan where we can enjoy driving along the surf and shoreline. (depending on weather and condition). We will stay at a popular resort hotel surrounded by nature. Enjoy a relaxing soak in their big Hot spring bath and Open-air rock bath!
13 NOV (SAT) NOTO PENINSULA,
ROYAL HOTEL NOTO (ONSEN) ♨
All day Noto Peninsula tour! We will visit Wajima and the famous Asaichi Morning Market. “1 of Japan’s 3 Biggest Morning Markets.” With about 200 stalls lining the main street offers various products like folk crafts, farm products, primarily fresh seafood landed daily at Wajima Port, including delicious “Steamed Abalone.” Later visit Kiriko Art Museum exhibiting 31 impressive Kiriko lantern floats to express the atmosphere of this exciting festival unique to Noto Peninsula. Also see beautiful Wajima-nuri Lacquerware, designated as a “National Intangible Cultural Property.” See the precious works and highly refined skills that have been passed down over 1,000 years. Then head to a main attraction in Noto Peninsula, Noto Kongo scenic coast with sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations that are considered the most dramatic section of Noto Peninsula. Visit Senmaida (1 Thousand Rice Paddies), infinite terraced small rice paddies spread like stairways to the ocean on a slope which is designated as a “National Cultural Asset.” Enjoy those exquisitely beautiful sceneries in Noto. Then go back to the hotel. Enjoy another relaxing soak in the Hot Spring Bath and Open-air Rock bath!
14 NOV (SUN) HAKUBA,
SIERRA RESORT HAKUBA (ONSEN) ♨
Enjoy shopping at Toyama Seafood Market specializing in seafood from Toyama Bay as well as local specialties such as white shrimp chips, processed seafood, etc. Later visit Uozu Buried Forest Museum, located at the actual site where a 500-year-old virgin cedar forests were buried and preserved. It is breathtaking to see giant roots and stumps that lay inundated from over 2,000 years ago that is designated as a “Special National Monument.” Later head to Hakuba, situated in the heart of stunningly beautiful “Northern Japan Alps” and thus considered Japan's premier alpine resort destination. We will stay at an excellent mountain resort hotel surrounded by mountain. This hotel has been ranked high as “Most popular hotels in Japan” by TripAdvisor. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the Hot Spring Bath where you can see Japan Alps beyond the forest. Private Onsens are available free of charge.
15 NOV (MON) KIYOSATO HEIGHTS,
KIYOSATO KOGEN HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Go to a picturesque mountain resort area, Azumino, while viewing the magnificent scenery of the strikingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps along the way. Visit Swiss Village carrying a variety of Nagano souvenirs including local wine, pickles and Shinshu Soba, Japan’s most popular Soba noodle. Nagano is one of Japan’s top apple-producing prefectures. Enjoy Picking and Tasting Nagano Apple. Try fresh and sweet Nagano Apples in season. Nagano is also famous for its Shinshu Miso which is widely loved throughout Japan. We will visit a Miso Factory to see the process of making local Shinshu Miso and purchase them. Tonight’s hotel is in the Highland Resort Area in Kiyosato Heights (4,900ft high). On a clear day, you can overlook the Southern Japan Alps in the distance from your room. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the Big Bath & Open-Air Hot Spring Bath with beautiful mountain scenery.
16 NOV (TUE) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
In the morning visit the Music Box Museum to see its surprising “Dynamic Music Show” played by antique music boxes automatically playing real instruments such as Piano, Cymbals, Violin, etc. Later head to Lake Kawaguchi, a very popular resort area located at the foot of Mt Fuji. If the weather is fine a magnificent view of the Symbol of Japan “Mt. Fuji” can be seen on the way. We will visit Itchiku Kubota Art Museum which is praised as “1 of the World’s Most Remarkable Museums Devoted to Textiles.” See the magnificent collection of one of a kind breathtaking Kimonos made with revived traditional technique of silk dyeing. If the timing is right, this area will be filled with beautiful Autumn leaves. Then head to Japan’s 2nd largest city Yokohama. We will stay 2 nights at the hotel which is in a very convenient location within easy walking distance to Department Store, Big Electronics Store, ¥100 Yen Shop and Underground Shopping Mall. After hotel check in, tour guides will take you “Holo-Holo” around the hotel.
17 NOV (WED) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Visit Tokyo Sky Tree. This “New symbol of Tokyo” is the world’s highest stand-alone tower boasting a height of 2,080 feet. From its observation deck, you can enjoy the best 360-degree panoramic spectacular views out over Japan’s giant metropolis. You will also get a chance to visit its interesting shopping complex “Tokyo Solamachi.” There are many highly specialized shops that offer a variety of Japanese traditional crafts and pop-culture goods. Later enjoy shopping and lunch at Ario Shopping Mall with Supermarket, ¥100 Yen Shop, etc. Then go to Ameyoko, “One of Japan’s Most Popular Shopping Streets.” filled with over 400 shops dealing discounts on all kinds of items which includes seafood, sweets, T-shirts, snacks, etc. After going back to the hotel, Free Time to continue Shopping, Packing, etc. (Lunch / Dinner will be at your own expense).
18 NOV (THU) YOKOHAMA / 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 Narita International Airport to catch Airline Flight # in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 18 NOV (THU) After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch at your own expense / Dinner on the plane.)
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.