14 FEB (MON) HONOLULU,
Leave Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.
15 FEB (TUE) KOBE,
KOBE MERIKEN PARK ORIENTAL HOTEL
Arrive at Kansai International Airport and after clearing government formalities, By bus to Kobe, one of the most pleasant cities in west Japan. We will stay 2 nights at a luxury urban resort hotel located at Kobe’s most distinctive stretch of waterfront that is surrounded on three sides by the ocean. Your room will have balcony where you can enjoy the glittering ocean and urban nightscape of Kobe port.
16 FEB (WED) KOBE,
KOBE MERIKEN PARK ORIENTAL HOTEL
Driving up to Mt. Rokko which provides the pleasant green backdrop of Kobe. Visit Rokko Garden Terrace located at a height of 2,887 feet. You will be able to see breathtaking panoramic view of Kobe, Akashi Strait and Osaka Bay. It is the perfect spot to relax and take in the beauty of Kobe. Then head to Nada, Japan’s biggest Sake producing area. Visit Kikumasamune Sake brewery Museum. Learn the brewing process of Sake using traditional tools and ingredients involved in the actual brewing since 1659. You can sample the famous Nada Sake after our brewery tour. Kobe Beef is a prized Japanese delicacy and known widely as the regional specialty food in Kobe. We will enjoy the world-famous Kobe Beef steak for Lunch before going to UCC Coffee Museum. This is the only museum in Japan which specializes in coffee. You can discover the history and culture of coffee in Japan. And you can sample their specialty coffee in the museum. After going back to the hotel, you can enjoy walking around Meriken park where our hotel is located. The park is a symbolic waterfront park that contains several iconic pieces of Kobe’s contemporary architecture like Kobe’s Port tower.
17 FEB (THU) TAKARAZUKA,
Cross the world longest suspension bridge at 6,532 feet Akashi Kaikyo Bridge to Awaji Island, is blessed with abundant nature and cultural gems. We will see “One of the world’s 3 largest whirlpools” called “Uzushio”. The difference in water levels between Pacific Ocean and Seto Inland Sea in a narrow straight creating “Fourth fastest moving straight in the world.” Visit Uzunomichi Observation. You can experience a close-up view of the whirlpools from 148 feet above the sea. Whirlpools are best viewed from a higher vantage point through glass windows set in the floor. Awaji island is famous for “Kawara roof tile” which has over 1,400-year history. You will get a chance to try “Tameshiwari” roof tile breaking. It is a martial arts technique that is used in demonstration of Karate. For those who want to put on a Karate uniform and smash through a pile of Japanese roof tiles. It is a unique travel experience in Awaji that you will never forget! Also, we will try “Kawara-yaki” for lunch. We will use these roof tile for cooking our lunch. Incense has been an important element of Japan’s way of life and culture for a long time. It originated in the year 595 and still the island produces 70% of all incense made in Japan. We will enjoy an Incense making experience. You can make your own incense pieces with the scent of your choice. Those can create a relaxing aromatic therapy in your house. Then head to Takarazuka, known for famous “Takarazuka Revue.” We will stay 2 nights at the official hotel of the Revue that just opened in June 2020 and located right next to Takarazuka Grand Theater.
18 FEB (FRI) TAKARAZUKA,
Visit Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple, the seat of “Japan’s most prominent temple to god of the hearth” founded in 896. This temple is one of the most famous “Spiritual Site” where you can pray for better luck to achieve money. You should visit the temple before going to Las Vegas. Then you will see unique cultural insight of “Japan’s hidden gem” the Takarazuka Revue. It is arguably Japan’s most popular and internationally acclaimed theatrical troupe. It is a gorgeous and large-scale performance which feature an “All-Female” casts. You will be amazed by the distinct Takarazuka brand of Japanese Broadway-style musicals, revues and shows combined with amazingly sparkly costumes. All the spectacular performances are held in Japanese. But you can adequately enjoy this exciting, fun-filled experience.
19 FEB (SAT) MIYAZU, KYOTO,
HOTEL & RESORTS KYOTO-MIYAZU (ONSEN) ♨
Head to historic old castle town of Izushi, known for its nostalgic atmosphere of “Good Old Japan.” Enjoy strolling around the town’s original historic architectures townscape which reminiscent of the Edo period (1603~1868). We will enjoy Izushi-soba noodle for lunch which is local specialty that this Izushi is famous for. We will go to Ine-no Funaya (Boat house), Japan's quaintest “Floating fishing village”. It is a Kyoto's hidden traditional fishing village formed with over 200 rustic boathouses floating on Ine Bay. The unique and beautiful scenery of the village is also regarded as “One of the most beautiful villages in Japan.” Ride a Sightseeing boat to see the traditional boathouses from ocean. Waterfront buildings contain garage for boats on first floors and residential space on the upper floor. You will see distinctive maritime culture of the traditional lives of local fishermen with gorgeous landscapes. Later go to our luxurious resort hotel overlooking Amano Hashidate which is designated as National Special Places of Scenic Beauty. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the Open Air Onsen Hot Spring Bath.
20 FEB (SUN) KYOTO,
KYOTO SHINHANKYU HOTEL
Visit one of Japan’s 3 Best Scenic Views “Amano Hashidate,” a 2-mile long sandbar lined with a thick grove of pine trees and that has been called as a “Place of incomparable beauty” since ancient times. Go by cable car to the observatory in Kasamatsu Park. At the platform here try bending yourself down and looking at the view through your spread legs. It is said that the view will resemble a “Bridge to the heaven”. Then visit Tamba Winery. See their vineyard and winemaking facilities and enjoy shopping along with tasting of “Made in Kyoto” wines. Next visit Miyama Folk Village designated as a Japanese cultural heritage site famous for its traditional, thatched roof farmhouses. About 40 thatched houses still survive with local people living here. You can experience the traditional, authentic feel of rural Japan. Then proceed to former capital city of Japan "Kyoto" with a reputation as the “Most beautiful city in Japan.” We will stay 2 nights at the hotel that is located just in front of Kyoto Station with its Underground Shopping Mall. Your tour guides will take you “Holo-Holo” around the hotel after hotel check-in.
21 FEB (MON) KYOTO,
KYOTO SHINHANKYU HOTEL
In the morning, go to World Heritage site “Toji temple” founded 1225 years ago. We will visit its famous Kobo-ichi Flea Market which is held only once a month. It is probably the most concentrated and uniquely Japanese shopping experience in Kyoto. The lively open-air market is crowded with about 700 vendors that carries a wide variety of goods including antiques, kimono, clothes, tools, sculptures, pottery, toys, food, etc. One of the best buys is used clothing. A good kimono can be bought for as little as a few thousand Yen. Then stop at Kitano Tenmangu Shrine that is famous for "Best Ume blossom viewing place in Kyoto" with 1,500 Ume Trees which are in season to bloom. Also visit Arashiyama with its landmark “Togetsu bridge.” Its beautiful scenery has been celebrated since olden times.
22 FEB (TUE) NARA,
HOTEL NIKKO NARA
Go to the heartland of Sake brewing, Fushimi, one of the greatest old Sake brewing areas in Japan. We will visit Gekkeikan Sake Museum, displaying in detail the intricate process of brewing and the tools that were used. You will be able to sample different kinds of Sake from sweet to dry. Later go to Uji, famous for its high-quality Japanese tea and magnificent scenery with the time honored Uji River and historical site. Visit Byodoin Temple, inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site initially built in 998. The National Treasure Ho-o-do Hall with a shape resembling phoenix is a masterpiece of Buddhists Pure Land (Jodo) architecture. This hall is featured on the back of the Japanese Ten-Yen coin. Then head to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan founded in 710. We will stay 2 nights at the hotel that is located close to the Nara train station. After hotel arrival, tour guides will take you “Holo-Holo” around the station area.
23 FEB (WED) NARA,
HOTEL NIKKO NARA
Visit Horyuji temple, one of Japan’s oldest temples that founded in 607. It is known for the World’s oldest surviving wooden structures that is synonymous with the image of Japan as it existed more than 1,300 years ago. The temple possesses many treasured cultural and historical structures and Buddhist art objects including 36 National Treasures and 155 Important Cultural Properties. The main hall houses some of Japan’s oldest statues of Buddha, it features unique Chinese and Korean architecture, over 300 of Japan’s best Buddhist carvings. We will have fun going Strawberry Picking in season. Enjoy tasting fresh and sweet Japanese Strawberry as many as you like. Then visit the New attraction in Nara, the Goldfish Museum. Nara is the production center of beautiful goldfish. The museum is a very sophisticated space decorated in fascinating and vibrant collaboration with goldfish and art. Feel relaxed while watching the beloved shiny goldfish as it swims through the water.
24 FEB (THU) OSAKA,
HOTEL HANKYU RESPIRE
Today we will head to Sakai, attractive city in Southern Osaka with a variety of histories and traditions. Enjoy Japanese Tea Ceremony experience. We will get served Matcha green tea and Wagashi (traditional Japanese confection) in a casual way. Later head to center of Osaka, the third largest city in Japan. Visit a strikingly unique Umeda Sky Building a 568 feet tall spectacular high-rise building consists of two towers connected by the “Floating Garden Observatory” at 39th floor. You can enjoy a stunning 360-degree views over the city from the open deck. For those who wish we will take you to Shinsaibashi, Osaka’s best-known and most important shopping area for over 400 years. It is a great place to take a casual stroll through the arcade with countless shops lining. We will stay 2 nights at the recently new Hotel that opened in Nov. 2019. It is connected to big Electronics store and Shopping complex with Supermarket, 100 Yen shop, etc. Also, located within easy walking distance to department stores, Osaka station, etc. After hotel check in, we will take you “Holo-Holo” around the hotel.
25 FEB (FRI) OSAKA,
HOTEL HANKYU RESPIRE
Go to the Expo Park, the venue of the Osaka World Expo in 1970. Visit Japan’s biggest shopping complex “Expo City” with Japan’s tallest Ferris wheel, Amusement park, Shopping mall with supermarket, 100-Yen shop, Kiddy land, etc. We will also visit NIFREL Aquarium a unique aquarium called “Living museum” that is a fusion of Aquarium, Zoo and Art museum. There are various zones you can discover the wonders of nature. After going back to the hotel, it will be your “Free Time” for shopping, packing, etc. (Lunch & dinner will be at your own expense.)
26 FEB (SAT) OSAKA / HONOLULU
At checkout time our agents will come to Tape and Tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. In the afternoon proceed to Kansai International Airport to catch Airline Flight # in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 26 FEB (SAT) 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.