202207

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPRING "SAKURA" NIIGATA & SADO ISLAND FLOWER VIEWING "OHANAMI" TOUR #7

Departure date: 4 April (Mon) 2022

Return date: 16 April (Sat) 2022

Escort: Wesley Teranishi Junior

TOUR ITINERARY


4 APR (MON) HONOLULU,

Leave Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.


5 APR (TUE) DAIBA, TOKYO,

GRAND NIKKO TOKYO DAIBA

Arrive at Narita International Airport and after clearing government formalities, By bus to hotel in Daiba, a new major shopping district of Tokyo. We will stay 2 nights at a Luxury Hotel that is easily located within walking distance to the Aqua City Shopping Mall with 100-yen shop, Toys "R" Us, Disney Store, numerus Restaurants, and Ramen Alley, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you to the shopping area. In the evening you can see the beautiful night scape of Tokyo with Illumination of Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower from in front of our hotel.


6 APR (WED) DAIBA, TOKYO,

GRAND NIKKO TOKYO DAIBA

Today we will take a city tour of Tokyo by bus we will see Tokyo's famous tourist attractions from our bus window. We will drive over spectacular Rainbow Bridge with nice views of the waterfront subcenter in Tokyo known as “Little Manhattan.” Then we will pass through downtown to see Asakusa’s iconic Kaminari-mon Gate, the world's tallest tower the Tokyo Skytree, the Main entrance of the nationwide railway network in Japan Tokyo Station, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace Imperial Palace Outer garden, the center of political activity in Japan National Diet Building, the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, New National Olympic Stadium, etc. We will get off the bus at Shinjuku Gyoen park, home to over 1,300 Sakura trees of 65 varieties. This urban park is Tokyo's most popular place to see Yaezakura (double-flowered cherry blossom). It will be the season to admire enchanting varieties of Yaezakura (Blooming level depends on climate). Also visit Tokyo Tower, the famous red and white colored tower is one of Tokyo’s most iconic structures. This 1,092 feet tall tower was completed in 1958 and serves as a symbol of Tokyo’s rebirth after World War II. Its observation deck provides extensive views across Tokyo. We will visit Ameyoko, one of Japan’s most popular shopping streets, filled with many shops offering discounts on all kinds of products including dried seafood, candies, clothes, etc. After going back to the hotel, enjoy shopping or just rest.


7 APR (THU) HACHIOJI,

KEIO PLAZA HOTEL HACHIOJI

This morning we will visit Toyosu Wholesale Market built to replace the world famous Tsukiji Market in 2018. Visit a retail shopping area selling non-perishable food items and processed foods such as Tsukemono pickles, Japanese tea, Knives, etc. Later go to Mt. Takao, awarded the maximum of three stars as highly recommended sightseeing spot in Japan by European travel guidebook. Ride the Japan’s steepest Cable Car with a 889 foot difference of elevation while viewing Sakura Cherry blossom that will be blooming along the way (Blooming level depends on climate condition of the year). After arrival at Mt. Takao station, you can observe a fantastic view of Kanto plain, skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo, etc. (depending on weather). We will also visit Monkey Park where you can see 70 monkeys up close. Then head to our hotel in Hachioji in West Tokyo. Train station and its shopping area are only short walk from the hotel. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.


8 APR (FRI) MINAKAMI,

GENSEN YUNO YADO MATSUNOI (ONSEN) ♨

Go to Chichibu, embraced by mountains with dramatic landscape of steep cliffs and beautiful rock beds. Enjoy driving through the National Park filled with nature picturesque scenes. Visit Chichibu Festival Museum, exhibits actual festival floats that are used for famous Chichibu Night Festival which is considered “1 of Japan’s top 3 festivals that feature floats.” You can experience the climax of the festival through a Hi-Vision movie. Then see Sakura (Cherry blossom) in Nagatoro 1 of Japan’s 100 most famous cherry blossom viewing spots. If timing is right, a tunnel of flowers made by the Cherry trees on both sides, creating an utterly spectacular sight. (Blooming level depends on climate). Tonight's hotel is a Traditional Japanese Ryokan style hotel along Tone River surrounded by nature. We will be staying in a western style room with beds. This hotel has a “Large 8 Acre Japanese Landscape Garden” where you can enjoy a peaceful walk in the morning. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open air bath that uses “100% Pure Hot Spring Water.”


9 APR (SAT) NIIGATA,

HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA

In the morning ride Mt. Tanigawa Ropeway to the height of 4,327 feet to Tenjindaira, known for its deep and long periods of snow. Enjoy a dynamic snowy scenery in nature. Then proceed to Niigata city to visit the Shirone Kite Museum with its exhibits of 500 rare kites from across Japan and the world. With a huge kite the size of 24 tatami mats! Which is used in the Giant kite battle festival. We will also see dynamic 3-D movie of this Giant kite battle. Our hotel is located along the Shinano River Japan’s longest river. After hotel check in, tour guides will take you “Holo-Holo” near the hotel.


10 APR (SUN) SADO ISLAND,

FAMILIO SADO AIKAWA (ONSEN) ♨

Board the JETFOIL to Sado Island, Japan’s 6th largest island filled with picturesque scenery with an interesting history, unique culture, traditional arts, and entertainments. Upon arrival on the island, enjoy “Tarai-bune” the traditional washtub boat ride. Experience one of Sado Island’s rich traditions as tubs were used for catching abalones in very winding and narrow coves. Later we will visit Mano Park praised as the best Sakura viewing place on Sado. If timing is right the park will be filled with cherry blossoms. Then visit Obata Sake Brewery. Enjoy the famous Sado Sake, and watch a short English movie about its Sake. Then we will visit the husband and wife “Meoto Rocks.” These 2 huge rocks standing next to each other like a couple. The rocks are said to bring good luck for your family. You can buy famous local salt here. Tonight's hotel is a pleasant beachside resort that offers a grand view of the East Sea from your room. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Spring Bath.


11 APR (MON) NIIGATA,

HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA

Today we will visit another major tourist spots on Sado Island. The Sado Gold Mine that had been in operation for 388 years starting from 1601. Go inside the mine with its display of robots recreating scenes from the old gold mining days. For those who have been here before, you can try Doyuko Course with actual hauling inspection tunnel which had been used until 1989. You will see the symbolic Doyu-no Wareto or split mountain at the end of this route. We will visit at Toki-no Mori Park to see symbolic Crested Ibis of Sado Island “Toki.” See the internationally protected Toki that was once extinct in Japan with your own eyes. Then catch a JETFOIL to go back to Niigata city. After arrival at hotel, Free time to enjoy shopping, meet your relatives or just rest.


12 APR (TUE) AKAKURA HEIGHTS,

AKAKURA KANKO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Niigata is known as the “Rice capital of Japan” and the “Best rice in Japan” and “High-quality rice products.” We will visit Senbei Kingdom to enjoy “Grilling your own Senbei (rice cracker).” You can also buy fresh Senbei at the factory store. Next visit Niigata Furusato Village to see the history and culture of Niigata and enjoy shopping for local specialties such as Traditional handicraft, Sake, Dried Seafood, etc. Afterwards enjoy Strawberry Picking tasting fresh and sweet a Japanese strawberry in season. Then proceed to Akakura Heights. We will stay at the Classic Japanese Mountain Resort hotel nestled high (Altitude 3,300 feet) on the slopes of majestic Mt. Myoko. Enjoy ultimate Japanese Mountain Resort experience with a Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Bath with beautiful Mountain scenery. They also have 1 Private Onsen available free of charge.


13 APR (WED) KOMAGANE HEIGHTS,

KOMAGANE RESORT LINX (ONSEN) ♨

Head to Obuse, renowned for its charming streets with historic sites where Japanese tourists love and known as “Little Kyoto in Nagano”. We will visit Katsushika Hokusai Museum. Katsushika Hokusai (1760~1849) is author of Japan’s exquisite and aesthetic Ukiyoe Woodblock Prints. Enjoy Japanese beauty through exhibits of his celebrated beautiful masterpieces. Obuse is also famous for its delicious Chestnuts. There is a good chance to buy a variety of locally grown chestnuts products such as Chestnuts Yokan, Kuri paste, etc. We will also visit Floral Garden Obuse, shows great variety of flowers planted within the garden landscape, ponds, and giant flowerbeds, etc. This beautiful scenery is a symbol of a flower town Obuse. Then head to Komagane Heights located at the foot of the magnificent Southern and Central Japan Alps. We will stay at the hotel that is secluded, and lovely mountain resort hotel surrounded by forest. Soak and relax in Onsen hot spring bath and Open air Rotenburo bath where you can feel nature while soaking.


14 APR (THU) TOYOHASHI,

LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI

In the morning, see Hanamomo (Hana Peach) Blossom. This is unusual type of peach tree with 3 different shades of pink flowers blooming from 1 tree. If the timing is right the whole village will be filled with pink color. This beautiful scenery is called “Shangri-La in Japan.” Later visit Magomejuku Old town where you can experience the Edo period (17th - 19th century) of ancient Japan in the well-preserved post station. You will be able to stroll through the charming stone paved street featuring Edo style houses built using local techniques using materials of unique wooden and plaster. You will feel like you traveled back in time to Samurai period! Then proceed to Toyohashi city we will stay 2 nights at our hotel located right next to a MEGA Don Quijote shopping center with a supermarket where you can enjoy shopping even after dinner. In the evening, enjoy a Beef Shabu-Shabu dinner.


15 APR (FRI) TOYOHASHI / OKAZAKI,

LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI

Go to Okazaki, an old castle town well known as the origin of the “Shogun.” We will visit Okazaki Castle the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu one of the most influential Samurai in Japanese history. The beautiful purple wisteria is expected to bloom on the castle grounds all depending on the climate of the year. We will stop to have lunch and shopping at Aeon Shopping Mall. Later we will visit Laguna Ten Bosch a big shopping complex that carries a variety of local specialties including dried seafood, Tsukemono pickles, local snacks, Unagi (eel) Bento, etc. Main feature in this area is Shrimp Chips. You can sample lots of flavors and you can purchase fresh ones as souvenirs for family and friends. (Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense.)


16 APR (SAT) TOYOHASHI / 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 Chubu International Airport to catch Airline Flight # in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 16 APR (SAT) After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch and 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

DATE:

TIME: 11:00 AM

ATTIRE: CASUAL

COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS

PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG @ 477 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.