11 MAY (WED) HONOLULU,
Leave Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. A meal and Snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.
12 MAY (THU) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita International Airport and after clearing government formalities, By bus to hotel in Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. We will stay 2 nights at hotel that is connected to underground shopping mall with department store, 100-yen shop, Big Electronics Store, Supermarket, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you Holo-Holo around the hotel.
13 MAY (FRI) YOKOHAMA / MIURA PENINSULA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
This morning we will visit Yokohama Wholesale Market to enjoy shopping for Japanese traditional food items such as Tsukemono pickles, Umeboshi, etc., at wholesale prices. Then we will head to a popular day trip destination for Tokyoites surrounded by the sea, mountains, and nature Miura Peninsula. Have you ever tasted freshly picked sweet Japanese Strawberries? We will enjoy all you can eat Strawberry Picking. Afterwards go to Kurihama Hana-no Kuni Flower Park. We will see Poppies in season with mother nature’s help, enjoy the peaceful colorful landscape of red and orange color blossoms. For Lunch and shopping we will head to newly open in April 2020 Coaska Bayside Stores near United States Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Then back to the hotel in Yokohama. In the evening, for those who wish to see the beautiful Night View of Minato Mirai 21 a seaside urban area in central Yokohama.
14 MAY (SAT) LAKE KAWAGUCHI,
HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Today we head to an internationally well-known resort area in Hakone filled with abundant natural beauty. We will visit Hakone’s famous seasonal attraction the “Azalea Garden” with over 3,000 Colorful Azaleas carpeting the 36-acre garden. The vivid-colored azaleas, the blue lake of Ashi and white snowcapped Mt. Fuji in the backdrop will leave you breathless. Then proceed to Lake Motosu to see CNN’s 1 out of “36 most stunning places of Japan” to enjoy the Shibazakura (moss phlox) Festival. Over 520,000 bright pink, purple and white flowers blanket the huge park with majestic Mt. Fuji in the background is a truly amazing sight. Then go to Lake Kawaguchi, a very popular resort area where spectacular views of Mt. Fuji can be enjoyed. Tonight’s hotel is at the foot of Mt. Fuji the “Symbol of Japan”. Your room has the picture window facing it. Make sure you relax and enjoy a soak at the Onsen Hot Spring Bath. After a Sukiyaki Dinner.
15 MAY (SUN) MATSUMOTO,
MATSUMOTO HOTEL KAGETSU
Today we will visit beautiful Shosenkyo Gorge where you can enjoy a peaceful walk in the cool air while being amazed at the spectacular sceneries with the strength and power of the stream and waterfall that created many interestingly shaped rocks. Next, we will visit the Museum of Shadowgraph World features the fairytale-like works of Shadowgraph. Using lights, mirrors, and water to create amazing and beautiful art. Later head to Nagano the center of Japan’s mountainous landlocked prefecture. We will visit Silkfact Okaya Museum. Here you will learn the history of silk industry in Japan making this area one of the largest silk threads producing areas in the world during early 20th century. Learn how they operate the silk reeling machine that they used in the 19th century. Later head to the tranquil old castle town “Matsumoto” nestled by the Japan Alps. We will stay 2 nights at a lovely hotel that features Matsumoto’s traditional folkcraft furniture for a classic feel.
16 MAY (MON) MATSUMOTO / OKAYA,
MATSUMOTO HOTEL KAGETSU
Visit Tsurumine Park praised as “Azalea Heaven” with 30,000 azalea bushes. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through the park filled with vibrant colorful Azaleas which is the Best Azalea Viewing Spot in Central Japan. Visit Osuwa Daiko (Drum) Museum to learn how they make Taiko drums and enjoy short performance. Osuwa Daiko Drum originated to Taiko drum playing style of a well-known Samurai warlord "Takeda Shingen" troop in Sengoku period. Later visit Japan’s oldest existing castle which was built in the 16th century and Nation al Treasure “Matsumoto Castle” another 1 of CNN’s “Japan's 36 most beautiful places.” For those who wish and need a little exercise can walk up inside the 420-year-old castle tower. Wisteria and Azalea in the Castle’s Japanese garden should be in bloom. You will get a chance to visit Nawate-dori shopping street within walking distance from our hotel. This creates an aura of an old castle town lined with around 40 shops including antique shops, candy stores, senbei shop, etc.
17 MAY (TUE) SHINHOTAKA ONSEN,
HOTAKASO YAMANO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Head to south entrance of the Northern Japan Alps to see Kamikochi Valley surrounded by 10,000 feet mountains. This natural beauty is often compared to Yosemite Valley in California. Pass by Taisho Pond with its lovely mirror-like surface that reflects towering mountain peaks and calm surrounding scenery. You can cross Kappa Bridge (suspension bridge) over its crystal-clear river water. This is the picture-perfect postcard scenery of the Japan Alps. In the afternoon we will ride the Shin Hotaka Rope Way to 7,073 feet to the Summit station one of Japan’s highest elevation where you can see amazing view of the snowy Northern Japan Alps. Enjoy Japan’s first double deck ropeway gondola above and through the clouds for breathtaking views. Then head to Okuhida Hot spring town and a charming Mountain resort hotel surrounded by beautiful forest surroundings. Perfect opportunity for a relaxing soak at Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Bath. Private Onsen Bath is available At Your Own Expense.
18 MAY (WED) TOYAMA,
TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Head to rural Japan of Toyama where you can take in the mountains all the way to the Japan sea. We will visit Owara Kaze-no Bon dance Museum. This nationally known Bon-dance is an enchanting folk festival held in rustic town of Toyama. We will see a demonstration of elegant and graceful dancing using unique melancholic melodies which has been passed down from 300-year ago. Toyama Bay area is best known for firefly squids. There is a Firefly Squid Museum where you can learn about tiny firefly squid that emits pale light that illuminates their body giving a nightly light show along Toyama Bay’s shoreline during March thru May. Then proceed to Toyama city as we will stay 2 nights at our hotel is located near Toyama train station and connected to a department Store with a 100-yen Shop. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.
19 MAY (THU) TOYAMA / MT. TATEYAMA,
TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Drive up Mt. Tateyama standing at 9,892 feet is one out of three holy mountains in Japan that has been worshipped for over 1300 years. Visit Murodo Japan’s highest station at 8,038 feet high and one of the heaviest snowfall areas in the world. We will enjoy driving through accumulation of snow to form the majestic “Snow corridor” upwards of 52 feet to create the Great Wall of Snow that’s about 6-stories tall! You will also get a chance to walk along the Snow walls. Enjoy this amazing experience only during this time of year! Next place is Yoshinotomo Sake Brewery using sacred spring water from Tateyama Mountain range and local rice from Toyama. Enjoy learning about their brewing process and sample their product with the knowledge of purchasing your favorite bottle of Sake including their premium “Daiginjo.”
20 MAY (FRI) GIFU,
MIYAKO HOTEL GIFU NAGARAGAWA
Visit World Heritage site the “Historic Village of Shirakawago” to enjoy strolling this quaint secluded mountain village with traditional thatched roof houses. Throughout this traditional village homes, and farmhouses standout like a scene of a Japanese fairy tale. Then head to Gujo Hachiman to enjoy a Gujo Odori Dance show designated a Significant Intangible Cultural Folk Asset. It is one of three biggest Bon-dance festivals that has over 400 year history. Later for those who would like can try your hand at making Wax food sample. These are the wax or plastic food samples seen outside virtually every restaurant in Japan. It was this town that invented this artform. You will see incredible food samples that you can purchase and display when you get back home. Our superb Hotel is next to the Nagara River. In the evening, we will ride a boat to get a firsthand view of Ukai or Cormorant fishing on the river. Watch as traditional Japanese fishermen work as one team use a 1,300-year-old method using their trained cormorants and torches to catch Ayu or sweetfish during the hours of darkness.
21 MAY (SAT) HAMAMATSU,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS HAMAMATSU
Visit the Ukai Museum where the exhibits about Cormorant fishing will teach you about the cultural fishing traditions that represents Japan. Then go to Seki, with an historic 800-year-old tradition of blacksmithing in this area. Visit Cutler Sanshu producer of the finest kitchen knives using the same techniques used to create legendary Samurai swords. You will get a chance to buy Seki’s durable and incredibly sharp knives, scissors, and garden tools, etc. And visit Arimatsu Shibori Tie Dyeing Museum. Intricate Shibori dyeing is used to produce colorful designs for kimono fabric. Watch interesting video in English about the process of making these Handmade Heritage. Here you can also enjoy shopping for a kimono, fabrics, and bags. When you stroll through the narrow street lined with old houses, shops and warehouses will make you feel like you have traveled back during the Samurai period. Then go to Hamamatsu. We will stay 2 nights at hotel located in Hamamatsu station area with many shopping places within easy walking distance.
22 MAY (SUN) HAMAMATSU / KAKEGAWA,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS HAMAMATSU
Today we will visit Kamo Garden hopefully with mother nature’s help the park should be at its best to visit with many different varieties and types of Irises and Hydrangea in bloom. With the 16th century-built Residence for the lord with its white walls and warehouses creates a perfect backdrop for the colorful fields of irises would make an amazing photo opportunity. Then visit the Suzuki History Museum to learn the history along with many exhibits of famous motor company “Suzuki” they first established themselves as loom company in 1909. You can see many Suzuki’s antique cars and motorbikes on display with only a few in existence today. Later enjoy shopping and lunch at Aeon Shopping Center. After going back to the hotel, Free time to continue shopping and packing. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense.)
23 MAY (MON) HAMAMTSU / 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 (Centrair) International Airport to catch Airline Flight # in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 23 MAY (Monday) 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.
TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
TIME: 11:00 AM
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG @ 477 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.