202211

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S TRAVEL NOMBIRI KII PENINSULA ONSEN TOUR #11

Departure date: 30 May (Mon) 2022

Return date: 11 June (Sat) 2022

TOUR ITINERARY


30 MAY (MON) HONOLULU,

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


31 MAY (TUE) SAKAI, OSAKA,

HOTEL AGORA REGENCY OSAKA SAKAI

Arrive at Kansai International Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to Sakai in Osaka a historical city located at the entrance of Osaka Bay. We will stay at elegant urban hotel located close to train station.


1 JUN (WED) SHIRAHAMA,

COGANOI RESORT & SPA (ONSEN)

Sakai is the place where ancient, mounded tombs that were built 1,600 years ago still remain. A World Heritage site since 2019 has attracted the attention of many travelers. The most famous tomb is Emperor Nintoku's. "1 of the world’s 3 largest tombs along with the pyramid in Egypt, the Qin Emperor tomb of China." We will visit the newly opened in March 2021, Mozu Mounded Tombs Visitor Center to obtain new knowledge with display panels and an ultra-high definition 8K movie of aerial images that bring you the stunning scenery of the tumulus of Japanese kings. Then head to Danjiri Festival Museum. This festival is one of the wildest and roughest festivals in Japan. We will watch a video with lively visual sound. This will give you the sensation of the Danjiri Festival, an ongoing tradition for 300 years. Later visit Naniwa Sake brewery founded in 1716 and a five-time gold medal winner at Japan’s most acknowledged Sake competition. See the process of making Sake and get a chance to taste their products. You can buy not only Sake but Narazuke pickles Rice cracker, etc. Then head to Kii Peninsula the largest peninsula on Japan's main island renowned for the spectacular Ise Shima National Park. Go to Yuasa that claims to be the "Birthplace of Soy Sauce." Visit Shoyu Factory to see the whole process of making local Shoyu and its history which started in 1881. You can purchase their many varieties of products. Then go to Shirahama, established as a goodwill sister beach relationship with Waikiki beach. We will stay 2 nights at resort hotel facing the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath with beautiful ocean view.


2 JUN (THU) SHIRAHAMA / TANABE,

COGANOI RESORT & SPA (ONSEN)

Visit Adventure world. A mega theme park with a Zoo, Aquarium and Amusement Park which ranked #1 in 2018 as "Best Zoo in Japan" by Trip Advisor. The main attraction is Panda Land, here you can get very close to the Panda! This is 1 of only 3 places where they have Giant Panda in Japan! Furthermore, you will be able to ride a Safari car to see Lion, Giraffe, Cheetah, Zebra, etc. A fabulous Dolphin Show can be seen at the Big Ocean Stadium. Also get close-up views of Chimpanzee, Hippopotamus, etc. Then visit Ume-boshi (Pickled plum) factory. This area is known for producing the Best Ume-boshi in Japan. Kishu Ume-boshi is the most popular of its kind. Great opportunity to sample the different flavors and buy World’s famous Kishu Ume-boshi and Ume Sake for souvenir. After going back to hotel, enjoy relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath.


3 JUN (FRI) KUSHIMOTO,

HOTEL & RESORTS WAKAYAMA-KUSHIMOTO (ONSEN)

We will visit Shirahama’s highlight sightseeing places and designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. First, we will go to the symbolic Engetsu Island, a particular rock isle with a full moonlike hole in the middle. Senjojiki Rock Plateau, a spacious horizontally multi-tiered rocks appears like a thousand Tatami mats. Sandanheki cliff or a 3-tiered wall cliff, 200 feet high steep rock walls dropping away vertiginously into the sea. Then go to Kushimoto Marine Park, located in the southern-most point of Honshu (Mainland of Japan). Visit its Aquarium with an Underwater observation tower. It’s an excellent chance to have a close encounter with this rare and beautiful underwater world with colorful tropical fishes, the World’s Northern-most coral reef ecosystem, etc. We will stay 2 nights at an Onsen resort hotel located in Kushimoto, the southernmost of Kii Peninsula. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air Rock bath overlooking beautiful Pacific Ocean and sunrise in the morning.


4 JUN (SAT) KUSHIMOTO / NACHI,

HOTEL & RESORTS WAKAYAMA-KUSHIMOTO (ONSEN)

Visit the World’s largest Whale Museum in Taiji. About 1,000 valuable information regarding the life of whales and whaling are displayed. You will get to see a life-size model of a 50 feet Bowhead whale which is suspended from the ceiling. You can also enjoy the Aquarium, Dolphin and Pilot whale show, etc. Afterwards head to Nachi, 1 of 3 ancient sanctuaries in Kumano. If you wish to you can walk along a short trail that is part of Kumano-Kodo Pilgrimage Routes. For over 1,000 years Japanese people have made the arduous pilgrimage to Kumano. These pilgrims used a network of routes (Kumano-Kodo). Walking the ancient pilgrimage route is a fantastic way to experience the unique cultural landscape of Kumano's spiritual countryside. We will also visit World Heritage site Nachi Waterfall. Japan’s highest waterfall with a 400 feet. drop is 1 of CNN’s “Japan's 36 most beautiful places.” Harmoniously created by a great waterfall and mystic primeval forests is completely amazing.


5 JUN (SUN) SHIMA,

HOTEL & RESORTS ISE SHIMA (ONSEN)

Today we will visit Hashikui Iwa Rocks. Here we will see a half mile of 40 oddly sizes shaped rocks. Such strange phenomenon of natural beauty. This magnificent nature landscape is designated as a National Natural Treasure. Kumano Kodo is an ancient Buddhist Pilgrimage Road running through the Kii Mountain Range. It's one of only two pilgrimages in the world registered as World Heritage Site. We will visit Kumano Kodo Center. The history and culture of sacred places and pilgrimage routes are effectively introduced by video, presenting replicas and pictures. We will stay 2 nights at resort hotel located on hill in Ise-Shima National Park. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath overlooking beautiful Matoya bay.


6 JUN (MON) SHIMA / MATSUSAKA,

HOTEL & RESORTS ISE SHIMA (ONSEN)

This morning we will visit Meoto Iwa (Wedded rocks). Two sacred rocks representing a husband and wife that are connected by the sacred "shimenawa" rope which acts as the division between the spiritual and earthly realms. Afterwards go to Ise Grand Shrine the largest and most sacred shrine in Japan. It is believed to have been established over 2,000 years ago. When you walk along the path leading to the main building amidst a dense forest of giant cedar trees, you will understand Japanese worshippers’ sacredness that have been felt since olden times. Then visit Okage Yokocho Shopping Alley in front of the shrine which creates a nostalgic atmosphere of the Edo period. You can experience the timeless of old shops, regional specialties, history and customs while strolling around and shopping. Later visit Matsusaka Handwoven Cotton Center. This cotton was highly praised as the most fashionable kimono fabric in Edo period and has been recognized as an Intangible Folk Cultural Property of Japan. You can purchase various Matsusaka cotton goods with characteristic vivid indigo and stripe pattern.


7 JUN (TUE) YOKKAICHI,

MIYAKO HOTEL YOKKAICHI

Visit Ishigami shrine known as a shrine that grants 1 wish for women. Female divers in this area have prayed for safety diving and a good catch. Japanese female TV stars and athletes who had won a gold medal at the Olympic games come to this Shrine constantly. While visiting here please narrow down your wishes to only 1! Later proceed to Mikimoto Pearl Island this is where the world's first cultivated pearl was successfully produced in 1893. We will watch the Women diver show and visit the Pearl Museum which provides a detailed explanations about pearls and the cultivation of pearls. You can view and purchase a wide variety of "Mikimoto" pearl jewelry. Then go to the old post town of Seki-juku designated as National Historical District and the only remaining historical inn district along the Tokaido road. This ancient settlement is comprised with 200 old merchant houses which flourished during Edo period (1603~1868). You may feel like you traveled back during the Samurai period when you stroll through this beautiful old town. We will stay 2 nights at the hotel connecting to a shopping center with supermarket, 100 Yen shop, etc. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.


8 JUN (WED) YOKKAICHI / SUZUKA / IGA,

MIYAKO HOTEL YOKKAICHI

Today we will visit Suzuka City Traditional Industries Museum, see exhibits that represents the works of traditional craft in Suzuka like Suzuka ink painting and Ise pattern paper. We will be able to be creative by making a bookmarker using traditional stencil paper pattern and chiseling. Then proceed to Iga, homeland of 1 of 2 legendary “Ninja” here you will be able to discover many secrets of the Iga-ryu Ninja at the Ninja Museum. This offers a glimpse into the life of Ninja and their skills. Visit a real Ninja house with fake hallways, revolving wall, trap doors, etc., and watch an exciting live Ninja show, that features authentic Ninja skills and real weapons.


9 JUN (THU) TOYOHASHI,

LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI

Today we will visit Rokkaen Garden, a perfect place to enjoy this beautiful Japanese garden with magnificent architecture and designated as a National Scenic Spot. The garden’s main feature is the 1913 built residence that represents a valuable ancient structural heritage that perfectly harmonizes Japanese and Western architectural styles. That’s been designated as an Important Cultural Property. Then go to Nabana-no sato Flower Park. Here you can enjoy a leisurely stroll around the huge flower garden with a variety of seasonal flowers. Roses will be in seasonal bloom (depending on climate of the year). Later visit the spicy seasoned cod roe “Mentaiko” themed Mentai Park Tokoname here you can visit the museum to learn the history and the production of Mentaiko. You can buy the very tasty Mentaiko Chips at the shop. The renowned wholesale store “Costco” is next building. If you have a Costco membership bring your membership card with you. Then head to Toyohashi. We will stay 2 nights at our hotel that is located right next to a MEGA Don Quijote shopping center with supermarket. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.


10 JUN (FRI) TOYOHASHI / ATSUMI PENINSULA,

LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI

Today we will visit the Atsumi Peninsula with its abundance of nature and warm climate. Here we will be able to taste a piece of fresh “Musk Melon” known and called the “King of Fruits” in season. Aichi’s Melon is a premium brand due to its sweet taste and aroma. Later you will enjoy shopping and lunch at Laguna Ten Bosch, a big shopping area that carries a variety of local specialties include dried seafood, Tsukemono pickles, local snacks, Unagi (eel) Bento, etc. Main feature in this area is Shrimp chips. You can sample variety of flavors and purchase fresh ones for your souvenir. After going back to the hotel, Free time to continue shopping, packing or just rest. We will give everyone a carton box to use for packing their gifts. (2 pieces per person, baggage allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member). (Lunch & dinner will be at your own expense.)


11 JUN (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, 11 JUN (Saturday). 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

DATE:

TIME: 11:00 AM

ATTIRE: CASUAL

COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS

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



COST OF GROUND TOUR (12 DAYS): $4,600.00

PLUS AIRFARE $1,600.00 (***ESTIMATED AIRFARE***)

TOTAL TOUR COST WITH ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $6,200.00*


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD $1,077.00

¥100 YEN RATE (¥9,790 x 11 DAYS = ¥107,690)

YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: ¥460,000

*Based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. Dollar rate.


FINAL TOUR PAYMENT: 70 days before departure: DATE: 23 March 2022


YEN/DOLLAR rate of ground tour will be done at 70 days of tour departure: DATE: 23 March 2022

YENS / MINUS

115/-$600, 114/-$565, 113/-$529, 112/-$493, 111/-$456, 110/-$418, 109/-$380, 108/-$341, 107/-$301, 106/-$260, 105/-$219, 104/-$177, 103/-$134, 102/-$90, 101/-$46


Based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. Dollar rate PLUS / MINUS on YEN / DOLLAR differential at time of payment.



*** TOUR CONDITIONS ***

AIR: Estimated airfare and May be more or May be less at time of ticket purchased. $375.00 Cancellation Fee is usually charged by the airlines.


INCLUDES: Land Transportation included in the itinerary, all hotel accommodations, meals, and all sightseeing listed, all transfer of passenger and baggage, souvenir picture and tour tax.


DOES NOT INCLUDE: AIRFARES, Individual expenses after termination of tour as stated in itinerary. Also, wine, liquor, mineral water, laundry and other items of personal nature, cost of obtaining passport and visa or other necessary documents.


LAND TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY PER-PERSON:

70 DAYS - 46 DAYS --- $400.00* 23 Mar. 2022

45 DAYS - 31 DAYS --- $600.00*

30 DAYS - 16 DAYS --- $800.00*

15 DAYS - 01 DAY --- $1000.00*

*No refund once tour starts.

*May have extra cancellation charges for Miyako Odori show tickets, Tokyo Disney Sea tickets, Shinkansen ticket fee, etc. If Yen was already purchase to pay for this tour, Then the Yen exchange rate at time of refund will affect the refund since we have to convert the Yen back to U.S. dollars again.


FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

PH: 808-536-8618 TOLL FREE PH: 1-888-966-3666


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Congratulations World Heritage Registration for "Mozu-Furuichi Mounded Tombs"!!