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“FLOWER LAND” HOKKAIDO TOUR #14

Departure date: 28 June (Tue) 2022

Return date: 10 July (Sun) 2022

TOUR ITINERARY


28 JUN (TUE) HONOLULU,

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


29 JUN (WED) CHITOSE,

AIR TERMINAL HOTEL

Arrive at Chitose International Airport in Hokkaido and after government formalities. We will walk to our hotel that is connected to the airport terminal building. Hokkaido’s climate is a lot cooler than mainland Japan. July is one of the best times to visit this northernmost prefecture in Japan.


30 JUN (THU) OTARU,

GRAND PARK OTARU

Visit the world-renowned #1 soy sauce producer “Kikkoman Shoyu Factory.” See the process of brewing traditional soy sauce and many soy sauce-based seasonings beloved throughout the world. Their products will be available for purchase. Later visit Japan’s biggest English style garden, the beautiful “Yuni Garden” filled with a variety of flowers in season. See Rose, Linaria, and other flowers magnificently blooming in an enormous garden (if timing is right). A Store will carry original jams, local souvenirs, herb teas, pickles, etc. Then head to Otaru, regarded as “One of the most picturesque cities in Japan” thanks to a romantic city atmosphere that is immersed in history. We will stay 2 nights at a five-star hotel connected to a big shopping complex, with a Supermarket, Home-center, 100- yen shop, etc. After hotel check-in you will have free time to shop around or rest.


1 JUL (FRI) OTARU,

GRAND PARK OTARU

Otaru still creates an atmosphere of the good old days in a 19th century with many historical western style buildings, nostalgic warehouses, etc. Enjoy strolling around the Sakaimachi, an attractive street lined with old merchant shops from the 1800's. You can visit Otaru Glassware Store, famous trademark of Otaru with the brilliant and delicate glasses creating refreshing atmosphere. Here, you can buy popular Dripless Shoyu bottle and other glass products. Also visit Music box Museum carrying a large collection of beautiful and intricate music boxes that can be purchased. Later visit the Herring Mansion. The Herring fishing industry had a major role in the history of Otaru. This large mansion was built for wealthy fishermen. The power and wealth of fishermen during the height of the herring era is reflected in the historic residence. Then return to Otaru and stop at Otaru Canal, a symbolic spot creates the sense of nostalgia with well-preserved old warehouses lining canal.


2 JUL (SAT) LAKE TOYA,

TOYAKO MANSEIKAKU HOTEL LAKESIDE TERRACE (ONSEN) ♨

Japanese whisky has become incredibly popular in recent years. Today we will visit Yoichi Distillery a main distillery of Nikka Whisky where you can purchase their famous whisky. It has been attracting many tourists because founder Masataka Taketsuru and his wife Rita served as the model for the NHK’s TV drama “Massan.” And visit the Hokkai Soran Festival, an annual festival held in Yoichi, the birthplace of famous folk song “Soran-bushi.” This festival features a Traditional Song, Drum performance and delicious food stalls. Later have fun picking and tasting Japanese Cherry in season. These cherries are very different from the American Cherries. Later visit Kyogoku Waterpark located at the foot of spectacular Mt. Yotei. A beautiful river runs through the park with a spout that distributes cool water from Mt.Yotei and known as “1 of the top 100 purest spring waters in Japan.” We will stay at the resort hotel located in front of beautiful Lake Toya for 2 nights. After a big buffet dinner, enjoy a spectacular lakeside firework show right from your room. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Bath with beautiful lakeside view.


3 JUL (SUN) LAKE TOYA / NOBORIBETSU,

TOYAKO MANSEIKAKU HOTEL LAKESIDE TERRACE (ONSEN) ♨

Lake Toya is praised as “1 of 3 most impressive landscapes in Hokkaido” and authorized in the UNESCO Global Geopark with an active volcano “Mt. Usu” has erupted 4 times within the past 100 years. We will visit the Volcano Science Museum with visual displays of the eruption complete with a special sound system with English narration. After we will ride Mt. Usu Rope Way to the observation station to observe one of Japan’s most active volcanoes up close with swirls of white smoke. Also, you will see another volcano and one of Japan’s youngest mountains “Showa Shinzan” that has been designated as a Special National Monument. Later visit Marine Park Nixe, Hokkaido’s biggest aquarium in combination with Danish theme park. Enjoy spectacular music and light show with 10,000 sardines swimming in sequence creating a colorful reflection of the sardines that resembles the Milky Way. Tonight, we will enjoy Japanese Kaiseki dinner in the evening. After dinner, enjoy Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Bath.


4 JUL (MON) JOZANKEI VALLEY,

JOZANKEI MANSEIKAKU HOTEL MILIONE (ONSEN) ♨

Go to the 1st National Museum in Hokkaido the recently opened National Ainu Museum and park here you can immerse yourself in the culture of the indigenous Ainu people or the aborigines in Hokkaido. You will experience various aspects of Ainu culture and lifestyle at this open-air museum. We will see their traditional dance and singing that is listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Then head to Lake Shikotsu, 1 of the top 3 clearest and deepest lakes in Japan. We will ride a sightseeing boat to see the beautiful contrast of the tranquil blue lake with the surrounding greenery and mountain. This glass bottom boat will let you observe the rough rocks and lake fishes at the bottom of the lake. Then proceed to Hokkaido’s largest hot spring town Jozankei Onsen, surrounded by lush greenery and magnificent canyons dotted with picturesque views. Perfect opportunity to relax at the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Bath that contains a large variety of minerals that are considered beneficial for all types of skin conditions.


5 JUL (TUE) ASHIBETSU,

ASHIBETSU STAR LIGHT HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Visit the site of the 1972 Winter Olympics large hill ski jumping Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium. You will be surprised how steep this Ski Jump Slope is. If you wish to you can try riding Ski lift to go up to observatory looking down Sapporo city. Later head to Iwamizawa to visit Hokkaido’s largest Rose Garden with 630 types of roses in bloom. This will be the perfect time to take a leisurely strolling around big Rose Garden on a clear day. Later enjoy beautiful scenery of the vast spacious green fields while driving on the highway to Sunagawa Highway Oasis, this shopping area is where you can buy most of Hokkaido’s major local specialties. Then head to Ashibetsu famous for high-quality hot springs listed as National Hot Spring Health Resorts which is the only one in Hokkaido. Soak and Refresh in the nation insurance Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air "Roten buro" Bath.


6 JUL (WED) SHIROGANE ONSEN,

HOTEL PARK HILLS (ONSEN) ♨

Visit the “Best Sake brewery in Hokkaido” Otokoyama Sake Brewery. At the museum you will learn about the history of 350 years and the brewing process of their Sake. Here you can taste their Fresh Sake and purchase it! Then go to Biei. It will be the best season to visit to see the pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes created by hills with various fields. One of its highlights is a view of Patchwork Hill with tremendous fields and hills covered with various colors of shrubbery. You will be amazed by the beautiful landscape that resembles patchwork. Later visit Shikisai Flower Garden, a panoramic flower garden where you can leap into the grand nature of Hokkaido. Enjoy amazing colors and fragrances of several dozen different flowers that carpet the hill. Then proceed to world-renowned “Furano”, with its breathtaking Lavender flowers in bloom. Our hotel is in Shirogane Hot Spring Town. Upon arrival at the hotel, our tour guide will take you to see a beautiful waterfall and cobalt blue river near the hotel. Good chance to unwind and soak in 100 % pure hot spring water at Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air "Roten buro" Bath.


7 JUL (THU) SAHORO,

SAHORO RESORT HOTEL

Hokkaido’s seasonal highlight in July is “Lavender”! We will visit Farm Tomita 1 of Hokkaido’s best lavender viewing spots and 1 of Japan’s 36 most beautiful places selected by CNN. Enjoy a spectacular view of the magnificent “Purple Carpet” Lavender fields with Mt. Taisetsu and Tokachi mountain range as a backdrop. You can see the beautiful colors of nature at its highest. Later visit Furano Winery to enjoy tasting local Furano wine. This winery also has its own lavender field. Tonight’s accommodation is a nice resort hotel surrounded by nature here you can enjoy a big public bath and open-air bath (Sorry! Not Onsen hot spring) and enjoy peaceful walk around the hotel in the morning.


8 JUL (FRI) SAPPORO,

CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL

Today you will enjoy a special experience at Bear Mountain here you will get a chance for a up close look of the Brown bear, the largest land animal in Japan. Here you can safely see them up close from a caged bus in their natural habitat. At the central observation point, large glass windows will let you stare eyeball to eyeball with the bears. Then head to Yubari well known as “Melon Kingdom” that producing “Best Melon in Japan.” Enjoy your lunch with the famous Yubari Melon which is sweet, juicy and melts in your mouth. Later head to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest city. We will visit Shiroi Koibito Park, a confectionery theme park of Hokkaido’s most famous souvenir “Shiroi Koibito cookies.” See how these delicious cookies are made and enjoy shopping. We will stay 2 nights at this hotel that is located next to Sapporo station with a department store and underground shopping mall. After hotel check in, tour guides will take you “Holo-Holo” to shopping area.


9 JUL (SAT) SAPPORO,

CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL

Go to a lovely central park in Sapporo Odori Park. Beautified with colorful flower beds, green space, artistic statues, fountain, etc. We will visit Sapporo TV Tower the symbol of the city. From 296 feet high observation deck take in the panoramic view of the city and surrounding Mountains while enjoying the beautiful seasonal view of Odori Park. Next, we will visit Sapporo Central Wholesale Market a popular spot for local people as well as tourists. You can buy Dried Seafood, Processed marine products, Local specialties, etc., at the wholesale price. Also stop at big Aeon Shopping Mall to enjoy shopping and lunch. Then visit Yurigahara Lily Park a great place to stroll and enjoy the fresh air and nature. Lilies will be the season with about 100 different types blooming throughout the park. Then go back to our hotel. Upon arrival at the hotel, Free Time to finish Shopping, Packing, etc. 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.)


10 JUL (SUN) SAPPORO / HONOLULU,

At checkout time our agent will come to tape and tie-up our boxes and take down baggage to be checked in. We will leave the hotel by bus to Chitose International Airport to catch Airline Flight # to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 10 JUL (Sunday). 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): $4,650.00

PLUS AIRFARE $1,500.00 (***ESTIMATED AIRFARE***)

TOTAL TOUR COST WITH ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $6,150.00*


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD $1,198.00

¥100 YEN RATE (¥10,890 x 11 DAYS = ¥119,790)

YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: ¥465,000

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


FINAL TOUR PAYMENT: 70 days before departure: DATE: 19 April 2022


YEN/DOLLAR rate of ground tour will be done at 70 days of tour departure: DATE: 19 April 2022

YENS / MINUS

115/-$607, 114/-$570, 113/-$535, 112/-$498, 111/-$461, 110/-$423, 109/-$384, 108/-$344, 107/-$304, 106/-$263, 105/-$221, 104/-$179, 103/-$135, 102/-$91, 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*  19 April 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.


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