202221

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN LEAVES & WINTER ILLUMINATION WITH MT.FUJI TOUR #21

Departure date: 26 November (Sat) 2022

Return date: 8 December (Thu) 2022

Escort: Wayne Teranishi

TOUR ITINERARY


26 NOV (SAT) HONOLULU,

Leave Daniel K. Inouye Int’l Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.


27 NOV (SUN) YOKOHAMA,

YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Arrive at Narita Int'l Airport and after clearing entry government formalities, go directly to the hotel in Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. After hotel check in, Free time to enjoy shopping, meet your relatives, friends or just rest. We'll stay 3 nights at the hotel which is connecting to underground shopping mall and within easy walking distance to department stores, big electronics store, ¥100 Yen shop, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guides will take you around the hotel.


28 NOV (MON) YOKOHAMA / KAMAKURA,

YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Today we'll visit Kamakura, a historical picturesque town that retains traces of turbulent medieval Japan. It has a long and illustrious history reflected in its architectural legacy in shrines and temples. Visit Kamakura’s most important and significant shrine Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine. It became the center of politics and culture during the Kamakura Period (1185~1333). It will be in season of the fabulous Autumn colors. Red & yellow-colored trees blend remarkably with the shrine buildings making it pure soul-nurturing beauty. Later enjoy leisurely strolling on Komachi Street lined with Japanese-style sweet shops, Traditional souvenir shops, etc., unique to the ancient city with an old historic atmosphere. Then go to see Great Buddha of Kamakura. Japan’s second largest 43.8 feet tall a monumental bronze Buddha statue is the symbol of Kamakura. It was cast in the year 1252 and designated as a National Treasure.


29 NOV (TUE) YOKOHAMA / TOKYO,

YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Head to Tokyo to enjoy Autumn Leaves that should be during the right season. Enjoy driving around Tokyo metropolitan area to see the brilliant fall colors scenery. First, we'll drive by Meiji shrine Outer Precinct, one of the most beautiful Autumn foliage spots in Tokyo. If timing is right, the rows of uniquely trimmed Ginkgo trees turn into stunning golden color. Then drive to National Diet Building the road leading to the building is also famous spot has a superb view of beautiful Ginkgo trees along the roadway. Later visit Zojoji temple, originally built in 1393 and was the family temple of Tokugawa Shoguns that ruled Japan in the Edo period (1603-1868). This beautiful and peaceful temple’s massive main building with symbolic Tokyo Tower in the background makes for postcard-like pictures. In the evening, for those who wish to take a Yokohama Night View tour. In the winter, the city transforms into a light up magical winter wonderland by elaborate and beautiful illuminations.


30 NOV (WED) AKISHIMA, TOKYO,

FOREST INN SHOWAKAN

Visit Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, an open-air museum where 30 architectural gems from the 19th to early 20th century Tokyo were restored & relocated. This is expected to be the right season for Autumn colors. Enjoy strolling and seeing how the cityscape and buildings have changed throughout history in Japan. And visit Tokyo’s largest amusement park Yomiuri Land offering fun and entertainment to Tokyoites since 1964. We will see "Jewellumination (named after Jewel and Illumination)" which is the largest illumination festival in Kanto region. Everywhere in this amusement park has been lit up by 6.5 million lights. Those beautiful winter landscape lights sparkle like a thousand jewels. Then proceed to Akishima in western Tokyo close to Yokota air base. We will stay at quiet urban resort hotel with 16-acre vast forest in background. You can enjoy peaceful walk in the morning while viewing Autumn colored trees.


1 DEC (THU) LAKE YAMANAKA,

FUJI MARRIOTT HOTEL LAKE YAMANAKA(ONSEN) ♨

Go to Mt. Takao, specified for the maximum of 3-star sightseeing spot in Japan by French travel guidebook for its magnificent beauty. Ride the Japan’s steepest Cable Car at 889 feet difference of elevation to enjoy beautiful Autumn scenery depending on climate of the year. On a clear day you can observe a superb view of Kanto plain, skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo, etc. Later visit Saru or monkey bridge, 1 of 3 most famous ancient bridges in Japan, designated as National Place of Scenic Beauty. This bridge keeps its original form made by layering bridge girders without using any pier since 1,300 years ago. Then visit Maglev Exhibition Center. The world’s fastest bullet train at 374 mph based on Maglev technology will start operation in 2027. We'll learn about superconductive linear mechanisms in detail. Then go to Lake Yamanaka, the largest of the 5 lakes of Mt. Fuji. We'll stay at resort hotel filled with the refreshing atmosphere of forest. Relaxing in Onsen Hot Spring bath & Open air Roten buro bath.


2 DEC (FRI) LAKE YAMANAKA / KOFU,

FUJI MARRIOTT HOTEL LAKE YAMANAKA(ONSEN)

In the morning we will experience an exciting attraction at the foot of Mt. Fuji “Fuji Airways” called the “Next generation Movie Theater.” Take a virtual 4D flight simulation ride that will give you a full sensory experience with stunning aerial views of Mt. Fuji. The rites of winter in this area are making elaborate traditional "Dried Persimmons." We will see photogenic Dried persimmons hanging from farmhouses eaves here you can purchase this Japanese delicacy in winter. Then we'll visit Herb Garden Tabi-nikki to walk around the botanical garden with herbal flowers and taste herb tea. Also enjoy shopping for many herb products such as natural and organic cosmetics, hand cream, soap, etc. In the evening for those who wish we'll take you to Lake Yamanaka Art Illumination Festival. We'll see about 100 different illumination displays over vast grounds in a warm scene of lights.


3 DEC (SAT) IZU HATAKE ONSEN,

DAISENYA (ONSEN) ♨

Today we'll visit Chichibunomiya Memorial Park. Originally was Gotemba imperial villa where former Prince and Princess stayed during and after World War II. You can stroll around the garden with Autumn leaves from which Mt. Fuji can be seen on clear days. Then to Atami in Izu Peninsula, a pleasant seaside resort town famous for its scenic beauty with seasonal aspects surrounded by the sea & mountains. We'll enjoy browsing around Atami Baien garden, known as the latest Autumn color to change in Japan where the Maple Festival is held this time of year. You will see picturesque Autumn sceneries while strolling along the pathway along stream with beautifully colored maple trees. We'll also enjoy popular seasonal attraction in Izu. Have fun Mikan Tangerine picking. "Izu Mikan tangerine" has the perfect balance of sweetness & tang. Then go to Onsen resort hotel where Mt. Fuji can be seen on clear day. Enjoy delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner in the evening and a relaxing soak at Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open air Roten Buro bath, officially designated as a Hot Spring with recuperative properties by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.


4 DEC (SUN) NIHONDAIRA PLATEAU,

NIPPONDAIRA HOTEL

Head to Shuzenji, one of the oldest and most famous hot spring resort towns in Izu and a well-known place to see the Autumn Color. We will visit Shuzenji Maple Forest where you can walk about to see over 1,000 Japanese Maple trees with deep crimson leaves making your autumn pictures stand out. Later visit Izunokuni Panorama Park to ride Rope way to get to 1,483 feet high mountain top where you can enjoy stunningly beautiful landscapes with Mt. Fuji on clear day. Later visit Japan’s longest pedestrian only suspension bridge at 1,312 feet long “Mishima Skywalk.” Here you can see “3 of Japan’s Bests” at once. The bridge is the longest in Japan, Mt. Fuji is the highest mountain in Japan & Suruga Bay is the deepest bay in Japan. We'll stay at Deluxe Resort hotel located on the top of Nihondaira Plateau which is No. 1 in the "Plains" category of the list of Japan's top 100 sightseeing destinations because of the best view of Mt. Fuji. You will have a large picture window in your room that faces Mt. Fuji, you can enjoy Mt. Fuji even while laying down on bed (wishing good weather!)


5 DEC (MON) GOTEMBA,

GOTEMBA KOGEN HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Shizuoka is widely known as the Green tea capital which is responsible for over 40% of Japan’s tea production. Visit Japanese tea factory You can purchase their product which is like a "Deep-steamed Green Tea" which is said to "Taste better than other types of Japanese Green Tea." Next head to Aeon Shopping Mall for shopping and lunch. Later we'll visit World Heritage Site Shiraito (White Thread) Falls that is designated as National Place of Scenic Beauty and Natural Treasure of Japan. The 492ft. wide cascade is fed by glassy snowmelt water from Mt. Fuji and flows off the edge of a 66ft high arc-shaped cliff. Hundreds of thin white waterfall that looks like white silk threads from the lava wall. Then go to Gotemba, which boast beautiful views of Mt. Fuji on a clear day. We will stay at popular resort hotel which is located at Gotemba highlands resort complex. In the evening you can enjoy a spectacular Night Illumination featuring 5.5 million lights in 1500 feet long tunnel. Experience this fascinating display of lights in winter atmosphere. You can also enjoy Onsen Hot Spring.


6 DEC (TUE) YOKOHAMA,

YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Today we will head to Hakone one of the most popular tourist destinations in Japan. We will enjoy tranquilizing Boat Cruise on a serene Lake Ashi surrounded by beautiful mountains. Enjoy the best views of the lake in combination with Mt. Fuji can be seen by boat. Then go to Odawara originally developed as a castle town in the 16th century. We will visit the newly opened Totoco Odawara, a shopping complex carrying local seafood, processed marine products, souvenirs that represent Odawara’s prosperous days as a castle town during the Edo period. Later head back to Yokohama after arriving at our hotel you will have Free time to relax in your room or do more shopping.


7 DEC (WED) YOKOHAMA,

YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

This morning we will visit Yokohama Wholesale Market to buy Japanese traditional foods such as Tsukemono pickles, Umeboshi, etc., at wholesale price. Then go to Yokohama Port area and drive through Yamashita park avenue hopefully timing is right as the streets will be golden carpet of ginkgo leaves. We'll ride the "Sea Bass Ocean bus" taking in the views of Yokohama skyline from Yokohama bay. Later We will visit world’s first “Food amusement park” the Ramen Museum. Ramen is often referred to as the national dish of Japan. You can taste famous local ramen at 6 different ramen eateries from all over Japan. After going back to the hotel, Free Time to continue shopping, packing etc. (Lunch/Dinner will be at your own expense)


8 DEC (THU) YOKOHAMA / HONOLULU,

At checkout time, our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. In the afternoon, proceed to Narita Airport to catch flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, DEC. 8 2022 (Thu) 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): $4,750.00

PLUS AIRFARE $1,750.00 (***ESTIMATED AIRFARE***)

TOTAL TOUR COST WITH ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $6,500.00*


SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD $1,246.00

¥100 YEN RATE (¥11,330 x 11 DAYS = ¥124,630)

YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: ¥446,000

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


*** 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*

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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