202306A

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S DISCOVER SAN’IN THROUGH TOKAIDO SPRING OHANAMI TOUR #6A

Departure date: 22 March (Wed) 2023

Return date: 3 April (Mon) 2023

TOUR ITINERARY


22 MAR (WED) HONOLULU,

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


23 MAR (THU) KOBE,

HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE

Arrive at Kansai Airport & after clearing government formalities, By bus to Kobe, one of major economic & population center in west Japan. Hotel is located in the new urban center of the Kobe waterfront area.


24 MAR (FRI) TSUYAMA,

THE SHIROYAMA TERRACE TSUYAMA VILLA (ONSEN) ♨

In the morning, we will ride the Shinkansen Bullet Train from Shin Kobe Station to Okayama Station. Experience Japan’s high-speed bullet train reaching speeds up to 186 mph! Upon arrival, transfer by bus to Fukiya Furusato Village called “Hidden Miracle village” with a unique and distinctive townscape as the entire village is unified with a brownish red (Iron oxide) color material called “Bengala.” The row of red colored traditional local houses is beautifully preserved since the Edo period (17th century). Go to Historical Preservation District of Katsuyama, ever selected for a “Beautiful Townscape Award.” Enjoy strolling along the authentic old Japanese street with a traditional white-walled storehouses called “Kura” and merchant houses adorned with colorful and distinctive designs of “Noren” Curtains which are also popular souvenir. Then go to old castle town of Tsuyama. Tonight's hotel is a high class Onsen resort that newly opened in 2019. Enjoying a Japanese Kaiseki dinner and a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Spring bath & Open-air bath where you can see the castle while soaking.


25 MAR (SAT) MATSUE,

MATSUE EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

We'll enjoy seasonal attraction "Strawberry Picking" and eat as many fresh and sweet Japanese Strawberry as you like. Then entering San’in region and visit Adachi Museum with its superb Japanese gardens, which praised as the "Best Japanese Garden in the World." Every stone, every bush and even the angle of the tree planting has been given detailed thought. And its collection of contemporary Japanese paintings of Yokoyama Taikan and many sculptures and ceramic arts are also a pleasure to see. We will also visit Yasugi-bushi Entertainment Hall to enjoy live performance of Yasugi-bushi, 300 years old traditional local folk songs associated with Dojo Sukui (loach-scooping) dance famous for its comical facial expressions & humorous movements. Then head to Matsue, one of core cities in San’in region and called "Water city" as it stands by the Japan Sea where 2 blackish lakes Shinji-ko and Nakaumi meet. We will stay 2 nights at the hotel located across Matsue Train Station and department store. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.


26 MAR (SUN) MATSUE / IZUMO,

MATSUE EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

Visit a symbol of Matsue, Matsue Castle chosen as one of the 100 best cherry blossom spots and one of only 5 castles designated National Treasure. You can go inside of original castle tower to get a panoramic view of surrounding cityscape and Lake Shinji. Later visit Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, Japan’s oldest shrine dated back to 1,500 years ago. This region was believed the annual gathering place of Shinto’s 8 million Gods. You will feel the spiritual, sacred, and serene ambiance in the “Land of the Gods.” Then go to Matsue Vogel Park, with stunning exhibits of amazing flowers and lovely birds in a gorgeous natural setting. You can enjoy feeding the birds & watching the Owl show. In the evening enjoy Lake Shinji Sunset Dinner Cruise. Lake Shinji is particularly famous for its breathtaking sunsets. Take a leisurely Sunset dinner cruise taking in a spectacular orange sunset over the lake with traditional castle town scenery.


27 MAR (MON) TOYOOKA,

BLUE RIDGE HOTEL (ONSEN)

Visit Sakaiminato Fish Center to enjoy shopping for dried seafood, seaweed, etc., from the Japan Sea. You can try at your own expense boiled Snow Crab freshly landed at Sakaiminato Port. Then head to Encho-en Garden with beautiful Chinese architecture to look around and watch a Chinese Acrobatic show. Enjoy the unbelievable show performed by talented artists who perform amazing stunts. Then head to Tottori Dune 1 of “Japan’s 36 most beautiful places” selected by CNN. The largest dune in Japan stretching 10 miles long and 1.5 miles width facing to the Japan Sea. Enjoy breathtaking, beautiful natural land formation, created by sand and winds over the last 100,000 years. Our hotel is surrounded by nature with 100% pure spring water Onsen bath.


28 MAR (TUE) MIYAZU,

HOTEL & RESORTS KYOTO MIYAZU (ONSEN) ♨

Go to San'in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark to visit Genbudo Cave Museum. See exhibition of various minerals including jewels, basalts & fossil remains collected from around the world. If you wish to you can walk up steps to see Genbudo cave(lava flow rock formation) The marvelous landscape formed by the eruption of 1.6 million years ago. Later stop at Konotori (Oriental Stork) no Sato Park to see a special protected bird on the sanctuary grounds. Wild Konotori in Japan was exterminated in 1971 and total 12 obtained from Russia are being successfully reintroduced into the wild and became a symbol of the area. Then to "One of Japan's best three scenic views", Amano Hashidate, a 2-mile long sandbar lined with a thick grove of pine trees and has been called as a "Place of incomparable beauty" since ancient times. Catch a cable car to the observatory in Kasamatsu park. At the platform here, try very unique way of viewing called "Matanozoki." Bending yourself down and looking at the view from between your spread legs. It is said that the view should resemble a “Bridge to the Heaven”. Then proceed to luxurious resort hotel overlooking Amano Hashidate. Soak and relax in public bath and Open-air Onsen Hot Spring Rock bath.


29 MAR (WED) NARA,

HOTEL NIKKO NARA

Head to Sasayama an old castle town with full of historical and cultural charms since 400 years ago. Visit Sasayama Castle Oshoin (Great reception room), which is completely restored large scaled building where important political meeting used to be held in Edo period. 1,000 cherry blossoms should be in bloom around castle premises. Visit Oishi Shuzo Sake Brewery having 300 years history. Try tasting their Sake and purchase your favorite type. Later head to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan founded in 710. Visit World Heritage Todaiji temple, originally constructed in 752. Its Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the world's largest wooden building holds the world’s largest bronze statue "Big Buddha" standing at 50ft high. You can feed cracker to Deer roaming through the premises at your own expense if you wish to. We'll stay 2 nights at the hotel located close to the Nara station. After hotel arrival, tour guide will take you Holo-Holo around the station area.


30 MAR (THU) NARA / KYOTO,

HOTEL NIKKO NARA

All day Kyoto City Tour in Cherry blossom viewing season! Explore the cultural heart of Japan that carries the reputation as the “Most beautiful city in Japan.” Visit Arashiyama, one of Kyoto's most important sightseeing districts since ancient times with pleasant scenery combined with cherry blossom and its landmark Togetsu bridge. Having fun riding the Sagano Scenic Railway known for its charming and old fashioned "Torokko Train." This open window train gives you nice breeze while viewing a beautiful flowing river with forested ravine and Cherry blossoms during the ride. Then visit one of the most familiar symbols of Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, known as the famed "Golden Pavilion" positioned scenically over the reflecting pond. Visit Nishijin Textile Museum where the beauty of gorgeous Nishijin textiles with history dating back to late 5th century is introduced. Good chance to purchase your favorite design of bag, wallet, fan, etc. In the evening, go to AEON Shopping Center for dinner and shopping.


31 MAR (FRI) HAMAMATSU,

HOTEL CROWN PALAIS HAMAMATSU

Head to Iga, the home of Ninja to visit Ninja Museum of Igaryu. We will learn about the Ninja & secret of Ninja house having fake hallways, escape routes, hidden doors and other traps. Also enjoy watching Ninja Show performed by a group called “Ashura” who perform all over the world. Witness their extraordinary skills using authentic ninja tools and weapons such as Japanese sword, Shurikens (star shaped throwing blade) and Sickles. Then entering Tokaido side of Japan's main island. Visit Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall, exhibits Toyota materials and vehicles. You can learn about the origins of Toyota & view the former residence of founder Kiichiro Toyoda. Then to Hamamatsu known for Unagi eel production. We'll stay at hotel located right across Hamamatsu train station. After hotel check-in, enjoy Holo-Holo near the hotel. You can try Unagi Domburi for your dinner if you wish to.


1 APR (SAT) DAIBA, TOKYO,

GRAND NIKKO TOKYO DAIBA

Shizuoka is the “Green tea capital” responsible for over 40% of Japan’s tea production. Visit Green Pia Makinohara to enjoy tasting Japanese tea and shopping for green tea and tea products. If the weather is fine, we'll ride the Fuji Sky View Ferris wheel that overlooks Mt. Fuji on our way to Hakone an internationally well-known holiday resort within Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. We will visit Owakudani Valley also called “Hell Valley,” a volcanic valley with active sulfur & hot springs. A short walking trail leads into the volcanic zone with several steam vents and bubbling pools. Then head to Daiba, a new major shopping district of Tokyo. We'll stay 2 nights at the hotel located easy walking distance to Aqua City Shopping Mall with 100-YEN shop, restaurant section, Ramen alley, etc. After hotel check in, tour guides will take you to shopping area. In the evening, beautiful illumination of Rainbow Bridge & Tokyo tower, etc., can be seen from right in front of hotel.


2 APR (SUN) DAIBA, TOKYO,

GRAND NIKKO TOKYO DAIBA

All day Tokyo City Tour! Visit Shunkaen Bonsai Museum. Bonsai is an ancient Japanese art to create a miniaturized but realistic representation of nature in the form of a tree. This museum is carrying over 900 bonsai collection in Japanese garden with carp swimming gracefully in a pond. Next, proceed to Asakusa, Tokyo’s most visited tourist destination. We'll visit Senso-ji Temple Tokyo’s oldest temple originally built in the 7th century. Also, you will get chance to walk through and shop at Nakamise shopping street lined with many traditional souvenir shops & food stalls begin from Kaminari Gate with large red lantern that is familiar landmark of Tokyo. (Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense)


3 APR (MON) TOKYO / HONOLULU,

Those who wish to, enjoy riding Yurikamome,Tokyo’s new waterfront transit system that is fully automated by no driver and conductor to visit Toyosu Wholesale Market opened in 2018. Enjoy shopping for Dried Seafood, Tsukudani, Tsukemono pickles, etc. At checkout time our agent will come to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. Afternoon go by bus to Narita Int'l Airport to catch flight in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, APR 3 (Monday) 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.