TOHOKU TRAVEL’S DISCOVER JAPAN CIRCLE SHIKOKU WITH SHODOSHIMA & AWAJISHIMA ISLAND TOUR #10
Departure date: 27 May (Sat) 2023
Return date: 8 June (Wed) 2023
COST OF GROUND TOUR (12 DAYS): $4,870.00
PLUS AIRFARE $1,700.00 (***ESTIMATED AIRFARE***)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD $980.00
*Price is Based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. Dollar rate*
Please call for current pricing thank you.
27 MAY (SAT) HONOLULU,
Leave Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.
28 MAY (SUN) KOBE,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, transfer to your connecting flight to Itami Airport. Upon arrival, go directly to Kobe.
29 MAY (MON) SHODOSHIMA ISLAND,
BAY RESORT HOTEL SHODOSHIMA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, catch a ferry sailing through Seto Inland Sea National Park to Shodoshima Island called “Island of Olives.” The birthplace of olive cultivation in Japan with a Mediterranean atmosphere. We will ride the Ropeway to visit breathtaking Kankakei Gorge that ranks as “One of the top three most beautiful gorges in Japan” The sheer cliffs and expressive rock formations provides a stunning scenery combining with the unusual rock shaped formation as the backdrop gives an impressive view. From the upper station, a fantastic panoramic view of a peaceful Seto Inland Sea over the gorge awaits you. Later visit Somen Noodle Factory a local delicacy of very thin wheat noodle. See the 400-year-old traditional methods of making Somen noodle. We will stay at a beautiful resort hotel with Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-Air bath where you can overlook the Seto Inland Sea. The view from our rooms will offer a gorgeous view of the gentle ocean.
30 MAY (TUE) TAKAMATSU,
JR HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU
We will visit Twenty-Four Eyes Movie Village. This Japanese movie enduring masterpiece was filmed here, about a story of a schoolteacher and her first class of students leading up to WWII. The entire set consist of replica village including a schoolhouse, teacher’s house and old fisherman houses will make you feel you are reliving the past. Later we will visit Marukin Soy Sauce Memorial Hall exhibits tools that were used in the production of soy sauce. You can enjoy shopping for limited produced Shoyu and other specialties from the island. Good chance to try Shoyu ice cream adding their raw Shoyu also. Then visit Olive Park offering picturesque walking paths through the century old groves of olive trees. You may feel as if you are on a Mediterranean island. You can also enjoy shopping for local olive products such as olive oil, salad dressing, cosmetics, etc. Then catch a ferry to Takamatsu, central city in Shikoku. Hotel is located close to train station and ferry port. After hotel check in, tour guides will take you Holo Holo around the hotel.
31 MAY (WED) IMABARI,
IMABARI KOKUSAI HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit “Ritsurin park” praised as the Best Japanese landscape garden in Shikoku. Irises will be in season while you stroll through this elegantly laid out garden with rolling hills, ponds, rocks, and trees. At lunch time, we will enjoy a famous local cuisine Sanuki Udon noodle. Then head to Besshi Copper Mine that had been in operation for 283 years since 1691 at one time the world’s biggest copper producing mine. Visit the Museum renowned as one of the notable mine museums in Japan. We’ll be able to ride on a replica miner’s train & walk inside an authentic mine with replica miner’s hard at work. Then proceed to Imabari known for producing the world’s highest quality towels using only the premier raw materials. It’s highly considered for comfort, reliability and first-rate towels. We will visit the Towel Museum to see firsthand how these superior towels are made. You will be given the opportunity to purchase various designs and colors of Imabari Towel. Our hotel is a nice city hotel with Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath.
1 JUN (THU) DOGO ONSEN,
HOTEL LUNA PARK (ONSEN) ♨
Today we will drive the highway above Seto Inland Sea from island to island known as Shimanami Kaido. With a spectacular view of the island scenery and calm sea underneath. Visit the Murakami Kaizoku (Feudal Navy) Museum which honors a Samurai who sailed this area 500 years ago. This museum will give you a memorable insight of the Samurai Navy’s history displaying valuable literature and articles that were used. Next, we will head to Yoshiumi Rose Garden hopefully timing is right to see a great collection of roses from all around the world. You will see various types and colors of rose while you leisurely stroll through the garden. Then head to Dogo in Matsuyama, Japan’s oldest hot spring with 3,000-year-old history. After hotel check in tour guide will take you to 128-year-old Dogo Hot Spring main building, the first public bathhouse in Japan and the first hot springs facility designated as a National Important Cultural Asset. For those who wish to you can enjoy Holo-Holo around historic Onsen town wearing Yukata that will be provided in your room. In the evening enjoy a delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner with Grilled Abalone! Also enjoy a relaxing soak at the famous Dogo Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath.
2 JUN (FRI) UWAJIMA,
JR HOTEL CLEMENT UWAJIMA
Go to Uchiko to visit its 19th century - Meiji Era picturesque Old town lined with large wealthy merchant houses. Take a stroll around the perfectly preserved historical district and feel the soul of old Japan. Then proceed to Japan’s biggest producer of pearls, the city of Uwajima. Visit the Pearl Center to enjoy shopping for fine quality Japanese pearls. Later visit Osakanakan Aquarium that exhibits the fish and fauna of Shimanto River. See attractive exhibits with incredibly gigantic river fishes in their natural habitat. Next, we will visit Tenshaen Garden a tasteful lovely Japanese garden built in 1866. See Irises in bloom with the help of mother nature while we walk around the peaceful grounds. Hotel is connecting to Uwajima station where you can enjoy shopping.
3 JUN (SAT) KOCHI,
CROWN PALAIS NEW HANKYU KOCHI
We will head to Kochi while driving along Japan’s last remaining crystal-clear river the Shimanto River. Visit 241-year-old historic Nishioka Sake Brewery. We’ll learn about the local Sake and how it’s made. You can enjoy shopping and tasting their Sake. Kochi’s Sake is said to be Smooth, Dry & a treasure of Kochi. Next, you can be creative by making Traditional Japanese handmade paper “Washi” registered as UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of humanity lists. Kochi is one of premier paper making locations in Japan with a 1,000 years history. You can shop for and learn about the history and tradition of beautiful Tosa Washi paper. We will stay 2 nights at city resort hotel located in center of Kochi City, on the southern coast of Shikoku.
4 JUN (SUN) KOCHI,
CROWN PALAIS NEW HANKYU KOCHI
We will visit Kochi’s Sunday Market this market is most notable as Japan’s oldest outdoor marketplace dating back to 1690. With over 400 stalls selling wide-ranging of Kochi’s local products. You will find local crafts, antiques, clothes, and fruits. Then go to Nishijima Flower Garden where you’ll find a lot of beautiful tropical flowers throughout this garden along with an assortment of fruits. While here we can experience fresh and juicy Japanese Melon and Watermelon. Kochi became popular due to NHK’s 2010 Historical drama “Ryomaden” about a favorite Japan’s historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma who was born in Kochi. We will visit the Sakamoto Ryoma Museum, to learn about his works during the turbulent times before 1868 Meiji Restoration. We will also visit a Ryoma’s notable large statue on picturesque Katsurahama beach. At lunch we will taste Kochi’s most famous dish “Katsuo-no Tataki” which is lightly broiled sliced Bonito sashimi. Those who would like can try toasting Katsuo (Bonito) on your own. Next, for those who need some exercise you can climb up the steps to visit the original 17th century hilltop “Kochi Castle” known as the symbol of Kochi.
5 JUN (MON) NARUTO,
AOAWO NARUTO RESORT (ONSEN) ♨
Head to the Tosa Knives Distribution Center having collections of Tosa Knife which has 800 years history originated from Samurai sword making method. Enjoy shopping with over 3,000 items to choose from. Then we will drive by Oboke Great gorge with its marvelous scenery of the rushing rapids through the sheer rocks that created this gorge. And visit the 148 feet long and suspended 50 feet high Kazura (vine) Bridge that made of plant vine. This bridge is ranked as one of three weirdest bridges in Japan along with Kintaikyo bridge and Saruhashi bridge. Then head to luxurious resort hotel located right on Seto Inland Sea National park and right in front of Naruto strait. Enjoy a relaxing soak with a beautiful ocean view at the Onsen Hot Spring bath. Enjoy dinner buffet featuring local delicacies including famous Naruto Tai (Sea bream), Naruto Seaweed, Sudachi citrus and Naruto sweet potato.
6 JUN (TUE) KOBE,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
Head to Seto Inland Sea’s largest island “Awajishima Island” with its unique atmosphere unlike mainland Japan. In the morning enjoy Viewing Cruise of the Uzushio (Whirling tides). Experience the power up close of the whirlpools on a large pleasure boat. Later visit Tako senbei-no Sato, a famous Octopus chips factory. You can try and buy many different flavored chips at the factory shop. Afterwards, we will enjoy shopping for Incense, Aroma, Senko, etc. Awaji Island has the highest production of incense which uses natural scents to bring an authentic Japanese ambiance, calming, restorative and invigorating. Later drive over the world’s longest suspension bridge at 2.4 miles “Akashi Kaikyo Bridge” to Kobe. We will stay 2 nights at our hotel that is conveniently located close to Kobe’s popular shopping and amusement area where you can enjoy shopping as well as the beautiful sights and tastes of Kobe. Tour guide will take you Holo Holo to Shopping mall after hotel check in.
7 JUN (WED) KOBE,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
We’ll stop at a local Tsukemono pickles shop carries “Konanzuke” high grade vegetable pickles made with Nada Sake lees with a 150-year-old tradition. Then head to Mt. Rokko to visit Hall of Halls Rokko exhibit valuable music boxes and automatic musical instruments along with the world’s largest dance organ. You will be amazed to see fabulous music performances using many different instruments. Later visit Kobe Animal Kingdom, a fun & leisurely theme park featuring lovely birds, animals, and beautiful flowers. Enjoy walking around a huge greenhouse filled with colorful flowers in full bloom there will be birds, fish, and other creatures. We will enjoy shopping and lunch at Aeon Shopping Center, afterwards head back to the hotel, Free time to continue shopping, packing, etc. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense)
8 JUN (THU) KOBE / HONOLULU,
At checkout time our agents will come to tape and tie-up our boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. Afternoon proceed to Kansai International Airport to catch Airline Flight in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 8 JUN (Thursday) 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 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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