26 MAR (TUE) HONOLULU
Leave Daniel K. Inouye International Airport. A meal and snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.
27 MAR (WED) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO,
Arrive at Haneda International Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to Ikebukuro, Tokyo, one of Tokyo's multiple city centers and a major commercial and entertainment district in west Tokyo. We will stay 2 nights at hotel that is within easy walking distance to the shopping district. Upon arrival, free time to enjoy shopping, meeting your relatives, friends or just rest. Guides will take you to shopping area near the hotel.
28 MAR (THU) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO,
All day Tokyo City Tour! Visit the Outer Garden of the Imperial Palace to see Niju Bashi Bridge. This is Tokyo’s most famous bridge and the main bridge to the Imperial Palace. Then go to Asakusa Tokyo’s most visited tourist destination which is known for the great historical complex with old downtown atmosphere. We will visit Sensoji Temple Tokyo’s oldest temple which was originally built in the 7th century. You will get a chance to walk through and shop at Nakamise Shopping Street is lined with many traditional souvenir shops and food stalls. It starts from Kaminari mon Gate with large red lantern that is familiar landmark of Tokyo. Then take a Boat cruise on the Sumida River. We'll see the world’s tallest tower “Tokyo Sky Tree” boasting a height of 2,080 feet. This massive tower really stands out in Tokyo’s skyline. If timing is right, we can see Cherry Blossoms along the river side.
29 MAR (FRI) LAKE KAWAGUCHIKO,
HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
This morning we head to Lake Kawaguchi, a very popular resort area which lies at the northern base of Mt. Fuji. If weather is clear, we can be blessed with amazing views of Mt. Fuji up close. We will enjoy famous local lunch of Hoto Nabe (Flat noodles and vegetables in Miso hot pot) in Yamanashi. And visit Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center. You can learn about the “Symbol of Japan” Mt. Fuji’s ecosystem, the cultural history of this sacred mountain, etc. You can also purchase merchandise relating to Mt. Fuji at the gift shop. Then go to Fuji Kachoen Garden Park, an exquisite theme park of amazing flowers and lovely birds, etc. Enjoy a leisurely stroll through a huge greenhouse filled with magnificent flowers, plants and birds. You can also enjoy seeing Owl show. Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, with the picture window of all the room facing it. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot Spring bath and enjoy Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner in the evening.
30 MAR (SAT) NAGOYA,
ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
Today we will go to an old castle town of Okazaki well known for Haccho Miso which has over 600-years history. Visit Miso Factory to see the place of making traditional Miso and sample Miso soup. That featured in many of the miso-based dishes of Nagoya area. Then head to Nagoya, Japan’s 4th largest city with full of historical landmarks and traditional culture. Visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology located in the birthplace of the “TOYOTA” which is the largest company in Japan. Learn the history of how Toyota was established and developed from a very early period when Toyota was a department of loom making company with 4,000 of dynamic displays of original equipment. Our hotel tonight is located close to train station and shopping area where you can enjoy shopping before and after dinner.
31 MAR (SUN) KYOTO,
MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO
Visit Nagoya Castle's Honmaru palace originally built in 1615 and was lost during the WWII. But was painstakingly restored in the traditional manner and fully reopened in 2018. The residence of the lord had been reputed for ornate decorations and beautiful painted screens. Those made it the most elegant, most gorgeous castle palace ever constructed. If the timing is right, we will also see Cherry blossoms along the castle’s moat. Then head to Nabana-no-sato Flower Park. Enjoy strolling around a huge flower garden with a variety of seasonal flowers such as Tulip, Cherry blossom, Peach flower, etc., in bloom (depending on timing). Later, we will have fun with Strawberry Picking in season. You will be able to taste fresh and sweet Japanese Strawberries as many as you like! Then head to Kyoto, the former imperial capital of Japan for 1,100 years and praised as the “Most beautiful city in Japan.” We will stay 2 nights at hotel that is directly in front of Kyoto Station and close to Aeon Shopping Mall with Supermarket, UNIQLO, 100-Yen shop, etc. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you “Holo-Holo” near the hotel.
1 APR (MON) KYOTO,
MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO
All day Kyoto City Tour! Visit magnificent Heian Jingu Shrine with beautiful Japanese garden named “God's Garden" that is designated as a National Scenic Spot. Enjoy peaceful walk through the “Kaiyu (Stroll style)” landscape garden with a variety of plants, ponds and traditional buildings. Later enjoy shopping at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, carrying Kyoto’s beautiful and skillfully handcrafted items and specialty goods. Then go to enjoy seeing the beautiful Miyako Odori Dance Show (Cherry Blossom Dance), an annual show in Spring featuring the fine traditional song and dance skills of Maiko (Apprentice geisha) and Geiko (geisha) in timeless splendor. Enjoy the beauty of spectacular dances and singing, with vibrantly colored Kimono costumes with Japan's most highly trained performers. Then visit one of the most familiar symbols of Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, known as the famed “Golden Pavilion,” situated picturesquely over the reflecting pond. This temple is chosen as "1 of 36 of Japan's most stunning places" by CNN and often called Kyoto’s most impressive sight.
2 APR (TUE) NARUTO,
AOAWO NARUTO RESORT (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Uji, famous for green tea and its magnificent scenery with the time-honored Uji River and historical sites. Visit Byodoin temple, inscribed as a World Heritage site initially built in 998. The National Treasure Ho-o-do Hall shaped as a “Rising Phoenix” is a masterpiece of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture. This hall is featured on the back of the Japanese Ten-Yen coin. Then we will cross the world’s 2nd longest suspension bridge (6,532 ft) Akashi Kaikyo Bridge to Awaji Island, is blessed with abundant nature and fantastic local food products. We will stop at Awaji Highway Oasis a big shopping area where you can buy most of major local specialties in the area. After entering Tokushima in Shikoku Island, we will see Awa Odori Dance Show (local traditional dance known nationwide). Enjoy elegant and bold performance by local dancers. We will stay at nice resort hotel with Onsen Hot spring, located in front of Naruto strait. Enjoy a relaxing soak at the Onsen Hot Spring bath with a beautiful ocean view. In the evening enjoy delicious buffet dinner featuring local seafood, vegetables, etc., including Fresh Sushi, famous Tai seabream Sashimi and Naruto Kintoki Sweet potato.
3 APR (WED) OKAYAMA,
KURASHIKI IVY SQUARE
Visit Deko-Ningyo (Japanese wooden puppet) Museum. We will meet Mr. Ningyo Ken, a master craftsman of traditional wooden puppet. He will explain its inventive mechanism and the process of making this outstanding Japanese art dating back over 400 years. After enjoying the famous Sanuki Udon noodle lunch, we will visit Ritsurin Garden considered as the most beautiful historical garden in Shikoku Island. It's skillfully laid out to harmonize with 320 Cherry trees and 1,400 magnificent Pine trees that has been maintained for 400 years. If timing is right Cherry Blossoms are blooming in the garden. Later cross the 7.6-Mile-long “Great Seto Bridge,” a series of suspension bridges joining Honshu (Japan’s Main Island) and Shikoku Island while viewing the magnificent scenery of Seto Inland Sea National Park. We will proceed to Kurashiki, a picturesque, historic town developed by merchants since the Edo Period (1603-1867). Hotel is walking distance to Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter that preserving a quaint townscape with 400-year-old Japanese-style storehouses with white walls and rows of willows.
4 APR (THU) HIROSHIMA,
HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
Visit Korakuen Park, one of the three best landscape gardens in Japan. This Traditional Japanese Garden was created about 300 years ago in the Edo Period as a symbol of the power of the local Samurai lord. You can enjoy strolling around beautiful landscape garden including a large pond, streams, walking paths, manmade hills and a tea plantation. Then head to Hiroshima, the metropolis in the west of Japan's main island. We will visit Peace Park. See the World Cultural Heritage site Atomic Bomb Dome and walk through the pleasant riverside park contains a variety of memorials such as Peace bell, Cenotaphs, Flame of peace, etc. We will visit the Peace Memorial Museum. The museum’s renovation works has completed in 2019. It is the most important museum of Hiroshima, detailing the history of the first atomic bomb. We will stay 2 nights at the hotel has connecting way directly to Hiroshima station and its shopping building. Tour guide will take you station are after hotel check in.
5 APR (FRI) HIROSHIMA / IWAKUNI,
HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
Visit Japan’s most popular tourist attraction, Miyajima Island and the beautiful & sacred Itsukushima Shrine where you can experience the most amazing spiritual gateway in Japan. This is “one of Japan's Scenic Trio” and “World Cultural Heritage site.” The shrine is originally built over 1,400 years ago. A complex of brightly colored pavilions known worldwide as “Floating shrine” built over water, seemingly floating in the sea during high tide. You can also enjoy strolling and shopping along the Omote sando street. Then head to Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture to see famous Kintai (Brocaded) Bridge originally built in 1673. This beautiful wooden arched bridge has been praised as “One of the three most beautiful bridges in Japan.” You will marvel at the world’s largest wooden bridge while walking and crossing this iconic bridge. If timing is right, we should see 3,000 Cherry Blossoms in full bloom along the river banks. (Blooming level depends on climate of the year).
6 APR (SAT) OSAKA,
SHERATON MIYAKO HOTEL OSAKA
This morning we will ride the Shinkansen bullet train offering an amazing experience by train with speed reaching up to 198 mph. Upon arrival, transfer by bus to Nada, Japan’s biggest Sake producing area. Visit one of the best-known Sake brands in Japan "Hakutsuru Sake Brewery" to enjoy the fine taste of the famous Nada Sake and see a short movie in English about Sake. Later visit Aeon Shopping Mall to enjoy shopping and lunch. Then head to Osaka Japan’s 3rd largest city and has been the economic powerhouse of west Japan for many centuries. Our hotel is ideally located for shopping and eating where you can explore and enjoy atmosphere of Osaka. After hotel check in, enjoy “Holo-Holo” near the hotel. (Lunch / Dinner will be at your own expense.)
7 APR (SUN) OSAKA / HONOLULU
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 Kansai International Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight #792 in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 07 APR (Sun) 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!
*Itinerary and Meals are subject to change at anytime.
*** TOUR CONDITIONS ***
AIR: Estimated airfare and May be more or May be less at time of ticket purchased. Airline tickets are Non-refundable once purchased unless you request a refundable ticket 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:
90 DAYS - 46 DAYS --- $800.00*
45 DAYS - 22 DAYS --- $1,000.00*
21 DAYS - 01 DAY ----- $1,500.00*
*No refund once tour starts. *May have extra cancellation charges along with the preordered event tickets 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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