202406A TA-486

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S DISCOVER JAPAN "TOKAIDO THROUGH SAN’IN" SPRING SAKURA TOUR #6A

Departure date: 24 March (Sun) 2024

Return date: 5 April (Fri) 2024


COST OF GROUND TOUR (12 DAYS): $5,791.00

***ESTIMATED ECONOMY AIRFARE PRICE: $1,700.00***

Upgrading to Business Class or Premium economy seats please request these as early as possible these sell out fast

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD $1,552.00

THE SINGLE SUPPLEMENT CHARGE IS FOR HOTELS ROOMS ONLY.

BUS SEATING IS ASSIGNED TO ONE SEAT PER CUSTOMER.

IF EMPTY SEATS ARE AVAILABLE ACCOMMODATIONS WILL BE CONSIDERED.

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

Please call for current pricing thank you.

TOUR ITINERARY


24 MAR (SUN) HONOLULU,

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


25 MAR (MON) DAIBA, TOKYO,

GRAND NIKKO TOKYO DAIBA

Arrive at Narita Airport and after clearing government formalities, By bus to Tokyo, Daiba, a new major shopping district of Tokyo. We will stay 2 nights at the hotel located easy walking distance to Diver City Shopping Mall with 100-Yen shop, 300-Yen shop, Hello Kitty shop, UNIQLO, etc.


26 MAR (TUE) DAIBA, TOKYO,

GRAND NIKKO TOKYO DAIBA

All day Tokyo City Tour! In the morning, catch Yurikamome line to visit Toyosu Wholesale Market opened in 2018 as the replacement site of the world famous Tsukiji Market. Here, over 70 shops sell non-perishable goods and processed foods, etc., including Nori seaweed, Dried Seafood, Knives, Tsukemono pickles, etc. Then 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 will 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 and food stalls begin from Kaminari Gate with large red lantern that is familiar landmark of Tokyo. After going back to the hotel, tour guides will take you to shopping area near the hotel. In the evening, beautiful illumination of Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo tower, can be seen from right in front of our hotel.


27 MAR (WED) HAMAMATSU,

OKURA ACT CITY HOTEL HAMAMATSU

Today we are entering Tokaido side of Japan's main island. We will head to Odawara, a historic castle town since the 16th century. Visit Minaka Odawara, a shopping complex lined with many varieties of souvenir store, food stand that have design of Edo period style. Enjoy shopping and taste local snacks! Later visit Hioroshige Museum, exhibiting Ukiyioe Woodblock print arts. Hiroshige is a legendary artist internationally recognized. Some of his masterpieces are in a collection at The Honolulu Museum of Art. Location of museum is in ex-Yui post town which is part of Tokaido road, Japan’s main road from the Edo Period. Then head to Hamamatsu and our hotel that is part of the exclusively high-rise tower located within walking distance to Hamamatsu station, Supermarket, etc. After hotel arrival enjoy "Holo-Holo" near the hotel. You can try Unagi Domburi for your dinner if you wish to.


28 MAR (THU) NARA,

HOTEL NIKKO NARA

Head to Toyota city to visit Toyota Kuragaike Commemorative Hall, dedicated to the history of Toyota Motor Corporation. You can learn about the origins of Toyota and view the former residence of founder Kiichiro Toyoda. Then head to Iga, the home of Ninja to visit Ninja Museum of Igaryu. We will learn about the Ninja and 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. Later proceed to Nara, the first permanent capital of Japan over 1,300 years ago. We will 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. Our hotel has an artificial hot spring using heated water with a natural mineral called "Komeiseki". The bathwater includes the same elements as hot spring water and is expected to relieve fatigue, etc. Please relax and soak yourself in the soft water. (*Not a natural hot spring from the sources) 


29 MAR (FRI) NARA / KYOTO,

HOTEL NIKKO NARA

Visit Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital city in Cherry blossom viewing season! First, Uji, famous for its high-quality Japanese tea and magnificent scenery with the time honored Uji River and historical site. Go to Marukyu Koyamaen Tea Shop producing one of 3 best Japanese tea “Uji Tea” for 300 years. We’ll learn about Tea production by watching movie and explanation before enjoying shopping. Visit Arashiyama, one of Kyoto's most important sightseeing districts since ancient times. It’ll be the best timing to view pleasant scenery combined with cherry blossom and its landmark Togetsu bridge. Then 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 beautiful flowing river with forested ravine & cherry blossoms during the ride. Then going back to Nara and 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 50 ft high or the equivalent of a five-story building.


30 MAR (SAT) AMANO HASHIDATE,

HASHIDATE BAY HOTEL

We will visit Byodoin Temple, inscribed as a World Cultural Heritage Site initially built in 998. The National Treasure Ho-o-do Hall with a shape resembling phoenix is a masterpiece of Buddhists Pure Land (Jodo) architecture. This hall is featured on the back of the Japanese Ten-Yen coin. Visit Kodai-ji Temple, an outstanding temple said to grant a happy married life because the temple was built by bereaved widow (Nene) in honor of her husband the famous Toyotomi Hideyoshi in 1606. You can admire a traditional Japanese garden with wandering through a bamboo grove, weeping cherry blossoms, etc. Then head to northern Kyoto and entering San’in region. Tonight’s hotel is luxurious resort overlooking Amano Hashidate. It will be good to stroll around hotel’s herb garden after hotel check in.


31 MAR (SUN) TOYOOKA,

BLUE RIDGE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Go 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. We will 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”. This marvelous landscape formed by the eruption of 1.6 million years ago. Next, enjoy seasonal attraction "Strawberry Picking" and eat as many fresh and sweet Japanese Strawberry as you like. Then go to Kinosaki Onsen Town which has 1,300 years history and enjoy strolling along canal with Cherry Blossoms lined through while feeling the atmosphere of traditional Onsen town. 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. Our hotel is surrounded by nature. Enjoy 100% pure Onsen Hot spring water bath.


01 APR (MON) MATSUE,

MATSUE EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

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 wide facing the Japan Sea. Enjoy breathtaking, beautiful natural land formation, created by sand and winds over the last 100,000 years. Then proceed 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. We will also visit Yasugi-bushi Entertainment Hall to enjoy a 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 the core cities in the 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. Tour guides will take you shopping place after hotel check in. 


02 APR (TUE) MATSUE,

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 412 years old 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” while walking on a shrine ground. Then head to Matsue Vogel Park with stunning exhibits of amazing flowers & lovely birds in a gorgeous natural setting. You can enjoy feeding the birds and watching the Owl show. In the evening, we’ll 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. 


03 APR (WED) OKAYAMA,

HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA

Visit Adachi Museum home to Japan's most beautiful garden. This spectacular and immaculately maintained Japanese garden have been ranked #1 since 2003 by The Journal of Japanese Gardening (USA). Every stone, every bush and even the angle of the tree planting has been given detailed thought. And its collection of contemporary Japanese paintings, many sculptures and ceramic arts are also a pleasure to see. Later 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. Later we proceed to Okayama which is nicknamed the “Land of Sunshine” and known for the popular folkloric hero Momotaro or Peach Boy. Our hotel is connecting to Okayama station and across Aeon Shopping Mall where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.


04 APR (THU) KOBE,

HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE

We will ride the Shinkansen Bullet Train. Experience Japan’s high-speed bullet train reaching speeds up to 186 mph! Upon arrival at Shin-Kobe station, walk to Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum next to the station, introducing Japan’s culture of wood and craftmanship and the specialized tools used in traditional architecture. Then by bus to Aeon Shopping Mall for lunch and shopping. Our hotel tonight is conveniently located close to shopping complex and restaurants where you can enjoy water front view of Kobe. Tour guide will take you “Holo Holo” to shopping mall after hotel check in. (Lunch / dinner will be at your own expense)


05 APR (FRI) KOBE / 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 Int'l Airport to catch flight in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 05 APR (Fri) 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:

69 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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