202505 TA-486

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S ORIGINAL NIIGATA SAKE TOUR #5

Departure date: 2 March (Sun) 2025

Return date: 14 March (Fri) 2025


*** Special Rate!! ***

COST OF GROUND TOUR (12 DAYS): $4,570.00

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

If you are requesting either Business Class & Premium Economy Seat Please book early! These seats sell out fast!

To confirm your participation Please send in $250 per-person Non-refundable & Non-Transferable deposit by personal check, cashier check, money order or cash to Tohoku Travel Services.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD $1,485.00

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 ¥150 Yens to a U.S. Dollar rate*

Please call for current pricing thank you.

TOUR ITINERARY


2 MAR (SUN) HONOLULU,

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


3 MAR (MON) TSUKUBA,

HOTEL NIKKO TSUKUBA

Arrive at Haneda International Airport and after entry formalities, proceed by bus to our hotel in Tsukuba, Japan’s “Science City” filled with relaxing mood with many parks and open spaces. We will stay 2 nights at hotel close to shopping area. 


4 MAR (TUE) TSUKUBA,

HOTEL NIKKO TSUKUBA

In the beginning of Sake tour, we’ll have “Sake Seminar” at Nabedana Sake brewery. We will learn Fundamental knowledge about Japanese Sake, its history, Sake rice, how it’s made, and differences of various types of Sake, etc. After the Sake Seminar, we will enjoy brewery tour and tasting various types of their Sake. Their unique brewing process hasn't changed and inherited the traditional way for more than 300years. Their multiple and parallel fermentation is said to be "One of a kind brewing process in the world". Next visit Cyberdyne studio which you can get in touch with the most advanced robotic technologies. We will see a movie on a dynamic 270 degrees seamless screen and exhibits of advanced welfare devices and robots including the “Mighty Ironman” and the “Terminator.” For those who want to, you can experience wearing robotic parts! You will see why Tsukuba is called the “Science City.” 


5 MAR (WED) NASU HIGHLAND,

HOTEL EPINARD NASU (ONSEN) ♨

Visit Mito Kairakuen Garden ranked "One of the top three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan." This will be the best time to visit here to see over 3,000 beautiful Ume Plum Trees should be right season to bloom. Enjoy a leisurely stroll of the garden which boasts a breathtaking view of beautiful forests and lakes with about 100 different varieties of vibrant color Ume blossoms some blooming white, pink and red. Later we will visit interesting Sake brewery "Shimazaki Shuzo" famous for its cave cellar aged Sake. You can actually enter this cave that was originally made for manufacturing the tanks during WWⅡ. Enjoy tasting and shopping of their products not only Sake but Wine, Sake Ice cream, Sake rice cracker, etc. Then go to Resort hotel located in beautiful Nasu Highland which is well-known as the “Royal Resort” because Japanese Royal Family visit here for their summer retreats. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot Spring Bath and big Open Air Bath with beautiful nature and stream.  


6 MAR (THU) LAKE INAWASHIRO,

HOTEL LISTEL INAWASHIRO (ONSEN) ♨

Go to To-no hetsuri, a 656 feet long cliff consists of tower-shaped cliffs that overlooks a river. This National Natural Monument features a unique natural environment that was created by deep cracks along the vertical joints, with many kinds of shapes and sizes rocks some formed around 28 million years ago. And visit Aizu Buke Yashiki Samurai Mansion to see the Aizu area’s rich cultural heritages of the high-class Samurai during Edo period (1603-1868). See the large Samurai residence that has 38 rooms! Also see the remaining old government office, traditional tea house, etc. Aizu is a major Sake producing area which has a long tradition of Sake brewing. We will visit Suehiro Brewery, one of the largest and most famous Sake breweries in the Tohoku Region. Their Sake is famous throughout Japan and annually wins international awards. Their premium Sake is used the traditional “Yamahai” method to produce a full, complex flavor. We will stay at resort hotel that offers magnificent views of Lake Inawashiro from your room. Enjoy a relaxing soak in Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Bath. 


7 MAR (FRI) NIIGATA,

HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA

Go to beach side of Lake Inawashiro. This lake is called "Heaven’s mirror lake" because of its high reflection of the sky like a mirror. On sunny days, the clear water appears as a deep shining blue. Later visit Noguchi Hideyo Memorial Museum. See the exhibition and birth house of the world-renowned Dr. Hideyo Noguchi who had made significant contributions in his research towards a vaccine for yellow fever. His portrait is depicted on the 1,000-Yen bill. And visit Eisen Brewery which has been producing top-quality Sake for over 150 years and highly acclaimed at many Sake competitions every year. This brewery using natural spring water that is selected as one of the top 100 Best quality Spring Waters in Japan. It makes their Sake smooth with delicate flavor and fresh, lively fragrance. Then we will enjoy Kitakata Ramen for lunch. Kitakata Ramen is famous brand and ranks amongst Japan’s most famous types of ramen noodle. Then proceed to Niigata known as the “Rice capital of Japan.” Because its rice and rice products receive a high evaluation as “Best in Japan.” We will stay 3 nights at hotel which is located right in front of the longest river in Japan, Shinano River, with easy walking distance to main shopping area in Niigata City. After hotel check-in, good chance to browse around shopping area near the hotel. At dinner time, you can bring the Sake that you bought at the brewery to taste with dinner (1 bottle per person). 


8 MAR (SAT) NIIGATA,

HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA

Go to Shibata to visit Aumont Sake Brewery which is known as the brewery produced the first Japanese female Sake brewer called “Toji.” They are producing Sake which matches the current trends and tastes. Their easy to drink and pair with food, pleasantly fruity flavor Sakes attract many female fans. You can experience Sake tastings with amazing projection mapping show at their 2022 newly opened interactive facility. After enjoy lunch and shopping at Aeon Shopping Mall, we will visit Northern Culture Museum an open-air museum which is using former residence of a large and wealthy farming family once was the most important Niigata landowners from 19th century. The magnificently well-preserved building was built 135 years ago and have a total 65 rooms with a breathtaking Japanese garden. You will see a wide range of artworks such as paintings, sculptures, ceramics, etc., collected by the successive heads of the family from over 200 years ago. For those who wish to you can visit Ponshukan Sake store. You will get a chance to sample representative brands of Niigata's Sake from Sake vending machine. You can choose from 111 varieties of Niigata's Sake. The store is the only place in Japan that has all these stocks together! There are lists and rankings of recommended Sake to help you make your choices. 


9 MAR (SUN) NIIGATA,

HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA

Visit Senbei (rice cracker) Kingdom to enjoy “Grilling Senbei” by yourself. You can taste fresh grilled rice crackers. Also, you can buy fresh Senbei rice crackers at the factory store. Later visit the biggest Sake event in Japan (attracting over 141,000 visitors), Niigata Sake-no Jin, an annual Sake fair, attended by over 80 Sake breweries from across Niigata Prefecture that is the largest number in Japan. You can taste a variety of Niigata Sake including famous Kubota, Koshinokanbai, Kikusui, etc. You can choose from over 500 different Sake!! It must be like heaven to Sake lovers!! Afterwards visit Niigata Furusato Village where you can learn the history and culture of Niigata with life-size models of old houses, shops in the northern town, falling snow machine, etc. This is a good place to buy local souvenirs of whole area of Niigata, such as Dried seafood, Traditional Handicrafts, Utensils, Groceries, etc. At dinner time, you can bring your own Sake that you purchased at the Sake-no Jin Sake event site (1 bottle per person). 


10 MAR (MON) ECHIGO YUZAWA,

NASPA NEW OTANI (ONSEN) ♨

Go to Tsubamesanjo, worldly known for its big Cutlery production. Enjoy shopping at Kitchenware Factory shop. You can buy Knives, Utensils, Garden scissors, etc., at a wholesale price. Then go to Hakkaisan Brewery, one of Japan’s most well-known Sake breweries. Their “Yukimuro (Snow room)” is a giant room filled with real snow to create a “natural refrigerator” that is cold by storing a mound of snow in a huge warehouse. It develops into a round and smooth Sake with a subtle and fine aroma. Enjoy tasting and shopping for their products. Then stop at Shiozawa-juku old town, an old post town of Edo period where developed in heavy snow area. Enjoy browse around the old town street with many stores (carrying Sake, Rice, etc.) lining. The town is strongly influenced by the Snow Country’s history and culture. Our hotel is an Onsen hot spring resort in the spectacular surroundings of Yuzawa Town. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-air Bath. 


11 MAR (TUE) TAKASAKI,

HOTEL METROPOLITAN TAKASAKI

In the morning, have fun with Strawberry Picking in season. Taste fresh and sweet Japanese Strawberry as much as you like! Then proceed to the renowned Gateau Festa Harada confectionery shop, 123 years old local bakery that has become the most famous confectionary maker in Gunma prefecture. Their most famous creation is the "Gouter de ROI." This delectable buttery French Bread with a sugary crust draws long lines of customers wishing to purchase this at their shop in Tokyo. You can buy their exclusive chocolate covered version at the factory store. Then head to Takasaki largest city in Gunma. Hotel is connecting to Train station and shopping building with 100Yen shop, etc. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in! At dinner time, you can bring the Sake that you bought at the brewery to taste with dinner (1 bottle per person).


12 MAR (WED) YOKOHAMA,

YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Visit Konnyaku Park. The Konnyaku is used for various Japanese foods and known as “Japanese Healthy Food”. We will enjoy a factory tour to learn how Konnyaku is made and try tasting various kinds of Konnyaku dishes. After enjoy lunch and shopping at Aeon Shopping Mall, head to Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. We will stay 2 nights at hotel that is located within easy walking distance to 100-Yen shop, department store which you can find a large assortment of specialty Sakes. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you Holo Holo around the hotel. In the evening we enjoy the experience of Izakaya dinner. Izakaya is a Japanese style pub. Let's have fun with drinks and food in a Izakaya! 


13 MAR (THU) YOKOHAMA / TOKYO,

YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Enjoy shopping at Yokohama Wholesale Market to buy Japanese traditional foods, such as Umeboshi, Tsukemono pickles, etc, at wholesale prices. Then head to Tokyo to visit Ameyoko, one of Japan’s most popular shopping streets, filled with many discount stores that carries various products such as dried seafood, candies, snacks, clothes, etc. And visit Tokyo Sky Tree. "New symbol of Tokyo" is the world’s highest stand-alone tower boasting a height of 2,080 ft. From its observation deck, you can enjoy the best 360-degree panoramic spectacular views out over Japan’s giant metropolis. You will also get a chance to visit its interesting shopping complex "Tokyo Solamachi." There are many highly specialized shops that offer a variety of Japanese traditional crafts and pop-culture goods. After going back to the hotel, Free Time to finish Shopping, Packing, etc. (Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense.)


14 MAR (FRI) YOKOHAMA / HONOLULU

At checkout time our agent will come to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. In the afternoon proceed to Haneda International Airport to catch Airline Flight # in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, 14 MAR (FRI) 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!


*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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