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2017 Autumn Okinawa & Kyushu Tour

November 6 - 18, 2017 (13 days and 11 nights)

** Guaranteed  Departure **

Tours are operated by Aloha World, a tour division of Kobayashi Travel Service

$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
(deposit must be made by 04/30/2017)

Narita, Okinawa (4 Nights), Naha City, Southern Okinawa, Underground Imperial Navy Headquarters, Himeyuri Peace Museum, Himeyuri-no-to, Mabuni-no-oka, Okinawa World, Gyokusen-do, Kingdom Village, Mabuni-no-Oka, Northern Okinawa, Ryukyu Village, Motobu, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Central Okinawa, Okashigoten Onna, Shuri-jo, Kyushu (7 nights), Fukuoka/Hakata, Kushida-jinja, Fukuoka Tower, Karatsu Bay, Niji-no-Matsubara, Imari, Okawachiyama, Arita, Takeo, Sasebo, Kujuku-shima, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki ,  Heiwa-koen, Ferry to Kumamoto, Kagoshima, Iso-tein, Chiran, Tokko Heiwa Kaikan, Samurai Street, Ibusuki, Shinkansen to Hakata, Canal City, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Fukuoka/Hakata, Haneda
 
TWIN RATE:
$ 4,895 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 595 per person
LAND ONLY:
$ 3,895 per person
 
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 

Monday, November 6 (Day 01)
HONOLULU TO NARITA
Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the check-in lobby at the airport for baggage check-in procedures. We will depart Honolulu for Narita International Airport. Lunch and a snack will be served on board the flight.

Tuesday, November 7 (Day 02)
ARRIVE NARITA - OKINAWA
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we'll check-in for our domestic flight to Okinawa. On arrival at the Naha Airport, we'll transfer to our hotel in Naha, the capital city of Okinawa to spend the next four nights.

Accommodations at HOTEL JAL CITY NAHA or similar

Wednesday, November 8 (Day 03)
SOUTHERN OKINAWA (B)(D)
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in southern Okinawa, the most populated area of Okinawa. As you wander through the maze of corridors at the Underground Imperial Navy Headquarters, visible shrapnel damage can be seen on the walls from the grenade blasts that claimed the lives of many men during the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. We'll visit the Himeyuri Peace Museum situated on the grounds of Himeyuri-no-to, a memorial site commemorating the hundreds of high-school students and their teachers who sacrificed their lives during the Battle of Okinawa. They sadly committed suicide rather than submit to the approaching American Army. Visitors are greeted by a large stone monument located at the entrance of the museum. Mabuni-no-Oka is a memorial site where the final battle of Okinawa took place during World War II and features the Cornerstone of Peace, a monument commemorating the Battle of Okinawa and the role of Okinawa. Names of thousands who lost their lives are inscribed on the monument. Share the pride of Ryukyuan culture at Okinawa World, a theme park promoting Okinawan history and culture featuring its main attraction - Gyokusen-do - Japan's second longest natural cave. The interior of the cave is well maintained with walking paths featuring spectacular stalactites and stalagmite formations. Stroll through old Okinawa at the Kingdom Village, a replica of a traditional Ryukyu village. Enjoy eisa dance performances at the Traditional Performance Plaza, including various workshops introducing traditional Okinawan crafts such as weaving, dyeing, paper-making, glass-blowing, and more. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at a local restaurant.

Accommodations at HOTEL JAL CITY NAHA or similar

Thursday, November 9 (Day 04)
NORTHERN OKINAWA (B)(L)(D)
We'll travel north to visit Ryukyu Village, a small theme park providing traditional Okinawan culture in the form of a recreated village from the period of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The village includes a traditional residence with a red-tiled roof, a shrine, and various workshops featuring Okinawan crafts. A wide range of performances are held in the village including eisa taiko drumming, dances, and re-enacted historical ceremonies. You'll have the opportunity to try some popular Okinawan dishes and shop for a wide range of local souvenirs. We'll continue on to Motobu, located in northern Okinawa. Enjoy an intriguing world of marine life at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium - Japan's largest aquarium located in Motobu city at the Ocean Expo Park, the site where the International Ocean Exposition was held in 1975. The largest fish in the world - the whale shark - and the world's first successfully bred-in-captivity manta ray swim with ease in Kuroshio Sea, the main tank which reproduces the environment of coral reefs below the water's surface. In the Dolphin Theatre, enjoy some exciting shows performed by trained dolphins and manatees. We'll travel south to spend the night at an elegant beach resort in Motobu. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL MOTOBU RESORT & SPA or similar

Friday, November 10 (Day 05)
CENTRAL OKINAWA (B)(D)
Okinawa Shurijo Castle ParkWe'll continue on to visit more attractions in central Okinawa. We'll visit Okashigoten Onna, an Okinawa specialty pastry shop offering a variety of delicious desserts, from melt-in-the-mouth cookies to dainty cakes and pastries. One of the specialty foods of Okinawa is a boat-like pastry filled with purple sweet potato paste (beni-imo) piped on the top in a rippled pattern called Okashigoten. Beni-imo is an ingredient used in many desserts, including cakes, pastries, and ice cream. Subject to availability, we may be able to view the production of some of their delicious pastries. Shuri-jo (Shuri Castle) served as the administrative center and residence of the Ryukyu kings for centuries and is included as one of the UNESCO World Heritage designated Castles of the Ryukyu Kingdom sites. The castle's hilltop location provides nice views overlooking the city of Naha. The approach way to the castle's central building leads through multiple gates, including Shureimon reflecting strong Chinese influence alongside indigenous religious traditions. Four Chinese characters are framed on the gate - shu, rei, no, and kuni - which mean 'Land of Propriety'. The structure of the gate is similar to the Chinese three-bay turret gates and is covered with a red-tiled roof. We'll continue on to visit Shikina-en Royal Garden - designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. This scenic garden was built for the royal family and used frequently to entertain guests and host foreign dignitaries. The garden contains paved walkways in Ryukyuan limestone along a large pond with several islands, stone bridges, a wooden palace and a nice variety of shrubs, flowers, and trees. Enjoy some free time to browse the shops before we continue on to check-in for our last night in Naha. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL JAL CITY NAHA or similar

Saturday, November 11 (Day 06)
OKINAWA * FUKUOKA (B)
This morning, we'll proceed to the Naha Airport to check-in for our domestic flight to Fukuoka on Kyushu, the third-largest and southernmost island of Japan. On arrival at the Fukuoka Airport, we'll transfer to spend the night in the twin cities of Fukuoka/Hakata. Hakata city is one of the oldest cities in Japan and has served as the gateway to Korea and China in ancient and modern times. One attraction to visit where the past is still kept alive is the Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan, a folk museum. Magnificent displays depicting the two major festivals held in the city during the year are featured along with beautiful artwork and local crafts from the Meiji and Taisho periods. Adjacent to the museum is a working textile shop with craftsmen still weaving traditional Japanese designs that are native to Hakata. The most famous of Fukuoka/Hakata's traditional arts and crafts are Hakata Ori (woven textile) and Hakata Ningyo (clay dolls) - passed down through the ages by their craftsmen. Located nearby is Kushida-jinja, an important Shinto shrine that hosts the annual Hakata Gion Yamasaka Festival held during the summer. An enormous mikoshi (float) used for the festival is displayed on the grounds of the shrine. The Momochi Seaside Park is Fukuoka's modern waterfront district with tree-lined streets, futuristic buildings, and public parks. The area's main attractions are centered around Fukuoka Tower - the tallest seaside tower in Japan. Weather permitting, enjoy a panoramic view of the city, Hakata Bay, and the surrounding area from the observation deck of the tower. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at GRAND HYATT FUKUOKA or similar

Sunday, November 12 (Day 07)
FUKUOKA * KARATSU * IMARI * ARITA * TAKEO (B)(D)
Niji no MatsubaraWe'll travel west to enjoy a scenic view of Karatsu Bay and the two-mile long Niji-no-Matsubara, a grove of black pine trees extending along a sandy beach. The forest was originally planted by the feudal Lord Terasawa as a counter-measure against the strong winds and tides in Karatsu Bay. Today, this scene is noted as one of the most picturesque landscapes in Japan. The pottery towns of Arita and Imari in Saga prefecture have been a major manufacturing source of ceramics for centuries with Imari-yaki and Arita-yaki as the most famous and distinctive. Korean potters were brought to Imari to produce porcelain mainly for the Nabeshima domain. Enjoy a stroll through Imari Okawachiyama (The Village of Secret Kilns) - a small artisans' village located in the city of Imari that has been producing unique pottery for centuries and kept its methods a secret - hence the name 'Village of Secret Kilns'. We'll travel to Arita, a pottery town where a Korean potter first introduced the art of manufacturing porcelain. The Kyushu Toji Bunkakan (Kyushu Ceramics Museum) is one of Japan's museums supported by a prefecture and was built to contribute to the local cultural heritage and the development of ceramics and pottery culture throughout Kyushu. We'll continue on to spend the night in Takeo, a city located in western Saga prefecture. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at TAKEO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL or similar

Monday, November 13 (Day 08)
TAKEO * SASEBO * NAGASAKI (B)(D)
Kujukushima KyushuThis morning we'll travel to Sasebo, noted as the gateway to Saikai National Park. We'll board a sightseeing boat from Kashimae Port to enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise around Kujuku-shima (99 pine-studded islets) in the inland sea. Enjoy some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in Japan as you cruise through the islands. Our journey continues on to spend the night in Nagasaki, the capital and largest city of Nagasaki prefecture. Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be attacked by a nuclear weapon on August 9, 1945. We'll visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum featuring photos, relics and documents related to the bombing and the Nagasaki International Peace Memorial Hall, built in memory of those who perished in the atomic bombing. The Nagasaki Heiwa-koen (Peace Park) was established near the hypocenter of the explosion and remnants of a concrete wall of Urakami Cathedral is still visible. At the park's north end stands a 10-meter-tall Peace Statue and the south end features a Fountain of Peace. Displayed on both sides of the park are unique monuments donated by various countries from around the world. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW NAGASAKI or similar

Tuesday, November 14 (Day 09)
NAGASAKI * SHIMABARA * KUMAMOTO * KAGOSHIMA (B)(D)
We'll continue our journey to the Shimabara Peninsula, passing by Mount Unzen, an active volcano located at the center of the peninsula. The volcano erupted most recently from 1990 to 1995, sending pyroclastic flows down toward the town below. The deadliest eruption occurred during the late Edo Period when large mudflows of volcanic ash flowed down the mountainside, burying several homes and buildings. A small collection of these buried houses can be seen at the Mizunashi-Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki (Avalanche Stricken Homes Preservation Park), a preserved roadside park. From the Shimabara Pier, we'll board a ferry and cross the Ariake Sea to Kumamoto Port, then continue on to spend the night in Kagoshima, the southernmost major city in Kyushu, capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. Dinner will be provided for you at the hotel this evening.

Accommodations at SHIROYAMA KANKO HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, November 15 (Day 10)
KAGOSHIMA * CHIRAN * IBUSUKI (B)(D)
Mt SakurajimaThe city of Kagoshima is often compared with its Italian sister city of Naples, due to its similar mild climate and Sakurajima, Kagoshima's Vesuvius. The city's principal attraction is Iso-tein, a beautiful Japanese-style garden with one of the most impressive pieces of 'borrowed scenery' - Kinko Bay in the foreground and the towering volcano Sakurajima beyond the bay. Enjoy a leisure stroll through this beautifully landscaped garden featuring a gas lamp in the shape of a stone lantern. We'll continue on to the little town of Chiran, noted for its fine collection of preserved samurai houses and gardens. Enjoy a stroll through the street to visit an old samurai residence and landscaped garden. We'll visit the Tokko Heiwa Kaikan (Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots), a museum featuring an extensive collection of correspondence, photographs, relics, and mementoes belonging to members of the Special Air Force Attack Group also known as the Kamikaze Pilots. Subject to confirmation, a local guide will share with us some photos and letters to present a positive image of these pilots as they willingly gave their lives for their country and their families to establish peace and prosperity for Japan. We'll continue on to the southernmost tip of the Satsuma Peninsula to spend the night in Ibusuki, a coastal town best known for its sunamushi onsens (steaming black sand baths). Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot spring waters of our hotel this evening.

Accommodations at IBUSUKI ROYAL HOTEL or similar

Thursday, November 16 (Day 11)
IBUSUKI * KAGOSHIMA * SHINKANSEN TO HAKATA (B)
We'll proceed to the Kagoshima Chuo Station and board the shinkansen to Hakata Station. On arrival, we'll transfer to check-in for two nights at our hotel in Fukuoka. Our hotel is located nearby Canal City, a large shopping and entertainment complex featuring numerous shops, cafes, restaurants, a theater, and an artificial canal that runs throughout the complex. After checking in, the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure to explore Canal City at your own pace. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some of the local specialties of Fukuoka.

Accommodations at GRAND HYATT FUKUOKA or similar

Friday, November 17 (Day 12)
FUKUOKA * DAZAIFU * FUKUOKA (B)(D)
Dazaifu ShrineWe'll travel to the cultural city of Dazaifu, visiting Dazaifu Tenman-gu, an important shrine dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, scholar and politician of the Heian period. His rise to power during his political career resulted in a rivalry with the Fujiwara clan and he was later exiled to Dazaifu. Michizane passed away in Dazaifu and the main shrine was built on his grave site. The entire length of the approach-way to the shrine is lined with many small shops offering a nice selection of local products. After passing through the torii gate at the entrance, you'll come across a pond that was built in the shape of the Japanese character for 'heart' and a path that leads across two arched bridges and islands that represent the past, present, and future. The afternoon is at your leisure for your own activities. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at a local restaurant.

Accommodations at GRAND HYATT FUKUOKA or similar

Saturday, November 18 (Day 13)
FUKUOKA TO HANEDA TO HONOLULU (B)
The morning is at your leisure for your own activities or to do some last minute shopping for souvenirs and omiyage to bring home In the afternoon, we'll transfer to the Fukuoka Airport for our domestic flight to Haneda Airport. On arrival at the airport, we'll transfer by shuttle to the Haneda International Terminal for our evening flight to Honolulu, arriving in the morning on the same day due to the crossing of the International Date Line. A late meal will be served on board the flight.

 

 Map of Tour Itinerary

The tour price is based on double occupancy and a minimum group size of 20 passengers. Fare adjustment may apply for groups of 20 or under. The rate is based on tariffs and exchange rates effective 1/15/2017. Tour fare is subject to change according to any airfare increase, increase in government taxes, additional fuel surcharges and fluctuation of the rate of exchange between U.S. and foreign currency. In the event of revaluation, the land portion of the tour price may be adjusted prior to your final statement.

Land portion based on 115 Yen = $1.00 U.S


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