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2017 Autumn Tokaido Odyssey #2

October 30 -  November 11, 2017 (13 days and 11 nights)

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

$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
(deposit must be made by 03/15/2017)

Narita, Tokyo (2 Nights), Tsukiji Fish Market, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Nakamise-dori, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Ameyokocho, Hakone, Lake Ashino-ko Boat Cruise, Shizuoka, Shiraito-no-taki, Greenpia Makinohara (Tea Factory), Nagoya, Nagoya Castle, Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kyoto (2 Nights), Kinkakuji, Nijo Castle, Nara, Kobe, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery, Awaji Island, Shikoku Island, Tokushima, Takamatsu, Ritsurin-koen, Imabari, Shimanami Kaido, Hiroshima (2 Nights), Hiroshima Peace Park & Museum, Iwakuni, Miyajima Island, Kurashiki, Koraku-en, Osaka, Kansai

TWIN RATE:
$ 4,590 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 450 per person
LAND ONLY:
$ 3,850 per person
 
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 

Monday, October 30 (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. A meal and a snack will be served on board the flight.

Tuesday, October 31 (Day 02)
ARRIVE NARITA - TOKYO (D)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the early afternoon and after completing entry and customs procedures, we'll transfer to our hotel in Tokyo to check-in for two nights. A dinner is planned for you at the hotel this evening.

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, November 1 (Day 03)
TOKYO (B)(L)
Tokyo Sensoji Temple webEnjoy a full day of sightseeing in this exciting metropolitan city. This morning, we'll visit the outer market of Tsukiji Fish Market featuring several blocks of small retail shops and restaurants lined along the narrow lanes offering a wide selection of food-related merchandise and food products. We'll visit Senso-ji (Asakusa Kannon Temple), an ancient Buddhist temple and Tokyo's oldest, dedicated to the goddess of mercy. Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), a massive paper lantern painted in red-and-black tones to suggest thunderclouds and lightning, is featured at the outer gate leading to the entrance of the temple. Enjoy shopping at Nakamise-dori, a lively pedestrian street lined with many small shops offering typical Japanese souvenirs and a variety of traditional snacks. A delicious lunch will be provided for you at a local restaurant. Enjoy a visit of the Edo-Tokyo Museum, featuring interesting exhibits, photos, and artifacts illustrating Tokyo's past (formerly Edo) to the present. The entrance to the museum features a huge replica of the famous Nihonbashi Bridge. Enjoy a shopping adventure at Ameyokocho, a busy and exciting shopping area with many indoor and outdoor vendors offering a variety of food products and various merchandise at discounted prices. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the restaurants in the shopping mall located adjacent to the hotel.

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Thursday, November 2 (Day 04)
TOKYO - HAKONE - MT. FUJI - FUJI FIVE LAKES – LAKE YAMANAKA (B)(D)
Mt FujiWe'll travel to Hakone, a region that is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, noted as one of Japan's most popular volcanic hot spring resorts. Weather permitting, enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on scenic Lake Ashino-ko, a beautiful crater lake formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone. The serene lake, together with a view of Mt. Fuji, Japan's most sacred mountain is the symbol of Hakone. Weather permitting, we'll visit Lake Motosu, the third largest of the Fuji Five Lakes to enjoy a nice view of the lake and Mt. Fuji. Both the lake and the mountain are featured on the back of the 1000 yen bill. We'll continue on to spend the night at an elegant hotel overlooking Lake Yamanaka, the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes in Yamanashi prefecture. Weather permitting, a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji can be seen from the grounds of the hotel. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL MT. FUJI or similar

Friday, November 3 (Day 05)
LAKE YAMANAKA - SHIZUOKA - NAGOYA (B)(D)
We'll travel on to visit the picturesque Shira-ito-no-taki (White Thread Falls) located in the southwestern foothills of Mt. Fuji. Ranked among one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, the wide cascade is fed by the volcano's spring water and flows off the edge of a high cliff in thin white streams that resemble hanging threads. Several souvenir shops line the trail to the falls and along the path, including a nice view of neighboring Otodome Falls. Shira-ito-no-taki was recently added to the World Heritage List as part of the Fujisan Cultural Site. We'll continue our drive along the Pacific Coast through Shizuoka prefecture, the largest tea producing region in Japan and once home to the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu. Enjoy a guided tour of Greenpia Makinohara (tea factory) to observe the process of tea production, including a close-up view of the tea plants growing in the fields. After the conclusion of the tour, you'll have time to browse through the shop offering a variety of tea and tea-related products available for purchase. Our drive through Shizuoka prefecture provides a beautiful view of the southern Japan Alps, a breathtaking view of Fuji-san, and miles of scenic coastline along Suruga Bay and the Pacific Ocean. We'll arrive in Nagoya, Japan's fourth largest city and capital of Aichi prefecture to spend the night. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at our elegant hotel facing Nagoya Castle.

Accommodations at WESTIN NAGOYA CASTLE HOTEL or similar

Saturday, November 4 (Day 06)
NAGOYA - BULLET TRAIN - KYOTO (B)
Nagoya CastleThis morning, we'll visit Nagoya Castle, one of the largest and greatest castles in Japan, constructed on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu in order to secure an important position on the Tokaido road. The main features of the castle are the kinshachi (golden dolphins) adorning the main ridges of the castle roof, signifying prosperity. We'll proceed to the Nagoya Train Station and board the shinkansen (bullet train) to experience a ride on this high speed train to Kyoto, formerly the capital of Japan. On arrival at the Kyoto Station, we'll transfer to our hotel located nearby to check-in for the next two nights. After checking in, the afternoon is free at your leisure to explore the shops located nearby our hotel. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KYOTO or similar

Sunday, November 5 (Day 07)
KYOTO - NARA - KYOTO (B)(D)
We'll travel to the ancient city of Nara, located at the northern end of the Yamato Plain. On arrival, we'll visit the Todaiji Temple Complex, one of Japan's most famous and significant Buddhist temple located in Nara Koen - a park that is home for many sacred Todaiji Temple Nara Autumndeer roaming freely about. Todaiji's main hall, the Daibutsu-den (Big Buddha Hall), is considered the largest wooden structure in the world and home to the Daibutsu, an enormous bronze statue of Buddha, perhaps the most famous sight in Nara. Within the hall is a large wooden pillar with a hole at its base and local tradition has said that those who pass through this opening will find their way to an afterlife of paradise. We'll visit Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara's most celebrated shrine, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kasuga Taisha is well-known for its hundreds of stone lanterns donated by worshippers lining the approach-way to the shrine. In the afternoon, we'll return to Kyoto city to visit Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), an impressive Zen Buddhist Temple. Designated as a National Special Historic Site and a National Special Landscape, this magnificent golden structure was built overlooking a large pond and provides a beautiful reflection in the calm waters. Enjoy a visit to Nijo-jo, a flatland castle built as the official Kyoto residence of the first Tokugawa Shogun, Ieyasu and designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. One of the features of the main building at Ninomaru Palace are the 'nightingale' floors. As you walk on the corridors of the palace, the floors squeak like birds - designed as a safeguard against intruders. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KYOTO or similar

Monday, November 6 (Day 08)
KYOTO - KOBE - AWAJI ISLAND - TOKUSHIMA (B)(D)
We'll continue on our journey to the port city of Kobe, Japan's top sake producing region due to its high quality rice, suitable water and favorable weather conditions. We'll visit the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum located inside a former brewery. The museum features displays of life-sized replicas of tools, containers and machinery used in the past, including Interesting video clips explaining The step-by-step traditional sake brewing process. At the end of the tour, samples of some of their delicious products will be available for you to taste. We'll continue on the Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi, a suspension bridge connecting Honshu Island to Awaji-shima, the inland sea's largest island. On arrival, enjoy a performance of the Awaji Ningyo Joruri (Puppet Play) at the Awaji Puppet Theatre. The separate arts of puppet manipulation, gidayu narration and shamisen accompaniment blend together to present a dramatic performance of a tragic drama. We'll drive across the Naruto Channel on the Naruto Ohashi, connecting Awaji Island to Shikoku Island, home of the 88 Temples Pilgrimage. Tidal currents between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean passing undersea ridges creates uzushio (whirlpools) of various sizes and we may be able to see some as we drive on the bridge to Shikoku Island. We'll arrive in Tokushima, capital city of Tokushima Prefecture to check-in for the night. Enjoy a lively dance performance of Awa Odori, the pride of Tokushima - performed by a local troupe at the Awa Odori Kaikan. Learn to dance and participate with the Awanokaze dancers accompanied by the sounds of shamisen (three stringed guitars), taiko (drums) and fue (flutes). Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at AWA KANKO HOTEL or similar

Tuesday, November 7 (Day 09)
TOKUSHIMA - TAKAMATSU - IMABARI (B)(D)
Ritsurin Garden AutumnWe'll travel to the castle town of Takamatsu in central Kagawa prefecture and enjoy a stroll through the beautiful gardens of Ritsurin-koen, the city's major attraction. Once the summer retreat for the Lords of the Matsudaira family, this scenic garden follows a classical Japanese design featuring pine trees winding around a series of ponds, bridges and rock formations. Forming a backdrop in the garden is the 'borrowed scenery' of Mount Shuin. Marugame city in Kagawa prefecture is famous for its production of uchiwa (round paper fans) and was designated a traditional craft in 1997. These fans are made with a decorated sheet of paper or silk pasted over a thin bamboo frame. Experience making your own fan to take home as a souvenir at a shop that specializes in the production of these fans. We'll continue on to spend the night in Imabari, the second largest city in Ehime prefecture, noted for its towel production. Enjoy dinner and relax in the grand bath at our elegant hotel this evening.

Accommodations at IMABARI KOKUSAI HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, November 8 (Day 10)
IMABARI - SHIMA NAMI KAIDO - IWAKUNI - HIROSHIMA (B)(D)
We'll depart Shikoku Island to Honshu via the scenic Shima Nami Kaido, a set of bridges connecting the many islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Our drive will take us from Imabari in Shikoku through Onomichi on Honshu Island, arriving in the city of Hiroshima in the early afternoon to spend two nights. Enroute, we'll make a stop in Iwakuni and visit scenic Kintai-kyo (Brocade Sash Bridge), the city's most distinguished landmark. Its five linked wooden arches are built on massive stone pillars and form a span across the serene Nishiki River located at the foot of Mt. Yokoyama. Statues of Kikkawa Hiroyoshi, the third feudal lord of Iwakuni and Sasaki Kojiro, a prominent Japanese swordsman, are featured in Kikko Park. We'll continue on to spend two nights in the city of Hiroshima. Before checking in, we'll visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park. Exhibits and photos within the museum relive the history of the atomic bomb and the destruction it brought on Hiroshima and its people. The most poignant monument in the Peace Memorial Park is the Children's Peace Memorial, inspired by leukemia victim Sadako Sasaki. Thousands of colorful paper cranes brought by school children, various clubs and groups are displayed at this memorial. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at ANA CROWNE PLAZA HIROSHIMA or similar

Thursday, November 9 (Day 11)
HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA - HIROSHIMA (B)
Itsukushima Shrine Autumn webThis morning, we'll proceed to Miyajimaguchi Pier and board a ferry to visit Miyajima Island, famed for its scenic Itsukushima-jinja, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A large torii gate extending into the sea, the shrine, and the island's Mt. Misen-san as a backdrop, is classified as one of Japan's three most scenic sights. Enjoy strolling through Omotesando - the island's main shopping street with many shops offering a nice selection of souvenirs, including momiji manju (a maple-leaf-shaped cake filled with a variety of fillings), one of Hiroshima's most popular sweets. The afternoon will be free to explore more of the city at your leisure. Dinner will be on your own this evening. Try some delicious okonomiyaki, the specialty of Hiroshima at one of the local restaurants located nearby the hotel.

Accommodations at ANA CROWNE PLAZA HIROSHIMA or similar

Friday, November 10 (Day 12)
HIROSHIMA - KURASHIKI - KORAKU-EN - OSAKA (B)(D)
Korakuen GardenOur travels continue on to Kurashiki, an old merchant town with a preserved canal area that dates back to the Edo Period in Okayama Prefecture. Enjoy strolling through Bikan Chiku, a historical area featuring old traditional buildings, storehouses and small souvenir and craft shops located along the picturesque willow-lined canal. We'll continue on to the city of Okayama, visiting its most famous attraction - Koraku-en - a beautiful spacious Japanese garden, noted as one of Japan's three best landscaped gardens. A large pond, walking paths, tea and rice fields, a crane aviary, and groves of maple trees are featured in this scenic garden. Okayama also serves as the locale for the popular Japanese fairy tale - Momotaro (Peach Boy). We'll continue on to spend our last night in Osaka, Japan's third largest city. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at SHERATON MIYAKO HOTEL OSAKA or similar

Saturday, November 11 (Day 13)
OSAKA - KANSAI TO HONOLULU (B)
The morning is free to explore the city of Osaka at your leisure. In the afternoon, we'll transfer to the Kansai International Airport to check-in for our evening flight home to Honolulu, arriving in the morning on the same day due to the crossing of the International Date Line.

 

 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 12/1/16. 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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