October 24 - November 5, 2017 (13 days and 11 nights)
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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, Yokohama, Minato Mirai 21, Landmark Tower, Kamakura, Atami, Izu Peninsula, Shimoda, Dogashima, Dogashima Cruise,Cape Kogane, Shuzenji, Shizuoka, Kakegawa Kacho-en, Hamamatsu, Unagi Pie Factory, Nagoya, Tokugawa Bijutsukan, Nagoya Castle, Ise, Meoto-iwa (Wedded Rocks), Mikimoto Pearl Island, Ise Grand Shrine, Okage Yokocho, Doro-kyo Gorge, Kii Peninsula, Kii Katsuura, Kumano Nachi Taisha, Shirahama, Senjojiki, Sandanbeki Cliff, Minabe, Mount Koya, Wakayama, Osaka, Dotombori, Kansai
$ 4,750 per person
$ 695 per person
$ 3,950 per person
Tuesday, October 24 (Day 01)
HONOLULU TO NARITA
Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the departure lobby at the airport for baggage check-in procedures. We will depart Honolulu for Narita International Airport. A meal will be served on board the flight.
Wednesday, October 25 (Day 02)
NARITA TO YOKOHAMA (D)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the early afternoon and upon completion of entry and customs formalities, we'll board our chartered motor coach and proceed to spend the night in Yokohama, capital of Kanagawa prefecture. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL or similar
Thursday, October 26 (Day 03)
YOKOHAMA - KAMAKURA - ODAWARA - ATAMI (B)(D)
This morning, we'll visit Minato Mirai 21, a seaside urban area built on reclaimed land situated along the waterfront. Minato Mirai has a wealth of attractions including a convention center, amusement park, shopping centers and hotels. The buildings form a distinctive skyline of Yokohama with the Landmark Tower as the most recognizable feature. Weather permitting, enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and its surrounding area from the observation deck of the tower. Our journey continues on to the city of Kamakura, renowned for the huge monumental bronze statue of Amida Buddha, the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Weighing close to 93 tons, the Great Buddha was originally housed in a temple, but today sits serenely in the lotus position in the open court on the grounds of Kotoku-in Temple. We'll continue on our drive through the city of Odawara, arriving in Atami to spend the night. Atami is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts located at the northern tip of the Izu Peninsula and noted for its abundant quantity of hot water, magnificent scenery, delicious seafood and traditional inns. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at our onsen hotel.
Accommodations at HOTEL NEW AKAO ROYAL WING or similar
Friday, October 27 (Day 04)
ATAMI - IZU PENINSULA - ITO - SHIMODA - DOGASHIMA (B)(D)
We'll travel south along the eastern coastline of the Izu Peninsula to Shimoda, a pleasant coastal city in the southern area of the Izu Peninsula. Its historical importance is the landing place of several of Commodore Perry's "black ships" - an event that marked the end of Japan's era of isolation and the start of diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan. Enjoy a stroll along Perry Road, a picturesque street along a canal lined with cafes, boutiques and shops selling various Perry related souvenirs and foods. We'll continue on our journey to spend the night in Dogashima, an onsen resort located along the western coastline of the peninsula. This scenic coastline is famous for its dramatic stone formations, cliffs, and caves formed by the lava flow of past volcanic eruptions and erosion by the sea. Weather permitting, enjoy an exciting cruise to view the scenic coastline on a sightseeing boat as we enter one of the larger caves. This evening, enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our onsen resort hotel.
Accommodations at DOGASHIMA NEW GINSUI HOTEL or similar
Saturday, October 28 (Day 05)
DOGASHIMA - SHUZENJI - NUMAZU – SHIZUOKA (B)(D)
Our journey continues on to scenic Cape Kogane, a beautiful scene of golden brown lava cliffs in the ocean facing Suruga Bay. We'll travel on to Shuzenji, a town noted for its numerous hot spring resorts located in the inland region of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture. Weather permitting, enjoy a spectacular view of Mt. Fuji, a world heritage site and the surrounding Suruga Bay from Japan's longest suspension bridge - Mishima Skywalk. The bridge was constructed by Fujico Corporation and opened to the public in December, 2015. We'll continue on along the eastern coastline of Suruga Bay to spend the night in Shizuoka, capital city of Shizuoka prefecture. Shizuoka is most famous for its breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and for its high quality tea production. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.
Accommodations at HOTEL ASSOCIA SHIZUOKA or similar
Sunday, October 29 (Day 06)
SHIZUOKA - HAMAMATSU - TOYOHASHI - NAGOYA (B)(D)
We'll continue on to visit Kakegawa Kachoen, a bird and flower park in Kakegawa city in Shizuoka prefecture. Admire the wide range of seasonal tropical plants and flowers in bloom in the comfortable climate of an air-conditioned greenhouse, intermingle with penguins as they waddle freely about in their habitat and view many species of birds and owls from all over the country. Our journey continues on through the city of Hamamatsu, the largest city in Shizuoka prefecture. The city is most famous for its eel production in Lake Hamana. The most popular omiyage to bring home from Hamamatsu is unagi (eel) pie, a light crispy cookie flavored with eel bones. We'll visit the Unagi Pie Factory to see the production of many varieties of unique eel-flavored cookies. We'll continue on to spend the night in Nagoya, capital city of Aichi prefecture. On arrival, we'll visit Tokugawa Bitsukan, a private art museum featuring priceless collection of art objects, furnishings, and heirlooms belonging to the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan. The most important and valuable treasure displayed in the museum are three Heian period illustrated hand-scrolls of 'The Tale of Genji'. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at our elegant hotel facing Nagoya Castle.
Accommodations at NAGOYA WESTIN CASTLE HOTEL or similar
Monday, October 30 (Day 07)
NAGOYA - KII PENINSULA - TSU - ISE (B)(D)
This morning, we'll visit Nagoya Castle, constructed on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu in order to secure an important position on the Tokaido Road and to ward off attacks from the direction of Osaka. The castle features the kinshachi or golden dolphins adorning the main ridges of the castle roof. We'll continue on to spend the night in Ise, a city located on the eastern tip of the Kii Peninsula in Mie prefecture. We'll travel to Futami, a small town located along the coast of Ise city to view Meoto-Iwa (Wedded Rocks), two sacred rocks in the sea connected with a shimenawa (a braided heavy rope made of rice straw). These rocks represent the union of the creator of kami - Izanagi and Izanami, celebrating the marriage of man and woman. Located nearby Meoto-Iwa is Futami Okitama Jinja, a little seaside shrine where many Japanese couples go to pray in the hopes of having a good marriage. We'll continue our journey along the Pearl Bridge to visit Mikimoto Pearl Island, a small island located in Ise Bay, known as the birthplace of cultured pearl aquaculture. The Pearl Museum provides some interesting history about Mikimoto Kokichi, the first person to successfully cultivate pearls, including some detailed explanations about the history and cultivation of pearls. The main feature on the island are demonstrations by female pearl divers known as Ama (sea women), who dive from a boat into the bay to harvest oysters. Enjoy dinner and relax in our fabulous onsen hotel this evening.
Accommodations at ISE SHIMA ROYAL HOTEL or similar
Tuesday, October 31 (Day 08)
ISE - KII KATSUURA (B)D)
Ise is best known as home to Ise Grand Shrine (Ise Jingu), Japan's most impressive and sacred Shinto shrine, dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami. Ise Jingu is a shrine complex composed of a large number of Shinto shrines centered on two main ones: Geku (the outer shrine) and Naiku (the inner shrine), both of which enshrines Amaterasu. Enjoy a stroll through Okage Yokocho, a nostalgic village created in 1993 by local confectionary maker Akafuku, situated alongside the entranceway to the Ise-Jingu Naiku (Inner Shrine). The village provides a nostalgic image of old Japan featuring traditional shops specializing in handcrafts, textiles, handmade accessories and toys, and local delicacies, including 'akafuku', a popular sweet made with red bean paste spread over pounded rice cake. Our journey continues south along the scenic coastline of the Pacific Ocean through the town of Kumano located in the southern region of the Kii Peninsula. Enjoy a dramatic drive along the Kitayama River to Doro-kyo Gorge, one of the most beautiful and secluded gorges in Japan located in the Yoshino-Kumano National Park. Admire the towering cliffs, majestic forests, and beautiful rock formations set amidst the emerald green waters of the Kitayama River. We'll travel to Kii Katsuura, a quiet resort town famous for its 'Bokido Onsen' and rotemburo (open air bath) located inside a large natural cave facing the Pacific Ocean. The water here is noted as being good for the skin and joints and to relieve your body of stress. The town is also known as the largest tuna fishing port of its class in Japan. We'll board a ferry from the Katsuura Port and cross the bay to our hotel to check-in for the night. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot spring waters this evening.
Accommodations at HOTEL URASHIMA RESORT & SPA or similar
Wednesday, November 1 (Day 09)
KII KATSUURA * KUSHIMOTO * SHIRAHAMA (B)(D)
Enjoy a visit to Kumano Nachi Taisha, one of the three most sacred temples in the Kii Mountain Range - designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site & Pilgrimage Route. The shrine is located near the sacred Nachi-no-taki, Japan's tallest waterfall - built in homage to the waterfall's kami. We'll continue on to Kushimoto, a small town located on the southern tip of the Kii Peninsula - renowned for 'Hashi-gui-iwa', a series of rocks in the sea leading out towards Oshima Island. Legend claims that this bridge of rocks was created by the founder of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism - Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai) - who laid the rocks after being challenged to build a bridge across the sea to the island. Our journey continues on to spend the night at an onsen hotel in Shirahama, a resort town best known for its white-sand beaches and excellent hot spring baths. We'll make a picture stop to view Senjojiki (One Thousand Tatami Mats), a unique appearance of sheet-like rocks created by the erosion of soft sandstone caused by the raging waves. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing onsen waters at our hotel
Accommodations at RYOKAN MUSASHI or similar
Thursday, November 2 (Day 10)
SHIRAHAMA * MINABE * MOUNT KOYA (B)(D)
This morning, we'll visit Sandanbeki Cliff, a scenic site created by the erosion of its waves. A walking path will take you to the edge of the cliff to enjoy the spectacular view. Our journey continues on to Minabe, a small farming town in Wakayama-ken - best-known throughout Japan for producing and processing high-quality ume (preserved plum). We'll visit the Nakata Ume Shop, specializing in various ume products available for purchase, including hoshi-ume (dried ume). We'll continue our scenic drive along the Koya Ryujin Skyline, a mountain road offering breathtaking scenery to Mount Koya, the center of Shingon Buddhism. This important Buddhist sect was introduced to Japan by Kobo Daishi, also known as Kukai, one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koya-san's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum - Okunoin Temple - surrounded by an immense graveyard. Considered as one of the most sacred places on the mountain, it is the starting and ending point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Koya-san is one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple. You can get a glimpse of long-held traditions of Japanese religious life with more than 2,000 temples, shrines, towers and assembly buildings located on the mountain. We'll have the experience of a lifetime as we spend the night at a shukubo (temple lodging) to get a taste of a monk's lifestyle while enjoying shojin ryori (vegetarian monk's cuisine) for our meal.
Accommodations at SEKISHOIN or similar
Friday, November 3 (Day 11)
MOUNT KOYA * WAKAYAMA * YUASA * OSAKA (B)(D)
As an option, you may want to participate in the morning prayers before enjoying a traditional Japanese shojin ryori breakfast. We'll descend Mount Koya and continue our drive west to Wakayama, capital city of Wakayama Prefecture. We'll arrive at the quaint soy sauce town of Yuasa, commercialized long ago during the Muromachi period. It is said that the technique for making soy sauce spread throughout Japan from the town of Yuasa. We'll stroll through the village to visit a small factory to learn about the production of soy sauce. This charming village has many old preserved storehouses and buildings with beautiful tiled roofs, all related to the production of soy sauce and open to the public as a national important traditional structure preservation district. We'll also visit a small family-operated miso factory to learn all about the production of miso. We'll continue on to spend the night in Osaka, a city known as the food haven of Japan. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at ANA CROWNE PLAZA OSAKA or similar
Saturday, November 4 (Day 12)
Wax food samples are displayed at many of the windows and display cases outside of restaurants as an example of the dishes served inside. Enjoy a hands-on experience to create wax food samples in Dotonbori, an interesting area located alongside Dotonbori Canal in the Namba ward of Osaka. - well-known for its boutiques, restaurants, neon lights, and exciting night life. Dotonbori is also located nearby a shopping arcade and you'll have some time to stroll through the shops. We'll visit Kuromon-Ichiba, a busy and interesting marketplace featuring hundreds of stalls offering fresh and dried seafood products, vegetables and other merchandise. The market has long been called "Osaka's Kitchen" as many restaurant cooks come here to purchase their ingredients. Dinner will be on your own this evening.
Accommodations at ANA CROWNE PLAZA OSAKA or similar
Sunday, November 5 (Day 13)
OSAKA * KANSAI TO HONOLULU (B)
The morning is free at your leisure for independent activities. In the early afternoon, we'll transfer to the Kansai International Airport to check-in for our flight home to Honolulu, arriving in the morning on the same day due to the crossing of the International Date Line.
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