May 19 - 30, 2017 (12 days and 10 nights)
Tours are operated by Aloha World, a tour division of Kobayashi Travel Service
Special 125th Anniversary Tour - Featuring Takarazuka Revue
$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
(deposit must be made by 02/28/2017)
Kansai, Himeji Castle, Kokoen Garden, Arima Onsen, Takarazuka Revue, Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji Museum), Uji Byodoin Temple, Miho Museum, Shigaraki, Cruise on Lake Biwako, Hikone, Gifu, Sekigahara Battle Site, Osu Shopping Street, Nagoya, Shinkansen Nagoya to Tokyo, Yanaka, Katsushika Shibamata, Tora-san Museum, Yagiri-no-Watashi (Yagiri Ferry Crossing), Boso Peninsula, Minami Boso, Umi Hotaru Shopping Mall, Fruit Picking (loquat), Poppy no Sato Tateyama Park, Boso Flower Line, Shirahama Flower Park, Kamogawa Ocean Park, Kamogawa, Katsuura, Yamasa Soy Sauce Choshi Factory, Choshi Ohashi Bridge, Wosse 21 Fish Market, Narita
$ 4,890 per person
$ 650 per person
$ 4,090 per person
Friday, May 19 (Day 01)
HONOLULU TO KANSAI
Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the Japan Airlines Lobby #5 at the airport for baggage check-in procedures for our afternoon flight to Kansai International Airport. A meal and a snack will be served on board the flight.
Saturday, May 20 (Day 02)
KANSAI AIRPORT (D)
We'll arrive Kansai Airport in the early evening and after completing entry and customs formalities, we'll transfer to our hotel located near the Kansai Airport to check-in for the night. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at HOTEL NIKKO KANSAI AIRPORT or similar
Sunday, May 21 (Day 03)
KANSAI - KOBE - HIMEJI - ARIMA ONSEN (B)(D)
We'll travel to Himeji, a city in Hyogo Prefecture in the Kansai region of Japan. We'll visit Himeji Castle, a hilltop Japanese castle, frequently known as Shirasagi-jo (White Egret Castle) because of its white exterior and resembling a bird taking flight. Himeji is the largest castle in Japan and is registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll continue on to visit Kokoen Garden, a recently constructed Japanese-style garden located nearby Himeji Castle's main Otemon gate. The garden consists of nine separate walled gardens designed in various styles of the Edo Period. One of the gardens features a pond with a waterfall and a tea garden where visitors can enjoy green tea in a tea ceremony house. We'll continue on to spend the night at Arima Onsen, one of Japan's best and oldest hot spring resorts in Kita-ku, Kobe. The town has two types of hot spring waters - Kinsen (gold water), brown water with iron deposits good for skin ailments and muscle pain and Ginsen (silver water) with radium and carbonate to cure various muscle & joint ailments. Enjoy dinner and the hot spring waters of our elegant onsen hotel.
Accommodations at ARIMA GRAND HOTEL or similar
Monday, May 22 (Day 04)
ARIMA ONSEN - TAKARAZUKA - KYOTO (B)
We'll travel to Takarazuka city in Hyogo Prefecture to enjoy a performance of the Takarazuka Revue at the Takarazuka Grand Theater. Women play all roles in the Broadway-style productions of musicals or stories adapted from Japanese folktales or manga. The women who play the male roles are known as otokoyaku and those who play female roles are known as musumeyaku. All members of the troupe are employees of the Hankyu Railway Company, a division of the Takarazuka Revue. We'll continue on to spend two nights in Kyoto, capital city of Kyoto Prefecture. Dinner will be on your own this evening.
Accommodations at NEW MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO or similar
Tuesday, May 23 (Day 05)
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in southern Kyoto. We'll visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, the head shrine of Inari sits at the base of Mount Inari and is the most important of thousands of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto god of rice. The shrine is famous for its thousands of vermillion torii gates which straddle a network of trails leading into the forest of the sacred Mount Inari. Behind the main building of the shrine is the entrance to the torii gate hiking trail starting with two parallel rows of gates known as Senbon Torii (thousands of torii gates). We'll travel to the town of Uji, visiting Genji Monogatari, an interesting museum featuring displays of images, models, and exhibitions of the Japanese classic novel - The Tale of Genji. Registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site, the Uji Byodoin Temple is a striking example of Buddhist Pure Land (Jodo) architecture and together with its garden, represents the Pure land Paradise. Its most spectacular feature is the Phoenix Hall, or Hoodo because of its shape and the two phoenix statues located on its roof. The hall is featured on the back of the Japanese ten yen coin. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at NEW MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO or similar
Wednesday, May 24 (Day 06)
KYOTO - SHIGARAKI - BIWAKO (B)(D)
Our journey continues on to visit The Miho Museum, named after Koyama Mihoko, one of the wealthiest women in Japan and the founder of the museum. Exhibits in the museum consist of works from ancient civilizations including the Egyptians, Romans and various Asian cultures from Koyama's private collection. An interesting aspect of the museum is the design of its structures and how they are integrated into their natural surroundings. We'll travel to southern Shiga Prefecture to visit the ceramic town of Shigaraki, known as the home of Shigaraki ware. Noted as one of 'The Six Oldest Kilns' in Japan, Shigaraki is historically known for its good clay to produce pottery and stoneware. Experience the beautiful scenery as we enjoy a cruise on Lake Biwa, the largest freshwater lake in Japan located in Shiga Prefecture. We'll make a stop on Okishima, one of the islands on the lake, noted as Japan's only inhabited island on a freshwater lake. We'll spend the night in a resort hotel in Biwako, located between the mountains and the shores of Lake Biwa. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at BIWAKO HOTEL or similar
Thursday, May 25 (Day 07)
BIWAKO - HIKONE - GIFU - NAGOYA (B)(D)
We'll travel to Sekigahara, a rural town located at the western edge of Gifu prefecture to visit the site of the epic Battle of Sekigahara between Tokugawa Ieyasu and Ishida Mitsunari. The town features many ruins, memorials and shrines in honor of the deceased. We'll continue on to spend the night at our elegant hotel in Nagoya, capital city of Aichi Prefecture. Before checking in, enjoy a stroll through the Osu Shopping District, a unique shopping street featuring hundreds of shops offering a wide selection of merchandise and goods. Our hotel is located within walking distance of Nagoya Castle and as an option, you may want to walk over to view the grounds of the castle and the reconstructed Honmaru Palace. (time permitting). Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.
Accommodations at NAGOYA WESTIN CASTLE HOTEL or similar
Friday, May 26 (Day 08)
NAGOYA TO TOKYO by SHINKANSEN - YANAKA (B)(D)
This morning, we'll transfer to the Nagoya Train Station to board the shinkansen to Tokyo. On arrival at the Tokyo Station, we'll board our chartered motorcoach and travel to Yanaka, one of the few charming districts in Tokyo with an old town ambience of the shitamachi atmosphere. We'll pass by Yanaka Ginza, a shopping street which best represents the shitamachi flavor of the Yanaka District. Many shops line the street selling a wide selection of merchandise at reasonable prices. Enjoy a visit of the Katsushika Shibamata Tora-san Museum, a unique museum located adjacent to Shibamata Park. The museum is divided into areas that introduce the world of the Otoka wa Tsurai yo ("It's Tough Being a Man") movies. Yagiri-no-Watashi (Yagiri Ferry Crossing) is one of the ferries established to float across the Edo-gawa River by Tokugawa Shogunate in the early Edo Period. The ferry is well-known thanks to "Nogiku-no-Haka", a novel by Ito Sachiro and a popular Enka song - Yagiri-no-Watashi. We'll spend the night in Tokyo, capital city of Japan. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at HOTEL METROPOLITAN IKEBUKURO or similar
Saturday, May 27 (Day 09)
TOKYO - BOSO PENINSULA - MINAMI BOSO (B)(D)
We'll travel to the Boso Peninsula to embark on a full day of sightseeing. The peninsula, located in Chiba Prefecture, is defined by the Pacific Ocean to its east and south, Tokyo Bay to the west, and the Edo and Tone Rivers to the north. We'll visit Umihotaru Parking Area, a unique shopping mall on the sea where you can enjoy strolling through the many shops and also enjoy a panoramic view of Tokyo Bay (weather permitting). Subject to availability, we'll enjoy a fruit-picking adventure, picking delicious biwa (loquat) at an orchard on the peninsula. The Poppy no Sato Tateyama Park has one of the largest displays of poppies in the Kanto region. Weather permitting, enjoy a stroll through the park to view these delicate flowers. We'll continue on to spend the night in Minami Boso, a city noted for its loquat fruit, flowers, and uchiwa fans. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at MINAMI BOSO TOMIURA ROYAL HOTEL or similar
Sunday, May 28 (Day 10)
MINAMI BOSO - KAMOGAWA - KATSUURA (B)(D)
The Boso Flower Line is a long road following the coastline along the southern tip of the Boso Peninsula between Tateyama and Chikura, featuring several flower farms and parks. Weather permitting, poppies should be in bloom during this time of the year. The Shirahama Flower Park, located along the southern coast of the Boso Peninsula, offers tropical flowers in Tropical Dome, the park's symbol. Enjoy 'hanami-no-ashiyu' (foot bath) where you can relax and soak your feet. Fire-fly viewing events are held in the park during this time of the year. The Kamogawa Ocean Park is located directly along National Road 128 in the Minami Boso region. The Ocean Park facilities include the Aozora Market specializing in local produce and crafts and the Thousand Year Shore (Sennen Iso), a playground modeled to recreate the rocky coast shores of the past. The facilities revolve around the ocean and flowers to promote Kamogawa's greatest charms - her rich nature and warm climate. We'll spend the night in the city of Katsuura, famous for Katsuura Fishing Port, featuring one of the three largest morning markets in Japan. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at HOTEL KATSUURA MIKAZUKI or similar
Monday, May 29 (Day 11)
KATSUURA – CHOSHI - NARITA (B)(D)
We'll travel to the city of Choshi, located on the peninsula and famous for its seafood, soy sauce and dramatic coastline. Enjoy the view of the remarkable Tone River and the Choshi Ohashi Bridge. We'll tour the Yamasa Choshi Soy Sauce Factory, one of the largest and most famous soy sauce manufacturers in the city. The factory dates back to 1645 but today is known as a modern factory that sells its products in most supermarkets all over Japan. Enjoy a stroll through the Wosse 21 Fish Market, a visitor-oriented fish market located near the port of Choshi that houses a variety of seafood restaurants and souvenir shops offering local products and merchandise. We'll spend the night in Narita, a quaint and charming town. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.
Accommodations at HOTEL NIKKO NARITA or similar
Tuesday, May 30 (Day 12)
NARITA TO HONOLULU (B)
Enjoy a half-day sightseeing tour in Narita city, visiting the National Museum of Japanese History and Naritasan Shinshoji Temple. Enjoy some last minute shopping at the Aeon Naira Shopping Mall before we transfer to the Narita International Airport to check-in for our evening flight home. We'll arrive Honolulu in the morning on the same day due to the crossing of the International Date Line. A meal will be served on board the flight.
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