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2018 Spring Tokaido Odyssey #2

March 29 - April 10, 2018 (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 09/15/2017)

Narita, Tokyo (2 Nights), Asakusa Kannon Temple, Tokyo National Museum, Ameyokocho, Hakone Lake Cruise, Fuji Five Lakes, Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center, Shiraito-no-taki, Shizuoka, Greenpia Makinohara Tea Factory, Strawberry Picking, Nagoya, Nagoya Castle, Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kyoto (2 Nights), Kinkaku-ji, Heian-jingu, Nara, Kobe, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery, Awaji Island, Awaji Ningyo Joruri, Shikoku Island, Tokushima, Awa Odori , Takamatsu, Ritsurin-koen, Imabari, Shimanami Kaido, Hiroshima (2 Nights), Iwakuni, Kintai-kyo, Miyajima Island , Hiroshima Peace Park & Museum, KurashikI, Koraku-en, Osaka

TWIN RATE:
$ 4,950 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 645 per person
LAND ONLY:
$ 3,950 per person
 
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 

Thursday, March 29 (Day 01)
HONOLULU TO NARITA
Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the airport for baggage check-in procedures for our flight to Narita International Airport. A meal and a snack will be served on board the flight.

Friday, March 30 (Day 02)
NARITA - TOKYO (D)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we'll transfer to our hotel in Tokyo by chartered motorcoach. A dinner is planned for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Saturday, March 31 (Day 03)
TOKYO (B)(L)
Japan Tokyo NakamiseEnjoy a full day of sightseeing in this exciting metropolitan city. We'll travel to Asakusa, the center of Tokyo's shitamachi districts, where an atmosphere of the Tokyo of the past decades still survives. Asakusa's main attraction is Senso-ji (Asakusa Kannon Temple), Tokyo's oldest Buddhist temple dedicated to the goddess of Kannon. Located between the main hall of the temple and the famous red lantern of Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) is Nakamise-dori, a lively pedestrian street lined with colorful shops providing visitors with typical Japanese souvenirs and traditional local snacks. A delicious lunch will be provided for you at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of the Tokyo National Museum, the oldest and largest of Japan's top level national museums. The museum features one of the best collections of art and archeological artifacts in Japan. Enjoy a shopping adventure at Ameyokocho, a busy and exciting district with many indoor and outdoor vendors offering a variety of snack and food products at discounted prices. This evening, dinner will be on your own to try some of the local specialties at one of the restaurants in the mall located adjacent to our hotel.

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Sunday, April 1 (Day 04)
TOKYO - HAKONE - FUJI FIVE LAKES - LAKE YAMANAKA (B)(D)
Mt Fuji SpringWe'll travel to Hakone - a mountainous region - part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and noted as one of Japan's most popular hot spring resort with its volcanic hot springs and natural beauty. Hakone was an important check-point for the Old Tokaido Highway - the old road that linked the ancient capital of Kyoto to Edo (now known as Tokyo) during the Edo period. We'll enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on scenic Lake Ashino-ko - a beautiful crater lake formed in the caldera of Mount Hakone. Weather permitting, enjoy a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji, Japan's most sacred mountain as we cruise on the serene lake. We'll visit the Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center located in Yamanashi prefecture at the entrance of the Subaru Line - the toll road leading up the slopes of Mt. Fuji. The center provides history and information on the value of Mt. Fuji as a World Heritage site. Relax and enjoy the hot springs at our beautiful hotel overlooking Lake Yamanaka, the largest of the Fuji Five Lakes. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL MT. FUJI or similar

Monday, April 2 (Day 05)
LAKE YAMANAKA - MT. FUJI - SHIZUOKA - NAGOYA (B)(D)
Weather permitting, we'll continue on to visit picturesque Shiraito-no-taki (White Thread Falls), located in the southwestern foothills of Mt. Fuji. Ranked among one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, the falls was recently added to the World Heritage List as part of the Fujisan Cultural Site. Fed by the volcano's spring water, the falls flow off the edge of a high cliff in thin streams that resemble hanging threads. The falls are particularly attractive at this time of the year as the snows of the mountain melt and strengthen the flow. 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 an interesting guided tour of Greenpia Makinohara (tea factory) to observe the process of tea production, including a close-up view of tea plants growing in the fields. The scenery of Shizuoka prefecture offers a beautiful view of the Southern Japan Alps, a breathtaking view of Fuji-san, and miles of scenic coastline as we drive along Suruga Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat experience of picking fresh strawberries off the vines in covered greenhouses at a local orchard. We'll continue on to the castle town of Nagoya, the capital of Aichi Prefecture to spend the night. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at WESTIN HOTEL NAGOYA or similar

Tuesday, April 3 (Day 06)
NAGOYA - NAGOYA CASTLE - BULLET TRAIN TO KYOTO (B)(L)
Nagoya CastleThis morning, we'll visit Nagoya Castle, one of the largest and greatest castles in Japan, constructed on the orders of Ieyasu Tokugawa in order to secure an important position on the Tokaido road. One of the main features of the castle are the kinshachi (golden dolphins) adorning the main ridge of the castle roof, signifying prosperity. Enjoy a stroll through Hommaru Palace, regarded as the finest masterpiece of modern castle architecture located on the grounds of Nagoya Castle. 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, the former capital of Japan. A delicious obento will be provided for you to enjoy on the train. On arrival at the Kyoto Station, we'll transfer by motorcoach to our hotel to check-in for two nights. The afternoon is at your leisure for your own activities. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO or similar

Wednesday, April 4 (Day 07)
KYOTO - NARA - KYOTO (B)(D)
Kinkakuji Temple webWe'll travel to the ancient city of Nara located at the northern end of the Yamato Plain - a fertile valley where members of the Yamato clan rose to power as the original emperors of Japan. On arrival, we'll visit the Todai-ji Temple Complex, a magnificent Buddhist temple in Nara-koen - a park that is home for many sacred deer roaming freely about. The Daibutsu-den (Hall of the Great Buddha) located within the Todai-ji Temple Complex 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 it that those who pass through the opening will find their way to an afterlife of paradise. Located nearby is Kasuga Taisha Shrine, Nara's most celebrated shrine, designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The shrine is famous for its hundreds of stone lanterns donated by worshippers that line the approach-way to the entrance and around the shrine. We'll return to Kyoto city to visit Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), an impressive Zen Buddhist Temple, designated as a National Special Historic Site. Officially named Rokuon-ji, this magnificent golden structure sits serenely on a lake, providing a beautiful reflection in the calm waters. We'll stroll through the gardens of Heian-jingu, an imperial Shinto shrine listed as an important cultural property of Japan. The scenic garden features a stepping-stone path across a large pond, a Chinese-inspired bridge and is best known for its shidare-zakura (weeping cherry blossoms). Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO or similar

Thursday, April 5 (Day 08)
KYOTO - KOBE - AWAJI ISLAND - TOKUSHIMA (B)(D)
We'll travel to the port city of Kobe, Japan's top sake producing region due to its high quality rice, suitable water and favorable weather conditions. On arrival, we'll visit the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum featuring interesting video clips explaining the step-by-step process of producing traditional sake. Life-sized replicas of tools, sake containers and machinery used in the production of sake in the past are displayed throughout the museum. Samples of some of their delicious products will be provided for you to enjoy at the end of the tour. We'll continue on to cross the Akashi Kaikyo Ohashi, a bridge connecting Honshu to Awaji Island - 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 an emotional performance of a tragic drama. Our travel continues on as we cross the Naruto Channel on the Naruto Ohashi, a bridge connecting Awaji Island to Shikoku Island, home of the 88 Temples Pilgrimage. Tidal currents between the Seto Inland Sea and the Pacific Ocean passing over 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 spend the night. Enjoy a lively dance performance of the famous Awa Odori, the pride of Tokushima at the Awa Odori Kaikan. Learn to dance and participate with the special 'Awanokaze' dancers accompanied by the sounds of shamisen (three stringed guitars), taiko (drums) and fue (flutes). A delicious dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at AWA KANKO HOTEL or similar

Friday, April 6 (Day 09)
TOKUSHIMA - TAKAMATSU - IMABARI (B)(D)
Ritsuin Park webWe'll travel to the castle town of Takamatsu, capital of Kagawa prefecture to visit beautiful Ritsurin-koen (chestnut grove garden), the city's main attraction. Known as one of the most famous historical gardens in Japan, this was 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, including the 'borrowed scenery' of Mount Shiun in the background. Experience making your own fan to take home as a souvenir at the Uchiwa Minato Museum, specializing in uchiwa (rounded paper fans). The fans are made with a decorated piece of paper pasted over a thin bamboo frame. We'll continue on to spend the night in Imabari, the second largest city in Ehime prefecture, noted for its shipbuilding and towel industry. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our elegant hotel this evening.

Accommodations at IMABARI KOKUSAI HOTEL or similar

Saturday, April 7 (Day 10)
IMABARI - SHIMANAMI KAIDO - IWAKUNI - HIROSHIMA (B)(D)
We'll depart Shikoku Island via the scenic Shimanami Kaido - an expressway linking Shikoku to Japan's main island of Honshu through a series of bridges and small islands in the Seto Inland Sea. Our scenic drive will take us from Imabari in Ehime prefecture to Onomichi in Hiroshima prefecture, arriving in the city of Hiroshima to check-in for two nights. En route, we'll travel to Iwakuni in Yamaguchi prefecture visiting the city's major attraction, Kintai-kyo (Brocade Sash Bridge), a historical wooden arch bridge. Its five linked wooden arches made of wood are built on massive stone pillars forming a span across the serene Nishiki River located at the foot of Mt. Yokoyama. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel..

Accommodations at RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA or similar

Sunday, April 8 (Day 11)
HIROSHIMA - MIYAJIMA - HIROSHIMA (B)
Itsukushima HiroshimaWe'll proceed to the pier at Miyajimaguchi and board a ferry to 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, Miyajima island is classified as one of Japan's three most beautiful sights. Enjoy strolling through Omotesando - the island's main shopping street featuring many shops offering a nice selection of souvenirs, including momji manju. This maple-leaf-shaped cake, made with a variety of fillings, is one of Hiroshima's most popular sweets. We'll return to the main island by ferry and travel back to the city of Hiroshima to visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park. Exhibits and displays within the museum relive the history of the atomic bomb and the destruction it brought on Hiroshima and its people. The most poignant memorial 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 there. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA or similar

Monday, April 9 (Day 12)
HIROSHIMA - KURASHIKI - OKAYAMA - OSAKA (B)(D)
Korakuen GardenWe'll travel on to visit the quaint city of Kurashiki located in Okayama prefecture. Enjoy strolling through Bikan Chiku, a historical area featuring many old traditional buildings, storehouses and souvenir shops located along the picturesque willow-lined canal. We'll continue on to Okayama city, visiting its most famous attraction - Koraku-en - a beautiful Japanese garden noted as one of Japan's three best landscaped gardens. A large pond, walking paths, pavilions, a crane aviary, and groves of plum and cherry trees are contained in this scenic garden. Weather permitting, the cherry blossoms should be in bloom at this time of the year. Okayama also serves as the locale for the popular fairy tale - Momotaro (Peach Boy). We'll continue on to spend the night in the exciting city of Osaka. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at SHERATON MIYAKO HOTEL OSAKA or similar

Tuesday, April 10 (Day 13)
OSAKA - KANSAI TO HONOLULU (B)
The day is at your leisure for your own activities until we transfer to the Kansai International Airport in the afternoon to check-in for our evening flight to Honolulu. We'll arrive 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 8/1/17. 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 110 Yen = $1.00 U.S


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