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2018 Summer Japan Adventure

New Tour for 2018

June 19 - 30, 2018 (12 days and 10 nights)

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

(deposit must be made by 02/15/2018)

Narita, Tokyo (2 Nights), Tokyo Sky Tree, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Ameyokocho, Boat Cruise on Lake Ashi, Mt. Fuji World Heritage Center, Shiraito-no-taki, Greenpia Makinohara Tea Factory, Shizuoka, Nagoya (1 night), Nagoya Castle, Honmaru Palace, Bullet Train to Kyoto, Kyoto (2 Nights), Nara, Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion), Heian-jingu, Kobe, Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum, Awaji Island, Awaji Ningyo Joruri, Tokushima, Awa Odori Kaikan, Takamatsu, Ritsurin-koen, Shimanami Kaido, Iwakuni, Kintai-kyo, Hiroshima (2 nights), Miyajima Island, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum & Park, Haneda, Narita

$ 4,350 per person
$ 550 per person
$ 3,450 per person
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)

Tuesday, June 19 (Day 01)
Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the Japan Airlines check-in lobby #5 at the Honolulu 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.

Wednesday, June 20 (Day 02)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we'll transfer to our hotel in Tokyo to check-in for two nights. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Thursday, June 21 (Day 03)
Tokyo Sensoji TempleEnjoy a full day of sightseeing in this exciting metropolitan city. We'll travel to Asakusa, the center of Tokyo's shitamachi district 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 known as 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 Tokyo Sky Tree, the tallest tower and second tallest structure in the world. The tower is the primary television and radio broadcast site for the Kanto region. Weather permitting, the observatory on the top of the tower features a spiral glass-covered sky walk and offers panoramic views of the city and its surrounding areas. Enjoy an exciting shopping adventure at Ameyokocho, a busy market street between Okachimachi and Ueno Station. Many indoor and outdoor vendors offer a variety of food products and various merchandise at discounted prices. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Friday, June 22 (Day 04)
Mt FujiWe'll travel to Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and noted as one of Japan's most popular hot spring resorts 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, a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji, Japan's most sacred mountain can be seen 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

Saturday, June 23 (Day 05)
We'll continue on to visit picturesque Shiraito-no-taki (White Thread Falls), located in the southwestern foothills of Mt. Fuji. Considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, the falls was recently added to the World Heritage List as part of the Fuji-san 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. We'll continue our drive along the Pacific Coast to 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. Our drive through Shizuoka prefecture offers a beautiful view of the southern Japan Alps, a breathtaking view of Mt. Fuji, and miles of scenic coastline along Suruga Bay and the Pacific Ocean. We'll continue on to spend the night in Nagoya, Japan's fourth largest city and capital of Aichi prefecture. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at NAGOYA TOKYU HOTEL or similar

Sunday, June 24 (Day 06)
Nagoya CastleThis morning, we'll visit Nagoya Castle, one of the largest and greatest castles in Japan, constructed on the orders of Ieyasu Tokugawa of the Owari branch. 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 visit of 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 bento will be provided for you to enjoy on the train. On arrival at the Kyoto Station, we'll transfer to our hotel in Kyoto 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 NEW MIYAKO HOTEL or similar

Monday, June 25 (Day 07)
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. 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 on 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 and a Chinese-inspired bridge. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at NEW MIYAKO HOTEL or similar

Tuesday, June 26 (Day 08)
Ningyo JoruriWe'll continue on to the port city of Kobe, one of Japan's top sake producing regions due to its high quality rice, suitable water and favorable weather conditions. We'll visit the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum featuring interesting video clips that explain 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 in the tasting room. 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 Theater. 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

Wednesday, June 27 (Day 9)
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, and includes the 'borrowed scenery' of Mount Shiun in the background. Enjoy a hands-on-experience to make your own uchiwa (rounded paper fan) to take home as a souvenir at the Uchiwa Minato Museum. 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

Thursday, June 28 (Day 10)
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 and visit the city's main attraction, Kintai-kyo (Brocade Sash Bridge), a historical wooden arch bridge. Its five linked wooden arches 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

Friday, June 29 (Day 11)
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 momiji manju. This delicious maple-leaf-shaped cake is made with a variety of fillings and noted as 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. One of the most poignant memorials in the park is the Children's Peace Memorial, inspired by leukemia victim Sadako Sasaki. Thousands of colorful paper cranes offered by school children, various clubs, groups and organizations are displayed there. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA or similar

Saturday, June 30 (Day 12)
The morning is at your leisure for your own activities until we transfer to the Hiroshima Airport for our afternoon flight to Haneda Airport. On arrival, we'll pickup our luggage, then transfer by chartered motorcoach to the Narita International Airport to check-in for our evening flight home. We'll arrive Honolulu in the morning of 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 12/1/17. 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 113 Yen = $1.00 U.S

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