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November 7 - 18, 2020 (12 days and 10 nights)

Featuring 'Kingdom of Lights Festival' at Huis Ten Bosch

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

$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
(deposit must be made by 4/30/2020)

Narita , Fukuoka ,Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan , Hakata Traditional Craft & Design Museum , Karatsu Bay , Niji-no-Matsubara , Imari Okawachiyama , Mifuneyama Rakuen , Sasebo , Kujuku-shima Cruise , Nagasaki , Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum , Nagasaki International Peace Memorial Hall , Nagasaki Heiwa-koen , Huis Ten Bosch , Kingdom of Lights Festival , Mizunashi-Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki , Ferry to Kumamoto , Suizenji-koen , Kagoshima , Sengan-en Garden , Shoko Shuseikan Museum , Ibusuki Chiran , , Tokko Heiwa Kaikan , Samurai Street , Nichinan Kaigan Coast , Oni-no-Sentakuita , Takachiho-kyo , Beppu , Umi Jigoku , Dazaifu Tenman-gu , Kitakyushu , Toto Museum , Fukuoka , Haneda

TWIN RATE:
$ 5,395 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 595 per person
LAND ONLY:
$ 4,295 per person

(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)

Saturday, November 7 (Day 01)
HONOLULU TO NARITA
Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the check-in lobby at the air- port for baggage check-in procedures. We will depart Honolulu for Narita International Airport. Lunch and a snack will be served on board the flight.

Sunday, November 8 (Day 02)
ARRIVE NARITA * FUKUOKA (B)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we'll transfer with our luggage to the domestic ticket lobby to check-in for our flight to Fukuoka International Airport in Kyushu, the third-largest and southernmost island of Japan. We'll transfer to our hotel to check-in for two nights in downtown Fukuoka, the largest city in Kyushu and capital of Fukuoka prefecture.

Accommodations at MIYAKO HOTEL HAKATA or similar

Monday, November 9 (Day 03)
FUKUOKA (B)(D)
This morning, we'll visit the Hakata Machiya Furusato-mura - a folk museum featuring magnificent displays of beautiful artwork and local crafts from the Meiji and Taisho periods. Adjacent to the museum is a working textile shop with craftsmen weaving traditional Japanese designs native to Hakata. An enormous mikoshi (float) used for the festivals is displayed on the grounds of the Kushida-jinja that hosts the annual Hakata Gion Yamasaka Festival during the summer. The most famous of Fukuoka/Hakata's traditional arts and crafts are Hakata Ori (woven textile) and Hakata Ningyo (clay dolls) -
passed down through the ages by their craftsmen. A visit to Hakata's Traditional Craft & Design Museum offers information on traditional arts & crafts in Fukuoka through various exhibits, workshops and lectures in the Gallery Room. We'll spend the night in Fukuoka. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at MIYAKO HOTEL HAKATA or similar

Tuesday, November 10 (Day 04)
FUKUOKA * KARATSU * IMARI * ARITA * SASEBO (B)(D)
Niji no MatsubaraWe'll travel west to enjoy a scenic view of Karatsu Bay and the two-mile long Niji-no- Matsubara, a grove of black pine trees extending along a sandy beach. The forest was originally planted by the feudal Lord Terasawa as a counter-measure against the strong winds and tides in Karatsu Bay. Today, this scene is noted as one of the most picturesque landscapes in Japan. The pottery towns of Arita and Imari in Saga prefecture have been a major manufacturing source of ceramics for centuries with Imari-yaki and Arita-yaki as the most famous and distinctive. Korean potters were brought to Imari to
produce porcelain mainly for the Nabeshima domain. Enjoy a stroll through Imari Okawachiyama (The Village of Secret Kilns) - a small artisans' village located in the city of Imari that has been producing unique pottery for centuries and kept its methods a secret - hence the name 'Village of Secret Kilns'. We'll visit Mifuneyama Rakuen, a large garden in Saga Prefecture featuring a teahouse, 500 statues of Buddhist saints and a 200-year-old maple tree. Weather permitting, the autumn leaves should be at its peak during this time of the season. We'll proceed to Kashimae Port to board a sightseeing boat and enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise around Kujuku-shima (99 pine- studded islets) in the inland sea. Enjoy some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in Japan as you cruise through the islands. We'll spend the night in Sasebo, the gateway to Saikai National Park in Nagasaki Prefecture. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at YUMIHARI NO OKA HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, November 11 (Day 05)
SASEBO * NAGASAKI * HUIS TEN BOSCH (B)(D)
Huis Ten Bosch Night LightsWe'll continue on the Saikai Bridge to Nagasaki, the capital city of Nagasaki prefecture. Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be devastated by a nuclear weapon on August 9, 1945. We'll visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum featuring photos, relics and documents related to the bombing and the Nagasaki International Peace Memorial Hall, built in memory of those who perished in the atomic bombing. The Nagasaki Heiwa-koen (Peace Park) was established near the hypocenter of the explosion and remnants of a concrete wall of Urakami Cathedral are still visible. At the park's north end stands a 10-meter-tall Peace Statue and the south end features a Fountain of Peace. We'll spend the night at a hotel located within walking distance to Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park which recreates a Dutch town and named after one of the residences of the Dutch Royal Family. The afternoon is at your leisure to explore this park featuring an European atmosphere with picturesque canals, iconic windmills, beautiful gardens, and unique architecture. In the evening, enjoy the Kingdom of Lights Festival, featuring a brilliant illumination of thousands of lights. This view is ranked as the 'No. 1 night scenery in Japan'. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot spring waters of our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL OKURA JR HUIS TEN BOSCH or similar

Thursday, November 12 (Day 06)
HUIS TEN BOSCH * SHIMABARA * KUMAMOTO (B)
Suizen Park KumamotoWe'll continue our journey to the Shimabara Peninsula, passing by Mount Unzen - an active volcano located at the center of the peninsula. The volcano erupted most recently from 1990 to 1995, sending pyroclastic flows down toward the town below. The deadliest eruption occurred during the late Edo Period when large mudflows of volcanic ash flowed down the mountainside, burying several homes and buildings. A small collection of these buried houses can be seen at the Mizuna- shi-Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki (Avalanche Stricken Homes Preservation Park), a preserved roadside park. From the
Shimabara Port, we'll board a ferry and cross the Ariake Sea to Kumamoto Port. On arrival in Kumamoto, we'll visit Suizenji-koen, a spacious and beautiful Japanese-style landscape garden designed with an impression of views seen when traveling along the Tokaido, the old highway between Kyoto and Edo (present day Tokyo). As you stroll around the park, you'll have a magnificent feeling of nature with its small ponds, lakes, and trees. Featured at the east end of the park is Horaitsukiyama, a beautiful representation of a miniature Mt. Fuji. We'll spend the night in Kumamoto. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some of the local specialties of this prefecture.

Accommodations at KUMAMOTO NIKKO HOTEL or similar

Friday, November 13 (Day 07)
KUMAMOTO * KAGOSHIMA * IBUSUKI (B)(D)
Sengan en KagoshimaWe'll travel south to Kagoshima, the southernmost major city in Kyushu and capital of Kagoshima prefecture. The city is often compared with its Italian sister city Naples, due to its similar mild climate and Sakurajima, Kagoshima's Vesuvius. The city's main attraction is Sengan-en, a picturesque Japanese-style garden with one of the most impressive pieces of 'borrowed scenery' - Kagoshima Bay and the fuming peak of Sakurajima beyond the bay. Enjoy a leisure stroll through this beautifully landscaped garden featuring small ponds, streams, and a bamboo grove. Located adjacent to the garden, visit the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, featuring exhibits and historical materials about the Shimazu family related to the Satsuma clan. Both the garden and the museum were recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2015. We'll continue on to the southernmost tip of the Satsuma Peninsula to spend the night in Ibusuki, a coastal town best known for its sunamushi onsens (steaming black sand baths). As an option, you may want to experience being covered with warm black volcanic sand. The weight and heat of the sand warms your body and feels so good. After rinsing off, you'll feel relaxed and energized. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs at our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at IBUSUKI ROYAL HOTEL or similar

Saturday, November 14 (Day 08)
IBUSUKI * CHIRAN * MIYAZAKI (B)(D)
Aoshima IslandWe'll travel to the little town of Chiran, noted for its fine collection of preserved samurai houses and gardens. Enjoy a stroll through 'samurai street', a nicely preserved district to visit a few old samurai residences and beautifully landscaped gardens. We'll visit the Tokko Heiwa Kaikan (Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots), a museum featuring an extensive collection of correspondence, photographs, relics, and mementoes belonging to members of the Special Air Force Attack Group also known as the Kamikaze Pilots. Subject to confirmation, a local guide will share with us some photos and letters to present a positive image of these pilots as they willingly gave their lives for their country and their families to establish peace and prosperity for Japan. We'll continue on to the scenic Nichinan Kaigan Coast, located on the southern area of Miyazaki prefecture. Enjoy the view of eroded rock formations known as Oni-no-Sentakuita (devil's washboard) on Aoshima Island. The island is located in the northernmost area of the Nishinan-Kaigan Quasi-National Park. We'll spend the night in Miyazaki, capital city of Miyazaki prefecture. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at our onsen hotel.

Accommodations at SHERATON GRANDE OCEAN RESORT MIYAZAKI or similar

Sunday, November 15 (Day 09)
MIYAZAKI * NOBEOKA * TAKACHIHO * MOUNT ASO (B)(D)
takachiho Gorge KyushuLocated in the northwestern region of Miyazaki prefecture in the center of the Kyushu Mountains is the little town of Takachiho. This village is a remote mountain resort and is considered one of the most sacred places in Japan - known for its myths, legends and traditional sacred music and dancing. Its major attraction is Takachiho-kyo, a scenic v-shaped ravine created by the Gokase River featuring breathtaking waterfalls, overhanging rocks, and sheer cliffs. Weather permitting, the colored leaves along the gorge and the surrounding area should be at its peak, providing an awesome sight. We'll spend the night at a hot spring resort in the vicinity of Mount Aso and Aso National Park. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot springs this evening.

Accommodations at ASO RESORT GRANDVRIO or similar

Monday, November 16 (Day 10)
MOUNT ASO * BEPPU (B)(D)
Beppu Hot Spring KyushuWe'll continue on to spend the night in Beppu, famous for its numerous hot springs, noted as one of Japan's Three Great Hot Spring Resorts. Beppu is also known for unique thermal vents that create water too hot for hot springs to bathe in and are known as jigoku or hells. The city is divided into eight spectacular jigokus and we'll visit one of the most beautiful - Umi Jigoku (sea hell), a pond of boiling, steaming blue water. In the spacious garden area is another reddish-colored jigoku and another clear water pond with lotus flowers floating on the surface. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot springs of our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at BEPPU SUGINOI HOTEL MAIN TOWER or similar

Tuesday, November 17 (Day 11)
BEPPU * DAZAIFU * KITAKYUSHU * FUKUOKA (B)
Dazaifu ShrineWe'll travel to the cultural city of Dazaifu, visiting Dazaifu Tenman-gu, an important shrine dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian period. His rise to power during his political career resulted in a rivalry with the Fujiwara clan and he was later exiled to Dazaifu. Michizane passed away in Dazaifu and the main shrine was built on his grave site. Enjoy a visit to the Toto Museum, Japan's premier manufacturer of toilets and washroom products in Kitakyushu. The museum provides us with the history of Toto, its products and the production from the past to the present. One of the highlights is to view the super-modern architectural design of the building, featuring rounded and rimmed curves with a glowing white finish. We'll spend our last night in the city of Fukuoka. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some of the local specialties of Fukuoka.

Accommodations at MIYAKO HOTEL HAKATA or similar

Wednesday, November 18 (Day 12)
FUKUOKA TO HANEDA TO HONOLULU (B)
The morning is at your leisure for your own activities or do some last minute shopping for souvenirs and omiyage to bring home. In the afternoon, we'll transfer to the Fukuoka Airport for our domestic flight to Haneda Airport. On arrival at Haneda Airport, we'll transfer by shuttle to the Haneda International Terminal for our evening flight to Honolulu, arriving 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  1/15/2020. Tour fare is subject to change according to any airfare increase and fluctuation of the rate 0of 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