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May 7 - 16, 2015  (10 days and 8 nights)

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$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
(deposit must be made by 09/30/2014)

Mito, Hitachi Seaside Park, Kujukuri Beach, Boso Peninsula, Kamogawa, Omiya, Omiya Bonsai Village, Konosu, Poppy Happy Square, Higashi Matsuyama Botan Garden, Kawagoe, Kashiya Yokocho, Tatebayashi, Tsutsujigaoka Park, Ashikaga Flower Park, Gunma Flower Park, Takasaki, Nagatoro Gorge, Chichibu, Yomatsuri Hall, Kofu, Lake Motosu, Fuji Shibazakura, Fuji International Flower Garden, Shiraito-no-taki, Izu Nagaoka, Hakone,Lake Ashino-ko, Odawara, Yokohama, Yokohama Chukagai, Sankei-en, Minato Mirai 21, Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen, Narita

TWIN RATE:
$ 4,295 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 400 per person
LAND ONLY:
$ 3,345 per person
 
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 
Thursday, May 7 (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 and a snack will be served on board the flight.

Friday, May 8 (Day 02)
ARRIVE NARITA - MITO (D)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the early afternoon. After completing entry and customs formalities, we'll transfer by chartered motor coach to check-in for the night at our hotel in Mito, the capital of Ibaraki prefecture. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL MITO PLAZA or similar

Hitachi Seaside ParkSaturday, May 9 (Day 03)
MITO - KUJUKURI BEACH - BOSO PENINSULA - KAMOGAWA (B)(D)
We'll visit a flower paradise at Hitachi Seaside Park, featuring 'Miharashi No Oka', a hillside commanding a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean. The park is best known for its delicate blue nemophilas - flowers with transparent blue petals blooming over the hillside, creating a breathtaking sight (weather permitting). These flowers are also known as baby blue-eyes as they resemble baby's eyes. Aside from nemophilas, tulips, daffodils and many other flowers are in bloom in various gardens featured throughout the park. We'll continue our travel south along Kujukuri Beach, a sandy beach located along the northeast coast of the Boso Peninsula in Chiba prefecture. The beach is the second longest beach in Japan and is a popular swimming and surfing destination. Kujukuri Beach is protected as part of the Kujukuri Prefectural Natural Park. We'll continue on to spend the night in Kamogawa, a city located in southern Chiba prefecture.

Accommodations at HOTEL KAMOGAWA GRAND or similar

Sunday, May 10 (Day 04)
KAMOGAWA - OMIYA - KONOSU - HIGASHI MATSUYAMA - KAWAGOE (B)(D)
We'll continue on to Omiya, a ward of Saitama city in Saitama prefecture, visiting the Omiya Bonsai VilKawagoe Citylage. The Bonsai Village consists of several privately owned bonsai gardens with hundreds of bonsai trees. The area also contains the Omiya Bonsai Art Museum featuring indoor exhibits of the history and art of bonsai as well as an outdoor area with several bonsai specimens. Weather permitting, enjoy the view of beautiful poppy flowers in bloom at the Poppy Happy Square in Konosu, also known as "Flower Town", due to its many flower markets located around the town. Enjoy the breathtaking view of colorful peonies at the Higashi Matsuyama Botan (peony) Garden, including thousands of various other types of flowers from several different countries. We'll continue on to spend the night in Kawagoe, a town known as "Little Edo" with its kurazukuri (clay-walled warehouse-styled buildings), retaining an ambience reminiscent of an old town from the Edo Period. Stroll through Kashiya Yokocho, a little shopping street lined with shops selling traditional Japanese sweets and cakes, long enjoyed by the local residents as well as visitors. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at KAWAGOE PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Monday, May 11 (Day 05)
KAWAGOE - TATEBAYASHI - ASHIKAGA - GUNMA - TAKASAKI (B)(D)
Tatebayashi is a small, quiet town in Gunma prefecture with an event that they are proud of - displaying koi-no-bori (carp streamers, a symbol of courage. The city commemorates the celebration of Children's Day by displaying thousands of colorful carp streamers across the Tsuruda River. Tatebayashi is also home to Tsutsujigaoka Park, known for its beautiful variety of azalea flowers. Weather permitting, enjoy the breathtaking view of thousands of azaleas in bloom, representing over fifty varieties. One of the best places to view elegant wisteria flowers is at the Ashikaga Flower Park in Ashikaga city, best known for its 100-year old wisteria tree. Enjoy a stroll through the park, featuring a breathtaking sight of white, lavender, and pink wisteria flowers in bloom on trellises, including a wisteria tunnel. We'll visit the Gunma Flower Park, a scenic park located on the south side of Mt. Akagi. Featured in the park is an enchanting landscape with a huge Flatopia (flowerbed) covered with many varieties of flowers. Several greenhouses, including an orchid house, a begonia house, and a Hydrangea Garden are also featured at the park. We'll continue on to spend the night in Takasaki, famous for the popular Daruma Doll - a hollow, round, traditional Japanese doll regarded as a symbol of perseverance and good luck. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at TAKASAKI METROPOLITAN or similar

Tuesday, May 12 (Day 06)
TAKASAKI - NAGATORO GORGE - CHICHIBU - KARISAKA TUNNEL - KOFU (B)(D)
Enjoy a scenic river cruise through Nagatoro Gorge to view beautiful rock formations along a river bank. One of the most famous spots is Iwadatami (tatami mats of rock), featuring a huge layer of rock forming a wide river terrace that looks like tatami mats. The gorge is located on the upper section of the Arakawa River that flows through central Saitama prefecture. At Chichibu city in Saitama prefecture, we'll visit the Chichibu Yomatsuri Hall, featuring floats that are similar to yatai. These floats are noted as the largest in Japan, ranking with those of the Gion Festival in Kyoto and the Takayama Festival in Hida. The floats are pulled along the streets to the accompaniment of the soul-stirring 'Chichibu Yatai Music', officially recognized as one of the intangible culture properties of Saitama prefecture. We will drive through the scenic Chichibu-Tama-Kai National Park and pass through Karisaka Tunnel, the third longest tunnel in Japan. We'll arrive in Kofu city in Yamanashi prefecture, surrounded by the Japan Southern Alps and noted for its grapes and other fruits.

Accommodations at KOFU FUJIYA HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, May 13 (Day 07)
KOFU - LAKE MOTOSU - FUJINOMIYA - IZU NAGAOKA ONSEN (B)(D)
Lake Motosu is one of the Fuji Five Lakes located in Yamanashi prefecture. Enjoy a stroll through Fuji Shibazakura, featuring a breathtaking landscape of thousands of vivid variations of shibazakura (pink and white moss phlox flowers). The flowers are spread out to create a gorgeous carpet of brilliant pink and white petals, including an awe-inspiring view of Mt. Fuji as a back-drop (weather permitting). The Fuji International Flower Garden is the largest indoor greenhouse garden display where you will enjoy beautiful begonias from all over the world, including a nice variety of fuchsias and other flowers in bloom. We'll continue on to visit Shira-ito-no-taki (White Thread Falls), a picturesque waterfall located in the foothills of Mt. Fuji. Ranked among one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Japan, the wide cascade is fed by the volcano's spring water and flows off the edge of a high cliff in thin streams that resemble hanging threads. Several souvenir shops line the trail to the falls and along the way, enjoy a nice view of the neighboring Otodome Falls. We will spend the night at an onsen hotel in Izu Peninsula, a large mountainous peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot spring bath this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL SUNVALLEY IZU NAGAOKA or similar

Thursday, May 14 (Day 08)Lake Ashi no ko
IZU NAGAOKA - HAKONE - ODAWARA - YOKOHAMA (B)(D)
We'll travel to Hakone, a region that is part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and noted as one of Japan's most popular volcanic hot spring resorts. Enjoy a relaxing boat cruise on scenic Lake Ashi-no-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 you cruise on the lake. We'll travel to Odawara city and visit the Suzuhiro Kamaboko Factory, one of the best producers of kamaboko in Odawara. We'll continue on to Yokohama, the second largest city in Japan to overnight for two nights. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL or similar

Friday, May 15 (Day 9)
YOKOHAMA (B)(D)
We'll embark on a full day of sightseeing in the city to visit some of the major attractions, including a stroll through Yokohama Ch
Minato Murai 21 webukagai, Japan's largest Chinatown. Numerous Chinese restaurants and souvenir shops can be found on the narrow and lively streets. Located in the center of Chinatown is a gaudily-colored temple - Kanteibyo - dedicated to the Chinese god of good business and prosperity. Built largely on reclaimed land, Minato Mirai 21 is a seaside urban area whose name means 'harbor of the future'. Located along the waterfront, the buildings form a distinctive skyline of Yokohama with the Landmark Tower as the most recognizable feature. Enjoy a stroll through Sankeien - a spacious Japanese-style garden featuring a pond, small streams, and a variety of flowers. A number of historic buildings transplanted here from around Japan include the three-story pagoda of Kyoto's old Tomyo-ji Temple, tea houses, and an elegant daimyo (feudal lord) residence. We'll visit Minato-no-Mieru Oka Koen (Harbor View Park), a hilltop park overlooking Yokoyama Port providing a breathtaking view of the Yokohama Bay Bridge. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at a local restaurant.

Accommodations at YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL or similar

Saturday, May 16 (Day 10)
YOKOHAMA - NARITA TO HONOLULU (B)
The day is free at your leisure for independent activities until our departure to the airport. We'll transfer to the Narita International Airport in the afternoon to check-in for our evening flight home 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

 

 

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 5/1/14. Tour fare is subject to change according to any airfare increase, fuel surcharge increase 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 102 Yen = $1.00 U.S.