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November 6 - 16,  2016 (11 days and 9 nights)

** NEW TOUR **

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

$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
(deposit must be made by 05/31/2016)

Nagoya, Gujo Hachiman, Takayama, Takayama Kami Sannomachi, Miyagawa Morning Market, Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan, Kusakabe Mingeikan (Heritage House), Hida Matsuri no Mori, Shirakawa-go, Crossland Tower, Da Vinci Techno Museum, Tulip Shikisai Hall, Kanazawa, Omicho Ichiba, Ishikawa Prefecture Tourist Products Hall, Kenroku-en Garden, Higashi Chaya District, Yamachosuji Street, Kanayo-cho, Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten, Tateyama, Matsumoto, Daio Wasabi Farm, Matsumoto Castle, Nawate-dori, Shiojori, Kurishino Kogiekan, Kanuntei Sekisho, Kyodo-kan, Kiso, Nezame no Toko, Nagiso, Little World at Komaki, Nagoya, Osu, Osu Shopping Arcade

TWIN RATE:
$ 4,495 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 300 per person
LAND ONLY:
$ 3,550 per person
 
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 

Sunday, November 6 (Day 01)
HONOLULU TO NAGOYA
Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the departure lobby at the airport for baggage check-in procedures. We will depart Honolulu on Japan Airlines to the Chubu Centrair International Airport in Nagoya. A meal and a snack will be served on board the flight.

Monday, November 7 (Day 02)
ARRIVE NAGOYA (D)
We'll arrive Nagoya Airport in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we'll transfer by chartered motor coach to check-in for the night at our hotel in Nagoya. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at WESTIN NAGOYA CASTLE HOTEL or similar

Tuesday, November 8 (Day 03)
NAGOYA - GUJO HACHIMAN - TAKAYAMA (B)(D)
Our journey continues on to spend two nights in Takayama, a quaint and traditional city in the mountainous Hida region of Gifu Prefecture. En route, we'll visit Gujo-Hachiman, a small riverside town best known for its pristine waterways and a leading producer of wax food samples. Many of the food samples used by restaurants to decorate their store front are produced here. Subject to availability, we'll visit one of the workshops in the town center to watch artists create these inedible replicas. Enjoy a fun hands-on experience to create your own faux food items under the direction of an artist. On arrival in Takayama, we'll enjoy a leisure stroll through Takayama Kami Sannomachi, a charming district in the town featuring many old homes, shops, coffee houses, and sake breweries, some of which has been in business for centuries. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing natural hot springs at the hotel this evening.

Accommodations at HIDA PLAZA TAKAYAMA or similar

Wednesday, November 9 (Day 04)
TAKAYAMA (B)(D)
Takayama Morning MarketToday, enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the city of Takayama. In the morning, we'll stroll through the Miyagawa Morning Market situated along the Miyagawa River in old town Takayama. Many of the vendors at the market offer local crafts and snacks, flowers, vegetables, and a variety of homemade pickles. We'll visit the Takayama Matsuri Yatai Kaikan (Festival Floats Exhibition Hall) to view several magnificent yatai (floats) on display. These elaborate festival floats are several hundred years old and are spectacular creations with detailed carvings, decorative metalwork and beautiful lacquerwork. A special feature of these floats are the marionettes representing various gods and Japanese mobility - manipulated by accomplished puppeteers to perform a series of gestures, turns, and other movements. The Kusakabe Mingeikan (Kusakabe Heritage House) is one of Takayama city's oldest merchant homes that is now a museum and open to the public for viewing. Its former residents, the Kusakabe family, was once successful money lenders. Enjoy a visit of the Hida Matsuri no Mori, a museum showcasing the key aspects of the Takayama Festival held during the spring and autumn season. The long hallway houses eleven miniature festival floats used during the spring festival. Golden-lacquered folding screens depicting famous floats from festivals used in Kyoto and other areas are displayed in the hall.

Accommodations at HIDA PLAZA TAKAYAMA or similar

Thursday, November 10 (Day 05)
TAKAYAMA - SHIRAKAWA-GO - TONAMI - KANAZAWA (B)(D)
Shirakawa go smallOur journey continues on to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go, famous for its traditional gassho-zukuri (hands in prayer) farmhouses with steep thatched roofs resembling the hands of Buddhist monks pressed together in prayer. Some of the structures are more than 250 years old. Enjoy a leisure stroll through Ogimachi Village, the main attraction of Shirakawa-go with old farmhouses standing amid vegetable gardens and rice paddy fields. Many of the farmhouses are now functioning as restaurants, shops, and small museums. We'll have an opportunity to visit one of the original farmhouses that has been partially preserved as a museum and is now open to the public. We'll continue on to visit the Crossland Tower, a 118 meter tall tower featuring fairytale architecture that characterizes the town of Oyabe. Inside the tower is Da Vinci Techno Museum, where exhibits include a model of the world's first bicycle designed by Leonardo da Vinci. We'll continue on to the tulip town of Tonami, visiting the Tulip Shikisai Hall, featuring a colorful variety of tulips in bloom (subject to availability). We'll continue on to spend two nights in Kanazawa, capital city of Ishikawa Prefecture. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at KANAZAWA NIKKO HOTEL or similar

Friday, November 11 (Day 06)
KANAZAWA (B)(D)
The Omicho Ichiba (morning market) is a busy and colorful network of streets lined by hundreds of shops and stalls specializing in local seafood and produce including a wide selection of kitchenware, clothing and other merchandise. Many of the restaurants specialize in rice bowls topped with fresh Kanazawa seafood. We'll visit the Ishikawa Prefecture Tourist Products Hall, a facility offering local specialty products from Ishikawa prefecture including traditional handicrafts such as Wajima lacquerware, Kaga Yuzen and Gold Leaf Handiworks. Local specialties like Japanese sweets and sake are also available here. Enjoy a stroll through the main attraction of Kanazawa - Kenroku-en Garden, ranked as one of the three most beautiful gardens in Japan. The spacious garden was once the outer garden of Kanazawa Castle and features a variety of flowering trees, providing the garden with a different look each season. Enjoy a stroll through the Higashi Chaya District, a traditional district where geisha (traditional female Japanese entertainers) have been entertaining people by performing dances and playing Japanese traditional musical instruments in special teahouses since the Edo period. This historical district has been designated as one of Japan's cultural assets. Dinner will be provided for you at a local restaurant this evening.

Accommodations at KANAZAWA NIKKO HOTEL or similar

Saturday, November 12 (Day 07)
KANAZAWA - TAKAOKA - TOYAMA - TATEYAMA (B)(D)
The Hokuriku area boasts many towns that have preserved their traditional cityscape and inherited their traditional industries. These towns are famous for their 'retro' ambiance and the traditional culture and industries which has helped the development of these towns over the years. We'll continue on to Takaoka city to enjoy a stroll through Yamachosuji Street (Traditional Architecture Preservation District), featuring its unique black-plaster storehouses and Western style architecture. In the year 2000, the area was designated as a national important traditional structure collection preservation district. Kanaya-cho (Traditional Copperware District), an area located in Takaoka city, is known as one of the largest centers of copperware production. With world class craftsmanship it accounts for 90% of Japan's copperware production. Minoru Ikeda started as an Oriental medicine dealer and established the Ikedaya Yasubei Shoten in 1936. "Hangontan" medicine was a dominant influence in the Edo era and was manufactured and distributed soon after World War II. We'll visit the shop to learn a little more about this special medicine.

Accommodations at TATEYAMA KOKUSAI HOTEL or similar

Sunday, November 13 (Day 08)
TATEYAMA - KUROBE ALPINE ROUTE - MATSUMOTO (B)(D)
Japan Matsumoto Castle smOur drive continues on along the Kurobe-Alpine Route to spend the night in Matsumoto, the second largest city in Nagano Prefecture. En route, we'll travel to Azumino city to visit the Daio Wasabi (Japanese Horseradish) Farm, Japan's largest wasabi farm to see the production of this root. Fresh wasabi and a wide selection of wasabi-related products such as wasabi-flavored ice cream, wasabi croquettes and wasabi crackers are available for purchase in the souvenir shops at the farm. Matsumoto Castle is one of Japan's most beautiful original historic castles. This premier castle is known as the 'Crow Castle' due to its black exterior and also known as a 'hirajiro', one that is built on plains rather than on a hill or mountain. Interesting features of the castle include steep wooden steps and openings used to drop stones on invaders. We'll stroll along Nawate-dori, a narrow stone-paved street featuring food stalls and antique shops - a charming place to shop for souvenirs. Nawate-dori was once a border between the Samurai residences and the commoner residences running along the bank of the Metoba-gawa River. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at MATSUMOTO BUENA VISTA HOTEL or similar

Monday, November 14 (Day 9)
MATSUMOTO - SHIOJIRI - NARAI - KISO (B)(D)
Kiso Valley, best known for Mt. Ontake and Kiso Boshi (an old folk song) is an area along the Kiso River between Torii Pass and Magome Pass in the southwestern part of Nagano Prefecture. Nakasendo runs along the Kiso River and the whole area is covered by forests. Nakasendo Highway was one of the five major highways designated in the early Edo period. It begins at Nihonbashi in Tokyo extending to Kyoto (the old capital of Japan). The area of Shiojiri is known for its fruit orchards, and subject to availability, we'll enjoy an apple picking adventure at one of the orchards. Narai is a popular tourist town on the old post road with a large proportion of traditional buildings from the Edo period. At one of the museums, you'll find hand crafted lacquerware, lunch boxes, furniture, and other wooden craft items known as kurashi no kogzidan. Kiso Fukushima was an important barrier gate and checkpoint on the old post road. We'll visit Kanuntei, a dry rock garden belonging to Kozenji Temple and also Kyodo-kan Folk Museum where old household goods used in that period are displayed.

Accommodations at HOTEL KISOJI or similar

Tuesday, November 15 (Day 10)
KISO - NAGISO - NAGOYA (B)(D)
Nezame no Toko RavineTsumago is a well-preserved town that feels like an open-air museum. Designated by the government as a protected area for the preservation of traditional buildings, there are no modern developments such as television aerials or telephone poles allowed to mar the scene. The town of Kiso Fukushima is the center of administration and culture of the Kiso Road region. To the east is Mt. Komagatake and to the west is Mt. Ontake. Houses are located on both sides of a valley of the Kiso River and a folklore museum displays many exhibits about the area. Nezame-no-Toko is a peculiar and extraordinary scenic area of granite rocks eroded by the torrent of the Kiso River. Located in Inuyama city is a well-designed, open air museum representing the local folk found in all corners of the world. There are 52 dwellings from 20 countries, all authentic in style, architecture and surrounding landscape, including over 40,000 articles from all over the world. The German, French, Taiwanese, and Nepalese houses all have native hosts or hostesses to chat with visitors and help create a warm at-home atmosphere. Enjoy a view of Inuyama Castle along the Nagara River. This castle is an original castle constructed by the Lord Oda Nobunaga. Upon arrival at Nagoya city, we'll visit Osu Kannon Temple, a temple which Tokugawa Ieyasu moved from Osu Village in Gifu Prefecture in 1612. We'll enjoy shopping at the Osu shopping arcade featuring a 100-yen shop. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at WESTIN NAGOYA CASTLE HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, November 16 (Day 11)
NAGOYA TO HONOLULU (B)
The day is free at your leisure for independent activities until our departure to the airport. We'll transfer to the Chubu Centrair 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 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 3/01/2016. Tour fare is subject to change according to any airfare 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 115 Yen = $1.00 U.S