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May 30 - June 8, 2016 (10 days and 8 nights)

** Guaranteed Departure **

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

$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
(deposit must be made by 2/15/2016)

Narita, Tokyo (2 Nights), Tokyo Tower, Tsukiji Fish Market, Ameyokocho, Hakone (1 night), Lake Ashino-ko Boat Cruise, Miho-no-Matsubara, Greenpia Makinohara Tea Factory, Nagoya (1 night), Nagoya Castle, Nabana No Sato, Iga-ryu Ninja Hakubutsukan, Kyoto (2 Nights), Arashiyama, Togetsukyo Bridge, Tenryuji Temple, Sagano Bamboo Grove, Japanese Dango Making, Maiko Dance Performance, Nara, Todai-ji Temple Complex, Daibutsu-den, Osaka (2 nights), Umeda Sky Building,
Osaka Kaiyukan Aquarium, Wax Food Sample Making, Dotombori,
Osaka Castle, Kuromon Ichiba Market, Kansai

TWIN RATE:
$ 3,450 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 450 per person
LAND ONLY:
$ 2,650 per person
 
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 

Monday, May 30 (Day 01)
HONOLULU TO NARITA
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.

Tuesday, May 31 (Day 02)
ARRIVE NARITA - TOKYO (D)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the early afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we'll transfer to our hotel in Tokyo to check-in for two nights. A welcome dinner is planned for you this evening.

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, June 1 (Day 03)
TOKYO (B)(L)
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in this exciting metropolitan city. Completed in 1958, Tokyo Tower is noted as the world's tallest self-supporting steel tower. Weather permitting, we'll ascend to the main observatory at 150 meters to get a birds-eye view of the city of Tokyo. We'll visit the interesting outer marketplace of Tsukiji Fish Market consisting of several blocks of small retail shops and restaurants along the narrow lanes where you can find many food-related merchandise including a selection of knives and an abundance of fresh and dried seafood. Enjoy a shopping adventure at Ameyokocho, a busy and exciting district with many indoor and outdoor vendors offering a variety of food products and various merchandise at discounted prices. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some of the local specialties at one of the restaurants in the mall located adjacent to the hotel.

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

Thursday, June 2 (Day 04)
TOKYO - HAKONE - MT. FUJI - HAKONE (B)(D)
Lake Ashino ko webWe'll travel to Hakone, a mountainous region that is 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. 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 continue on to spend the night at Hakone Hotel Kowakien, a hot spring resort providing a unique blend of traditional Japanese onsen facilities. The hotel is located across the Hakone Kowakien Yunessun, a hot springs spa resort and water amusement park providing a wide variety of spa and water recreational activities for both adults and children to enjoy. The park is divided into two major resort zones - one is a spa resort that requires you to wear swimsuits and the other is a private and secluded one that allows you the freedom to enjoy a hot spring resort without a swimsuit (admissions at own expense). Located within the resort is Mio Mall, a large shopping mall featuring souvenir shops, local products from Hakone, restaurants, and a food court (no admission required). Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HAKONE KOWAKIEN HOTEL or similar

Friday, June 3 (Day 05)
HAKONE - SHIZUOKA - NAGOYA (B)(D)
Niji no MatsubaraOur journey continues on to Shimizu - a ward of Shizuoka, capital city of Shizuoka prefecture. We'll visit Miho no Matsubara (Miho Pine Grove), renowned as a scenic seashore with beautiful green pine trees and white sand located on the Miho Peninsula. This scene is designated as one of 'New Three Views of Japan' (Shin Nihon Sankei) and has also been selected as one of the top 100 white sand beaches and green pine groves of Japan. Shizuoka prefecture is also noted as the largest tea producing region in Japan. We'll enjoy a guided tour of the Greenpia Makinohara Tea Factory to learn about the interesting process of tea production including a close-up view of tea plants growing in the fields. In the shop, a nice variety of tea and tea-related products are available for purchase. Samples of their delicious tea will be available for you to enjoy. Our drive through Shizuoka prefecture along the scenic coastline of Suruga Bay and the Pacific Ocean provides a beautiful view of Fuji-san and the southern Japan Alps. 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 our elegant hotel facing Nagoya Castle.

Accommodations at WESTIN NAGOYA CASTLE HOTEL or similar

Saturday, June 4 (Day 06)
NAGOYA - KYOTO (B)(D)
Nagoya CastleThis morning, we'll visit Nagoya Castle, one of the largest and greatest castles in the country, 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. We'll continue on to Kuwana in Mie Prefecture to visit Nabana No Sato, a beautiful floral garden that is noted as one of the best known attractions in the prefecture. The garden is divided into various sections dedicated to a variety of seasonal flowers such as begonias and roses. We'll travel to the city of Iga to visit the Iga-ryu Ninja Hakubutsukan, a small museum dedicated to the history of the ninja and ninjutsu. The museum's collection includes ancient ninjutsu writings, audiovisuals, models and extensive displays of the weaponry and techniques employed by ninja, including a display of hundreds of ninja tools. The museum also features a model village with tours and demonstrations of its features. We'll continue on to spend two nights in Kyoto. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW MIYAKO KYOTO or similar

Sunday, June 5 (Day 07)
KYOTO - ARASHIYAMA - KYOTO (B)
We'll travel to Arashiyama, a picturesque district located in the western outskirts of Kyoto, noted as a nationally-designated Historic Site and Place of Scenic Beauty. The name Arashiyama also refers to the mountain across the Oi River which forms a backdrop to the district. The romantic Togetsukyo Bridge (Moon Crossing Bridge), spanning across the Hozu River, is Arashiyama's most iconic landmark and is quite attractive with the forested mountainside in the background. Many small shops, restaurants, and other attractions are located nearby including Tenryuji Temple, noted as one of Kyoto's five great Zen temples. The area north of the bridge is known as Sagano and one of the main attractions to visit is the famous Sagano Bamboo Grove, noted as one of the most beautiful bamboo forests in Japan. The groves are particularly attractive when there is a light wind and the tall bamboo stalks sway gently back and forth. The sound of the wind in the forest has been voted as one of "one-hundred-must-be-preserved-sounds-of Japan" by the Japanese government. Subject to availability, we may be able to see traditional cormorant fishing practiced on the Hozu River. We'll return to Kyoto city and enjoy a hands-on-experience to make yatsuhashi, a Japanese confectionery together while enjoying a Maiko Dance Performance. Yatsuhashi is one of the best-known meibutsu (specialty) of Kyoto. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some local-style cuisine at one of the restaurants in the train station or at the mall located nearby our hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW MIYAKO KYOTO or similar

Monday, June 6 (Day 08)
KYOTO - NARA - OSAKA (B)
Todaiji Temple NaraThis morning, we'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 to 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. We'll continue on to Osaka, Japan's third largest city to spend two nights. On arrival, we'll visit the Umeda Sky Building, a spectacular high rise building located in the Kita district of Osaka - also known as the "New Umeda City". The building consists of two main towers connected with each other by the 'Floating Garden Observatory' on the 39th floor, offering a breathtaking view of the city. Dinner will be on your own tonight.

Accommodations at HOTEL ELSEREINE OSAKA or similar

Tuesday, June 7 (Day 09)
OSAKA (B)(D)
This morning, enjoy a visit at Kuromon Ichiba, an interesting marketplace featuring hundreds of stalls offering a variety of food items. The marketplace is also known as "Osaka's Kitchen" and many restaurant cooks come here to purchase their goods. We'll continue on to visit Osaka-jo, a hill-top style Japanese castle located in the Osaka Castle Park, the symbol of the city of Osaka. The castle features an observation deck at the top floor and inside is a museum where you can find a variety of historical materials and displays. The whole Osaka Castle complex has been designated as a Special National Historic Site and includes many important Cultural Properties. Enjoy a hands-on-experience to make some food samples of takoyaki, a popular food item in Dotombori, a busy district running alongside the Dotombori Canal in the Namba ward of Osaka. The area is also well-known for its many restaurants, neon lights, and exciting night life. This afternoon, we'll visit Kaiyukan Aquarium, one of Japan's most spectacular aquariums located in the Tempozan Harbor Village in the bay area of Osaka. Marine life is displayed in 15 tanks, each one representing a specific region of the Pacific Rim. The central tank represents the Pacific Ocean and is home to a whale shark, the aquarium's main attraction. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at a local restaurant.

Accommodations at HOTEL ELSEREINE OSAKA or similar

Wednesday, June 8 (Day 10)
OSAKA TO KANSAI TO HONOLULU (B)
In the late afternoon, we'll transfer to the Kansai International Airport to check-in 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 12/1/15. 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 120 Yen = $1.00 U.S