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October 7 - 17, 2020 (11 days and 9 nights)

Featuring Saijo Sake Matsuri

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

$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT
(deposit must be made by 3/05/2020)

Kansai , Kobe , Himeji Castle , Nadagiku Sake Brewery , Kurashiki , Bizen Japanese Sword Museum , Okayama , Korakuen Garden , Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarter , Orizuru Tower , Hiroshima , Saiji Sake Matsuri , Miyajima Ferry , Itsukushima Shrine , Omotesando Shopping Street , Kintaikyo Bridge , Yuda Onsen , Akiyoshido , Karato Market , Fukuoka , Asahi Beer Factory , Niji no Matsubara , Yobuko Morning Market , Umegae Sake Brewery , Huis Ten Bosch , Nagasaki , Glover Garden , Nagasaki Chinatown , Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum , Nagasaki Peace Park , Mifuneyama Rakuen , Yanagawa River Cruise , Kyoho Winery

TWIN RATE:
$ 4,395 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 650 per person
LAND ONLY:
$ 3,495 per person

(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)

Wednesday, October 7 (Day 01)
HONOLULU - KANSAI
Our tour to Japan commences this morning when we assemble at curbside at the airport for baggage check-in procedures. We will depart Honolulu on a direct flight to Kansai International Airport. A meal and a snack will be served on board the flight.

Thursday, October 8 (Day 02)
ARRIVE KANSAI—KOBE (D)
We’ll arrive Kansai International Airport in the early evening and after completing entry and customs formalities, we’ll transfer to our hotel in Kobe to spend the night. A dinner is planned for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at ORIENTAL HOTEL or similar

Friday, October 9 (Day 03)
KOBE—HIMEJI—KURASHIKI (B)(D)
Himeji CastleWe’ll travel to Himeji in Hyogo Prefecture - most famous for Himeji Castle, also known as Shirasagi-jo or White Heron Castle due to its elegant white appearance. It’s considered Japan’s most spectacular castle for its size and beauty, is a national treasure, and registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enjoy a visit of the Nadagiku Sake Brewery, a family-operated old wooden sake cellar in Himeji city. Follow the traditional handmade technique of sake-making and sample some of their rich-flavored sake. We’ll visit the Bizen Osafune Sword Museum to learn about the history and manufacturing process of Japanese swords. Experience the beauty of these swords up close on display. We’ll spend the night in the quaint little town of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture, featuring a canal lined by willow trees and old storehouses. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at KURASHIKI ROYAL ART HOTEL or similar

Saturday, October 10 (Day 04)
KURASHIKI—HIROSHIMA (B)(D)
This morning, enjoy a stroll through the Kurashiki Bikan Historical Quarters located adjacent to the canal. Many of the storehouses along the canal have been converted into museums, boutiques, cafes and shops. We’ll continue on to Hiroshima, visiting the Hiroshima Orizuru Tower, located beside the A-Bomb Dome in the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. Enjoy a hands-on-activity at the Orizuru Square, a station where you can fold orizuru or paper cranes to keep as a souvenir or drop them down into the Orizuru Wall. We’ll spend two nights in Hiroshima. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA or similar

Sunday, October 11 (Day 05)
HIROSHIMA—SAIJO SAKE MATSURI—HIROSHIMA (B)
We’ll travel to Saijo, one of Japan’s most famous sake-brewing districts. You’ll have the whole day to enjoy the festivities at the Saijo Sake Matsuri, one of the largest sake festivals in Hiroshima. The venue is held at Sake Hiroba, a fenced off park where you can sample as many and as much of the thousands of sake available from all over the country. Food stalls, parades, and performances are also featured at this exciting attraction. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA or similar

Monday, October 12 (Day 06)
HIROSHIMA—YUDA ONSEN (B)(D)
Itsukushima Shrine Autumn webWe’ll proceed to the pier at Miyajimaguchi and board a ferry to Miyajima Island, famed for its scenic and famous Itsukushima Shrine, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Miyajima Island is classified as one of Japan’s three most beautiful sights. Enjoy strolling through Omotesando, the island’s main shopping street with many shops offering a nice selection of souvenirs, featuring momiji manju. This maple-leaf-shaped cake, made with a variety of fillings, is one of Hiroshima’s most popular sweets. We’ll return to the main island by ferry and continue our travels to Iwakuni in Yamaguchi Prefecture. The city’s major attraction, Kintai-kyo (Brocade Sash Bridge), is 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. We’ll continue on to spend the night at Yuda Onsen. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot spring waters at our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at NISHI NO MIYABI TOKIWA or similar

Tuesday, October 13 (Day 07)
YUDA ONSEN—FUKUOKA (B)(D)
We’ll continue on to Mine City in Yamaguchi Prefecture to view the vast lands of Akiyoshi-dai, a plateau dotted with limestone pinnacles, presenting a rare landscape in Japan. Below the surface at the south end of the plateau lies Akiyoshi-do, Japan’s longest limestone cave featuring various natural formations of underground waterfalls, terraces of limestone pools and a stream of cobalt blue water flowing along the path. We’ll continue on to visit the Kamon Wharf, a facility in Shimonoseki-shi, facing the Kanmon Strait that divides Honshu and Kyushu. This area is noted for its fugu (pufferfish) production and you can enjoy some fugu delicacies and other foods. Our journey continues on to spend the night in Fukuoka, Kyushu Island’s largest city. On arrival, we’ll visit the Hakata Asahi Beer Factory to observe the brewing process. At the conclusion of the tour, enjoy samples of some of their products in the tasting room. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW OTANI HAKATA or similar

Wednesday, October 14 (Day 08)
FUKUOKA—YOBUKO—IMARI—SASEBO (B)
Niji no MatsubaraEnjoy 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 the bay. This scene is noted as one of the most picturesque landscapes in Japan. We’ll stroll through the Yobuko no Asaichi, a morning market in Yobuko in Saga prefecture. It has become a famous morning tradition of the city featuring its most famous product - squid. Other seafood, fruits, and vegetables including prepared dishes are also sold at the market. 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 the most famous and distinctive. Enjoy a stroll through Imari Okawachiyama (The Village of Secret Kilns) - a small artisans’ village located in the city of Imari that has produced unique pottery for centuries and kept its methods a secret - hence the name ‘Village of Secret Kilns’. We’ll continue on to Sasebo, the second-largest city in Nagasaki prefecture and home to the U.S. Navy Base as well as a base for the Japan Self Defense Force. On arrival, we’ll visit the Umegae Sake Brewery and enjoy some samples of their products. We’ll check-in for the night at a hotel located adjacent to Huis Ten Bosh, a theme park which recreates a Dutch town. This spacious resort has an European atmosphere with its picturesque canals, iconic windmills, beautiful gardens, and architecture. The afternoon is at your leisure to enjoy strolling through the park. After dinner, enjoy the Kingdom of Lights Festival, featuring thousands of lights illuminated in the evening and ranked as the ‘No. 1’ night scenery in Japan. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL NIKKO HUIS TEN BOSCH or similar

Thursday, October 15 (Day 09)
SASEBO—NAGASAKI (B)(D)
Urakami Catholic ChurchWe’ll travel on the Saikai Bridge to Nagasaki, the largest city of Nagasaki prefecture, to enjoy a full day of sightseeing. We’ll visit Glover Garden, an open-air museum that exhibits mansions of several of the city’s former foreign residents and related historic buildings. Enjoy a stroll through Nagasaki Chinatown, the oldest Chinatown in Japan. This is the best place to enjoy Nagasaki’s famous Chinese-influenced dish - Chanpon and Sara Udon. We’ll visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum featuring displays, photos, relics and documents related to the bombing and the Nagasaki Heiwa-koen (Peace Park) -established near the hypocenter of the explosion. 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 in Nagasaki. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL MONTEREY NAGASAKI or similar

Friday, October 16 (Day 10)
NAGASAKI—FUKUOKA (B)
Mifuneyama GardenOur journey continues on to Saga, capital city of Saga prefecture. We’ll visit Mifuneyama Rakuen, a large garden opened by the owners of the land. The name stems from the beautiful view of the mountain Mifuneyama that towers behind the gardens. Attractions to see within the garden include a teahouse and over 500 statues of Buddhist Saints. Weather permitting, enjoy the autumn leaves of a 200-year-old maple tree. We’ll continue on to the water city of Yanagawa, designated as a National Site of Scenic Beauty. Enjoy a relaxing river boat cruise on the Yanagawa River. Together with a boatman on board, glide along the surface of the canal on a gondola-like ‘Donko ’boat. Enjoy the picturesque view of the riverside town and the beautiful scenery. We’ll visit the Kyoho Winery located at the foot of the Minou mountain range in Kurume city. We’ll tour at leisure the vineyard and underground wine cellar. We’ll continue on to spend the night in Fukuoka. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW OTANI HAKATA or similar

Saturday, October 17 (Day 11)
FUKUOKA—HONOLULU (B)
The morning is at your leisure to relax or do some last minute shopping for omiyage to bring home to your friends and family. In the afternoon, we’ll transfer to the Fukuoka Airport to check-in for our direct flight to Honolulu, arriving in the morning on the same day due to the crossing of the International Date Line. Airport. 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  12/1/2019. 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