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2022 Distilled Flavors in Japan

September 7 - 17, 2022 (11 days & 9 nights) 

(Tour dates may be subject to change)

$100 EARLY BOOKING DISCOUNT

($100 deposit per person received by 3/31/22)

Narita/Haneda, Tokyo, Imperial Palace Grounds, Tsukiji Market, Asakusa, Nakamise-dori, Omotesando, Kawagoe, Koedo Kurari, Ameyokocho, Chateau Mercian Katsunuma Winery Mars Shinshu Distillery, Suntory Hakushu Distillery, Shingen Mochi Factory, Kirin Distillery Fuji Gotemba, Yaizu Fish market, Nihondaira Ropeway, Kunozan Toshogu Shrine, Gaiaflow Shizuoka Distillery, Shinkansen to Kyoto, Kiyomizudera, Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kirin Brewery Shiga, Mentai Park Lake Biwa, Kinkaku-ji, Arashiyama, Sagano Bamboo Forest, Suntory Yamazaki Distillery, Osaka, Sennichimae Doguyasuji, Kansai 

LAND TOUR COST: 
$ 3,075 per person
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
$ 600 per person
(Group airfare to be advised when available) (Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)
 

 

Wednesday, September 7 (Day 01) 

HONOLULU - NARITA/HANEDA

Our tour to Japan commences this morning when we assemble at the airport at curbside for baggage check-in procedures. We will depart Honolulu for Narita/Haneda International Airport. A meal will be served onboard the flight.  

 

Thursday, September 8 (Day 02) 

ARRIVE NARITA/HANEDA (D)

We’ll arrive Tokyo in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we’ll transfer to our hotel in Tokyo to spend the night. A dinner is planned for you this evening at the hotel. 

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

 

Friday, September 9 (Day 03) 

TOKYO (B)(L)(D)

Enjoy a stroll on the outer grounds of the current Imperial Palace - residence of Japan’s  Imperial Family - located in the former site of Edo-jo Castle, surrounded by moats and massive stone walls. We’ll view Nijubashi - two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. The stone bridge at the front is called Meganebashi (Eyeglass Bridge), resembling a pair of eyeglasses. We’ll visit the original location of Tsukiji Market, with its many small and quaint shops and eateries. Enjoy lunch at a historical restaurant called Ka miya Bar in Asakusa. This restaurant is noted for their signature drink called “Denki  Bran” (brandy), served since 1882. Only the brave should try this, due to it’s alcohol content of 45%. Asakusa’s main attraction is Sensoji (Asakusa Kannon Temple), Tokyo’s oldest  Buddhist temple. Within the arcade between the main hall of the temple and the famous red lantern of Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate), enjoy a shopping adventure at Nakamise-dori, a  lively pedestrian street lined with various shops offering typical Japanese merchandise, souvenirs, and traditional local snacks This evening, we will drive through Omotesando, quaint tree-lined boulevard in Tokyo’s fashionable Aoyama district to have dinner at a unique whiskey restaurant venue. 

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

 

Saturday, September 10 (Day 04) 

TOKYO - KAWAGOE - TOKYO (B)(L)

We’ll travel to Kawagoe to enjoy a leisure stroll on the main street of the Kawagoe Warehouse District - lined with Kurazukuri (clay-walled warehouse-style buildings) constructed with an Edo architectural flavor. We’ll visit Kikizakedokoro Showaguro located in Koedo  Kurari, a fun spot located in a restored old sake cellar once used by the former Kagamiyama  Shuzo Brewery. You may be able to sample various types of local Japanese sake. A delicious lunch will be provided for you at a local restaurant. We’ll return to Tokyo to enjoy a  shopping adventure at Ameyokocho, a busy and lively shopping street with many indoor and outdoor vendors offering a wide selection of snack, food products, and various merchandise at discounted prices. Return to our hotel in Ikebukuro where dinner will be on your own this evening. 

Accommodations at SUNSHINE CITY PRINCE HOTEL or similar

 

Sunday, September 11 (Day 05) 

TOKYO - KATSUNUMA - LAKE SUWA (B)(D)

We depart Tokyo for Yamanashi Prefecture to take a tour of Chateau Mercian Katsunuma  Winery featuring vineyards, a winemaking area and a wine museum. Subject to confirmation, samples of some of their delicious wine will be available for you to sample. We’ll visit the Mars Shinshu Distillery, a Japanese whiskey distillery owned by a Japanese ‘shochu’  maker based in Kagoshima Prefecture on the island of Kyushu. The distillery is located in  Miyada, a village in Nagano Prefecture, between Japan’s soaring Southern Alps and the towering Central Alps - therefore noted as Japan’s highest whiskey distillery. Their whiskeys are elegant, smooth, and very complex. Enjoy dinner will be provided for you this evening at our hot spring hotel in Suwa.  

Accommodations at HOTEL BENIYA or similar

 

Monday, September 12 (Day 06) 

LAKE SUWA - HAKUSHU - GOTEMBA (B)(D)

We plan to make a visit to the Suntory Hakushu Distillery, a unique Japanese whiskey distillery located in the forest - owned by the Suntory Group. At the conclusion of the tour, a sample of their famous Hakushu Single Malt Whiskey will be available for you to taste. Another popular local delicacy, Shing en Mochi is a popular mochi registered by the Kinseiken Seika Company in Yamanashi prefecture. Authentic shingen mochi can only be purchased from shops within the prefecture The mochi is served with kuromitsu (black Japanese sugar syrup and dusted with kinako (soybean powder) together with a  small wooden flat stick to cut and eat the mochi with. Enjoy a visit of the Shingen Mochi Factory to observe the production of this special confectionary.  Enjoy dinner and try the hot springs next to our hotel located near to the Gotemba Premium Outlet Mall this evening.  

Accommodations at HOTEL CLAD or similar

 

Tuesday, September 13 (Day 07) 

GOTEMBA - YAIZU - SHIZUOKA (B)(D)

For liquor enthusiasts, a visit to the Kirin Distillery Fuji Gotemba is highly recommended. The brewery is located at the foot of Mount Fuji and produces two kinds of liquor - grain and malt which are very rare in the world. Enjoy an interesting guided tour of this facility where you can experience the entire process of whiskey making. At the conclusion of the tour, enjoy complimentary taste testing of multiple whiskeys and beers in the Kirin product line. This afternoon, we’ll browse through the Yaizu Fish Market, a shopping mall with shops offering local products such as dried seafood, tea, and much more at discounted prices. The market is managed by fishing boat owners, fish brokers, fish processing companies and tea manufacturers. Enjoy a ride on the  Nihondaira Ropeway, a Japanese aerial lift line in Shizuoka, operated by the Shizuoka Railway. The line climbs Nihondaira - a scenic hill with sweeping views of the city, Suruga Bay, and Mount Fuji. Nihondaira was once ranked as #1 among “The Top 100 Scenic Spots in Japan”. We’ll access the  Kunozan Toshogu Shrine by ropeway, a shrine dedicated to the famous leader Tokugawa Ieyasu with his wish for a mausoleum to be built on Mount  Kunozan. Continue to our hotel in Shizuoka City to enjoy dinner at a local restaurant this evening. 

Accommodations at HOTEL ASSOCIA SHIZUOKA or similar

 

Wednesday, September 14 (Day 08) 

SHIZUOKA - SHINKANSEN TO KYOTO (B)

Experience a new whiskey experience at the Gaiaflow Shizuoka Distillery located in Shizuoka, surrounded by rich nature with its underground water flowing out of the Southern Alps. The distillery is one of the first ever to use Japanese cedar to produce their products. We’ll continue on to the Shizuoka  Station for a chance to try eki bentos to enjoy on the train (optional). We’ll board a shinkansen for a relaxing ride to the wonderful city of Kyoto. On arrival, we’ll transfer by foot to check-in to our hotel for two nights. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some of the local specialties at the restaurants located in the train station across from our hotel.  

Accommodations at MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO or similar

 

Thursday, September 15 (Day 09) 

KYOTO - SHIGA - KYOTO (B)(D)

Enjoy your stay in Kyoto beginning with a visit to Kiyomizudera (Pure Water Temple), noted as one of the most celebrated temples of Japan - a  UNESCO World Heritage Site. Best known for its wooden stage that protrudes out from the main hall, affording a nice view of the numerous cherry and maple trees and the city of Kyoto in the distance. The main hall houses the temple’s primary object of worship, a small statue of the eleven-faced, thousand-armed Kannon. We’ll proceed to visit Fushimi Inari Shrine, the most important of shrines dedicated to Inari, the Shinto God of Rice. Located at the base of Mount Inari, the shrine is famous for its thousands of vermillion torii gates which straddle a network of trails starting with two parallel rows of gates known as Senbon Torii (thousands of torii gates). Kirin Brewery Shiga is one of the top beverage companies in Japan to enjoy a tour, snacks, and beer. Take a journey through the making of Japan’s top-selling Beer - Kirin Lager Beer. Kirin Brewery Shiga also produces Japan’s top selling black tea beverage - Gogo no Kocha. The Mentai Park Lake Biwa is a theme park specializing in mentaiko, a Japanese dish made of Alaskan pollock roe often enjoyed as an accompaniment when drinking sake. It’s a fun place to visit and to try fresh mentaiko at one of the shops at the food corner. Return to  Kyoto where dinner will be provided for you this evening. 

Accommodations at MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO or similar

 

Friday, September 16 (Day 10) 

KYOTO - OSAKA (B)(D)

We’ll visit Kinkaku-ji (Golden Pavilion), an impressive Zen Buddhist Temple, designated as a National Special Historic Site. Officially named Rokuon-ji,  this magnificent golden structure sits serenely on a lake, providing a beautiful reflection in the calm waters. 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 area of Sagano is located north of the Togetsukyo Bridge (Moon Crossing Bridge), best known for its beautiful Sagano Bamboo Forest. Enjoy a stroll on the walking path that weaves through the scenic bamboo groves. The sound of the wind in the groves has been voted as “one-hundred-must-be-preserved-sounds of Japan”  by the Japanese government. The Suntory Yamazaki Distillery is the birthplace of Japanese whiskey and Japan’s first and oldest malt whiskey distillery established by Suntory’s founder Shinjiro Torii in 1923. Inspired by traditional Scottish whiskey, he envisioned an approach to choose a terrain and climate completely different to those of Scotland to create a unique kind of whiskey. We’ll travel to Osaka, Japan’s food capital to spend our last night. Enjoy dinner this evening at the hotel. 

Accommodations at HOTEL VISCHIO OSAKA BY GRANVIA or similar

 

Saturday, September 17 (Day 11 

OSAKA - KANSAI (B)

This morning is free for your own last minute browsing adventures, but some of you who are interested, can join us for a ride by local train from Umeda  Station to Namba Station to enjoy a stroll through Sennichimae Doguyasuji (cooking tool shopping street), where you may discover many interesting and unique kitchenware. We’ll board a local train back to Umeda Station In the afternoon, we’ll transfer by coach to Kansai International Airport for our flight home to Honolulu, arriving in the evening on the same day due to the crossing of the International Dateline.  

 

 

Land portion based on 114 Yen = $1.00 U.S.

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 10/31/21. Tour fare is subject to change according to any airfare increase, additional fuel surcharges 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.