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October 21 - November 2, 2015  (13 days and 11 nights)

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

(deposit must be made by 03/15/2015)

Narita, Yokohama, Minato Mirai 21, Landmark Tower, Kamakura, Atami, Izu Peninsula, Kawazu Bagatelle Park, Shimoda, Dogashima, Dogashima Cruise, Shuzenji, Mikan Picking, Miho no Matsubara, Shizuoka, Kakegawa Kacho-en, Hamamatsu, Unagi Pie Factory, Nagoya, Tokugawa Bijutsukan, Nagoya Castle, Ise, Meoto-iwa (Wedded Rocks), Mikimoto Pearl Island, Ise Grand Shrine, Doro-kyo Gorge, Kii Peninsula, Kii Katsuura, Kumano Nachi Taisha, Shirahama, Sandanbeki, Minabe, Mount Koya, Wakayama, Osaka, Dotombori, Aqua Liner, Osaka-jo, Kansai

$ 4,595 per person
$ 595 per person
$ 3,595 per person
(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)

Wednesday, October 21 (Day 01)
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 will be served on board the flight.

Thursday, October 22 (Day 02)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the early afternoon and upon completion of entry and customs formalities, we'll board our chartered motor coach and proceed to Yokohama, capital of Kanagawa prefecture to spend the night. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL or similar

Minato Murai 21 webFriday, October 23 (Day 03)
This morning, we'll drive through the streets of Yokohama Chukagai to provide you with a glimpse of Japan's largest Chinatown. We'll visit Minato Mirai 21, a seaside urban area built on reclaimed land along the waterfront. Minato Mirai has a wealth of attractions including a convention center, an amusement park, shopping centers and hotels. The buildings form a distinctive skyline of Yokohama with the Landmark Tower as the most recognizable feature. Weather permitting, enjoy a breathtaking view of the city and its surrounding area from the observation deck of the tower. Our journey continues on to the city of Kamakura, renowned for the huge monumental bronze statue of Amida Buddha, the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan. Weighing close to 93 tons, the Great Buddha was originally housed in a temple, but today sits serenely in the lotus position in the open court on the grounds of Kotoku-in Temple. We'll continue on through the city of Odawara, arriving in Atami to spend the night. Atami is one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts located at the northern tip of the Izu Peninsula - noted for its abundant quantity of hot water, magnificent scenery, delicious seafood and traditional inns. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at our elegant onsen hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW AKAO or similar

Saturday, October 24 (Day 04)
We'll travel south along the eastern coastline of the Izu Peninsula to Kawazu, a town noted for its natural beauty and mild climate. We'll visit the Kawazu Bagatelle Park, a rose garden established as a sister park of Jardin de Bagatelle in Paris. Take a delightful stroll through this French-style garden with thousands of elegant colorful roses in bloom (weather permitting). Enjoy a picturesque drive to Shimoda, a pleasant coastal city on the southern tip of the Izu Peninsula. Shimoda is historically significant as the landing place of several of Commodore Perry's "black ships", an event which marked the start of diplomatic relations between the United States and Japan. We'll continue on our journey, passing by fields and small rural towns to Dogashima, an onsen resort located along the western coastline of the peninsula. This scenic coastline is famous for its dramatic stone formations, cliffs, and caves formed by the lava flow of past volcanic eruptions and erosion by the sea. Enjoy a relaxing cruise to see the coast on a sightseeing boat as we enter one of the larger caves. This evening, enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our elegant resort hotel in Dogashima.

Accommodations at DOGASHIMA NEW GINSUISO HOTEL or similar

Sunday, October 25 (Day 05)
Our journey continues on north to Shuzenji, a town noted for its numerous hot spring resorts located in the inland region of the Izu Peninsula in Shizuoka prefecture. Enjoy a stroll through Shuzenji Niji-no-Sato, a large amusement park featuring several themed villages and gardens. At the Takumi Village, experience and observe traditional paper-making, Edo yuzen dyeing, and other traditional craft work. Also featured at the park is a Japanese Garden, a British Village with an architectural theme that replicates the good old Britain, and a Canadian Village modeled after Nelson City in Canada - the sister city of Izu. Weather permitting, roses should be in full bloom at this time of the year. Located on the Miho Peninsula, enjoy a view of Miho no Matsubara, a scenic area located along the seashore lined with pine trees - noted as the location of the legend upon which the Noh drama Hagoromo is based. Miho no Matsubara has been added to the World Heritage List as part of the Fujisan Cultural Site and is designated as one of 'New Three Views of Japan' (Shin Nihon Sankei). We'll continue on along the eastern coastline of Suruga Bay to spend the night in Shizuoka, capital city of Shizuoka prefecture. Shizuoka is most famous for its breathtaking views of Mt. Fuji and for its high quality tea production. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL ASSOCIA SHIZUOKA or similar

Monday, October 26 (Day 06)
We'll continue on to visit Kakegawa Kachoen, a bird and flower park in Kakegawa city in Shizuoka prefecture. Admire the wide range of tropical plants and flowers of the season in bloom in the comfortable climate of an air-conditioned greenhouse. Enjoy a special flight show featuring a performance by owls, hawks, macaws and other birds, intermingle with penguins as they waddle freely about in their habitat, and visit the emu pen to hand feed these gentle giants. Our journey continues on through the city of Hamamatsu, the largest city in Shizuoka prefecture. The city is most famous for its eel production in Lake Hamana. The most popular omiyage to bring home from Hamamatsu is unagi pie (eel pie), a light cookie flavored with eel bones. We'll visit an Unagi Pie Factory to see the production of this delicious eel-flavored confection. We'll continue on to spend the night in Nagoya, capital city of Aichi prefecture. On arrival, we'll visit Nagoya Castle, constructed on the orders of Tokugawa Ieyasu in order to secure an important position on the Tokaido road and to ward off attacks from the direction of Osaka. The best known items associated with the castle are the golden dolphins or kinshachi, adorning the main ridges of the castle roof. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at our elegant hotel.

Accommodations at NAGOYA WESTIN CASTLE HOTEL or similar

Tuesday, October 27 (Day 07)
Mikimoto Pearl IslandNAGOYA - KII PENINSULA - TSU - ISE (B)(D)
Enjoy a visit of the Tokugawa Bijutsukan, a private art museum located in the city of Nagoya. The museum features a priceless hereditary collection of art objects, furnishings, and heirlooms belonging to the Owari branch of the Tokugawa clan. The most important and valuable treasure displayed in the museum are three Heian period illustrated hand scrolls of 'The Tale of Genji'. We'll continue on our journey to spend the night in Ise, a city located on the eastern tip of the Kii Peninsula in Mie prefecture. We'll visit Meoto-iwa (Wedded Rocks) - two sacred rocks in the sea, connected with a shimenawa (the typical Shinto sacred rope made of braided rice straw), representing a husband and wife. They are the symbol of marriage for the Shinto religion. Located in front of Meoto-Iwa is Futami Okitama Shrine, a little seaside shrine where many Japanese couples go to pray in the hopes of having a good marriage. We'll continue on via the Pearl Bridge to visit Mikimoto Pearl Island, a small island located in Ise Bay, known as the birthplace of cultured pearl aquaculture. The Pearl Museum provides some interesting history about Mikimoto Kokichi, the first person to successfully cultivate pearls, including some detailed explanations about the history and cultivation of pearls. The main feature on the island are demonstrations by female pearl divers known as Ama (sea women), who dive from a boat into the bay to harvest oysters. Enjoy dinner and relax in our fabulous onsen hotel this evening in Ise.

Accommodations at ISE SHIMA ROYAL HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, October 28 (Day 08)
Ise is best known as home to Ise Grand Shrine (Ise Jingu), Japan's most impressive and sacred Shinto shrine, dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami. Ise Jingu is a shrine complex composed of a large number of Shinto shrines centered on two main ones: Geku (the outer shrine) and Naiku (the inner shrine) both of which enshrines Amaterasu. Enjoy a stroll through Okage Yokocho, a nostalgic village located in front of the torii gate of Ise-Jingu Naiku (Inner Shrine). Built in 1993 by "Akafuku", a time-honored confection company, experience the flavor of local old traditional shops specializing in local specialties and craft work. Our journey continues south along the scenic coastline of the Pacific Ocean through the town of Kumano located in the southern region of the Kii Peninsula. Enjoy a dramatic drive along the Kitayama River to Doro-kyo Gorge, one of the most beautiful and secluded gorges in Japan located in the Yoshino-Kumano National Park. Admire the towering cliffs, majestic forests, and beautiful rock formations set amidst the emerald green waters of the Kitayama River. We'll spend the night at a fabulous hotel in Kii Katsuura, a quiet resort town famous for its 'Bokido Onsen' and rotemburo (outdoor onsen). The water here is noted as being good for the skin and joints and to relieve your body of stress. The town is also known as the largest tuna fishing port of its class in Japan.

Accommodations at HOTEL URASHIMA or similar

Thursday, October 29 (Day 09)
Enjoy a visit to Kumano Nachi Taisha, one of the three most sacred temples in the Kii Mountain Range - designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site & Pilgrimage Route. The shrine is located near the sacred Nachi-no-taki, Japan's tallest waterfall - built in homage to the waterfall's kami. We'll continue on to Kushimoto, a small town located on the southern tip of the Kii Peninsula - renowned for 'hashi-gui-iwa', a series of pillar rocks in the sea leading out towards Oshima Island. Legend claims that this bridge of rocks was created by the famous monk - Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai) - who laid the rocks after being challenged to build a bridge across the sea. Our journey continues on to spend the night in Shirahama, a resort town best known for its white-sand beaches and excellent hot spring baths. We'll make a picture stop to see Senjojiki (One Thousand Tatami Mats), a unique appearance of sheet-like rocks created by the erosion of soft sandstone caused by the raging waves. Enjoy dinner and relax in the onsen at our hotel this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL SEAMORE SHIRAHAMA or similar

Friday, October 30 (Day 10)
This morning, we'll visit Sandanbeki, a scenic site consisting of three steep cliffs, featuring a large netwoKoyark of caves at water level. An elevator will take us underground to the caves that features a shrine and labyrinth of tunnels to view the raging waves up close. Our journey continues on to Minabe, a small farming town in Wakayama-ken, best-known throughout Japan for producing and processing high-quality ume (preserved plum). We'll visit Ume Ichiban, a shop specializing in various ume (preserved plum) and ume-related products available for purchase. We'll continue on a scenic drive along the Koya Ryujin Skyline, a mountain road offering breathtaking scenery to Mount Koya, the center of Shingon Buddhism. A raised tableland in Wakayama prefecture, Mount Koya is located amidst thick forests and surrounded by eight mountain peaks. This important Buddhist sect was introduced to Japan by Kobo Daishi, one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi built on Koya-san's wooded mountaintop. It is also the site of Kobo Daishi's mausoleum - Okunoin Temple - surrounded by an immense graveyard. Considered as one of the most sacred places on the mountain, it is the starting and ending point of the Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage. Koya-san is one of the best places to experience an overnight stay at a temple. You can get a glimpse of long-held traditions of Japanese religious life with more than 2,000 temples, shrines, towers, and assembly buildings located on the mountain. We'll have the experience of a lifetime as we spend the night at a shukubo (temple lodging) to get a taste of a monk's lifestyle while enjoying shojin ryori (vegetarian monk's cuisine) for our meal and attending the morning prayers (optional).

Accommodations at SEKISHOIN or similar

Saturday, October 31 (Day 11)
As an option, you may want to participate in the morning prayers before enjoying a traditional Japanese shojin ryori breakfast. We'll descend Mount Koya and continue our drive west to the city of Wakayama, a prefecture located on the Kii Peninsula. We'll travel to the quaint soy sauce town of Yuasa, commercialized long ago during the Muromachi period. It is said that the technique for making soy sauce spread throughout Japan from the town of Yuasa. We'll stroll through this village to see old townhouses, old storehouses and buildings with beautiful tiled roofs, all related to the production of soy sauce. Most of the buildings and storehouses have been preserved and open to the public as a national important traditional structure preservation district. We'll continue on to spend the night in Namba, a district located in southern Osaka, Japan's third largest city. After checking in at the hotel, the afternoon will be at your leisure to explore Dotombori, an exciting entertainment and restaurant district located within walking distance of our hotel. On a narrow side street nearby Dotombori is a small slice of old Osaka - Hozenji Yokochi. The street is lined with many shops and restaurants of the modern era. Famous for its moss-covered statue of Fudo-myo (the God of Mercy), the area is illuminated in the evenings with lanterns and has a personality much different from the bustling city of Osaka. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at CROSS HOTEL OSAKA or similar

Sunday, November 1 (Day 12)
Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Aqua-Liner to tour the 'Water Metropolis' of Osaka from the river. Appreciate the view of the city from a different perspective, passing by some of Osaka's major sightseeing spots. We'll visit Osaka-jo, one of Japan's most famous castles that played a role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century in the Azuchi-Momoyama period. The castle grounds contain thirteen structures which have been designated as Important Cultural Assets by the Japanese government, including Otemon-Gate. The afternoon is free to explore more of this exciting city at your leisure. Our hotel is located near the city's main shopping and leisure district. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at CROSS HOTEL OSAKA or similar

Monday, November 2 (Day 13)
The morning is free at your leisure for independent activities. In the afternoon, we'll transfer to the Kansai International Airport to check-in for our flight home to Honolulu, arriving in the morning on the same day due to the crossing of the International Date Line.

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 12/1/14. 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 115 Yen = $1.00 U.S.