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November 6 - 18, 2019 (13 days and 11 nights)


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

(deposit must be made by 4/15/2019)

Narita, Okinawa (4 Nights), Naha City, Southern Okinawa, Underground Imperial Navy Headquarters, Himeyuri Peace Museum, Himeyuri-no-to, Mabuni-no-oka, Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum, Okinawa World, Gyokusen-do, Kingdom Village, Mabuni-no-Oka, Northern Okinawa, Ryukyu Village, Motobu, Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium, Central Okinawa, Okashigoten Onna, Shuri-jo, Kyushu (7 nights), Fukuoka/Hakata, Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan, Kushida-jinja, Fukuoka Tower, Karatsu Bay, Niji-no-Matsubara, Imari Okawachiyama, Sasebo, Kujuku-shima Cruise, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki Heiwa-koen, Huis Ten Bosch, Mizunashi-Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki, Ferry to Kumamoto, Suizenji Garden, Senganen Garden, Chiran, Tokko Heiwa Kaikan, Samurai Street, Kagoshima, Shinkansen to Hakata, Beppu, Umi Jigoku, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Toto Museum, Fukuoka/Hakata, Haneda

$ 5,295 per person
$ 795 per person
$ 4,195 per person

(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)

Wednesday, November 6 (Day 01)
Our tour commences this morning when we assemble at the check-in lobby at the 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.

Thursday, November 7 (Day 02)
We'll arrive Narita Airport in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we'll check-in for our domestic flight to Okinawa. On arrival at the Naha Airport, we'll transfer to our hotel in Naha, the capital city of Okinawa to spend the next four nights.

Accommodations at HOTEL JAL CITY NAHA or similar

Friday, November 8 (Day 03)
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in southern Okinawa, the most populated area of Okinawa. As you wander through the maze of corridors at the Underground Imperial Navy Headquarters, visible shrapnel damage can be seen on the walls from the grenade blasts that claimed the lives of many men during the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. We'll visit the Himeyuri Peace Museum situated on the grounds of Himeyuri-no-to, a memorial site commemorating the hundreds of high-school students and their teachers who sacrificed their lives during the Battle of Okinawa. They sadly committed suicide rather than submit to the approaching American Army. Visitors are greeted by a large stone monument located at the entrance of the museum. Mabuni-no-Oka is a memorial site where the final battle of Okinawa took place during World War II and features the Cornerstone of Peace, a monument commemorating the Battle of Okinawa and the role of Okinawa. Names of thousands who lost their lives are inscribed on the monument. We'll visit the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum featuring several exhibition rooms displaying the history of the war experiences of the Okinawan people. Share the pride of Ryukyuan culture at Okinawa World, a theme park promoting Okinawan history and culture featuring its main attraction - Gyokusen-do - Japan's second longest natural cave. The interior of the cave is well maintained with walking paths featuring spectacular stalactites and stalagmite formations. Stroll through old Okinawa at the Kingdom Village, a replica of a traditional Ryukyu village. Enjoy eisa dance performances at the Traditional Performance Plaza, including various workshops introducing traditional Okinawan crafts such as weaving, dyeing, paper-making, glass-blowing, and more. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL JAL CITY NAHA or similar

Saturday, November 9 (Day 04)
We'll travel north to visit Ryukyu Village, a small theme park providing traditional Okinawan culture in the form of a recreated village from the period of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The village includes a traditional residence with a red-tiled roof, a shrine, and various workshops featuring Okinawan crafts. A wide range of performances are held in the village including eisa, taiko drumming, dances, and re-enacted historical ceremonies. You'll have the opportunity to try some popular Okinawan dishes and shop for a wide range of local souvenirs. We'll continue on to spend the night at an elegant beach resort in Motobu, located in northern Okinawa. Enjoy an intriguing world of marine life at the Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium - Japan's largest aquarium located in Motobu city at the Ocean Expo Park, the site where the International Ocean Ex- position was held in 1975. The largest fish in the world (the whale shark) and the world's first successfully bred-in-captivity manta ray swim with ease in Kuroshio Sea, the main tank which reproduces the environment of coral reefs below the water's surface. In the outdoor Dolphin Theatre, enjoy a wonderful performance by trained dolphins. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL MOTOBU RESORT & SPA or similar

Sunday, November 10 (Day 05)
Okinawa Shurijo Castle ParkThis morning, we'll visit Okashigoten Onna, an Okinawa specialty pastry shop offering a variety of delicious desserts, from melt-in-the-mouth cookies to dainty cakes and pastries. One of the specialty sweets of Okinawa is a boat-like pastry filled with purple sweet potato paste (beni-imo) piped on the top in a rippled pattern called Okashigoten. Beni-imo is an ingredient used in many desserts, including cookies, cakes, pastries, and ice cream. Subject to availability, we may be able to view the production of some of their delicious pastries. Shuri-jo (Shuri Castle) served as the administrative center and residence of the Ryukyu kings for centuries and is included as one of the UNESCO World Heritage designated Castles of the Ryukyu Kingdom sites. The castle's hilltop location provides nice views overlooking the city of Naha. The approach way to the castle's central building leads through multiple gates including Shureimon, reflecting strong Chinese influence alongside indigenous religious traditions. Four Chinese characters are framed on the gate - shu, rei, no, and kuni - which mean 'Land of Propriety'. The structure of the gate is similar to the Chinese three-bay turret gates and is covered with a red-tiled roof. We'll travel back to Naha city to check-in to spend our last night in Okinawa. An authentic Okinawan dinner will be provided for you this evening at a local restaurant.

Accommodations at HOTEL JAL CITY NAHA or similar

Monday, November 11 (Day 06)
This morning, we'll proceed to the Naha Airport to check-in for our domestic flight to Fukuoka on Kyushu, the third-largest and southernmost island of Japan. On arrival at the Fukuoka Airport, we'll board our chartered motorcoach and visit the Hakata Machiya Furusato-kan - a folk museum featuring magnificent displays of beautiful artwork and local crafts from the Meiji and Taisho periods. Adjacent to the museum is a working textile shop with craftsmen weaving traditional Japanese designs native to Hakata. The most famous of Fukuoka/Hakata's traditional arts and crafts are Hakata Ori (woven textile) and Hakata Ningyo (clay dolls) - passed down through the ages by their craftsmen. Located nearby is Kushida-jinja, an important Shinto shrine that hosts the annual Hakata Gion Yamasaka Festival held during the summer. An enormous mikoshi (float) used for the festival is displayed on the grounds of the shrine. Fukuoka Tower located in the Momochihama area of the city is the tallest seaside tower in Japan. Weather permitting, we'll view Fukuoka's cityscape and Hakata Bay from the highest observation deck. We'll spend the night in Fukuoka. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL NIKKO FUKUOKA or similar

Tuesday, November 12 (Day 07)
Niji no MatsubaraWe'll travel west to enjoy 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 Karatsu Bay. Today, this scene is noted as one of the most picturesque landscapes in Japan. 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 most famous and distinctive. Korean potters were brought to Imari to produce porcelain mainly for the Nabeshima domain. Enjoy a stroll through Imari Okawachiyama (The Village of Secret Kilns) - a small artisans' village located in the city of Imari that has been producing unique pottery for centuries and kept its methods a secret - hence the name 'Village of Secret Kilns'. We'll travel to Arita, a pottery town where a Korean potter first introduced the art of manufacturing porcelain. We'll visit the Kyushu Toji Bunkakan (Kyushu Ceramics Museum), a museum supported by a prefecture and built to highlight the local cultural heritage and development of ceramics and pottery culture throughout Kyushu. We'll proceed to Kashimae Port to board a sightseeing boat and enjoy a relaxing and scenic cruise around Kujuku-shima (99 pine-studded islets) in the inland sea. Enjoy some of the most breathtaking natural scenery in Japan as you cruise through the islands. We'll spend the night in Sasebo, the gateway to Saikai National Park in Nagasaki Prefecture. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at YUMIHARI NO OKA HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, November 13 (Day 08)
We'll continue on to Nagasaki, the capital of Nagasaki prefecture. Nagasaki became the second city after Hiroshima to be devastated by a nuclear weapon on August 9, 1945. We'll visit the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum featuring photos, relics and documents related to the bombing and the Nagasaki International Peace Memorial Hall, built in memory of those who perished in the atomic bombing. The Nagasaki Heiwa-koen (Peace Park) was established near the hypocenter of the explosion and remnants of a concrete wall of Urakami Cathedral is 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 continue on to spend the night in Huis Ten Bosch, a theme park which recreates a Dutch town in Nagasaki Prefecture. Named after one of the residences of the Dutch Royal Family, this resort features a European atmosphere with picturesque canals, iconic windmills, beautiful gardens, and unique architecture. Dinner will be provided for you this evening at the hotel.

Accommodations at HOTEL OKURA JR HUIS TEN BOSCH or similar

Thursday, November 14 (Day 09)
We'll continue our journey to the Shimabara Peninsula, passing by Mount Unzen - an active volcano located at the center of the peninsula. The volcano erupted most recently from 1990 to 1995, sending pyroclastic flows down toward the town below. The deadliest eruption occurred during the late Edo Period when large mudflows of volcanic ash flowed down the mountainside, burying several homes and buildings. A small collection of these buried houses can be seen at the Mizunashi-Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki (Avalanche Stricken Homes Preservation Park), a preserved roadside park. From the Shimabara Pier, we'll board a ferry and cross the Ariake Sea to Kumamoto Port. On arrival, we'll continue on to visit Suizenji Garden, a spacious Japanese-style landscape garden best enjoyed by strolling along a circular path. The garden reproduces in miniature form the 53 post stations of the Tokaido, an important road that connected Edo with Kyoto during the Edo Period. Also featured is a replica of a miniature Mt. Fuji. We'll spend the night in Kumamoto. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at KUMAMOTO NIKKO HOTEL or similar

Friday, November 15 (Day 10)
Iso Garden KagoshimaWe'll travel to Kagoshima, visiting Senganen Garden. Also known as Iso-teien, this beautiful Japanese-style landscape garden includes an impressive piece of 'borrowed scenery' - Kinko Bay in the foreground and the towering volcano Sakurajima beyond the bay. Enjoy a leisure stroll through this beautifully landscaped garden featuring small ponds, streams, and a bamboo grove. We'll continue on to the little town of Chiran, noted for its fine collection of preserved samurai houses and gardens. Enjoy a stroll through the street to visit an old samurai residence and landscaped garden. We'll visit the Tokko Heiwa Kaikan (Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots), a museum featuring an extensive collection of correspondence, photographs, relics, and mementoes belonging to members of the Special Air Force Attack Group also known as the Kamikaze Pilots. Subject to confirmation, a local guide will share with us some photos and letters to present a positive image of these pilots as they willingly gave their lives for their country and their families to estab- lish peace and prosperity for Japan. We'll return to Kagoshima to spend the night. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at SHIROYAMA KANKO HOTEL or similar

Saturday, November 16 (Day 11)
Beppu Hot Spring KyushuThis morning, we'll proceed to the Kagoshima Chuo Station and board the shinkansen to Hakata Station. On arrival, we'll board our motorcoach and travel to Beppu, one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts to spend the night. Beppu is noted for two types of hot springs: jigoku or hells - hot springs for viewing and onsen - hot springs for bathing. Blessed with seven spectacular hot springs for viewing, we'll visit Umi Jigoku (sea hell), one of the most beautiful featuring a pond of boiling blue water resembling the sea. Located within the spacious garden is a clear water pond with floating lotus flowers. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot springs at our hotel this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL & RESORTS BEPPUWAN or similar

Sunday, November 17 (Day 12)
Dazaifu ShrineWe'll travel to the cultural city of Dazaifu, visiting Dazaifu Tenman-gu, an important shrine dedicated to the spirit of Sugawara no Michizane, a scholar and politician of the Heian period. His rise to power during his political career resulted in a rivalry with the Fujiwara clan and he was later exiled to Dazaifu. Michizane passed away in Dazaifu and the main shrine was built on his grave site. Enjoy a visit to the Toto Museum, located in Kitakyushu, providing us with the history of Toto and displays of its products - beginning with the first ceramic flush toilet seat and toto washlets, the most famous product today. We'll spend our last night in the city of Fukuoka. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL NIKKO FUKUOKA or similar

Monday, November 18 (Day 13)
The morning is at your leisure for your own activities or last minute shopping for souvenirs and omiyage to bring home. In the afternoon, we'll transfer to the Fukuoka Airport for our domestic flight to Haneda Airport. On arrival at Haneda Airport, we'll transfer by shuttle to the Haneda International Terminal 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 2/1/2019. 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