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March 23 - April 3, 2020 (12 days and 10 nights)

** Cancelled: Covid-19 Precaution **

featuring Huis Ten Bosch ‘Kingdom of Lights’

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

(deposit must be made by 8/1/2019)

Narita, Fukuoka/Hakata, Dazaifu Tenman-gu, Hakata Machiya Furusato-mura, Kushida-jinja, Karatsu, Niji-no-Matsubara, Imari Okawachiyama, Mifuneyama Rakuen, Kujukushima, Sasebo, Huis Ten Bosch, Kingdom of Lights Festival, Nagasaki, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, Nagasaki International Peace Memorial Hall, Nagasaki Heiwa-Koen, Shimabara, Mizunashi-Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki, Kumamoto, Suizen-ji-koen, Kagoshima, Senga-en, Shoko Shuseikan Museum, Chiran, Tokko Heiwa Kaikan, Chiran Samurai District, Cape Nagasakibana, Shinkansen to Kitakyushu, Kokura Castle, TOTO Museum, Beppu, Beppu Hatto, Beppu Park, Yufuin Mingei Mura, Fukuoka, Haneda

$ 4,495 per person
$ 695 per person
$ 3,595 per person

(Individual arrangements to meet group are not included)

Monday, March 23 (Day 01)
Our tour to Japan commences this morning when we assemble at the check-in lobby at the airport for baggage check-in procedures for our flight to Narita International Airport. A meal and a snack will be served on board the flight.

Tuesday, March 24 (Day 02)
We’ll arrive Narita Airport in the afternoon and after completing entry and customs formalities, we’ll transfer with our luggage to the domestic ticket lobby to check-in for our flight to Fukuoka International Airport in Kyushu, the third-largest and southernmost island of Japan. We’ll transfer to our hotel to check-in for two nights in downtown Fukuoka, the largest city in Kyushu and capital of Fukuoka prefecture.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW OTANI HAKATA or similar

Wednesday, March 25 (Day 03)
Enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the city. We’ll travel to the cultural city of Dazaifu, visiting Dazaifu Tenman-gu, an important shrine dedicated to 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 Daizaifu. We’ll visit Hakata Machiya Furusato-mura, 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. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW OTANI HAKATA or similar

Thursday, March 26 (Day 04)
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. 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 produced 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 continue on to visit Mifuneyama Rakuen, a large garden in Saga prefecture with numerous attractions, including a teahouse, 500 statues of Buddhist saints and weather permitting, thousands of cherry trees and azaleas in bloom. 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 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. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot springs of our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at YUMIHARI NO OKA HOTEL or similar

Friday, March 27 (Day 05)
Huis Ten Bosch Night LightsWe’ll continue on the Saikai Bridge to Nagasaki, the largest city of Nagasaki prefecture and noted as 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 displays, 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 resort 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. Enjoy the Kingdom of Lights Festival, featuring thousands of lights illuminated in the evening and ranked as the ‘No. 1’ night scenery in Japan. Enjoy dinner and relax in the hot spring waters of our onsen hotel this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL OKURA JR. HUIS TEN BOSCH or similar

Saturday, March 28 (Day 06)
Suizen Park KumamotoWe’ll continue our journey to the Shimabara Peninsula passing by Mount Unzen, an active volcanic complex of several overlapping lava domes. We’ll visit Mizunashi-Honjin Fukae Michi no Eki (Avalanche Stricken Homes Preservation Park), a preserved memorial site where the after-effects of the devastation caused by the 1990 Unzen eruption are featured. From the Shimabara Pier, we’ll board a ferry and cross the Ariake Sea to spend the night in Kumamoto, capital city of Kumamoto prefecture. The city is home to Suizen-ji-koen, a spacious and beautiful Japanese-style landscape garden designed with an impression of views seen when traveling along the Tokaido - the old highway between Kyoto and Edo (present-day Tokyo). As you stroll around the park, you’ll have a magnificent feeling of nature with its small ponds, lakes, and trees. Featured at the east end of the park is Horaitsukiyama, a beautiful representation of a miniature Mt. Fuji. Dinner will be on your own this evening to try some of the local specialties of this prefecture.

Accommodations at HOTEL NIKKO KUMAMOTO or similar

Sunday, March 29 (Day 07)
Sengan en KagoshimaWe’ll travel south to Kagoshima, the southernmost major city in Kyushu and capital of Kagoshima prefecture. The city is often compared with its Italian sister city Naples, due to its similar mild climate and Sakurajima, Kagoshima’s Vesuvius. The city’s principal attraction is Sengan-en, a beautiful Japanese-style garden with one of the most impressive pieces of ‘borrowed scenery’ - Kagoshima Bay and the fuming peak of Sakurajima as a background. Enjoy a leisure stroll through this beautifully landscaped garden featuring small ponds, streams, and a bamboo grove. Located adjacent to the garden, visit the Shoko Shuseikan Museum, containing exhibits and historical materials about the Shimazu family related to the Satsuma clan. Both the garden and the museum were recognized as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 2015. We’ll spend two nights in Kagoshima. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at SHIROYAMA KANKO HOTEL or similar

Monday, March 30 (Day 08)
Chiran Samurai houseThis morning, we’ll travel south to visit the little town of Chiran, noted for its fine collection of preserved samurai houses and gardens. Enjoy a stroll through ‘samurai street’, a nicely preserved samurai district to visit a few old samurai residences and beautifully landscaped gardens. The Tokko Heiwa Kaikan (Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots) displays an extensive collection of correspondence, photographs, relics, and mementos belonging to the members of the Special Air Force Attack Group also known as the Kamikaze Pilots. Subject to availability, a local guide will share photos and letters from some of the members, presenting a positive image of these pilots as they willingly gave their lives for their country and their families in order to establish peace and prosperity for Japan. We’ll visit Cape Nagasakibana, the southernmost point of the Satsuma Peninsula. The highlight of the cape is to view nearby Mount Kaimondake. Due to its conical shape, it bears a striking resemblance to Mount Fuji and is often referred to as “Satsuma Fuji”. Dinner is on your own this evening.

Accommodations at SHIROYAMA KANKO HOTEL or similar

Tuesday, March 31 (Day 09)
This morning, we’ll proceed to the Kagoshima Station to board the shinkansen to Kokura Station in Kitakyushu, the northernmost city of Kyushu. Kitakyushu is the gateway between Honshu and Kyushu and is an important port for international trade. We’ll visit Kokura Castle, the only castle left standing in Fukuoka Prefecture. The castle was first built in 1602 by Hosokawa Tadaoki and has been rebuilt and restored over the years due to fire. We’ll continue on to visit the TOTO Museum, Japan’s premier manufacturer of toilets and washroom products providing the history of its production from the past to the present. One of the highlights is to view the super-modern architectural design of the building, featuring rounded and rimmed curves with a glowing white finish - an awesome sight to see. We’ll continue on to spend the night in Kokura, an ancient castle town in Kitakyushu. Dinner will be provided for you this evening.

Accommodations at RIHGA ROYAL KOKURA HOTEL or similar

Wednesday, April 1 (Day 10)
Beppu Hot Spring KyushuWe’ll continue on to Beppu, one of the most famous hot spring resorts in Japan. Beppu is noted for two types of hot springs: jigoku or hells - hot springs for viewing and onsen - hot springs for bathing. The city is blessed with eight different hot springs to bath in - known as Beppu Hatto and seven spectacular hot springs for viewing - known as Hells or Jigoku. We’ll visit one of these ‘hells’ to observe a natural hot spring where the water bubbles forth from underground. Weather permitting, we’ll visit Beppu Park, a large city park featuring pleasant flower gardens and noted as a popular spot to view cherry blossoms in bloom. Enjoy dinner and relax in the soothing hot springs at our onsen resort hotel this evening.

Accommodations at BEPPU SUGINOI HOTEL or similar

Thursday, April 2 (Day 11)
We’ll travel to Yufuin, a countrified hot-spring town located on a flat river basin surrounded by mountains in Oita prefecture. A prominent feature of Yufuin’s skyline is the twin-peaked Mount Yufu. Enjoy strolling through Yufuin Mingei Mura (Folk Art Village), featuring small workshops with various artisans demonstrating the art of making lathe-turned toys, blown glass, pottery ware, tie-dying, and other crafts. We’ll continue on to spend our last night in Fukuoka. The afternoon is at your leisure for your own activities. Dinner will be on your own this evening.

Accommodations at HOTEL NEW OTANI HAKATA or similar

Friday, April 3 (Day 12)
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 domestic flight to Haneda Airport. On arrival, we’ll transfer by shuttle to the Haneda International Terminal for our flight home 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 5/1/2019. 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 112 Yen = $1.00 U.S