B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1** Honolulu – Tokyo
We start our adventure by boarding an international flight to Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, and one of the most populous metropolitan areas in the world. Tokyo is the hub of the Japanese government. The Imperial Palace, the home of the Japanese Imperial Family, is also located in Tokyo. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2** Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us to our hotel.
Day 3** Tokyo – Hakone – Fujigoko | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we head to Fuji Hakone National Park. First, we will visit Hakone Shrine, a national shrine that stands at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi. The shrine buildings are hidden in the dense forest but are easily identified by its huge torii gates, one standing prominently in the lake and the other two over the main street of Moto-Hakone. We will take a Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Ashi on a medieval sailing vessel and enjoy picturesque views of Mt. Fuji. After lunch, we will continue our journey to Mt. Fuji, ascending to the 5th Station, 7,500 feet above sea level. The area around the 5th station is called the garden of a legendary long-nosed goblin Tengu who had ruled the area. Fujisan (Mt.Fuji) Komitake Shrine is considered a god of opening road. After that, we can also view Mt. Fuji from the observation deck. Tonight, we will stay at Fujigoko to enjoy the famous Hot Springs. Fujigoko is also known as Fuji Five Lakes. Their names are Lake Kawaguchi, Lake Motosu, Lake Sai, Lake Shoji, and Lake Yamanaka.
Day 4** Fujigoko – Tokyo | (B, L, D)
Today, we will take Mt. Kachikachi Ropeway, a Japanese aerial lift line in Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi. Opened in 1959, the line climbs Mount Tenjō from the shores of Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. The line name comes from Kachi-kachi Yama (lit. “Mt. Kachikachi”), a folktale which took place on the mountain. The observatory has a view of the lake and Aokigahara forest. After lunch, we will start our first Christmas shopping in Gotemba Premium Outlets. Gotemba Premium Outlets is the flagship center, and one of the largest centers in Japan. It is situated on an extensive site within view of World Cultural Heritage site, Mt. Fuji. Please enjoy our shopping under Mt. Fuji. We will transfer to Tokyo after shopping.
Day 5** Tokyo | (B, L)
After breakfast, our first stop is the current Imperial Palace, a large park area surrounded by moats and massive stone walls in the center of Tokyo and the residence of Japan’s Imperial Family. From Kokyo Gaien, the large plaza in front of the Imperial Palace, we can view the Double Bridge (Nijubashi), two bridges that form an entrance to the inner palace grounds. Next, we will visit the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū), the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. It is located in an evergreen forest that covers an area of 700,000 square meters (about 175 acres). The forest has 120,000 trees of 365 different species donated by people throughout Japan when the shrine was established. Many visitors to the forest use it as a recreation and relaxation area in the center of Tokyo. The Naien is the inner precinct, which is centered on the shrine buildings and includes a treasure museum that houses articles of the Emperor and Empress. The museum is built in the Azekurazukuri style. The Gaien is the outer precinct, which includes the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery that houses a collection of 80 large murals illustrative of the events in the lives of the Emperor and his consort. It also includes a variety of sports facilities, including the National Stadium (Meiji Jingu Gaien Stadium and later, since 1956, on the same site Tokyo Olympic Stadium), and the Meiji Memorial Hall (originally used for governmental meetings, including discussions surrounding the drafting of the Meiji Constitution in the late 19th century). Today it is used for Shinto weddings. Harajuku, the most popular shopping district for younger generation in Tokyo, is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sites. We can enjoy our shopping at Omotesando – Tokyo’s Champs-Elysees. Afterwards, we will transfer to another popular shopping district – Shinjuku. Shinjuku, is a major commercial and administrative center and the site of the busiest railway station in the world (Shinjuku Station), handling more than two million passengers every day. There are department stores, subterranean malls and electronic shops surround Shinjuku Station on all four sides, and we can enjoy shopping and dinner in this area.
Day 6** Tokyo | (B)
Full day at leisure. “Shop till you drop; eat till you overflow!” Enjoy this free day opportunity to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting.
Day 7** Tokyo – Honolulu | (B)
Today we will visit Tsukiji Market, the largest wholesale market for fresh fish, fruits, and vegetables in central Tokyo. Over ten warehouses serve as the distribution centers for food products. Handling 2000 tons of marine products every day, it has become one of the world’s largest fish markets. Senso-ji (,Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji) is an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo. It is Tokyo’s oldest and one of its most significant temples. The temple is dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara). Dominating the entrance to the temple is the Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate”. This imposing Buddhist structure features a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red-and-black tones to suggest thunderclouds and lightning. Beyond the Kaminarimon is Nakamise-dori with its shops, followed by the Hōzōmon or “Treasure House Gate” which provides the entrance to the inner complex. Within the precincts stand A Stately Five-story Pagoda and the Main Hall, devoted to Kannon Bosatsu. Catering to the visiting crowds, the surrounding area has many traditional shops and eating places that feature traditional dishes (hand-made noodles, sushi, tempura, etc.). These shops themselves are part of a living tradition of selling things to pilgrims who walked to Senso-ji. Then we will take a Water Bus to our last stop – Odaiba, a large artificial island in Tokyo Bay across the Rainbow Bridge from central Tokyo. It was initially built for defensive purposes in the 1850s, dramatically expanded during the late 20th century as a seaport district, and has developed since the 1990s into a major commercial, residential and leisure area. Today’s Odaiba is a popular shopping and sightseeing destination for Tokyoites and tourists alike. Major attractions include: Ferris Wheel, Venus Fort, and Aqua City Shopping Center. After a long day, we will transfer to Haneda International Airport for our return flight to Honolulu, taking with us the lasting memories of this wonderful Christmas shopping trip in Japan.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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