B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
6-Day Pre-Cruise Tour
DAY 1**May 15 | Honolulu – Osaka (Kansai)
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Kansai International Airport, the gateway city to Osaka. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane
DAY 2**May 16 | Osaka (Kansai)
Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us to our hotel.
DAY 3**May 17 | Osaka | (B)
Full day free at leisure. “Shop till you drop; eat till you overflow!” Enjoy the opportunity to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting on your own. You can visit Umeda, where numerous department stores are located. Or you can enjoy a shopping day at Tenjinbashi-suji, a shopping arcade in the northeastern area of Osaka that has a varied collection of local shops and lower priced items. Or you can enjoy your day at Universal Studio, one of the four Universal Studios theme parks in the world. The park is similar to the Universal Orlando Resort since it has selected attractions from Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood.
DAY 4**May 18 | Osaka—Kyoto–Osaka | (B, L, D)
Today we start our tour to the historic Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist Temple in Eastern Kyoto and also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beauty of the Temple will be enhanced when you stand by the main hall looking down at the hillside covered by beautiful trees. The neighborhoods next to this temple are Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka Area which literally means Two-Year Hill and Three-Year Hill. These are charming shopping streets where both streets are lined with traditional buildings that offer a taste of Kyoto. After lunch, we will head to the Maruyama Park, famous for different festival held there throughout the year. It is part of the Yasaka Shrine, also named as Gion Shrine. Next we will visit the Fushimi Inari-taisha, the head shrine of Inari. Inari is the Japanese god of foxes who protects the agriculture industry, such as rice, tea & sake. This shrine is famous for its thousands of red torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds. After dinner, we will transfer back to Osaka.
DAY 5**May 19 | Osaka – Nara – Kobe | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to Nara. Nara Park is a public park, one of the “Places of Scenic Beauty” selected by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), designated a natural treasure, and has become a symbol of the city. Over 1,200 wild Sika Deer freely roam the park. According to local folklore, deer from this area were considered sacred due to a visit from Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine. Killing one of these sacred deer was a capital offense punishable by death until 1637. Today, visitors can purchase “deer-crackers” to feed them. The park is also the home of Kasuga Taisha, Nara’s most celebrated shrine. It was established at the same time as the capital and is dedicated to the deity responsible for the protection of the city. Kasuga Taisha was also the tutelary shrine of the Fujiwara’s, Japan’s most powerful family clan during most of the Nara and Heian Periods. Like the Ise Shrines, Kasuga Taisha had been periodically rebuilt every 20 years for many centuries. In the case of Kasuga Taisha, however, the custom was discontinued at the end of the Edo Period. The park is also the home of Todaiji, also known as Great Eastern Temple, and one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. After lunch we will visit the Horyu-ji Temple. The Horyu-ji temple is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan. The wooden structures are the world’s oldest surviving design, and were put in the World Heritage Site in 1993. After dinner, we will transfer to Kobe for an overnight stay before beginning our cruise.
DAY 6**May 20 | Kobe – Cruise | (B)
Today we will have free leisure time in the morning before transferring to the Kobe port Passenger Terminal to embark on a newly renovated Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. The ship boasts 700 balconies, perfect for capturing incredible landscapes and intriguing city skylines across the globe. As one of only two Princess Cruise ships built in Japan, it’s not surprising this unique vessel can often be found sailing to the most intriguing vacation destinations abroad.
1-Day Post-Cruise Tour
DAY 13**May 27 | Kobe – Osaka (Kansai)
Arrive at Kobe port Passenger Terminal. After disembarking, we will transfer to Osaka and enjoy some shopping in Shinsaibashi, the largest and best known shopping area in Osaka where many boutiques and specialty shops attract local people and visitors. The Shinsaibashi evolved from the arcaded streets “Shinsaibashi Shopping Street”. With a history of 380 years, it was already an established shopping area in the Edo Period. Shops of all kinds and for all ages line the street, a roofed arcade 600 meters long. Dōtonbori is another principal tourist destination in Osaka. One of the area’s most prominent landmarks is “The Glico Man”, a billboard for confectionery company Glico displaying the image of a runner crossing the finish line and is an icon of Osaka within Japan. After enjoying last minute shopping here, we will transfer to the Kansai airport for our return flight to Honolulu, taking with us the lasting memories of this wonderful Japan trip.
We wish you a safe journey and many wonderful memories to share with family and friends!
Tour Package Includes
CHECK OR CASH PAYMENT ONLY. A deposit of $600 per person is required at the time of application. The balance of payment is due on Jan. 15, 2018. In the event balance of payment is not made within the required time period, Air and Sea Travel Center reserves the right to cancel reservations and charge a cancellation fee.
Written notice is required for any cancellation. $200 penalty if you cancel within Jan. 15 – Feb. 14, 2018.
The cancellation fee will be as follows if cancelled after:
** Jan. 15. 2018, $200 plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** Feb. 15, 2018, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** Mar. 15, 2018 or withdrawing during the tour shall be regarded as willingly giving up all rights concerned, 100% of total price, and request for other services as a substitute/replacement shall not be accepted. We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance when you make your reservation.
Price from: $3,588.00
Includes: Tax and fuel surcharge
(SINGLE SUPP: $1950)