B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
7-Day Pre-Cruise Tour
DAY 1** Sep 11 | 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. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
DAY 2**Sep 12 | Tokyo
Upon arrival at Narita International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us to our hotel.
DAY 3**Sep 13 | Tokyo | (B, L, D)
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. Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower at 332.9 meters (1,092 feet) and is the second-tallest structure in Japan. The structure is an Eiffel Tower-inspired lattice tower that is painted white and international orange to comply with air safety regulations. We will go up to the Main Observatory (150 meters high). Today’s highlight is the workshop for making your own sushi at Tsukiji Market. We can experience hand-shaping and rolling sushi, and of course, tasting your own work of art! Then, we will explore the Edo-Tokyo Museum. The museum’s exhibition vividly illustrates Tokyo’s past through its exhibits and covers many features of the capital from the Edo Period to relatively recent decades. After that, we will stop at Ameyoko Shopping Street for some omiyage shopping.
DAY 4**Sep 14 | Tokyo | (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 you own. You can visit Tokyo’s most famous upscale market shopping, dining and entertainment district – The Ginza, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. Or you can enjoy a shopping day at Shinjuku, Tokyo’s most vibrant commercial center, with many alleys, nooks, and crannies. Nearby, Shibuya is a center for fashion and culture, and its streets are the birthplace to many of Japan’s fashion and entertainment trends.
DAY 5**Sep 15 | Tokyo – Mt Fuji – Hakone | (B, L, D)
Today, we make our way to Mt. Fuji – we will ascend to the 5th Station at an elevation of 7,500 feet above sea level. After lunch, 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. Afterwards, we will continue to Hakone, a part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park and famous for hot springs, natural beauty and the view of nearby Mt. Fuji. Hakone is one of the most popular destinations among Japanese and international tourists and has been designated as a Geopark by UNESCO. Enjoy an authentic multi-course, seasonal, gourmet Kaiseki Dinner in our Onsen hotel tonight.
Japanese onsens are extremely beneficial for one’s health because of its mineral compositions. Different minerals provide different health benefits, which give us a relaxing effect on our body and mind. Japanese people believe that having a good soak in an onsen treats illnesses such as joint pain, chronic skin diseases, diabetes, constipation, menstrual disorders, and many more.
DAY 6**Sep 16 | Hakone – Kamakura – Yokohama | (B, D)
Today, we will transfer to Kamakura and visit the Kamakura Great Buddha, the magnificent symbol of the ancient capital of Kamakura. The lord Buddha of Kotokuin featured here is one of Japan’s top three Buddha statues and is still one of the centerpieces of the city’s cultural heritage despite damage over time. Then, we visit Hasedera Temple of the Jodo sect, famous for its eleven-headed statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy. The 9.18 meter tall, gilded wooden statue is regarded as one of the largest wooden sculptures in Japan and can be viewed in the temple’s main building, the Kannon-do Hall. Our next stop is Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, Kamakura’s most important shrine. After that, we have leisure time at Komachi Shopping Arcade for shopping and lunch on your own. After lunch, we will travel to Yokohama, the second largest populated city in Japan after Tokyo. On the way, we will visit The Cup Noodles Museum. It is a fun and interactive museum in the Minato Mirai District that shows the history of instant ramen noodles using a combination of whimsical exhibits and hands on workshops. In the My Chicken Ramen Workshop, we can make our own instant ramen noodles from scratch, package them, and take them home to eat. Our next stop is Japan’s largest Chinatown, Yokohama Chinatown. A large number of Chinese stores and restaurants can be found in its narrow and colorful streets. The main attraction is the cuisine offered at its many restaurants and food stands. Popular favorites include steamed buns (manju), ramen noodles and a wide array of other Chinese dishes, many of which have been Japanized to a certain degree.
DAY 7**Sep 17 | Yokohama – Cruise | (B)
Today, we will transfer to Osanbashi Passenger Terminal to embark on the 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 15**Sep 25 | Yokohama – Narita
Arrive at Osanbashi Passenger Terminal. After disembarking, we will have an easy stroll through Yamashita Park, a public park that stretches about 750 meters along Yokohama’s waterfront. The park is about a hundred meters wide, and consists mostly of open green space. The walk is a pleasant way to travel between the areas. Minato Mirai 21 is a seaside urban area in central Yokohama whose name means “harbor of the future”. It is blessed with a great location along the water and has a wealth of attractions. You can enjoy some free time here by doing some shopping or visiting Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse on your own. After that, we will transfer to Odaiba. We will visit the 19-meter tall Gundam RX 0 Statue, one of the most significant comic attractions in Japanese cartoon (manga) industry, located in Odaiba. This is a new replaced Statue in September 24, 2017. Today Odaiba is a popular shopping and sightseeing destination for local residents and tourists alike. Enjoy our last minute shopping time here before transferring to the 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!
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 May 12th, 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 May 12th – Jun 11th, 2018.
The cancellation fee will be as follows if cancelled after:
** May 12th. 2018, $200 plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** Jun 12th, 2018, 50% of total price plus any other service fee caused from the cancellation;
** Jul 12th, 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: $1800)