B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1** MAY 11|Honolulu –> Osaka
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Kansai Airport, the gateway city to Osaka. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2** MAY 12 | Osaka – Shiga | (D)
Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport, we will meet with an Air and Sea Travel Representative who will escort us to our hotel in the Shiga area.
Day 3** MAY 13 | Shiga – Komatsu – Kanazawa | (B, L, D)
Today, we depart for Yunokuni No Mori, a crafts village in Komatsu. Komatsu is a city located in the southern portion of Ishikawa Prefecture near the Awazu Onsen amid a massive acreage of preserved forest land. At Yunokuni no Mori, we will have time to participate in learning crafts and making various Kaga area goods by ourselves. These high quality craft products include: Wajima lacquer ware, Kutani ceramics, gold leaf, Kaga Yuzen (printed silk), and Yamanaka lacquer ware. We will have experience to the gold leaf products. After lunch, we will transfer to Kanazawa. This city boasts many historical attractions such as restored residences and districts, as well as modern museums. Upon arrival, we will have dinner before we transfer to the hotel.
Day 4** MAY 14 | Kanazawa | (B, L)
Today, we will explore this historical city. First, we will visit Kenrokuen, one of the three famous gardens in Japan. As a strolling style landscape garden, it incorporates fancy designs in every corner, achieving peerless scenery in each season. According to the ancient Chinese book of gardens, six elements contribute to the qualities of the garden: spaciousness and seclusion, artifice and antiquity, water courses and panoramas. We will also visit the Kanazawa Castle Park, a large, partially-restored castle in Kanazawa. After lunch, we will enjoy some free time for omiyage (souvenir) shopping at Kanazawa JR Station area. Then, we can enjoy the rest of day on our own.
Day 5** MAY 15 | Kanazawa – Kurobe Gorge (Toyama) | (B, L, D)
In the morning, our journey will take us to The Historic Village of Gokayama, one of Japan’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The site is located in the Shogawa river valley, stretching across the border of Gifu and Toyama Prefectures in central Japan. The Gokayama (“Five Mountains”) area is divided between the former villages of Kamitaira and Taira in Nanto, Toyama Prefecture. These villages are well known for their houses constructed in the architectural style known as Gassho-zukuri. The Gassho-zukuri, “prayer-hands construction” style is characterized by a thatched and steeply slanted roof resembling two hands joined in prayer. The design is exceptionally strong and in combination with the unique properties of the thatching, allows the houses to withstand and shed the weight of the region’s heavy snowfalls in winter. Then we will continue driving to the Northern Alps. Forget city life – let’s see the natural beauty of Japan. The Hida Mountains or Northern Alps are one of the finest areas of natural beauty and the Kurobe Gorge is among the most spectacular places in the Hida Mountains. The open carriage style Train makes us feel that we are in nature. The view of the gorge changes as the train zigzags its way up. Then we will return to the Onsen Hotel.
Day 6** MAY 16 | Kurobe Gorge – Tateyama Kurobe Alpine – Nagano | (B, D)
After a morning onsen bath and breakfast, we will experience stunning vistas and unique landscapes as we travel on, above, and even under majestic Mt. Tateyama. We will stop to enjoy a stroll through flower filled meadows and steaming volcanic valleys. The Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route is known as the “Roof of Japan”. It passes through the dynamic scenery of Mt. Tateyama in the Japan Alps and is traversed using a variety of vehicles with an elevation change of 2400 meters from Toyama Prefecture to Nagano Prefecture. The route is approximately 90 km long and we will be impressed by the variety of scenery that can be seen in different seasons. First, we take a Cable Car to Bijodaira that takes us 500 m up. The average gradient here is 24°, and a site with unique rock formations named “Zaimoku-ishi” (timber rocks) is visible from the cable car. Second, we take the Highland Bus to Midagahara and Murodo. We will be captivated by the views as we travel through the range with a 1500 m change in altitude. The large trees in the forests, the highlands, and the mountain ranges are the highlights of the route. We will be able to get off the bus and walk along the road between 2 walls of snow 18 meters high. Third, we take the Tunnel Trolley Bus to Daikanbo which is the highest altitude trolley bus in Japan (2450 m). This bus runs inside a tunnel, piercing through the heart of Mt. Tateyama (3015 m high). The bus is powered by electricity, so the bus is “green” and does not produce exhaust fumes. Fourth, we take the Ropeway to Kurobedaira. The cable car here is one of the most unique in the world. It is the only cable car in Japan without pylons along its span. It is like a “moving observatory” giving a full panoramic view of the surrounding nature. Fifth, we take another Cable Car to Kurobeko. This is the only underground cable car in Japan, allowing it to be unaffected by snowfall. We have to do some walking before coming to the next station. Sixth, we take the Kanden Tunnel Trolley Bus from Kurobe Dam to Ogizawa Station. The tunnel for this trolley bus was originally built to transfer materials needed to build Kurobe Dam. The trolley bus crosses the border between Toyama and Nagano Prefectures, which was one of the most inaccessible places before the construction of the Kurobe Dam. After today’s exciting excursion we will return to the hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner and relax in the Onsen Hotel. Japanese onsens are extremely beneficial for one’s health because of its mineral content. Different minerals provide different health benefits while relaxing our body and mind.
Day 7** MAY 17 | Nagano – Ashikaga – Tokyo | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the “Top 10 World Dream Destinations” – Ashikaga Flower Park. Come and see the great wisteria over 150 years old which spreads over a 600 tatami trellis area. We can also see a Rose Garden here. After visiting this CNN selected dream destination, we will transfer to Tokyo, the capital, political, and commercial center of Japan. “Kani Doraku” is the most well-known crab restaurant in Japan. Founded in Osaka in 1960, Kani Doraku has been operating the top crab restaurants in Japan. We will have our Special Farewell Dinner here.
Day 8** MAY 18 | Tokyo | (B)
Full day free at leisure. 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 9** MAY 19 | Tokyo – Narita –> Honolulu | (B)
Tokyo Tower is a communications and observation tower in the Tokyo, and it 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 150m Main Deck, where we can get a sense of Tokyo’s cityscape in all three dimensions. After that, we will visit Tokyo Imperial Palace, the primary residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park located in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo and contains buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the Imperial Family, an archive, museums and administrative offices. We will transfer to Narita International Airport for our return flight to Honolulu later in the afternoon, taking with us the lasting memories of this wonderful Japan Alps trip with beautiful flower viewings.
☺We wish you a safe journey and have many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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Price from: $3,788.00
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(SINGLE SUPP: $900)