B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Dec. 6 | Honolulu –> Kansai
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Kansai Airport, gateway to Osaka. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Dec. 7 | Kansai – Kyoto
Upon arrival at Kansai Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us to our hotel in Kyoto.
Day 3**Dec. 8 | Kyoto | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will start our tour of the historic Kiyomizu-dera, an independent Buddhist Temple in Eastern Kyoto and 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. The neighborhoods next to this temple are Ninen-zaka and Sannen-zaka which literally means Two-Year Hill and Three-Year Hill. These are charming pedestrian only shopping lanes lined with traditional Japanese buildings that offer a taste of pre-modern Kyoto. Arashiyama is a nationally designated historic site and a place of scenic beauty. Our first stop is the romantic “Moon Crossing Bridge” (Togetsukyō), notable for its views of maple trees on the slopes of Mt. Arashiyama. The bridge will lead us to the amazing Sagano Bamboo Forest. After lunch, 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. Gion is Kyoto’s most famous geisha district. It is filled with shops, restaurants and teahouse, where geiko (Kyoto dialect for Geisha) and maiko (Geiko apprentices) entertain. Let’s enjoy some shopping time here. Then, we will return to our hotel after dinner.
Day 4**Dec.9 | Kyoto – Kobe – Osaka | (B, L)
After breakfast, we will transfer to Kobe. Arima Onsen is a famous hot spring town within the city limits of Kobe, but on the opposite side of Mount Rokko from the city center. The town lies in a natural mountain setting, but near enough for an easy and popular day trip or weekend getaway for Kobe and Osaka residents. With a history of over one thousand years, Arima Onsen is considered one of Japan’s oldest hot spring resorts and has often stood at or near the top of onsen rankings for Western Japan. We can enjoy a foot bath and walk around the old town. After lunch, we will visit Kobe Kitano Museum in a historic building of the former consulate of the United States. Originally built in 1898 as a foreign residence, it was the American consulate from the end of World WarⅡuntil 1978. Today, it holds “Painters of Montmartre – Kobe Kitano and Paris Montmartre’s Friendship Exhibition.” Exhibits include historical items of Kobe Kitano and the first government-owned olive grove. Kitano Museum serves as offices of KITANO-YAMAMOTO Historical Landmark Preservation Commission and International Olive Academy. It also introduces us the history and culture of Kobe Kitano district and promotes its charm. Then, we will return to Osaka and enjoy shopping at the Duty Free Shop and 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 600 meter long arcade. 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. We can have our dinner here.
Day 5**Dec.10 | Osaka | (B)
After breakfast, enjoy a free day to shop and eat whatever looks interesting. “Shop till you drop; eat till you overflow!”
Day 6**Dec.11 | Osaka (Kansai) – Honolulu | (B)
After breakfast, we can explore the city on our own and enjoy last minute shopping. After a long day, we will transfer to Kansai Airport for our return flight to Honolulu, taking with us the lasting memories of this wonderful Christmas Shopping tour in Osaka.
We wish you a safe journey and with many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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(SINGLE SUPP: $450)