B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1** Mar 14 | Honolulu –> Tokyo
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Haneda International Airport in Tokyo. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2** Mar 15 | Tokyo
After arriving at Haneda International Airport, we will meet with an Air and Sea Travel representative who will escort us to our hotel in Tokyo.
Day 3** Mar 16 | Tokyo Niigata | (B, D)
After Breakfast, we will transfer to Ueno Train Station to ride the Shinkansen Bullet Train to Niigata Station. The City of Niigata faces the Japan Sea on the island of Honshu, the largest of the four islands that comprise Japan. Upon arrival, we will transfer to Niigata Furusato Village. There are shops selling Niigata specialties, restaurants serving local cuisine, a Niigata sightseeing information corner and a corner providing Niigata historical and cultural information to visitors. We can enjoy our own lunch here. After that, we will visit Northern Cultural Museum, originally a mansion of Ito Bunkichi (1603-1868), one of the greatest landowners in Japan during the Edo Period. Nowadays, the museum houses calligraphy and ceramics, lacquer ware and documents related to the Ito family’s history. We can also visit the “walking” garden which has a big pond. Niigata is Japan’s number one rice and sake production area fostered in a large granary. Niigata boasts more sake breweries than any other prefecture in Japan. Imayo Tsukasa Sake Brewery, the brewery nearest Niigata Station, is the gateway to Niigata sake. We will have an informational tour and enjoy sake tasting. Tonight, we will have a special welcome dinner with entertainment by an authentic Geisha. Let’s enjoy some fun during dinner. We will transfer to our hotel after dinner.
Day 4** Mar 17 | Niigata | (B)
This morning, let’s enjoy some seasonal fruit. Shirone Grape Garden organically grows many types of high quality fruit. Japanese strawberries are sweet and delicious, and also the best fruits in spring. We will pick and taste strawberries. Next, we will stop at Teradomari Fish Market to see reasonably priced quality fresh fish from Teradomari Bay and Izumozaki Bay. We can enjoy our own lunch here by choosing their famous “hamayaki” (fresh seafood grilled on the beach), crab dishes and “kaisen don” (fresh raw fish on rice). Then, we will visit Yahiko Shrine in Yahiko Village, a power spot for love and good fortune. Many people from all over the country flock to this Shinto shrine, hoping to get their wishes granted. Then, we will take the Yahiko Ropeway to enjoy the beautiful view of the city. Bandai City is a commercial district in Niigata City. It is located north-west of Niigata Station, and faces the Shinano River. It is a popular shopping area of Niigata City, with commercial building complexes, department stores and restaurants. We can do some shopping and enjoy our own dinner here.
Day 5** Mar 18 | Niigata Sado Island | (B, L, D)
Before we transfer to Sado Island, we will stop at Senbei Okoku to make senbei (rice crackers). Then, we will take a Jetfoil to Sado Island, the 6th largest island in Japan off the coast of Niigata Prefecture. Upon arrival, we will enjoy Japanese Amberjack Fish Don for lunch. Sado Kinzan (Gold Mine) was the most productive mine in Japan, annually producing nearly 400 kg of gold as well as smaller amounts of silver and copper. Today, they are open to the public with a gold museum showing displays and models about its operation. After that, we will check into our onsen hotel and enjoy a Crab Kaiseki dinner with Demon Drums performance.
Day 6** Mar 19 | Sado Island | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will experience a Tarai Bune Boat Ride (tub-turned boat) on a traditional Japanese fishing boat found mainly on Sado Island and used for catching abalone and other mollusks. Afterward, we will experience panning for gold. We will visit Sado History Museum to learn the cultural history of Sado Island, viewing intriguing displays with animatronic puppets that reenact historical events and local legends. After lunch, we will visit Daizen Shrine, a shrine with a stately Noh stage, remembered in connection with Suketomo Hino. Return to the hotel and enjoy our dinner.
Day 7**Mar 20 | Sado Island Niigata – Nikko | (B, D)
This morning, we will take Jetfoil back to Niigata. After arriving at Niigata, we will transfer to Nikko with a stop at the service station for lunch (on our own). On the way, we will visit Ouchijuku, a former post town along the Aizu-Nishi Kaido trade route, which connected Aizu with Nikko during the Edo Period. Today, Ouchijuku has been restored to look as it did in the Edo Period with telephone and electricity wires buried. The unpaved main street is lined with thick thatched roof buildings, housing a variety of shops, restaurants and minshuku (small traditional Japanese inns). Nikko is a small town to the north of Tokyo in Tochigi Prefecture. It has been a center of Shinto and Buddhist mountain worship for many centuries. Upon arrival, we will transfer to our onsen hotel in Nikko. The city of Nikko has various types of Hot Springs that offers different atmospheres and spring water quality; depending on its quality, each Hot Spring has a distinct color, smell, feeling to the skin, and effect. Kinugawa Hot Spring is a popular hot Spring resort town in Nikko. The clear, mild waters that flow from the area’s hot springs have been in use since the Edo Period. Let us enjoy the hot spring in our onsen hotel.
Day 8**Mar 21 | Nikko – Tokyo | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will visit in Nikko before we transfer to Tokyo. Toshogu Shrine, Japan’s most lavishly decorated shrine and the Mausoleum of Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, are the most famous sites in Nikko. They are part of the “Shrines and Temples of Nikko”, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nikko Yuba Teishoku will be arranged for lunch. The 100 meter tall Kegon Waterfall is the only outlet for the waters of Lake Chuzenji and is the most famous of Nikko’s many beautiful waterfalls. It is ranked as one of Japan’s three most beautiful falls, along with Nachi Waterfall in Wakayama and Fukuroda Waterfall in Ibaraki. We will take a roundtrip elevator to view the waterfall. We will continue our journey to Tokyo, the capital, political, and commercial center of Japan. Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel. Tonight, we will enjoy a Japanese Izakaya-Style Dinner nearby our hotel.
Day 9**Mar 22 | Tokyo | (B)
After breakfast, enjoy another full leisure day to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting. 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 10**Mar 23 | Tokyo –> Honolulu | (B)
After checking out of our hotel at noon, we will transfer to Odaiba and visit the 19-meter tall Gundam RX 0 Statue, one of the most significant comic attractions in Japanese cartoon (manga) industry. Today Odaiba is a popular shopping and sightseeing destination for local residents and tourists alike. Enjoy last minute shopping before we transfer to Narita International Airport for our return flight to Honolulu, taking with us lasting memories of a magnificent trip to Niigata, Sado Island and Nikko, exploring the northern culture of Japan.
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