B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Jun. 5 | Honolulu –> Tokyo
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Tokyo Airport. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2**Jun. 6 | Tokyo
Arrive at Tokyo International Airport. We will meet with an Air and Sea Travel representative who will escort us to our hotel in Tokyo.
Day 3**Jun. 7 | Tokyo | (B)
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. Next, we will visit the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingū), the Shinto shrine dedicated to the deified spiri ts of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. It is located in an evergreen forest that covers an ar ea of 700,000 square meters (about 175 acres). The forest has 120,000 trees of 365 different species donated by people throughout Japan when the shrine was established. Many visitors to the forest use it as a recreation and relaxation area in the center of Tokyo. We will transfer to another popular shopping district –Harajuku, the most popular shopping district for the younger generation in Tokyo. It is the center of Japan’s most extreme teenage cultures and fashion styles, but also offers shopping for adults and some historic sites. We can enjoy our own lunch in this area. Next, we will have a hands-on activity on food sample making, Gelato D.I.Y. These plastic models are intended to give you a comprehensive idea of what they’re ordering looks like, including texture, color, and the amount they will be getting. Let’s enjoy the funny time together. Our tour will ending to Senso-ji (,Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji), an ancient Buddhist temple located in Asakusa, Taito, Tokyo. It is Tokyo’s oldest and one of its most significant temples dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokitesvara). Dominating the entrance to the temple is the Kaminarimon or “Thunder Gate”, a massive paper lantern dramatically painted in vivid red-and-black tones to suggest thunderclouds and lightning. Beyond the Kaminarimon is Nakamise-dori with its shops, followed by the Hōzōmon or “Treasure House Gate” which provides the entrance to the inner complex.
Day 4**Jun. 8 | Tokyo | (B)
Full day at leisure. “Shop till you drop; eat till you overflow!” Enjoy this free day opportunity to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting.
Day 5**Jun. 9 | Tokyo – Lake Kawaguchi | (B, L, D)
Today, we will take Mt. Fuji Panorama Ropeway, ascends 400 meters from the eastern shore of Lake Kawaguchiko to an observation deck near the peak of Mount Tenjo. From the observation deck, which sits more than 1000 meters above sea level, there are panoramic views of the Lake Kawaguchi and of Mount Fuji. We will take a Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Kawaguchi to enjoy picturesque views of Mt. Fuji. After lunch, we will transfer to Iyashi no Sato (いやしの里), stands on the site of a former farming village on the western shores of Lake Saiko. The village was destroyed by a landslide during a typhoon in 1966. Forty years later the village’s traditional thatched roofed houses were reconstructed and reopened as an open air museum and traditional craft village where people can learn about the culture and try out and purchase different local handicrafts. Tonight, we will enjoy the hot spring and hotel dinner at our Onsen Hotel.
Day 6**Jun. 10 | Lake Kawaguchi – Mt. Fuji – Hiroshima | (B)
After breakfast at the hotel, we will make our way to Mt. Fuji – we will ascend to the 5th station at an elevation of 7,500 feet above sea level. Next, we will transfer to Oshino Hakkai, a touristy set of eight ponds in Oshino, a small village in the Fuji Five Lake region, located between Lake Kawaguchiko and Lake Yamanakako on the site of a former sixth lake that dried out several hundred years ago. The eight ponds are made by meltwater piled up on Mt. Fuji, filtered through lava for over ten years. Oshino Hakkai is also the place of pilgrimage and designated as a Natural Treasure in 1934. It also was ranked among the 100 best waters of Japan in 1985 and designated as a World Heritage Site together with Mt.Fuji in 2013. Afterward, we will depart for Odawara Train Station where we will take a Shinkansen Bullet Train to Hiroshima, one of the most prominent cities in the Chugoku region. The city is known internationally as the “City of Peace”. Upon our arrival, we will check-in to our hotel and the remainder of the day is free.
Day 7**Jun. 11 | Hiroshima – Miyajima – Hiroshima | (B)
This morning, we will take a Ferry to Miyajima Island, the popular name for Itsukushima Island. This island is one of the three most beautiful sights in Japan and has long been regarded as an Island of Gods on the beautiful Seto Inland Sea. It is a romantic and historical island where Itsukushima Shrine is located. This Shinto shrine is best known for its “Floating” Torii Gate. The shrine complex is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Japanese government has designated several buildings and possessions as National Treasures. Lunch will be on your own at Nakamise Street, a shopping street where you can enjoy walking around with snacking and shopping. After lunch, we will return to Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Museum. It is the primary museum in the park dedicated to educating visitors about the atomic bomb. The Museum has exhibits and information covering the buildup to war, the role of Hiroshima in the war up to the bombing, extensive information on the bombing and its effects, and substantial memorabilia and pictures from the bombing. The building also has views of the War Memorial, Peace Flame, and A-Bomb Dome. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Dome is a tangible link to Hiroshima’s unique past and is the symbol of Hiroshima.
Day 8**Jun. 12 | Hiroshima – Kyoto | (B)
This morning, we will transfer to Hiroshima Train Station where we will board a Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyoto. Upon our arrival, we will visit Kiyomizu Temple, 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 covered with cherry blossoms. 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. After the own 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. Tonight, we will enjoy another hot spring at our Onsen hotel.
Day 9**Jun. 13 | Kyoto | (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer to Arashiyama, a nationally designated historic site and a place of scenic beauty. Our first stop is the amazing Sagano Bamboo Forest. Imagine gazing down an endless pathway of swaying green boughs. The stalks tower above you, allowing sunlight to filter in gently. The forest seems endless to both your left and your right, and the sound of foliage swaying in the breeze lulls you into a trance-like state. Lunch will be on your own in Arashiyama area. Afterward, we will proceed to Kinkaku-ji (“Temple of the Golden Pavilion”), officially named Rokuon-ji (“Deer Garden Temple”), a Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto. The garden complex is an excellent example of Muromachi period garden design considered to be a classical age of Japanese garden design. Nothing is as symbolic of Kyoto as Kinkaku-ji’s golden reflection shimmering across the rippled surface of the pond before it. Kyo-Yuzen, a technique of painting dye directly onto cloth, was invented in the middle of the Edo era, towards the end of the 17th century. It has since become the ultimate art of kimono dyeing, famous for its use of distinctive and vivid colors seen nowhere else in the world. Today, we will have a hands-on experience dying a tote bag using this unique technique. We will return to Kyoto and stay overnight.
Day 10**Jun. 14 | Kyoto | (B)
After breakfast, enjoy a free day to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting. “Shop till you drop; eat till you overflow!”
Day 11**Jun. 15 | Kyoto – Osaka Q Honolulu | (B)
We will have our breakfast at the hotel before today’s city tour. Our first stop is Osaka Castle, one of Japan’s most famous landmarks. It played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period. We will visit the Castle Tower which houses an informative museum about the castle’s history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. After that, we will enjoy our 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. We can enjoy our lunch in this busy street. After a long day, we will transfer to Kansai International Airport for our return flight to Honolulu, taking with us the lasting memories of this wonderful trip.
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