B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1 ** Jan 15 | Honolulu –>Fukuoka
We begin our journey by boarding an international flight to Fukuoka, Kyushu, Japan’s third largest and southernmost island. Meals and snacks will be served on the plane.
Day 2 ** Jan 16 | Fukuoka, Kyushu
Upon our arrival at Fukuoka International Airport, we will meet an Air and Sea Travel representative who will escort us to our hotel.
Day 3 ** Jan 17 | Fukuoka–>Naha (Okinawa Island) – Yomitan | (B, D)
In the early morning, we will transfer to Fukuoka Airport and fly to Naha, Okinawa Island. Okinawa, historically known as Ryukyu, is situated between Taiwan and Kyushu. This popular vacation destination is famous for its natural beauty, including its blue skies, sunshine, ocean, an endless coastline, red hibiscus blossoms and a unique landscape that is a fascinating combination of Chinese and Japanese cultures. Upon arrival at Naha Airport, we will transfer to Yomitan to visit Ryukyu Mura, an authentic re-creation of an ancient Okinawan village. Old Ryukyuan homes were brought from all over the islands and reassembled here to preserve the heritage of the Ryukyu Kingdom. The park was created in the hope that this unique heritage could be shared by all who visit. Some of the staff wear traditional Okinawan folk costumes, providing the perfect photo opportunity. Inside the village we will find examples of Okinawan crafts on display and for sale, including bingata (dyed textiles), pottery and sugarcane products. These are all made using traditional methods, handed down from generation to generation. We can join the Michijune (Parade) for dancing “Kachashi”, a form of festive Ryukyuan folk dance. After that, we will transfer to our hotel Zanpamisaki Royal Hotel, located at one of the best sunset viewing points in Okinawa where the sun and the blue sea spread out in front of us.
Zanpamisaki Royal Hotel has a special onsen that is an open-air rock bath. The rock from the onsen was formed in the deep sea. Japanese onsens are extremely beneficial for one’s health because of its mineral compositions. Different minerals provide different health benefits and help relax our body and mind.
Day 4 ** Jan 18 | Yomitan – Motobu – Yomitan | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, an excursion is set to Churaumi Aquarium (Okinawa Churaumi Suizokukan), located within the Ocean Expo Park. It is one of the world’s largest aquariums that will dazzle you with the exotic tropical fish, manta rays, sharks, and whale sharks. The park also offers dolphin shows at the outdoor Okichan Theater. Today we will enjoy a Lunch Buffet with the animals at Ocean Expo Park. In the afternoon, we will visit the Murasaki Mura which is a reproduction of Naha city during the 14th and 15th centuries. We are going to have a DIY activity with Okinawan Shisa Painting. Shisa is a traditional Ryukyuan cultural artifact and decoration derived from Chinese guardian lions, often seen in similar pairs, resembling a cross between a lion and a dog, from Okinawan mythology. Choose a plain plaster shisa from among various styles and turn it into a masterpiece. We will return to our hotel after that.
Day 5 ** Jan 19 | Yomitan – Naha | (B, L)
After breakfast, we are going to enjoy some Omiyage shopping time at the Okashi Goten Yomitan, a wide variety of tarts and refreshments made with Okinawan ingredients brought from their factory. You’ll be able to get a glimpse of the final process of its production. After lunch, we will visit the Peace Memorial Park. Its main attraction is the Peace Memorial Museum, which gives an overview of the battle and the reconstruction of the island. Other notable sites include the Clock Tower, the Path to Peace Hill, and the Cornerstone of Peace. The devastating effects of the war had a profound impact on the Okinawans, and there are a number of monuments and museums relating to that period throughout Okinawa Island. Then, we are going to see one of Okinawa’s most famous products, Awamori. This hard liquor is distilled from rice, considerably more potent and less sweet than sake; and only brewed here. Some varieties made offshore of Okinawa Main Island have the highest alcoholic content. Awamori has a venerable history going back 500 years, when the Ryukyu Kingdom had extensive trade with Southeast Asia. It was first introduced to the islands from Thailand. Awamori is still made from Thai rice because its long grains give a higher alcoholic yield and it is not as sticky as Japanese rice. We will sample some Awamori at Masahiro Awamori Factory. We will transfer to our hotel that located at the Kokusai Dori after a full day tour.
Day 6 ** Jan 20 | Naha | (B, L)
This morning, we will go to Gyokusendo Cave at Okinawa World Park. The primary Gyokusendo Cave was discovered in 1967 and it is one of the largest underground stalactite caves in the Far East. Besides being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Okinawa, it has also been used as a film location for various movies. The best known movie internationally is the 1974 monster classic Godzilla vs Mecha Godzilla. Within the park, there is a snake museum, Sanshin making, and glass blowing. The main attraction is the dynamic and colorful Eisa Dance (Traditional Okinawan Taiko Dance) in the outdoor auditorium. For lunch today, we will enjoy a buffet lunch at the park. In the afternoon, we will transfer back to our hotel and enjoy the rest of day on our own. Kokusai Dori is the Main Street in Naha. Kokusai Dori is lined by restaurants, cafes, bars, hotels, souvenir shops, boutiques and department stores. We can enjoy our own dinner here.
Day 7 ** Jan 21 | Naha–>Fukuoka | (B)
After breakfast, we will transfer to the airport for our flight to Fukuoka. Fukuoka is the capital city of Fukuoka Prefecture and is situated on the southern end of Kyushu Island. Fukuoka was ranked as the 12th most livable city in May 2012 for its green spaces in a metropolitan setting. On the way to our hotel, we will drive by the Hakata and Tenjin area. Stretching for nearly 600 meters beneath Fukuoka’s busiest shopping district, Tenjin Chikagai is an underground shopping mall like no other in Japan. We can take our pick from 20 restaurants and cafes, which range from traditional Japanese dishes to bakeries and coffee shops. Our hotel is located just 10 minutes away from the underground shopping mall. We can enjoy shopping or having our dinner there.
Day 8 ** Jan 22 | Fukuoka | (B, D)
After breakfast, we will have a photo stop at Kanmonkyo Bridge, a suspension bridge connecting Honshu and Kyushu Islands, with Shimonoseki in the Yamaguchi Prefecture on the Honshu side and Kitakyushu on the Kyushu side. The bridge crosses the Kanmon Straits and is the 34th longest suspension bridge in the world and was once the longest bridge in Japan. At the western edge of Yamaguchi, famous for its blowfish and energetic spirit is Karato Market. The sushi market is held on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Holidays only. We can enjoy an amazing selection of Sushi for lunch here. We will ride the Sarakurayama Cable Car after our visit at the Karato Market. Strawberry picking is a popular activity in Japan between December and May and Fukuoka is famous for its large, sweet strawberries. Now is the time to go a-picking! Let us have an all you can eat strawberry picking. We will enjoy our farewell dinner before we transfer back to hotel.
Day 9 ** Jan 23 | Fukuoka | (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. Canal City Hakata, a large shopping and entertainment complex located in Fukuoka Prefecture that calls itself a “city within the city”.
Day 10 ** Jan 24 | Fukuoka | Honolulu | (B, L)
In the morning we will check out from the hotel and start our tour in Fukuoka. First, we will visit the highest seaside tower in Japan, the Fukuoka Tower. The highest observation deck at 123 m has a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. After lunch, we are going to visit the Dazaifu Tenmangu, a Shinto shrine built over the grave of Michizane Sugawara, respected by the Japanese as the Tenman-Tenjin (the deified spirit of Michizane), or the God of literature or calligraphy. The shrine is also known for its 6,000 ume (Asian plum) trees including 167 varieties. One of the trees, known as Tobiume, stands directly to the right of the main hall. Legend has it that after Michizane was exiled from Kyoto, he yearned so much for this tree that it uprooted itself and flew to Dazaifu Tenman-gū. This is the most popular shrine in Kyushu on New Year’s Day. In the late afternoon, we will transfer to the airport for our return flight home ending our fantastic journey in Okinawa and Kyushu.
☺We wish you a safe journey and have many wonderful memories to share with family and friends! ☺
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