B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner
Day 1**Mar. 11 | Honolulu –> Kansai (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**Mar. 12 | Osaka – Kyoto
Upon arrival at Kansai International Airport, an Air & Sea Travel representative will greet us and escort us to our hotel in Kyoto.
Day 3**Mar. 13 | Kyoto | (B, D)
Kyoto is the former Imperial capital of Japan for more than one thousand years. 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. Afterward, we will have our own lunch in Nishiki Market, a narrow, five blocks long shopping street lined with more than one hundred shops and restaurants. Known as “Kyoto’s Kitchen”, this lively retail market specializes in all items that are food related, like fresh seafood, produce, knives and cookware, and is a great place to find seasonal foods and Kyoto specialties, such as Japanese sweets, pickles, dried seafood and sushi. 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. Last, we will proceed to 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 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.
Day 4**Mar. 14 | Kyoto – Osaka (Universal Studio Japan) | (B, L)
After breakfast, we can enjoy some shopping time on our own before we transfer to Osaka. Our hotel is surrounded by department stores, specialty stores, and restaurants. Upon arrive to Osaka, we will have lunch and then check-in to our hotel near Universal Studios Japan.
Day 5**Mar. 15 | Osaka (Universal Studio Japan) | (B)
This morning, we will visit Universal Studios Japan, the first theme park under the Universal Studios brand built in Asia in 2001 with a collection of world-class entertainment for all ages to enjoy. The park occupies an area of 39 hectares and is one of the most visited amusement parks in Japan. Universal Studios Japan currently has eight sections: Hollywood, New York, San Francisco, Jurassic Park, Waterworld, Amity Village, Universal Wonderland, and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You will be able to enjoy many amusement rides, ranging from child-friendly carousels to thrilling roller coasters and simulators based on popular movies such as Spiderman, Back to the Future, Terminator 2, and Jurassic Park. In addition to rides, the park offers many opportunities to take pictures with popular characters’ mascots such as Snoopy, Hello Kitty and the muppets of Sesame Street. There are also various shows put on every day, including a Night Parade featuring illuminated floats. It’s time to refresh yourself after a whole day adventure. Just outside the park’s gates is Universal Citywalk Osaka, a shopping mall with many restaurants and shops, including stores selling Universal Studios merchandise and Osaka souvenirs. You might want to sample food at the Osaka Takoyaki Museum, five restaurants that specialize in fried octopus dumplings, located on the mall’s fourth floor.
Day 6**Mar. 16 | Osaka (Universal Studio Japan) – Nara – Osaka | (B, L, D)
After breakfast, we will pack up and transfer to Nara. Nara Park is a public park and one of the “Places of Scenic Beauty” designated by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Over 1,200 wild Sika Deer freely roam the park and have become a symbol of the city and designated a natural treasure. According to local folklore, deer from this area were considered sacred due to a visit from Takemikazuchi-no-mikoto, one of the four gods of Kasuga Shrine. Killing one of these sacred deer was a capital offense punishable by death until 1637. Today, visitors can purchase “deer-crackers” to feed them. Todaiji, also known as Great Eastern Temple, is one of Japan’s most famous and historically significant temples and a landmark of Nara. Todaiji’s main hall, the Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the world’s largest wooden building, despite the fact that the present reconstruction of 1692 is only two thirds of the original temple hall. The massive building houses one of Japan’s largest bronze statues of Buddha (Daibutsu). The 15 meter tall, seated Buddha represents Vairocana and is flanked by two Bodhisattvas. After lunch, we will return to Osaka and visit Osaka Castle. The former residents of Osaka Castle were the wives of a 16th century Japanese ruler named Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The garden has a spectacular view of the castle tower. During springtime, the garden’s 600 cherry blossom trees bloom beautifully, including the pure white somei-yoshino. We will visit the Castle Tower which houses an informative museum about the castle’s history and Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It was the largest castle at the time. We will enjoy our dinner and check-in our hotel in Osaka City.
Day 7**Mar. 17 | Osaka | (B)
After breakfast, enjoy a full leisure day to shop around the city and eat whatever looks interesting. “Shop till you drop; eat till you overflow!” 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.
Day 7**Mar. 18 | Osaka (Kaisai) – Honolulu | (B)
We can continue to explore the city on our own this morning. At noon, we will transfer to Umeda Hankyu Sanban Gai, a shopping center connected to Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station with two floors above ground and two floors below, its shops sell everything from fashion to food. We can do some last minutes shopping and enjoy our lunch here. The Japanese Tea Ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. Tea gatherings can be classified as either informal or formal. Let us have an informal tea gathering before we transfer to the airport. After a long day, we will transfer to the Kansai Airport for our return flight to Honolulu, taking with us the lasting memories of this wonderful Osaka trip.
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