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Around Japan in 14 Days! Sights, Cuisine & Adventure via Japan Airlines

 

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1. Visit over 10 cities from Hokkaido to Okinawa all via Japan Airlines on this ultimate tour. English-speaking interpreter guides accompany the entire tour which is designed to ensure participants see all the sights, eat delicious cuisine, and have a wonderful time!
2. In Hokkaido admire the vast winter scenescapes and enjoy a snow festival (some periods only), and in Okinawa get a chance to see the earliest blooming cherry blossoms (some periods only) and take advantage of the warm, southern climate, all on this one-of-a-kind tour!
3. Participants are sure to have their taste buds satisfied with a variety of delicacies on the menu, including Hokkaido crab, Fukuoka fugu pufferfish, Amao strawberries, wagyu Japanese beef, shabu-shabu and more. Savor the specialties of each region in Japan.

 

 

Departures
(from Tokyo)
2017 : 29 January, 01 Feburuary, 02, 08 March
2018 : TBA
Tour Inclusions Transportation expenses, admission fees, and other fees included in the itinerary, Accommodation charges (13 nights), Meals (13 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners (9 dinners for tours departing on Jan. 29 & Feb. 1)), English-speaking interpreter guide
Prices from (Per person, Land Only) NZ$9,285 PER PERSON
• Minimum 2 persons for the tour to operate (Up to 10 persons)
• Special airfares in conjunction with this tour are available, please contact JTB New Zealand.
Visits Hokkaido, Sapporo, Otaru, Tohoku, Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Hakone, Kanazawa, Kyoto, Fukuoka, Beppu/Yufuin, Kyushu, Okinawa

 

Day 1BLD

Tokyo – Ishikawa
08:00 – Meet at Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal 1 2nd Floor Departure Lobby
Meet near Clock Tower 4 in the 2nd Floor Departure Lobby at Haneda Airport Domestic Terminal 1.
09:25 – 10:25 Haneda Airport to Komatsu Airport (60 min)
Flight No.: JAL185
  Komatsu Airport to Kanazawa City (45 min)
  Lunch (60 min)
Enjoy the bounties of the sea around Japan with a sushi lunch.
13:00 – [Kanazawa City Sightseeing] Kenrokuen Garden, Former Samurai Residence (Nomura Residence), Higashi Chayagai (200 min)
– 17:30 Arrive at Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
  Dinner (90 min)
Savor a meal of traditional Kaga-style kaiseki cuisine.
001 - Kenrokuen Garden in winter, Ishikawa

 

 

Day 2BD

Ishikawa
  Free time all day *2 Feb., 9 Mar.
Recommended activities include sightseeing around the city such as a visit to 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, or taking an express bus to the Gokayama or Shirakawago areas.
11:00 – Kanazawa Station to Takayama *30 Jan., 3 Mar. (120 min)
Depart for Takayama & Gokayama via charter bus
*For 30 Jan., the tour will join a 1-day tour operated by JTB.
  Walk around Takayama City (150 min)
Walk along the streets in Takayama, where the history and tradition of times gone by can still be felt. Trying some Hida beef and other local food is also recommended.
  Suganuma Village at Gokayama (View the illumination) (60 min)
This fairy-tale illumination of the snow-covered thatched-roof village is a breathtaking sight that can only be seen here in this season.
  Dinner (45 min)
Please enjoy dinner in a restaurant located in one of the steep-roofed village houses.
–20:00 Gokayama to Kanazawa Station (75 min)
002 - Gokayama in winter, Toyama

 

 

Day 3BLD

Ishikawa – Kyoto
09:53 – 12:09 Kanazawa Station to Kyoto Station (140 min)
[JR Limited Express Thunderbird / Normal reserved seating]
  Lunch (60 min)Enjoy a semi-buffet lunch of Western-style food.
  [Kyoto City Sightseeing] Kinkaku-ji Temple, Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Gion Stroll (150 min)
  Dinner (90 min)
Savor some Japanese wagyu beef in a relaxed Kyoto-style townhouse.
  Arrive at New Miyako Hotel
003 - Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto

 

 

Day 4B

Kyoto (Free itinerary)
  Free time all day
004 - Nijo-jo Castle, Kyoto

 

 

Day 5BD

Kyoto – Osaka – Hokkaido
07:30 – New Miyako Hotel to Itami Airport (50 min)
09:30 – 13:30 Itami Airport to Haneda Airport to Kushiro Airport (240 min)
Flight No.: JAL 110. Connecting flight at Haneda Airport (Purchase own lunch) to Flight No.: JAL 543
  Depart from Kushiro Airport
  Kushiro City Japanese Crane Reserve (20 min)
Red-crowned cranes are a symbol of Japan and protected as a Special Natural Monument. At this facility 10 to 20 of the rare birds are raised in a natural environment.
  Lake Akan Ainu Kotan Village (45 min)
– 17:00 Arrive at Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings
19:30 – 20:30 Lake Akan Ice Festival (60 min)
Enjoy watching fireworks explode in the winter night sky overhead, as well as a variety of attractions on the frozen lake.
005 - Lake Akan Ice Festival, Hokkaido

 

 

Day 6BD

Hokkaido
08:30 – Lake Akan Tsuruga Wings to Abashiri (120 min)
11:00 – 11:30 Aurora Icebreaker Cruise (60 min)The drift ice that can be seen in Hokkaido originates at the border of China and Russia, as freshwater from the Amur River–the largest river in East Asia–flows into the Sea of Okhotsk. Passengers on the Aurora Icebreaker ship can watch in awe as the layers of drift ice are broken apart by the ship.
*As drift ice is a natural phenomenon, in some cases drift ice may not be seen after the ship departs, but no refunds will be issued even if participants do not get to see drift ice.
14:15 – 15:05 Memanbetsu Airport to New Chitose Airport (50 min)Eat lunch on your own after arrival at Memanbetsu Airport
Flight No.: JAL 2714
  New Chitose Airport to Sapporo City (60 min)
  Dinner (100 min)
Enjoy an all-you-can-eat meal of Hokkaido crab, which is in season in winter.
  Arrive at Sapporo Prince Hotel
006 - Icebreaker Ship, Abashiri, Hokkaido

 

 

Day 7BL

Hokkaido
10:00 – Sapporo Prince Hotel to Otaru (60 min)
  [Otaru City Sightseeing] Walk through Otaru, Lunch, Otaru Tenguyama Ropeway (270 min)
  Otaru to Sapporo Prince Hotel (60 min)
007 - Sapporo Snow Festival, Hokkaido

 

 

Day 8BLD

Hokkaido – Aomori
08:00 – Sapporo Prince Hotel to New Chitose Airport (60 min)
10:10 – 11:00 New Chitose Airport to Aomori Airport (50 min)
Flight No.: JAL 2803
  Aomori Airport to Hirosaki City (60 min)
  Hirosaki Park (Hirosaki Castle) (30 min)
Visit Hirosaki Castle, a famous spot known for beautiful cherry blossoms in spring.
*Enjoy the view from the outside only. Participants cannot enter the castle keep.
  Tsugaruhan Neputa Village (120 min)
This facility lets visitors experience the Neputa (Nebuta) festivals which are held in areas throughout Aomori Prefecture. Enjoy some of Tsugaru’s traditional home-style cooking for lunch.
19:00 – Dinner (90 min)
Tuck into a dinner of local cuisine and be serenaded by the sounds of genuine Tsugaru shamisen music.
  Arrive at Hirosaki Park Hotel
008 - Aomori Nebuta Festival

 

 

Day 9BLD

Aomori – Tokyo – Oita
  Hirosaki Park Hotel to Aomori Airport
09:50 – 13:45 Aomori Airport to Haneda Airport to Oita Airport (235 min)
Flight No.: JAL 142. Connecting flight at Haneda Airport to Flight No.: JAL 665. A bento box lunch will be served on board.
  Oita Airport to Beppu City (60 min)
  Jigoku Meguri Tour (90 min)
The 8 jigoku, or hells, of Beppu, which include the Chinoike-Jigoku and Umi-Jigoku, each offer a totally different experience of seeing hot spring water boiling up from the earth.
*Depending on the amount of time available, the tour may not visit all 8 of the hot spring sources.
– 17:00 Arrive at Suginoi Hotel
009 - Beppu Onsen Hot Spring, Oita

 

 

Day 10BLD

Oita – Fukuoka
09:00 – Suginoi Hotel to Yufuin (45 min)
  Stroll through Yufuin (120 min)Walk along Yunotsubo Street, a location which retains an atmosphere of days gone by and offers opportunities for shopping and more.
  Lunch (60 min)Savor a meal of this area’s specialty locally-raised chicken.
  Yufuin to Oki-machi (120 min)
  Amao Strawberry Picking & All-you-can-eat (40 min)
Strawberries are all-you-can-eat for the 40 minutes of time in the orchard, but strawberries cannot be taken outside the orchard.
  Oki-machi to Kurume Station (45 min)
  Kurume Station to Hakata Station (20 min)
[Tsubame or Sakura Shinkansen (Kyushu Shinkansen) / Non-reserved seating]
  Shopping near Hakata Station (60 min)
This activity may be omitted depending on time constraints.
– 18:00 Drop-off at Hotel Nikko Fukuoka
Suitcases and other large-size luggage will be sent from Hotel Nikko Fukuoka to Hotel JAL City Naha. Luggage pick-up will be on Day 12, so please pack a backpack or similar small bag for 2 days for your personal belongings on Day 11 and Day 12. (Luggage shipping for 1 piece of luggage per participant is included in the tour booking charge. Charges must be paid on site for any additional luggage.)
19:00 – Dinner (90 min)
Look forward to a full course dinner of Hakata’s specialty fugu pufferfish.
010 - Mt.Yufu, Oita

 

 

Day 11B

Fukuoka – Okinawa
11:00 – Pick up at Hotel Nikko Fukuoka
  Hakata Station to Fukuokakuko Station (Fukuoka Airport Station)
12:45 – 14:35 Fukuoka Airport to Naha Airport (110 min)
Flight No.: JAL 57
  Naha Airport to Hotel JAL City Naha (30 min)
  Free time after arrival in Naha
Take advantage of some free time to walk around International Street (Kokusai-dori), which is Okinawa’s number one downtown area, visit Shuri Castle or enjoy another activity.
011 - Kokusai street, Souvenir Shop Shopping, Naha, Okinawa

 

 

Day 12BLD

Okinawa
10:30 – Hotel JAL City Naha to Nago (105 min)
  Lunch (45 min)
Enjoy Okinawa’s specialty soki soba noodles.
  Nago Park (Cherry blossom viewing) (60 min)
This spot is known for its Hikanzakura (Taiwan cherry) type of cherry tree, which bloom very early in the season–one of the earliest of any in Japan.
*The visit to Nago Park may be changed to Ryukyumura depending on the blooming conditions of the cherry blossoms. No refunds will be issued in such cases.
  Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium (120 min)
This aquarium is one of the largest in Japan, and sees a very large number of visitors. Be fascinated by the enormous whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, which swim leisurely in the spacious main tank.
18:00 – Dinner (90 min)
Sit down and enjoy shabu-shabu of Okinawa-raised Agu pork served in a traditional-style house with a history of over 100 years.
– 21:30 Nago to Hotel JAL City Naha (105 min)
012 - A shiisa and Naha city, Okinawa

 

 

Day 13B

Okinawa – Tokyo
10:00 – Depart from Hotel JAL City Naha (30 min)
  Umikaji Terrace (Purchase own lunch) (105 min)
Purchase your own choice of lunch at this sightseeing and shopping spot which recently opened in summer 2015.
  Arrival at Naha Airport (15 min)
13:40 – 15:50 Naha Airport to Haneda Airport (140 min)
Flight No.: JAL 908
17:20 – Haneda Airport to Hotel Grand Palace (50 min)
After arriving at Haneda Airport, go to Hotel Grand Palace via airport limousine bus
*The interpreter guide will accompany participants from arrival at Haneda Airport until boarding the airport limousine bus. The guide will not ride along on the bus.
013 - Okinawan costume

 

 

Day 14BL

Tokyo
07:50 – Pick-up Service
Hotel Grand Palace to Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal via Pick-up Bus
09:00 – Depart from Hamamatsucho Bus Terminal (150 min)
Participants will join a tour operated by JTB for international travelers, and the interpreter guide that accompanied the tour through Day 13 will change to a different guide.
  Mt. Fuji 5th Station (30 min)The bus will head up to the 5th Station along the Subaru Line. The 5th Station is situated at 2,300 meters (7,546 ft) above sea level. At this height, you will be amazed at spectacular, breathtaking views from above the clouds.
*Due to weather conditions, Mt. Fuji may not be visible even from the base. However, the tour will not be cancelled and refunds will not be given for this reason.
  Lunch
  Lake Ashi Cruise (15 min)
Go for a sightseeing cruise on Lake Ashi. This crater lake along the southwest wall of the caldera of Mt. Hakone was formed by a powerful volcanic eruption nearly 3,000 years ago, and provides postcard views of Mt. Fuji towering 30 km northwest. Admire the superb view of Mt. Fuji from aboard a ship.
  Komagatake Ropeway (50 min)
Spend a total of 50 minutes including a 7-minute cableway ride up to the peak from Hakone-en. Take a cableway ride up to the spiritual Hakone Shrine Mototsumiya (original shrine) that nestles at the mountaintop.
  Odawara Station to Tokyo Station (40 min)
Tour concludes upon arrival at Tokyo Station.
014 - Mt. Fuji and Lake Ashi

 

 

 

B : Breakfast  L : Lunch  D : Dinner

 

 

Remarks

1. Planning Company: JTB Japan Travel Corp.
Address: 2-3-11 Higashi Shinagawa, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Japan Tourism Agency Registered Travel Agent (No. 1955)
2. Please note that the scheduled itinerary is subject to change, such as changes to the order or amount of time spent at destinations as a result of public transportation circumstances, road conditions, etc.
3. Vegetarian meals are not available on this tour.
4. This tour visits a wide range of areas in Japan, from Hokkaido to Okinawa. In Hokkaido and Aomori the temperature may drop below 0°C even in the daytime, and snowfall may be heavy. In contrast, the high temperature in Okinawa may be around 20°C. With a maximum temperature difference of about 30°C, participants on this tour will need to bring the appropriate clothing and items for the climate at each destination.
5. [Day 2 / For tour departing on Jan. 29 only] The tour will join the Gokayama Illumination Tour, which is a 1-day tour operated by JTB, and other international and Japanese customers will also be on board.
6. [Day 6] As drift ice is a natural phenomenon, in some cases drift ice may not be seen after the ship departs, but no refunds will be issued even if participants do not get to see drift ice.
7. [Day 9] Hirosaki Castle will be viewed from the outside only. Participants cannot enter the castle keep.
8. [Day 10] Suitcases and other large-size luggage will be sent from Hotel Nikko Fukuoka to Hotel JAL City Naha. Luggage pick-up will be on Day 12, so please pack a backpack or similar small bag for 2 days for your personal belongings on Day 11 and Day 12. (Luggage shipping for 1 piece of luggage per participant is included in the tour booking charge. Charges must be paid on site for any additional luggage.)
9. [Day 11 & Day 12 / For tours departing on Jan. 29 & Feb. 1 only] The visit to Nago Park may be changed to Ryukyumura depending on the blooming conditions of the cherry blossoms. No refunds will be issued in such cases.
10. [Day 14] For the Mt. Fuji & Hakone Tour, this tour will join a tour operated by JTB for international travelers, and the interpreter guide that accompanied the tour through Day 13 will change to a different guide.
11. Rooms for each hotel on this plan must be 1 room for 2 guests. Room types cannot be selected.
12. Children younger than 6 years old are not permitted to participate.
13. This tour is accompanied by an English-speaking interpreter guide for the entire itinerary, except for free time sections of the tour. Note that in some cases, all sections of the itinerary may not be led by the same interpreter guide. In such cases, there is a possibility that certain transfers via airplane, etc. may not be accompanied by an interpreter guide.
14. Depending on the number of participants and the destinations, a different type of vehicle such as a large taxi or minibus may be used.
15. Seating requests for transportation are not accepted.
16. If the minimum number of participants (2) is not met by 20 days before the scheduled date, the tour on that date may be cancelled.

 

 

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