The Otherside of Japan

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"the Otherside of Japan"
October 26 - November 04, 2015

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*  22 meals are included - 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners.
*  A crossing of the Japan Sea to Sado, historical island of exile. 
*  Kenroku Park, 1 of 3 most beautiful gardens in Japan.
*  Amanohashidate, Bridge of Heaven, 1 of 3 most scenic sights in Japan
*  Kimonos, tatami rooms and hot springs in Sado and Amanohashidate.


OCT 26 - MON - DEPART LOS ANGELES.  Flight to Tokyo.

OCT 27 - TOKYO. 
Evening arrival.  Accommodations in the popular, Odaiba district of Tokyo overlooking Tokyo Bay.  Refreshing bento served on arrival.  HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA [Bento]

OCT 28 - TOKYO. 
What to do on your free day today?  Catch the shuttle to Disney Sea?  Or shop?  There’s Decks Tokyo Beach, Aquacity Odaiba, DiverCity Tokyo Plaza including Gundam Front Tokyo with a giant robot!  Or see what’s new with Fuji TV, Toyota, and Panasonic?  Or explore the Maritime or Emerging Science museums?  Welcome dinner tonight.  [BD]

To the otherside of Japan - across the Japan Sea to Sado, once the isle of exile.  Visit the Sado "gold & silver" mines and tonight - tatami rooms, yukatas, Japanese dinner & haunting "okesa" music and dances.  OHSADO HOTEL [BLD]

More Sado sightseeing - visit Nichiren's Myosenji Temple and the burial site of Emperor Juntoku.  A return crossing to Honshu & Kanazawa, for 2 welcomed days.  Convenient city-center accommodations.  ROUTE INN KANAZAWA EKIMAE [BLD]

Visit Kenroku Park in Kanazawa, 1 of 3 most beautiful - to Kaga Village for lunch & demonstrations in Kutani pottery, lacquerware, gold-leaf artistry and shopping.  A 2nd night in Kanazawa and a Saturday night hotel dinner.  [BLD]

This morning, drive to Amanohashidate, the "Bridge of Heaven," of myths & legends, a narrow 2-mile sandbar enclosing the Bay of Miyazu, 1 of 3 most scenic sights in Japan.  To nearby Miyazu Hot Springs, on the shores of Miyazu Bay, arriving in time for hot springs baths and a Japanese seafood “kaiseki” dinner wearing “yukatas” provided by the hotel.  This evening, sleep on comfortable futons in tatami rooms.  MIYAZU ROYAL HOTEL [BLD]

See the vast Tottori sand dunes, an oddity in the manicured Japanese landscape. After lunch in Yonago, to Matsue, known for its association to Lafcadio Hearn, an 1891 school master and author of "Kwaidan," a collection of Japanese ghost stories (which has been made into a movie).  Visit his museum and majestic Matsue Castle.  City-center accommodations in Matsue.  MATSUE TOKYU INN [BLD]

NOV 03 - OSAKA. 
Drive the Yonago and Chugoku Expressways through Okayama & Hyogo-kens to Osaka, our final stop on our journey to the otherside of Japan.  Last minute shopping at the Kintetsu Department Store next door.  Farewells at dinner.  SHERATON MIYAKO HOTEL [BLD]

NOV 04 - WED - OSAKA. 
Tour disbands after breakfast.  [B]

although not included, convenient bus to Osaka Airport available at nominal cost.  Return flight included.


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