S: Japan Tour 2006
FC: Japan 2006
1: Japan Trip Itinerary Mar 19 Fukuoka Accommodation: Fukuoka Sea Hawk Resort Activities/Sightseeing Places: Huis Ten Bosch & Paleis Huis Ten Bosch. Proceed to Nagasaki. Mar 20 Nagasaki - Kumamoto Accommodation: Kumamoto New Sky Hotel Activities/Sightseeing Places: Peace Garden, Statue of Peace and the Atomic Bomb Museum. Proceed to Kumamoto, third largest city in Kyushu, visit Suizenji Park. Mar 21 Kumamoto - Kagoshima - Ibusuki Accommodation: Ibusuki Royal Hotel Activities/Sightseeing Places: Visit Mt. Aso National Park. Proceed to Kagoshima and visit Shiroyama Park and Amaminoshima Kimono Village. Overnight in Ibusuki and enjoy a hot sand or hot spring bath. Mar 22 Ibusuki - Kagoshima - Osaka Accommodation: Miyako Hotel Activities/Sightseeing Places: Transfer to Kagoshima airport and fly to Osaka. Upon arrival, visit Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi & shopping in downtown of Osaka. Mar 23 Osaka - Kyoto Accommodation: Kyoto Kokusai Hotel Activities/Sightseeing Places: Transfer to Kyoto and visit Kiyomizu Temple, Heian Shrine and enjoy a Kimono fashion show. Overnight in Kyoto. | Mar 24 Kyoto - Nara - Kyoto Accommodation: Kyoto Kokusai Hotel Activities/Sightseeing Places: Morning visit Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace. Afternoon proceed to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine and Nara Park. Return to Kyoto at night. Mar 25 Kyoto - Shirakawago - Takayama Accommodation: Takayama Hida Plaza Activities/Sightseeing Places: Proceed to Shirakawago and visit Gokayama to enjoy paper making and then drive to Takayama. Afternoon walking tour visit Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum & Kami Sannomachi Street. Overnight at Hida Hotel Plaza. Mar 26 Takayama - Mount Fuji Accommodation: Kawaguchiko Royal Hotel Activities/Sightseeing Places: After visit the morning market of Takayama, proceed to Mt. Fuji. En-route visit Ramen House, Hiraya Waterfall, Azumino Winery & Daioh Wasabi Farm. Overnight at Mt. Fuji and enjoy a Japanese onsen or hot spring bath. Mar 27 Mount Fuji - Tokyo Accommodation: Sunshine City Prince Hotel Activities/Sightseeing Places: Morning enjoy a cruise on Lake Ashi and Mt. Komagatake Aerial Cableway. Drive halfway up to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji if weather permitted. Drive to Tokyo. Mar 28 Tokyo Accommodation: Sunshine City Prince Hotel Activities/Sightseeing Places: Half day Tokyo city tour visit Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple and shopping at Ginza. | From March 19-28, 2006, I participated on a Heritage of Japan tour.
2: Day 1: Fukuoka - Nagasaki Huis Ten Bosch & Paleis Huis Ten Bosch | Huis Ten Bosch (house in the forest) recreates the Netherlands by displaying real size old Dutch buildings and more than 300,000 tulips.
3: Day 2: Nagasaki - Kumamoto Peace Garden, Statue of Peace, Atomic Bomb Museum & Suizenji Park | Nagasaki Peace Statue - one hand points to the danger from above, the other symbolizes peace, one leg is in the position for meditation and the other symbolizes readiness to stand up and help.
4: Day 3: Kumamoto - Kagoshima - Ibusuki Mount Aso National Park, Shiroyama Park, Amaminoshima Kimono Village | Amaminoshima Kimono Village | Mount Aso | Mount Aso is the largest active volcano in Japan and is among the largest in the world. The caldera has a circumference of around 120 km.
5: Day 4: Ibusuki - Osaka Osaka Castle, Shinsaibashi, shopping in downtown Osaka | Osaka Castle is one of Japan's most famous castles, and played a major role in the unification of Japan during the 16th century.
6: Kimono Fashion Show! | Day 5: Osaka - Kyoto Kiyomizu Temple, Heian Shrine, Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and Imperial Palace and Kimono fashion show.
7: Kiyomizu-dera Temple, Kyoto is a Buddhist temple in eastern Kyoto. The temple is part of the historic monuments of ancient Kyoto UNESCO World Heritage site. Not a single nail is used in the whole temple.
8: Golden Pavillion or Kinkaku, is a three-story building covered with pure gold leaf. The Golden Pavilion is set in a magnificent Japanese strolling garden (kaiy-shiki). The pond in front of it is called Kyko-chi (Mirror Pond). There are many islands and stones on the pond that represent the Buddhist creation story.
9: Day 6: Kyoto - Nara Todaiji Temple, Kasuga Shrine and Nara Park | Todaiji is a Buddhist temple located in Nara, Japan. The Great Buddha Hall is the world's largest wooden structure and houses the world's largest bronze statues, known in Japanese as Daibutsu.
10: Deer Park in Nara
11: Day 7: Kyoto - Shirakawago - Takayama Shirakawago, Gokayama paper making. afternoon walking tour, Kusakabe Folkcraft Museum and Kami Sannomachi Street.
12: Paper Making | Dining Out | Ramen House | Wasabi Farm | Shopping | Day 8: Takayama - Mount Fuji Mt. Fuji, Ramen House, Hiraya Waterfall, Azumino Winery & Daioh Wasabi Farm
13: Day 9: Mount Fuji - Tokyo Lake Ashi Cruise, Mount Komagatake Aerial Cableway, 5th station of Mt. Fuji, Drive to Tokyo.
14: Ginza, Japan at Night
15: Day 9: Tokyo Imperial Palace, Asakusa Kannon Temple and shopping at Ginza. | Bird's eye view from Tokyo Tower
16: Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo is the biggest wholesale fish and seafood market in the world. A visit to Tsukiji Market is best combined with a fresh sushi breakfast or lunch at one of the onsite or local restaurants.
17: Asakusa, Tokyo is most famous for the Sens-ji buddhist temple. | Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. | Ueno Park used to be part of one of the largest and wealthiest temples in Japan | Bullet Train (shinkansen) in Japan is the World's busiest high-speed railway