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July 6/7: A total of 24 of us met at Honolulu Airport and left for Sapporo by Hawaiian Airlines. The flight was’t full so some of us could stretch a little and relaxed. It was about 7.5 hr. smooth flight and landed in Chitose Airport around 4:40 pm。 After checking into the Air Terminal Hotel which was located inside the terminal building, some of us went out to explore inside the terminal for food and shopping. There were many shops...

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Japan Rail Pass is now being sold at a limited number of locations in Japan as a trial run and will continue until March 31st, 2018.   Below is a list of Stations and Airports where you can purchase. Stations you can buy JR Pass Sapporo, Sendai, Niigata, Tokyo, Shinjuku, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Hiroshima, Takamatsu and Hakata Airports you can buy JR Pass New Chitose Airport, Narita Airport, Haneda Airport and Kansai Airport....

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The first Luxury Collection hotel to open in Tokyo is an exquisitely designed hideaway in the upscale Kioicho district, a premier address steeped in the history of the Tokugawas and just minutes on foot from the vibrant entertainments of Akasaka. The 250-room Prince Gallery Tokyo Kioicho occupies the top seven floors of a 36-story tower, offering iconic city views from every angle along with exquisitely curated artwork. The...

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Day 1- March 18, Saturday Everyone was on time and checked in with no hassle.We took a ANA flight (9hrs 25 mins flight), Honolulu to Narita. Everyone enjoyed the in-flight entertainment and meal.  Day2 -March 19, Sunday We took a chartered bus and checked in to Grand Nikko Tokyo Daiba hotel. Room keys were all ready, our luggage were transferred to the rooms by the staff of the hotel . Service at the hotel was excellent. There were...

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Northern Culture Museum, a part of The Ito Estate, the former home of one of welthiest landowners; the Ito family. “A family, which started out as farmers on the west bank of the great Agano River, which flows across the Kanbara Plain in Echigo, grew richer from farther to son until eventually they build up an enormous fortune and became the greatest landowners in Echigo. The family’s name was Ito. During the Meiji Period,...

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Day 1/2 The 29 of us taking the Hawaiian Airlines flight from Honolulu to Chitose experienced an extra-long trip. Even though our flight was smooth and almost 1 hour ahead of schedule, it ended up being diverted to Narita due to a last minute runway closure because of the blizzard. The captain tried to fly back to Chitose on the same night after refueling, but they were unable to get a crew, so we ended up staying overnight at the...

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