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Day 1, Sept 17 2018: Departure from Honolulu We were able to make a smooth departure from Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines – the TSA checkpoints weren’t even that crowded! On to our overnight stopover in Seattle. The inflight meal (which very few domestic airlines have anymore) was simple but tasty – a BBQ chicken sandwich. Day 2, Sept 18 2018: Seattle to Reykjavik Thanks to our stopover we were able to get a full...

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(Tokyo –> Takasaki –> Minakami –> Yuzawa –> Niigata –> Sado Island –> Tokyo )  10DAYS / 9NIGHTS INTRODUCTION: Located in the northernmost part of Nagano Prefecture, the Hokushin Region is known for winter sports, countless hot springs, the best rice and some of the finest sake produced in Japan. Visitors to the region can also savor some of the freshest seafood available in the country. Trip Highlights: Less than an...

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General Information About Heianjingu: Japanese history is unique in that the capitol has changed several times throughout history. Currently the capitol of Japan is in Tokyo, but throughout Japanese history it has been located in Kyoto, the ancient city of Japan. Heianjingu was constructed to celebrate exactly that: Kyoto as the center and capitol of Japan. Although it is not the capitol today, Kyoto is still arguably the cultural and...

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General Information About Naoshima If you ever visit western Japan, Naoshima is a must-see cultural art island filled with modern and contemporary art, situated in quaint Japanese history and tradition.   Located in the Setonai-Sea, which connects Honshu (mainland Japan) with Shikoku island, Naoshima is a port city historically known for fishing and salt production.   Naoshima is said to have derived its name from the...

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Like many other locations in Japan (especially Kyoto), Kakunodate is a relic of Old World Japan from the Edo era. During the Edo era, Kakunodate was bustling with samurai and merchants, and is still home to some of the best remaining examples of samurai architecture in Japan. If you ever dreamed of walking the streets of the Samurai, look no further—this is your place. Located in the Akita prefecture of Tohoku, Kakunodate is the...

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Kurashiki is a city that blends one of the heaviest industries in western Japan (second after Osaka) with tradition and culture, thus creating a unique mix of “new” and “old.” Located along the coastal Setonai Sea at the edge of Honshu (mainland Japan), Kurashiki has had a long history as a center of business and politics, even during the Hei’an Period (well before the Edo Period). It is most famous...

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