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Day1:  Jan 17, 2019 Departure from Honolulu We checked in at the Philippine Airlines counter, which had a dedicated line for our group.  The airline provided us with a “gold line” at TSA, which made our inspection so much faster. The flight (PR#101) was 10hr45min nonstop to Manila. We were served with two hot main meals and a snack with a choice of pork barbecue or kung pao chicken and pancit & pork or beef lasagna. We enjoyed our...

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Yokohama Port Festival 2018 A festival celebrating the opening of Yokohama port. The main site of the festival is at Rinko Park in the Minato Mirai 21 area. On the seaborne area, you can test-ride the ships. On land, there will be music concerts and performances on stage. You may also enjoy a collaborative spectacle of fireworks with sounds and laser. Information Area Minato Mirai 21 / Sakuragi-cho June 1st (Fri.) to June 2nd (Sat.)...

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In Japan, there is a traditional custom to appreciate the beauty of the flowers, especially cherry blossoms (sakura) in the spring time. Yokohama is blessed with the scenery of both traditional and modern architecture which blends well with the cherry blossoms. Below are the top 10 popular cherry blossom viewing spots. Most of the spots are free, making them affordable places to enjoy the authentic Japanese beauty. Cherry Blossom...

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The Shoryudo is located in the very center of Japan. The Shoryudo offers regional sightseeing routes that provide the best this region has to offer, with themes that include “mountains”, starting with Mt. Fuji, Japan’s most famous mountain; “food and famous sake brands” that are produced by the region’s abundance of clean water; history and traditional cultures shaped by the “samurai”; and “manufacturing” that is the creation and the...

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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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There are many high-end Japanese restaurants in Ginza, but no places give off the same refreshing personality as “Tsurutokame,” which opened less than two years ago. The restaurant is special for its seven itamae chefs, who are all women. Together, they have ushered in a new whirlwind in cooking and cuisine. Indeed, “Tsurutokame” is a rare and special restaurant in Japan. From the moment you open the door of “Tsurutokame”, the chefs’...

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