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Tohoku

Day 1   Honolulu – Narita Our departure was smooth both at the China Airlines check-in and the security check point despite it being the busy summer vacation season.  It took some extra effort for a few of us to get our preferred seat assignment, but we all got the seats of our choice.   Day 2  Narita – Shinagawa Immigration at Narita Airport was also smooth and the traffic from Narita Airport to Shinagawa Prince...

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Mt Hakkoda

Mt Hakkoda


Posted By on Jul 9, 2016

  Aomori’s “Snow Monsters” come to life during the infamous Tsugaru winter on Mt. Hakkoda. Although they are concentrated far atop the summit, visitors can gracefully ascend up the mountain on a local gondola lift known as the Hakkoda Ropeway.   The world’s largest gondola lift manufacturer, a division of Austrian-Swiss Doppelmayr Garaventa Group, built the Hakkoda Ropeway in 2003. The main terminal is located at the base of...

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Aloha! Tour Escort William here to report on our tour to the Tohoku region of Japan to enjoy the blooming Sakura Cherry Blossoms. Our tour began with our arrival in Sendai and transferring to our first destination Matsushima, one of Japan’s great Three scenic points. Our first stop was to the Shiogama Fish Market in neighboring Shiogama city. Shiogama is famous for having the most Sushi Restaurants per capita in Japan. We were...

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Aomori Showa Daibutsu

Aomori Showa Daibutsu


Posted By on May 6, 2016

Although the Daibutsu (lit: Giant Buddha) of Nara is considered the most famous, the distinction of the tallest seated Daibutsu goes to Aomori Prefecture’s bronze Showa Daibutsu. Towering at over 70 feet and weighing 220 tons it’s approximately the height of the White House and the weight of over 100 American sized cars. Isolated on the outskirts of Aomori City, the Showa Daibutsu gracefully overlooks the eastern part of the city....

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During the Edo period of Japan, Ouchijuku was no more than a small post station; it has since then been a well preserved village mostly untouched by time. Located in the Shimogo, Fukushima, Ouchijuku is a historically preserved district that shows us a glimpse back in time to the Old World Japan. The thatched roofs of the village houses in this modest town are mostly made of dried straw. These settlements were known as a central hub...

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Hotoke-ga-Ura

Hotoke-ga-Ura


Posted By on Mar 18, 2016

Situated at Sai on the southern tip of Shimokita’s axe-shaped peninsula is an elegant rock formation known locally as Hotoke-ga-Ura. This nationally designated Natural Monument derives its name from the wind carved cliffs that resemble the stoic supreme Buddha.   Although Aomori is renowned for its snowy landscape, Hotoke-ga-Ura serves as a reminder that northern Japan has beauty to offer all year round. Visitors who wish to see...

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