Apr 04, 2021 to Apr 18, 2021
The country of Japan was closed to all foreigners until 1853 when Commodore Mathew Perry sailed from America to Tokyo bay, with four ships. It took several more years before a key trading treaty was signed and from that point on the trading ships started to arrive. Foreign sailors complained bitterly about the lack of navigation aides in Japanese waters, other than for a few poor coastal lights and fires. Finally in 1868 the Stevenson Company of Scotland was persuaded to send a lighthouse construction engineer over to teach the Japanese how to build strong, efficient lighthouses. The engineer, Richard Henry Brunton lived in Japan from 1868 until 1875, where he designed and built 20 modern lighthouses. We will be visiting some of his lighthouses, including his very first.
The old cities of Nara and Kyoto are spectacular at any time, but even more so when the thousands of cherry blossom trees are in full bloom. We start our tour in Osaka and will be traveling to the temples and lovely old gardens when hopefully the cheery blossoms are at peak. Nara was the capitol of Japan from 710 –794AD. Kyoto became the capitol in 794AD and retained that position until 1869; after which time the capitol was moved to Tokyo.
Sunday April 4th: Members travel to Osaka. Meet and Greet” at 5.30pm. Accommodation: Cross Hotel, Osaka, Japan – 3 nights
Monday April 5th: Full day (8 hours) Tour to Nara.
Tuesday April 6th: Full day (8 hours) Tour to Kyoto.
Wednesday April 7th: Travel Osaka to Shirahama. Visit Old Sakai & Saikazaki lighthouses. Sandanbeki caves & cliffs. 6.30 sunset views.
Accommodation: Shirahama Key Terrance hotel, Seamore.
Thursday April 8th: Travel Shirahama to Kii-Katsuura. Visit Ichiezaki, Shionomisaki & Kashinozaki lighthouses, Hotel Urashima.
Friday April 9th: Travel Kii-Katsuura to Toba. Visit Daiosake, & Anorisake, lighthouses. Overnight Toba International hotel – 2 nights.
Saturday April 10th: Visit Sugashima & Maeshiba lighthouses. Overnight Toba International hotel.
Sunday April 11th: Travel Toba to Shizuoka. Visit Omeozaki lighthouse. Overnight Hotel Assoc Shizuoka.
Monday April 12th: Travel Shizuoka to Atami. Visit Irozaki Cape lighthouse, Tsumekizal & Kadowaki lighthouses. Hotel Atami Korakuen
Tuesday April 13th: Travel Atami to Miura. Visit Tsurgisaki & Kannonzaki lighthouses. Overnight Kamakura Park Hotel
Wednesday April 14th: Travel Kamakara hotel to Tokyo. AM Sight seeing in Kamakura.Travel to Odaiba and Museum of Maritime Science. View old Osesaki & Anorisake lighthouses. Overnight Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa (four nights)
Thursday April 15th: Travel to Chiba to vew Inubosaki lighthouse. The oldest Brunton lighthouse in Japan. Overninght in Tokyo.
Friday April 16th: Travel to Southern Chiba to view Sunosaki & Nojimasaki lighthouses. Overnight Tokyo.
Saturday April 17th: Visit old Chiyoda lighthouse. Free time to explore Tokyo. Overnight Tokyo.
Sunday April 18th: Tour ends after breakfast. Goup transfer to Narita airport.
- Old Sakai lighthouse
- Saikazaki lighthouse
- Ichiezaki lighthouse
- Shionomiski lighthouse
- Kashinozaki lighthouse
- Daiosake lighthouse
- Anorisaki lighthouse
- Sugashima lighthouse
- Maeshiba lighthouse
- Omaezaki lighthouse
- Irozaki Cape lighthouse
- Tsumekizaki lighthouse
- Kadowakakii lighthouse
- Tsurugisaki lighthouse
- Kannonzaki lighthouse
- Inubosaki lighthouse
- Ohsesaki Lighthouse
- Chiyoda lighthouse
- Anorisaki lighthouse
- Sunosaki lighthouse
- Nojimasaki lighthouse
- Full Board
- 14 night’s accommodation
- 14 breakfasts
- 14 lunches
- 14 dinners ( 4 in hotels and 10 outside restaurants)
- English speaking Japanese guides
- Daily transportation - mostly bus
- Entrance fees in Nara and Kyoto
- Group departure transport to Narita Airport
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