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7 days / 6 nights - Exclusive Sake Experience Tour 2013
   7 days / 6 nights - Exclusive Sake Experience Tour 2013 (From Tokyo)
Exclusive Sake Experience Tour 2013
Travel in luxury through central Japan to experience sake, food, culture and nature. The journey takes you from urban Tokyo past Mt. Fuji to the striking Japan Alps in Nagano. Then we continue through the beautiful countryside to the snowy Sea of Japan coast of Niigata.
This tour features an exclusive sake seminar from the world's leading expert, John Gauntner, in Tokyo. Following the lecture, we'll visit three private sake breweries in central Japan which have not been open to the general public, introducing you to the different aspects of the brewing tradition of sake.
HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Learn about sake from the world's leading expert, John Gauntner, in an intimate class setting.
  • Explore central Japan's snow covered mountains to visit three private breweries.
  • Sample the flavor of Japan with carefully selected lunches at the sake breweries.
  • Enjoy sake-centric dinners - In Niigata, dinner at the French restaurant run by Koshi no Kanbai gives you new perspectives on pairing fine French cuisine and sake.
  • Visit Daio Wasabi Farm to see rows of delicate wasabi plants grown over the years in the clearest natural springs.
  • Experience rich cultural heritage of Nagano by visiting Matsumoto Castle and Zenkoji Temple.
  • See Jigokudani Monkey Park where a troop of snow monkeys soak in open-air baths in the snow.
  • Enjoy relaxing in the natural hot spring or onsen, at a traditional Japanese-style Inn by Lake Suwa, Nagano.
  •  DATE:    Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, 2013 (Reservation Closed)
                Mar 10 - 16, 2013 (Reservation Closed)

    LAND ONLY PRICE (Airfare NOT included) :
    PERIOD / ROOM TYPE TWIN / DOUBLE SINGLE
    Jan. 27 - Feb. 2, 2013
    Mar. 10 - Mar. 16, 2013
    $3,440
    $3,800
    - Prices are per person as of 2/11/13, and may vary due to currency fluctuations.
    - "Twin" is a room with two (2) single beds shared by two (2) people.
    - "Double" is a room with one (1) double bed shared by two (2) people.
    - Minimum / Maximum Number of Participants: 7 - 20 persons (per tour)

     ITINERARY  

    DAY1: TOKYO

    Depart from the U.S.

    Upon arrival at Narita Airport, your English-speaking coordinator will meet and assist you onto the Airport Limousine Bus.


    Check-in to your hotel



    HOTEL: Royal Park Shiodome Tower

    DAY2: TOKYO - MT. FUJI - YAMANASHI

    Full-day tour by a private coach with an English-speaking guide
    The day begins with a lecture by John Gauntner to prepare you for our brewery visits. Mr. Gauntner's special lecture is held at Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association in Tokyo.

    Drive through the countryside with panoramic views of snow covered Mt. Fuji - Japanese-style lunch at Shichiken Brewery's Restaurant in Yamanashi - Enjoy the tour of the brewery and tasting



    - Relax and soothe yourself in Onsen (Hot-spring Baths) as well as enjoying the dinner at Ryokan (Japanese-style Inn) by Lake Suwa surrounded by the snow-covered mountains



    RYOKAN: Hama-no-Yu

    DAY3: YAMANASHI - MATSUMOTO - NAGANO

    Full-day tour by a private coach with an English-speaking guide

    Visit the producer of Masumi, Miyasaka Brewery to enjoy the tour and tasting - Daio Wasabi Farm - Soba (Buckwheat Noodles) lunch at the farm - Matsumoto Castle












    HOTEL: Hotel Metropolitan Nagano or similar

    DAY4: NAGANO - SNOW MONKEY - NAGANO

    Full-day tour by a private coach with an English-speaking guide

    Visit Jigokudani Yaen-Koen where a troop of snow monkeys soak in open-air baths in the snow - Zenkoji Temple - Enjoy Shojin Ryori, a traditional vegetarian food at the temple












    HOTEL: Hotel Metropolitan Nagano or similar

    DAY5: NAGANO - TAKADA - NIIGATA

    Full-day tour by a private coach with an English-speaking guide

    Visit the final brewery on the tour, Musashino Shuzo in Takada, Niigata - Enjoy lunch specially prepared for the guests at the brewery - Niigata Furusato Village - Last dinner at Manjia, run by Koshi no Kanbai (Discover new perspectives through a stimulating dinner pairing of sake and French cuisine)



    HOTEL: Hotel Okura Niigata

    DAY6: NIIGATA - TOKYO

    Board the Shinkansen (Bullet train) from Niigata Station to Tokyo

    Tokyo half-day tour - Tempura lunch - Explore Tokyo on your own - Farewell dinner at local Izakaya, a Japanese tapas restaurant, with great food and specially selected sake












    HOTEL: Royal Park Shiodome Tower

    DAY7: TOKYO

    After checking out of your hotel, take an Airport Limousine Bus to the airport on your own.

    - If you plan to extend your trip, we can also help you arrange your travel needs. Please contact us for further assistance.







    ICON DESCRIPTION:    BREAKFAST    LUNCH    DINNER 

     INCLUDED:

    • Sake lecture by the world's leading Sake expert, John Gauntner
    • Private tours and tastings at designated sake breweries, which are not open to the general public
    • Escorted tour leader who is qualified for Advanced Sake Specialist
    • English-speaking guide and assistance as specified in the itinerary above
    • Full-day tour by a private coach
    • Admission fees to all cultural sites as specified in the itinerary above
    • Two (2) nights accommodation in Tokyo
    • One (1) night accommodation at ryokan (Japanese-style Inn) by Lake Suwa
    • Two (2) nights accommodation in Nagano
    • One (1) night accommodation in Niigata
    • Six (6) breakfasts, five (5) lunches, and three (3) dinners as specified in the itinerary above
    • Round-trip transfer service between Narita Airport and your hotel in Tokyo via Airport Limousine Bus (Day 1 & 7)
    • One-way Shinkansen (Bullet Train) ticket from Niigata station to Tokyo (Day 6)

     NOT INCLUDED:

    • U.S. Domestic/International air transportation from your city to Japan.
    • Ground transportation other than those specified above or notified by your agent
    • Meals unless specified above or notified by your agent
    • Insurance (Highly recommended to purchase)
    • Individual expenses

     REMARKS:

    • This tour is handled and operated by NTA.
    • Please read the terms and conditions carefully.
    • Minimum / Maximum Number of Participants: 7 - 20 persons (per tour)
    • This tour is a group tour which requires a minimum of 7 participants. If the minimum has not been reached by 1 month prior to the tour date, we will notify you of the tour cancellation. The tour is fully refundable in this case.
    • If you plan to extend your trip, we can also arrange your Hotel, Japan Rail Pass, Japan Air Pass, and Day Tours for all your travel needs.
    • Insurance is not included but highly recommended to purchase.
    • Schedule is subject to change due to traffic, weather or any unforeseen circumstances.
    • Please ask your agent for more information or details.
    • Prices are as of 1/24/13, and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.

     
    For more information or further questions, please contact us at :

    TOLL FREE (within the U.S.): 1-877-DT-JAPAN (1-877-385-2726)

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    Click below to request online.

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