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Sample tour : Nokogiriyama and Minamiboso

Take a highway bus from Tokyo or Shinjuku station to Minamiboso.  We will meet you at Furari bus stop, and first go to take a gondola to the top of Nokogiri yama.  We will enjoy the splendid view of Tokyo Bay from the top, and then hike down to Nihon-ji temple precinct where you will find the largest stone Buddha in Japan.  Savor your lunch at a local restaurant directly run by the local fishery co-op for the freshest fish available.  Then we drive into the hills of the peninsula where the harmony of nature and cultivated rice paddies renders beautifully.  End the tour by a visit to Kameda Sake brewery.
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FIT : Kyoto gardens and Maiko world : April 2019

Focus : private gardens, Maiko world (Geisha apprentices), and Kimono.

Traveler : Chamber of Commerce executive from LA

Transportation : local trains and buses, taxi.

Itinerary : 4/9 travel from Osaka International Airport to Kyoto, Maiko experience, Nishiki market 4/10 stroll around Kawaramachi, see a Miyako Odori Maiko show, Murin-an garden 4/11 Nishijin Textile Center for Kimono dressing, Mitsui Family Villa, Shimogamo Shrine, Seiryu-den Garden for cherry blossoms and views of the city 4/12 Kyoto Museum of Modern Art, travel to Osaka to join an additional TAUCK Tour

Her comment : “The TAUCK trip was very good but our personal tour was absolutely the very best. When I think of returning to Japan; it would be to travel with you again to Kyoto and stay at the Tawaraya!”

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Lydon-Mizoguchi Adventure 2018

Themes : Hasekura Tsunenaga, Date Masamune, and Hokkaido

Travelers : 36 Americans (many from Santa Cruz county) ranging in age from their 50s to 80s

Transportation : Chartered bus, Shinkansen local trains and subways.

Itinerary : 5/7 – 10 Minamiboso (WWII related sites, Tateyama Castle, fishermen’s village, meet locals, party with the mayor), 5/11 – 12 Sendai (Sendai City Museum, Sendai Castle site, Ishinomaki, Keicho Embassy Museum), 5/13 – 14 Hakodate (Goryokaku, Foreign Cemetery, Motomachi), 5/15 Onuma (nature walk / lake boat ride) to Noboribetsu (hot spring), 5/16 – 17 Sapporo (Clock Tower, Kaitaku Village, Hokkaido Museum, Sapporo Beer Museum) and Biratori (Nibutani Ainu Museum), 5/18 – 19 Tokyo (Yasukuni Shrine live pro baseball, Sanja Matsuri), 5/20 Edo Tokyo Museum, fly back to the USA

Optional : 5/21 – 25 – Kyoto, Nara, Osaka (Ryoan-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Nijo Castle, Byodo-jin, Todai-ji, Kofuku-ji).

Comments from participants:

“Our trip was an adventure because you guided us to amazing temples and museums throughout Hokkaido and Honshu. The diversity of restaurants allowed us to taste many cuisines.” (Carol)

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Lydon-Mizoguchi Adventure 2017

Themes : The Tale of Heike, Miyamoto Musashi, and World War II

Travelers : 33 Americans (many from Santa Cruz county) ranging in age from their 20s to 70s

Transportation : Chartered bus, Shinkansen, ferry boats, local trains and subways.

Itinerary : 5/8 – 10 Minamiboso (local shrine, WWII related sites, meet locals), 5/11 – 13 Nara and Kyoto (Todai-ji, Kinkaku-ji, Nijo Castle, Ryoan-ji, etc), 5/14 Himeji and Hiroshima (Himeji-castle, Hiroshima Peace Park), 5/15 Miyajima (Itsukushima Shrine), Iwakuni (Kintaikyo Bridge) and Shimonoseki (Dannoura) 5/16 Fukuoka to Nagasaki (Shikanoshima, Nagasaki Peace Park, Dejima) 5/16 Nagasaki (Glover Garden) to Kirishima (hot spring), 5/17 – 18 Kagoshima (Tokkotai Museum, Ishin Museum, Senganen Garden), 5/19 – 21 Tokyo (Yasukuni Shrine, live pro baseball, Sanja matsuri) 5/21 Edo Tokyo Museum, fly back to the USA

Comments from participants:

“Thank you for making this an unforgettable trip. We hope to return to this beautiful country”. (Clay)

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Lydon-Mizoguchi Adventure 2015

Themes : Matsuo Basho and Ainu, the indigenous people in Hokkaido.

Travelers : 33 Americans (many from Santa Cruz county) ranging in age from their 30s to 80s

Transportation : Chartered bus, Shinkansen, ferry boats, local trains and subways.

Itinerary : 5/16 : arrive Tokyo, 5/17 Sanja Matsuri festival, 5/18 – 21 Minamiboso (beaches and rice paddies, meet locals, party with the mayor), 5/22 – 23 Tokyo (Edo Tokyo Museum, Basho’s birth place and the museum), 5/24 Nikko (Toshogu, Tamozawa Imperial Villa), 5/25 Yamagata (Risshaku-ji), 5/26 Sendai (Matsushima, Ishinomaki), 5/27 Hiraizumi (Motsu-ji, Chuson-ji), 5/28 Biratori (Ainu Museum), Noboribetsu (hot spring), 5/29 – 30 Hakodate (Toya Volcano Science Museum, Goryokaku, Motomachi), 5/31 fly back to the USA

Comments from participants:

“You are the best cat herder in the world!” (Jeff)

“THANK YOU for all that you did — you truly are the most organized and thoughtful person I’ve ever known.  From the little bag of treats at our arrival, to the folders — everything was 100% perfect!” (Sandy)