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)