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)