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)