Departure date: 27 Jan, 2019 (Sun) Coach
Day 00 (Sun, 27 Jan’19)
Assemble at Singapore Changi Airport for flight to Tokyo
Day 01 (Mon, 28 Jan’19)
Singapore – Haneda – Komatsu – Kanazawa – Wakura Onsen
Hotel: Matsu no Midori (hot spring) or similar
Arriving in Ishikawa this morning, your first stop will be Natadera. This 1,300-year-old Buddhist temple features multiple buildings that have been designated national Important Cultural Properties and Places of Scenic Beauty, the highlight of which is a massive cliff face dotted with numerous caves overlooking a pond. Harmony with nature was such a consideration in the design of this temple that even the main hall is partially housed in a cave.
Kanazawa produces ninety nine percent of Japan’s gold leaf and at Hakuichi Hakukokan, you can experience this precious resource. Enter the gold chamber and see gold artefacts, learn about the production of gold leaf and witness skilled craftsmen manipulate this delicate material. Indulge in a soft serve topped with a sheet of gold and shop for gold products to bring home with you!
After a full day of travelling, treat yourself to something sweet at Le Musee De H, a stone’s throw away from your accommodation for tonight. Opened by award-winning pastry chef Tsujiguchi Hironobu, this café serves up decadent desserts along with a beautiful view of the Nanao Bay and Notojima Island in a stylish ambiance.
Day 02 (Tue, 29 Jan’19)
Wakura Onsen – Wajima – Wakura Onsen
Hotel: Matsu no Midori (hot spring) or similar
Heading up the Noto Kongo Coast today, make a stop at Ganmon, the “gate rock” carved out by crashing waves. Head down to the natural sea cave to watch waves burst through the ‘gate’ when the wind is high and take in the view of the wide expanse of coast and sea from the top of the rugged, tree-covered cliffs.
After lunch, take a leisurely ride on the Noto Satoyama Satoumi Sightseeing Train. Rolling gently through the picturesque coastal countryside of the Noto Peninsula, you can take in the breathtaking sights of this Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System. Inside the train, local crafts such as kumiko wood joining and lacquerware are also on display.
Returning back to your accommodation for the night, experience a Japanese tea ceremony before a sumptuous kaiseki dinner of the finest seasonal delicacies that the Noto has to offer.
Day 03 (Wed, 30 Jan’19)
Wakura Onsen – Kanazawa – Yamashiro Onsen
Hotel: Kuriya Yasohachi (hot spring) or similar
Travelling south, take in the sights of the Chirihama beach driveway, the only beach in Japan which you can drive on. Cruise along the sandy beach as you watch the waves lapping the shoreline right next to you.
Next, visit the icon of Kanazawa, Kenrokuen, one of Japan’s three most beautiful gardens. Gorgeous in every season, the garden is especially picturesque in winter when blanketed in a layer of pristine, white snow. Pine trees held up by yukitsuri, a Japanese technique used to protect branches from heavy snow, are a signature of the garden in winter and create a stunning image when reflected on the calm surface of the Kasumigaike pond.
After lunch, stop over at the D.T. Suzuki Museum. Built to commemorate the life and philosophy of Suzuki Daisetz Teitaro, a Zen philosopher from Kanazawa, the museum expounds on his life and philosophy. The architecture of the museum also reflects the Zen philosophy with its clean and simple design and includes a Contemplative Space, ideal for meditation.
Day 04 (Thu, 31 Jan’19)
Wajima – Kanazawa
Hotel: Hotel Nikko Kanazawa or similar
Start today with a shopping spree at AEON Mall Shinkomatsu, the largest shopping mall in the Hokuriku region. This fairly new mall carries many popular Japanese brands, as well as some international ones, and is a great place to get your shopping fix.
Following that, visit the Higashi Chaya District. Chaya, or teahouses, are where geisha have been entertaining guests with music and dancing since the Edo period. Many of these immaculately preserved traditional wooden houses have been converted into cafes and shops selling local specialities such as tea, gold leaf products and Japanese sweets, but a few remain as geisha houses, providing a brief glimpse into their lives.
Later, immerse yourself in art at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year, but is perhaps known more for its permanent exhibits, such as Leandro Erlich’s “Swimming Pool”. The museum itself is a work of art given its unusual architecture and incorporation of art pieces into its design. Exhibits are scattered throughout the building and large lawn, many of them encouraging interaction with art and with other visitors.
Day 05 (Fri, 01 Feb’19)
Wander round the “Kitchen of Kanazawa”, Omicho Market, this morning. The go-to market in Kanazawa for almost 300 years, 186 stalls selling fresh and cooked food fill the market with fresh seasonal seafood and produce. Sample the different foods on sale as you walk round the market or sit down at one of the eateries for a meal.
Our tour ends here in Kanazawa and you can take a flight home via nearby Komatsu airport. For those who have not had enough of Japan, we will be happy to arrange a trip extension in Tokyo, a direct shinkansen ride away.
COACH TOUR (LUXURY)
Assemble date: 27 Jan, Sun (SO13215)
Flight schedule: (for suggestion only, not included in tour price)
27Jan NH 844 Singapore - Haneda
2225 / 0600*1
28Jan NH 751 Haneda - Komatsu
0840 / 0945
01Feb NH 758 Komatsu - Haneda
1845 / 1955
02Feb NH 843 Haneda - Singapore
0030 / 0655
Tour price per person (in SGD)
Group size: 6-7 pax
Adult twin share $6,180; Adult triple share $5,980
Group size: 8-9 pax
Adult twin share $5,680; Adult triple share $5,480
Group size: 10 pax
Adult twin share $5,180; Adult triple share $4,980
Tour price includes:
Hotel accommodation as stipulated in itinerary
Tours and Meals as stipulated in itinerary
Comprehensive travel insurance
Tour price excludes:
Airport taxes & fuel charges (Estimated, subject to change)
Visa application fee (if any)
The prices are subject to change upon fluctuations of currency exchange rates. Flight schedule and the sequence of the itinerary are subject to change with or without prior notice to ensure the smooth running of the tour.
Minimum group size to confirm tour is 6 adults.
Please refer to booking form for further terms and conditions.