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day 1 Seward (Anchorage), Alaska
Seward, (Anchorage’s gateway) is sandwiched between the Kenai Mountains and the Kenai Fjords National Park. It is one of Alaska’s oldest and most scenic communities, with Mount Marathon rising majestically behind the town. Even though Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city, it is also home to 1,500 moose, surrounded by national parks full of wildlife.
Two hundred miles south of Anchorage and home of the Discovery Channel’s “The Last Frontier,” Homer is a small city on beautiful Kachemak Bay. The geological landform known as Homer Spit is the main attraction here. This 4.5-mile-strip of land with its variety of shops, art galleries, seafood restaurants and beaches was named one of the best 100 beaches in the U.S. Less than 10 miles from the Spit is Kachemak Bay State Wilderness Park, the only designated wilderness park in Alaska. Homer is also known as the “Halibut Fishing Capital of the World” and is the homeport for the Time Bandit of “Deadliest Catch” fame.
8:00 AM TO 6:00 PM
Kodiak is noted as being one of the top three fishing ports in the country and home to over 650 boats. Alaska Marine ferries dock here and Kodiak is also home to the largest U.S. Coast Guard base. This renowned fishing destination offers a variety of sport fishing including halibut, rockfish, cod, trout and five species of salmon. But Kodiak is best known for the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge and the over 3,500 brown bears residing there. Bear viewing is the main attraction and male bears weigh in between 800-1,500 pounds and stand over 10 feet tall. Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park is the best place to learn about Kodiak’s WWII history.
7:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
Sand Point, located on Popof Island, is home to the largest fishing fleet of the Aleutian Islands. The area offers excellent halibut, pollock, salmon, and cod fishing and the city is characterized by its ability to be self-sufficient, with modern marine facilities and commercial fishing at the heart of its culture. More than half the population here is of Qagan Taygunguin Tribe descent. There is a wonderful network of hiking trails here, where a herd of bison can be found as well as many birds and marine mammals.
12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
day 6 Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Unalaska, home to the port of Dutch Harbor, has been continuously occupied by Aleuts for about 9,000 years. It is the only deep water port in the Aleutians and the main delivery port for king crab as featured on the Discovery Channel’s “The Deadliest Catch” reality show. The island provides opportunities for many types of outdoor activities such as bird/wildlife watching, hiking, skiing, sport fishing, and kayaking. The museums here are full of interesting artifacts from archaeological digs and the impact of WWII in the Aleutians.
12:01 AM TO 11:59 PM
Crossing International Date Line
day 9 Crossing International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, the imaginary line of navigation that runs down the middle of the Pacific Ocean from the North Pole to the South Pole roughly following the 180⁰ Longitude north-south line. The IDL was established in 1852 in Greenwich, England.
9:00 AM TO 4:00 PM
On the island of Hokkaido, Kushiro is home to Japan's largest marshland, the year-round home to endangered Japanese cranes. Highlights of Kushiro include the Fisherman's Wharf with its bustling marketplace and the Nausamai Bridge, one of the prettiest bridges of Japan. Our later stay here will afford you time to try the local seafood at the Fisherman's Wharf where you can grill your own seafood for a delightful local experience.
12:00 PM TO 6:00 PM
Miyako is now starting to look like a city again. It has been rebuilding since the 2011 tsunami that devastated the city when it was hit with a 125-foot wave. Over 4,000 buildings were destroyed and over 900 fishing boats. Visit the rebuilt city whose highlights include the Jodogahama Beach, part of the Rikuchu Kaigan National Park, nationally designated a "Place of Scenic Beauty."
There are so many interesting things about Tokyo it is not possible to list them here and you will want to plan to extend your stay. This is the place for excellent and unlimited shopping choices and from where new fashion trends seem to spring. It offers excellent cuisine and has earned mention on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Even though Tokyo’s neon-lit streets make it seem modernistic, it also prides itself on retaining its shogun past, carrying on sumo tournaments and kabuki productions. Tokyo is also committed to providing green spaces in the city or on the outskirts, quickly reached by train.
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