G-TOUR 2004 Itinerary
Day 1 – July 31st
Left the U.S. (Lost a day crossing the International Dateline.)
Day 2 – August 1st
Arrived at Tokyo, and transferred to the hotel. Evening at leisure.
Day 3 – August 2nd
(Tokyo) A full day of sightseeing by bus, to locations of Godzilla destruction. Visited the Godzilla monument in Hibiya, Diet Building (Godzilla vs. Mothra), Tax Towers (Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah), Aqua City (Godzilla vs. Megaguirus), Yurakucho (Godzilla 1985), Tokyo Tower (Mothra, King Kong Escapes), etc.
Day 4 – August 3rd
(Tokyo) Tour leaders guided the group to an exhibition of Godzilla 50th anniversary memorabilia. Traveled by bus. An optional tour of Nikko National Park was offered for those tour members not wishing to attend the Godzilla exhibit. An evening get-together with tokusatsu actors and staff. Attended by Godzilla vs. Hedorah director, Yoshimitsu Banno; kaiju creator, Shinichi Wakasa; screenwriters, Wataru Mimura and Hiroshi Kashiwabara; Godzilla FX director, Yoshikazu Ishii; and kaiju artists, Hikari and Naoko Takeda.
Day 5 – August 4th
(Tokyo) Day at leisure. Guided shopping to model and maniac shops. Visited the Godzilla exhibit at Yokohama Matsuzakaya, and loaded up on rare Godzilla goodies.
Day 6 – August 5th
(Tokyo, Mt. Fuji, Kawaguchiko, Hakone) Departed Tokyo by bus for a sightseeing tour in the Kamakura and Fuji areas, including visits to Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine, and the Big Buddha. Stopped at the 5th station on Mt. Fuji (site of Godzilla’s battle with King Kong), and explored Lake Kawaguchi area (where Godzilla and Rodan attacked in Monster Zero). Enjoyed a fabulous fireworks display in the evening, then transferred to the hotel in Hakone.
Day 7 – August 6th
(Hakone, Atami, Kyoto) Morning sightseeing in the Hakone area, including the steaming sulfur vents of the Owakudani Valley, with a ride on the Komagatake Ropeway (under which Baragon crawled in GMK). Viewed Atami Castle (destroyed by King Kong and Godzilla but rebuilt in time for G-TOUR), then transferred to Atami Station and boarded the famous Bullet Train for Kyoto, the next stop on the tour. Evening at leisure.
Day 8 – August 7th
(Kyoto) A full day sightseeing tour of Japan’s most historic city, including Kyoto Tower (destroyed by Godzilla in Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla 2), Golden Pavillion, Sanjusangen-do, and Kyomizu Temple (also menaced by Godzilla in G vs. MG2).
Day 9 – August 8th
(Kyoto, Hiroshima, Kyoto) A Bullet Train trip to Hiroshima (attacked by Ghidorah in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah) for a day of sightseeing, including the Atomic Bomb Dome, and the Peace Memorial Park and Museum – a must-see for every visitor to Japan. Also included a side trip by ferry to beautiful Miyajima Island, with its famous floating Torii Gate.
Day 10 – August 9th
(Kyoto, Osaka, Kyoto) A morning visit to Osaka Castle (destroyed in Godzilla Raids Again). An afternoon visit to Toei Movie Village and theme park. Finally, an evening visit by actor Robert Scott Field.
Day 11 – August 10th
Departed Japan from Kansai International Airport, gained back the lost day by re-crossing the International Dateline, and contemplated the tour of a lifetime in the land of Godzilla.