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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW MOUNTAIN RESORT TOUR #16
SEPTEMBER 23, 2019 (MONDAY) – OCTOBER 5, 2019 (SATURDAY) GARY

SEP. 23 (MON) HONOLULU {OK TOMO 01/11/19 } {REVISED: 01/16/29-GT}
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.

SEP. 24 (TUE) SHIN URAYASU ORIENTAL HOTEL TOKYO BAY
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities. By bus to the hotel in Shin Urayasu, Chiba Prefecture. Hotel is located within easy walking distance to the Train Station and Big Shopping Complex with Supermarket, ¥100 YEN Shop, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you to the station area where you can have fun shopping.

SEP. 25 (WED) MUSASHI HILL, SAITAMA HERITAGE RESORTS (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Soka City, known for “the Most Famous Brand of Rice Crackers in Japan”. We will visit the Senbei (rice cracker) Factory to enjoy “Grilling Your Own Senbei and Shopping”. Then proceed to Omiya, “One of Japan's Biggest Centers for Bonsai” which is a fascinating traditional Japanese art of unique natural representation. Visit Omiya Bonsai Art Museum exhibiting an array of Bonsai masterpieces and outstanding works that will allow you to take delight in the world of bonsai. Later go to Gyoda to see the amazing “World’s Largest Rice Paddy Art”. The huge picture in rice paddies are created by carefully planting different varieties of rice. From ground level, the designs are invisible. However, if you go up to the observatory you can see the entire image of amazing art work created with Rice Paddy Crops. Our hotel is located in a National Park surrounded by natural forest. There are lots of Onsen such as Jacuzzi, Zashiki (Tatami) Buro, etc. Enjoy your first Onsen Hot Spring of the tour!

SEP. 26 (THU) KARUIZAWA KARUIZAWA PRINCE HOTEL WEST
Visit Nagatoro, surrounded by the beauty of nature that is designated as a “National Place of Scenic Beauty”. Enjoy River Boating and the gorgeous valley and views provided by strangely shaped rocks while cruising down powerful rapids and gentle currents. Visit Iwadatami where the rocks look like successive layers of tatami overlapping each other. This is Nagatoro’s breathtakingly beautiful naturally made work of art. Then to Tomioka Silk Mill, registered as a “World Heritage Site” in 2014 as Japan's oldest modern model silk reeling factory established in 1872. We will look inside this well preserved brick building which had been operating until 1987. This historic factory is a starting point of Japan’s modernization. Next proceed to Karuizawa, which thrived as “Japan’s Most Popular Upmarket Mountain Resort Area”. Hotel is located right next to Prince Shopping Plaza, a huge outlet mall offering a wide range of shopping opportunities. After hotel check-in, enjoy “Holo Holo” and shopping.

SEP. 27 (FRI) KUSATSU KUSATSU NOW RESORT HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, visit Shiraito Waterfall, a 10 feet high and 230 feet wide lovely waterfall. The sight of water falling down in slender streaks looking like so many white threads is indeed magnificent. Later visit Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street, the main center of town. It has a pleasant atmosphere with venerable old stores, Souvenir Shop, Bakery, etc., standing side by side. Visit Onioshidashi Park which features a landscape of volcanic lava formed by a big eruption of Mt. Asama in 1783. Take a closer look at the volcanic rocks of various curious shapes and impressive panoramic site created by mother nature. Then head to Kusatsu, “One of Japan's Most Famous Hot Spring Resorts” because of its high quality hot spring water said to cure every illness. Upon arrival, for those who wish to, catch the hotel bus to Yubatake (hot spring field), “the Symbol-existence of Kusatsu”. We will see the Yumomi Show, to enjoy a traditional Kusatsu folk song and dance while they stir the bathwater with large wooden paddles. Soak and Relax in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath & Open Air Bath of “One of the Best Three Onsens in Japan”. A Private Onsen Bath is also available (At Your Own Expense).

SEP. 28 (SAT) MYOKO HIGHLAND APA RESORT JOETSU MYOKO (ONSEN) ♨
Enjoy driving along the Shiga-Kusatsu Scenic Road which runs through a series of volcanic peaks while viewing magnificent panoramic mountain scenery. The route is richly endowed with nature with a highest point of (7,125 feet) among the National Routes in Japan. Autumn colors can be spotted fairly early around here. Then proceed to Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum. Life in the Japanese countryside is faithfully recreated with elaborate dolls. Heartwarming dolls take you into the quaint rural world in Nagano. Then head to Kurohime Heights. If timing is right, we will see Cosmos blooming in the huge ski ground. (Blooming level depends on climate of the year). Our hotel sits on a highland area overlooking a magnificent view of the stunning and impressive mountain scenery. The Premium Illumination Festival is held during this season. In the night, you can enjoy “One of the World’s Largest Light Displays” which covers the huge ground in front of the hotel.

SEP. 29 (SUN) MT. HAKUBA SIERRA RESORT HAKUBA (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Matsushiro, a pleasant and relaxing former castle town of the Sanada Clan, attracting public attention because of the former NHK’s TV Drama “SANADAMARU”. Visit the Sanada Treasure Museum exhibiting beautiful samurai swords, armor and artifacts, etc., related to the Sanada Clan. Also visit the Former Sanada Residence with its beautiful Japanese garden. Then go to Nagano City to visit its main attraction “Zenkoji Temple” revered for over 1,400 years as “Japan’s Primary Center of Buddhist Faith”. Its “National Treasure Main Hall” is nicely ornamented and praised as the “Masterpiece of Buddhist Architecture”. Later proceed to Hakuba, situated in the heart of breathtakingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps thus considered “Japan's Premier Alpine Resort Destination”. We will stay at an excellent mountain resort hotel which is ranked high in the “Most Popular Hotels in Japan” by TripAdviser. Enjoy the Hot Spring Bath where you can see the Japan Alps beyond the forest.

SEP. 30 (MON) MATSUMOTO MATSUMOTO HOTEL KAGETSU
Hakuba was chosen as “One of Japan’s 31 Most Beautiful “Places” by CNN. In the morning, we will stop at a good photo spot where you can see a beautiful view of the Northern Japan Alps. Then ride a gondola lift to get a breathtaking views of the Northern Japan Alps. Later visit Azumino Art-Hills Museum boasting the “Largest Public Collection of Local and International Glassware”. You can find a great souvenir at this huge gift shop of various pieces of glass. Also visit Daisekkei Sake Brewery producing “High Quality Sake Using Pure Water from the Japan Alps and Locally Grown Rice”. Finally head to Matsumoto, a tranquil Old Castle Town nestled by the Japan Alps. We will stay at a lovely hotel located just a couple blocks from the Castle and Shopping Street. You will get a chance to visit Nawate-dori Shopping Street by walking. It gives the feeling of an “Old Castle Town lined with around 50 Shops including Antique Shops, Candy Stores, Senbei Rice Cracker Shop, etc.

OCT. 1 (TUE) MATSUMOTO MATSUMOTO HOTEL KAGETSU
Head to Kamikochi, selected as “One of the Most Scenic Spots in Japan” which is surrounded by lofty peaks of 10,000 feet high mountains. Pass by Taisho Pond to visit the “Kappa Bridge” (a suspension bridge) over the crystal clear water. It is the best example of how naturally blessed Japan is. Nagano is famous for its Shinshu Miso which is made by many premium miso manufacturers with histories of over 100 years. We will visit Ishii Miso Factory producing miso by a unique traditional natural method since 1868. See the “Process of Making Local Shinshu Miso, Taste Miso Soup and Purchase Them”. For those who wish to, we will take you to Matsumoto Castle, designated as a “National Treasure”. The oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan has been praised as the “One of the Most Complete and Beautiful among Japan’s Original Castles”.

OCT. 2 (WED) KOMAGANE HIGHLAND KOMAGANE RESORT LINX (ONSEN) ♨
We will have fun Picking Apples. Nagano is the “2nd Largest Producer of Apples in Japan”. Nagano Apple is noted for its sweetness and great color. “Taste the Fresh and Juicy Nagano Apples” right in season! Later visit Narai Juku Old Town, a picture perfect small town registered as “One of the Most Important Traditional Building Conservation Areas in Japan”. Stroll through this delightful main street almost resembling a historic film set with a variety of wooden plasters and Old Edo-style Buildings surrounded by a spectacular backdrop of forested mountains. Go to Hombo Mars Distillery. Recently Japan’s luscious and silky whisky has been very popular around the world. Their whisky has a full and balanced flavor. You can sample whisky and purchase it. Also visit Kanten Papa Garden. Kanten (agar) is a Japanese traditional food made from seaweed. You will see various healthy, tasty and easy to prepare Kanten products such as instant soup, gelatin, pudding, etc. Our hotel is a secluded and lovely mountain resort hotel surrounded by forest. Soak and Relax in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath.

OCT. 3 (THU) TOYOHASHI LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI
In the morning, ride the Komagane Ropeway, which carries you 3,117 feet high into the sky. From an altitude of 8,570 feet, You can enjoy the superb panoramic view of Southern and Northern Japan Alps, Mt. Fuji (Weather permitting). It will be the season of Autumn color. If timing is right, a slope at a height of over 8,000 feet becomes a colorful tapestry interwoven with the red leaves of the mountain ash trees. Later visit the fruit farm to enjoy Berry Daifuku-mochi making. Make your own Berry Daifuku (Soft tender mochi with sweet anko wrapped around strawberry and blueberry) and taste with tea. Then go to Toyohashi. Our hotel is located right next to MEGA Don Quijote Shopping Mall. You can enjoy shopping before and after dinner.

OCT. 4 (FRI) TOYOHASHI LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI
Visit Toyokawa Inari Shrine, “One of Japan’s Big Three Inari Shrines” which deifies the fox as a god of business prosperity & family well-being. You will see thousands of stone foxes and carvings located throughout the picturesque precincts. It is definitely an interesting & unique place. Later enjoying shopping at Laguna Ten Bosch, a big shopping place carrying a variety of local specialties including dried seafood, local snacks, sweets, etc. Main feature in this area is Ebi Senbei (Shrimp Chips). You can sample many varieties of flavor and purchase it. Also visit the AEON Shopping Mall for Lunch and Shopping. After going back to the hotel “FREE TIME” to finish Shopping, Packing, etc. Your rooms are paid for but (LUNCH/DINNER) will be “At Your Own Expense”. We will give everyone a carton box to use for packing their gifts. (2 pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

OCT. 5 (SAT ) CHUBU AIRPORT NAGOYA / HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check-out time our agent will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. In the afternoon go to Chubu Centrair International Airport, Nagoya to catch a flight in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in the same morning, October 5, 2019 (SAT). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch / Dinner will be at your own expense.) THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW MOUNTAIN RESORT TOUR #16. Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining train, plane and hotel reservations. Members may return to Honolulu individually but no later than 3 months from day of departure. Weekday returns will cost less per person. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

COST OF TOUR (13 DAYS) - $ 4,405.00 + PLUS AIRFARE: $1,400.00* (ESTIMATED)
ESTIMATED TOUR AIR AND LAND=$5,805.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD----------$992.00* @ ¥100 Yens Rate (¥9,020 X 11 = ¥99,220 YENS)
YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: (¥440,500 YENS) @ ¥ 100 YENS RATE
*Based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. Dollar Rate. Two persons sharing a twin-bedded room. All meals except the last day LUNCH/DINNER and departure day LUNCH (DINNER on the Plane). All tours as per itinerary and subject to changes.
$100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
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YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSTMENT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #18

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: SEPTEMBER 08 (SUNDAY) 2019 
TIME: 11:00AM
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG_ COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL-MUUMUU, ALOHA SHIRT - (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS:
ESTIMATED AIRFARE : AIRFARE COULD COST MORE OR LESS AT TIME OF TICKET PURCHASE WITH LAND TOUR .

{$225.00 Cancellation Fee charged by the airlines.} Minimum stay is 3-Days and maximum stay is 3 Months.

INCLUDES: All transportation included in the itinerary, all hotel accommodations, meals and all sightseeing listed, all transfer of passenger and baggage, souvenir picture and tour tax. Roundtrip air transportation by Economy Jet.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: Individual expenses after termination of tour as stated in itinerary. Also, wine, liquor, mineral water, laundry and other items of personal nature, cost of obtaining passport and visa or other necessary documents.

BAGGAGE: Limited to (1) piece, 50 lbs. and (1) hand-carry.

RESPONSIBILITY: The tour organizer or any travel agencies involved, act only as agents for the passengers in regards to travel, sightseeing, hotel and meal arrangements, and other tour services. The organizer/agency will accept no responsibility or liability in respect of either person or property for any loss, damage, injury, accident, delay or irregularity, however, occasioned, sustained, or suffered in or during any journey, trip, or tour, or in carrying out of any arrangements booked by or through it.

If the agency becomes aware that a passenger has a special chronic health problem, the agency shall ensure that it is provided with a letter from the passenger’s personal physician stating the nature of such health problem and certifying that the passenger is physically fit to participate in the tour.

Also, in our endeavor to ensure congenial membership, we reserve the right to refuse the application of anyone and / or to expel from the tour, members whose conduct is incompatible with the interests of the tour. Further, we reserve the right to refuse the application of any handicapped passenger if it is determined that such passenger would impede the schedule of the tour and greatly inconvenience the majority of tour members. However, if a handicapped passenger accepted for the tour requires any form of special assistance, he/she must be accompanied by a qualified helper who takes total responsibility for the handicapped passenger’s well being.

Baggage’s are at owner’s own risk. The right is reserved to make any necessary changes in tour if deemed advisable.

Also, the airlines and other transportation companies concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omission, or event during the time passengers are not on board their carriers concerned. The airline ticket and passage contract in use by the airlines concerned when issued shall constitute the sole contract between the airlines and purchaser of the tour and/or passenger. The services of any IATA Carrier will be used as required. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

AIR SURCHARGE WAIVED FOR YEAR 2019: TOUR MEMBERS NOT PURCHASING THEIR AIRLINE TICKETS THROUGH TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. WILL NOT BE ASSESSED A $225.00 PER PERSON SURCHARGE. BUT YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO THE HOTEL. SAME GOES FOR DEPARTURES FROM JAPAN. YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN WAY TO THE AIRPORT. THANK YOU!

TRAVEL HINTS:
TRAVEL ETIQUETTE: PLEASE NO SMOKING AND TO ROTATE SEATS ON BUSES. {BUS SEATING CHART WILL BE MADE}

FOOD REQUEST: If you cannot eat certain foods, please do not forget to turn in your request form, 1 week before departure or earlier, so we may try to comply with your request.

TOUR CONDITIONS REMINDER: The ground tour is based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. DOLLAR RATE. In case of any re-valuation, the price shall be adjusted accordingly at time of payment. See Yen Chart. The airfares are present rates and should the airfares be changed, adjustments will be made accordingly. The YEN RATE OF THE DAY will be used at time of payment. THANK YOU!

FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: August 07, 2019

LAND TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
45 DAYS - 40 DAYS -$ 50.00
39 DAYS – 30 DAYS - $100.00
29 DAYS – 15 DAYS - $300.00*
14 DAYS – 07 DAYS - $400.00*
06 DAYS – 01 DAY - $800.00*
NO REFUND ONCE TOUR STARTS.

TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

*MAY HAVE EXTRA CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR MIYAKO ODORI, TOKYO DISNEY SEA TICKETS, SHINKANSEN TICKET FEE, ETC. IF YEN WAS ALREADY PURCHASE TO PAY FOR THIS TOUR, THEN THE YEN EXCHANGE RATE AT TIME OF REFUND WILL AFFECT THE REFUND SINCE WE HAVE TO CONVERT THE YEN BACK TO U.S. DOLLARS AGAIN.