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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S WEST JAPAN NEW SAKE TOUR #5
MARCH 05, 2020 (Thursday) – MARCH 17, 2020 (Monday) – ROSS & JOHN 
MAR. 05 (THUR) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.

MAR. 06 (SAT) KOBE KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS (ONSEN)
Arrive at Kansai Airport and after clearing government formalities, By bus to Rokko Island, Kobe. We will stay at luxury hotel with Onsen Hot spring bath located close to monorail station & convenience store.

MAR. 07 (SAT) HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
In the morning, ride Shinkansen Bullet Train, offer a remarkable experience with speeds reaching up to 180 M.P.H. Upon arrival at Hiroshima, transfer by bus to Saijo, home of one of Japan's three great sake producing areas which has been producing Sake since 1650. Visit its Spring Sake Festival. There are 10 traditional breweries in town with traditional black and white walls and tall brick chimneys. Enjoy strolling around the town, tasting Sake and shopping for their products. Kamotsuru brewery is the most famous which having won the Gold Medal for 18 consecutive years and well known as former President Obama enjoyed their Sake with Japan’s Prime Minister Abe. Later go to our hotel, connecting to Hiroshima station and its shopping area.

MAR. 08 (SUN) HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
Go to Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture to see Kintai (Brocaded) Bridge originally built in 1673. A beautiful wooden arched bridge, called “one of the three most beautiful bridges in Japan”. When you walk on this elegant shaped bridge, you may feel as if you are walking on a rainbow. You can also visit Kikko park a relaxing park where the residential castle of feudal lord once stood. Stroll around and discover impressive garden, traditional buildings which remain from the times of clan government. Also visit Iwakuni Art Museum. See their awesome collections of Samurai armor, swords and other artifacts. At lunch time you'll get a chance to get local Yamaguchi’s Sake (famous Dassai, etc = at your own expense). Recently it has been highly acclaimed in Japan and abroad. Later go back to Hiroshima and visit its newest attraction Orizuru Tower. It gives you a new way to look across the city and down to the A-dome and Peace Park. At dinner time, you can bring your own Sake and taste it. (1 bottle per person).

MAR. 09 (MON) OKAYAMA OKAYAMA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
Visit Japan Mint Hiroshima Branch, introducing coin production process and history of the mint in Japan. See exhibits of various coins and medals including rare coins, oval gold coin in Samurai era, etc. And visit one of the most famous Sake brewery in Hiroshima Suishin Yamane brewery, well-known for having been a lifelong favorite of a consummate artist Taikan Yokoyama. Their Sake has been said don't feel satiated even if drink every day. Then go to Okayama, noted as the birthplace of Sake. A high level of craftsmanship for brewing delicious sake has been fostered in this area. Our hotel is located high on the hill where you can look over Okayama city and surrounded by the beauty of nature. Dinner will be Japanese set menu with famous Tai meshi (sea bream rice). You can bring the Sake that you bought at the brewery to dinner (1 bottle per person).

MAR. 10 (TUE) NARUTO AOAWO NARUTO RESOET NARUTO (ONSEN)
Visit Kurashiki well known for most representative sightseeing district in Okayama prefecture as "One of Japan's greatest old merchant towns". Its historical and traditional heritages can be seen anywhere in the Bikan Historical district. Old warehouse buildings with the beautiful mixture of Japanese and Western style lining along a scenic canal. It forms a townscape with distinctive atmosphere often called “Venice in Japan”. Later cross the 7.6 miles Great Seto Bridge, a series of suspension bridges joining Honshu (Japan’s Main island) and Shikoku island, while viewing the magnificent scenery of Seto Inland sea. After enjoy famous Sanuki Udon lunch, visit Honke Matsuura brewery founded in 1804 and makes this brewery the longest-established sake brewery still in business in Tokushima. This brewery just won the gold medal of Sake competition held in France. We will enjoy sake tasting and a brewery tour. You can also visit Fukuju Shoyu factory has over 180 year history. Enjoy shopping of Shoyu, Miso, Dressing, etc., with many varieties. We will stay at excellent resort hotel with Onsen Hot spring, located in front of Naruto strait. Enjoy Soaking and relaxing in Onsen Hot Spring Bath with a beautiful ocean view. And enjoy buffet dinner in the evening featuring local seafood, vegetables, etc.

MAR. 11 (WED) KYOTO MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO
Drive across the Akashi Great bridge to Awaji Island blessed with beautiful nature, seasonal flowers and plants through the island. Visit its popular Hanasajiki Flower park. Canola flower, viola and poppy should be blooming this season. Later visit Kitajima Brewery has over 200 year tradition. Their premium sake is used the traditional "Kimoto" method to produce dry yet mellow or sweet entry and crisp finish. Then head to Kyoto. Our hotel is located in front of Kyoto Station and close to AEON shopping mall including UNIQLO, 100 YEN shop, etc. After hotel check in, tour guides will take you Holo Holo around the hotel.

MAR. 12 (THUR) KYOTO MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIOJI
Head to the heartland of sake brewing, Fushimi. One of the greatest old sake brewing areas in Japan. Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine has been ranked as the "Most Popular Tourist Destinations in Japan" by Trip Advisor. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion Torii gates which is creating a magical and memorable experience for visitors. Enjoy strolling the approach to the shrine with many shops carries local specialties such as pottery, sweets, etc. After lunch of Kyoto’s healthy homemade style Obanzai dish, visit Suntory Yamazaki Distillery producing flagship line of Yamazaki single malt whiskies which have won many international awards and praised as the World’s best whisky. And it's cause of recent global shortage. Visit its Whisky Museum, library & gift shop. You can try tasting whiskies unique to the distillery, including rare limited-edition whiskies or component whiskies. (Tasting Prices starting from 300 yen at your own expense.). Then go to Saito brewery, established in 1895. The brewery has won the gold award at the Annual Japan Sake Awards 14 years in succession to become the most successful company in this history of the awards. In the evening, we'll go out to experience Maiko Dinner show. Maiko is Kyoto's iconic entertainers dressed in splendid kimono. See elegant dances and having fun traditions of beauty and hospitality at night in Kyoto.

MAR. 13 (FRI) HAMAMATSU HOTEL CROWN PALAIS HAMAMATSU
Go to Okazaki, known as the birth place of first shogun in Japanese history "Tokugawa Ieyasu" was born. And called "The town of history and gourmet delight". Visit Maruishi Jozo brewery producing Sake for 330 years. Their Daiginjo "Tokugawa Ieyasu" won the Gold Medal 12 times in the most prestigious competition of Sake in Japan. After enjoy shopping & lunch at Aeon Shopping Mall, go to Hamamatsu and our hotel within walking distance to train station, Supermarket, Restaurants, etc. After hotel arrival enjoy Holo Holo around the hotel.

MAR. 14 (SAT) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN)
Having fun with Strawberry Picking in season. Try tasting fresh and sweet Japanese Strawberries as many as you like. Shizuoka is called "Ginjo Kingdom". Shizuoka style Ginjo is full in flavor with lots of body. Visit Hananomai brewery, the quintessential Shizuoka brand and has won immense popularity in the area for 150 years. Enjoy tasting the true taste of Shizuoka Sake made from 100% local produced ingredients. Shizuoka is also called "Green tea capital" responsible for over 40% of Japan’s tea production. Visit Oyaizu green tea factory. You can enjoy factory tour and tasting Japanese tea and tea products. Then proceed to Lake Kawaguchi, a very popular resort area where spectacular views of Mt. Fuji can be enjoyed. Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, with the picture window of all the room facing it. Soak & Relax in Onsen Hot Spring Bath. You can bring your own Sake and taste it with Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner (1 bottle per person).

MAR. 15 (SUN) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
In the morning, visit Mt. Fuji World heritage Center a newly opened museum at the foot of Mt. Fuji. You can learn about “Symbol of Japan” Mt. Fuji’s ecology, arts, cultural history of the sacred mountain, etc. After enjoy Hoto Nabe (local cuisine in Yamanashi which is similar to Udon noodle) lunch, visit Itchiku Kubota Art Museum which is praised as one of world's most remarkable museums devoted to textiles. You will see magnificent collection of one-of-a-kind breathtaking kimonos made with revived traditional technique of silk dyeing. Then head to Yokohama and our hotel located within easy walking distance to department stores, 100Yen shop, Electronics store, etc. After hotel check-in your tour guide will take you to Holo Holo around the hotel.

MAR. 16 (MON) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Enjoy shopping at Yokohama Wholesale Market to buy Umeboshi, Tsukemono, etc., at a wholesale price. Visit Cup Noodles Museum, a fun & interactive museum shows the history of instant Ramen noodle. After enjoy shopping & lunch at World Porters Shopping Mall, go to Ameyoko, one of Japan's most popular shopping streets, filled with many discount stores carries various products such as dried seafood, candies, clothes, etc. After going back to hotel, Free Time to finish Shopping, Packing etc. (Lunch/dinner will be at your own expense)

MAR. 17 (TUE) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST INCLUDED ON THIS DAY)
At checkout time our agent will come to tape & tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. Afternoon proceed to Narita Airport to catch flight in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, MAR.17(TUE) After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch/dinner will be at your own expense.) Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train and hotel reservations. Members may return to Honolulu individually, but no later than 3 months from day of departure. Weekend returns will cost more per person. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

COST OF LAND TOUR: (13 DAYS) - $4,885.00* PLUS (+) AIRFARE (ESTIMATED): $1,150.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD - $1,029.00* {¥9,350 X 11=102,850 YENS}
TOTAL TOUR COST: $ 6,035.00

{YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥488,500 YENS} (AIRFARE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
*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 REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE INC.
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YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSEMENT 2 MONTH PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #5
PLUS / MINUS ON YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL AT TIME OF PAYMENT (PLEASE CALL BEFORE PAYMENT)

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: FEBUARY 23, 2020 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG’S - 447 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS
AIR TRANSPORTATION: AIRFARE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY BE CHEAPER AT TIME OF PURCHASE.

Minimum stay is 3-Days and maximum stay is 3 Months. $225.00 Cancellation Fee.

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) pieces 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 2020: 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}

PLEASE WHILE PURCHASING OMIYAGE THINK OF OTHER CUSTOMER ON TOUR AND SHARE

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.

PASSPORT PHOTOS: Free for our TOUR MEMBERS ONLY. Taken at the Tohoku Travel Service office @1741 Nuuanu Ave. 2ndFloor Hon. Hi.

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 60 days before departure:
Date: JANUARY 06, 2020

LAND TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
60 DAYS - 45 DAYS -$ 100.00
44 DAYS – 30 DAYS - $200.00
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.