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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC
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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPRING NIIGATA / SADO / TOHOKU FLOWER VIEWING "OHANAMI" TOUR # 7 
APRIL 11, 2020 (Saturday) – APRIL 23, 2020 (Thursday)  ROSS TERANISHI / JOHN

APRIL 11 (SAT) HONOLULU (Revised 08/14/19-toto)
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

APRIL 12 (SUN) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, By bus to hotel in Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. Hotel is connecting to underground shopping mall with department store, 100 yen shop, Big Electronics Store, Super Market, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you Holo Holo around the hotel.

APRIL 13 (MON) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Visit Yokohama Wholesale Market to enjoy shopping of Japanese traditional food items such as Tsukemono pickles, Umeboshi, etc., at a wholesale price. Then head to Tokyo and visit Shinjuku Gyoen park, home to as many as 1,300 Sakura trees of 65 varieties. This urban park is Tokyo's most popular place to see Yaezakura (double flowered cherry blossom). It will be the season to admire enchanting varieties of Yaezakura (Blooming level depends on climate of the year). And visit Ameyoko, one of Japan's most popular shopping streets, filled with many shops dealing discounts on all kinds of products including dried seafood, candies, T-shirts, snacks, etc. Then go back to the hotel. Upon arrival, enjoy shopping or just rest.

APRIL 14 (TUE) SENDAI HOTEL METROPOLITAN SENDAI
Visit Sankeien Garden, a spacious Japanese style garden with historic buildings, pond, Seasonal flowers, wonderful walking trails that make you feel like you are in Kyoto. Enjoy peaceful walk in the "Best Japanese garden in Yokohama". After lunch at Aqua City Shopping Mall in Odaiba, catch a Tohoku Shinkansen Bullet Train from Tokyo Station. It offers remarkable experience with speeds reaching up to 199 M.P.H. After arrival in Sendai, largest city in the Tohoku region and known as a modern city in harmony with nature, walk to our hotel located next to Sendai station. After hotel check in, you can visit its shopping area carrying local souvenirs, crafts, etc.

APRIL 15 (WED) YAMAGATA YAMAGATA GRAND HOTEL
In the morning, visit Aoba Castle Ruin, former typical Japanese hill top Castle built in 1600 by Date Masamune who is legendary Samurai warlord called “Dokuganryu (one-eyed dragon)”. His massive Statue riding a horse is the symbol of the city. If the timing is right we'll see Cherry Blossoms around the castle grounds. Then head to Yamagata, Japan’s premier sake-producing region beloved for its clean and light flavor Sake. Visit its cornerstone Dewazakura Sake Brewery, one of the most prestigious breweries in Japan that founded in 1892. They produce smooth, fragrant and delicious Sake often called "Wine drinkers’ Sake". Fruity flavor notes reminiscent of certain white wines.
They have won Gold Medal for 19 consecutive years in the U.S. National Sake Appraisal. Hotel is located along the main street of Akita city. After hotel check in, guide will take you to shopping area.

APRIL 16 (THU) NIIGATA HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA
Visit the best cherry blossom viewing spot in Yamagata "Kajo park" with about 1,500 cherry trees. If timing is right, we will see the stunning view of the cherry blossoms reflected on the surface of the moat with majestic appearance of the main gate of the castle. Later proceed to Yonezawa, a beautiful and bucolic old castle town of powerful Uesugi clan which known for traditional cloth weaving and nationally renowned Yonezawa beef. We'll enjoy a Safflower dying experience which is designated as a National Traditional Craft. You can make your own "One and Only" souvenir of Yonezawa. Then to Niigata city and hotel located along Japan's longest river Shinano River. After hotel check in, we will take you holo holo near the hotel.

APRIL 17 (FRI) SADO ISLAND FAMILIO SADO AIKAWA (ONSEN) ♨
Board the JETFOIL to Sado Island, Japan's sixth largest island filled with a lot of picturesque scenery, an interesting history, unique culture, traditional arts and entertainments. Upon arrival, visit Mano Park praised as the best Sakura viewing place in Sado. (If timing is right) the park will be filled with cherry blossoms should be blooming this time of season. Then visit Obata Sake Brewery, Enjoy the fine taste of the famous Sado sake and see a short movie about Sake in English. Later go to Sado Gold Mine opened in 1601 and had been operating for 388 years. Go inside the mine with its display of robots recreating scenes from the old gold mining days. For those who have been here before, you can try Doyuko Course with actual haulage audit tunnel which had been used until 1989. You will see Doyu-no Wareto (split mountain) at the end of this route. Next visit Meoto (husband & wife) Rocks to view fantastic scenery of Sado Island. Two rocks lined-up close each other like a couple. You can buy famous local salt here. Our hotel is a pleasant beachside resort that offers a grand view of the East Sea from your room. Soak and Relax in Onsen hot spring bath.

APRIL 18 (SAT) NIIGATA HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA
Continue to visit highlight attractions on Sado Island. Visit Senkaku Bay a scenic bay consists of rocky steep cliffs stretches over 1 mile. You can view glorious scenery which resemble the Northern European fjord. You can also visit Aquarium to see coastal fish up close. Stop at Toki (Crested Ibis) no Mori Park to see symbolic bird of Sado Island “Toki (Crested Ibis)” which is once became extinct in Japan. See a real living Toki, an internationally protected species with your own eyes. Then catch a Jetfoil to go back to Niigata city. After arrival at hotel, free time to enjoy shopping, meet your relatives or just rest.

APRIL 19 (SUN) AKAKURA HEIGHTS AKAKURA KANKO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Niigata is known as "Rice capital of Japan". Its rice and rice products receives a high evaluation as "Best in Japan". We will visit Senbei (rice cracker) Kingdom to enjoy "grilling your own Senbei". You can also buy fresh Senbei at the factory store. Having fun Strawberry Picking in season. Taste fresh and sweet Japanese strawberry as many as you like. Next visit Niigata Furusato Village to see the history & culture of Niigata, enjoy shopping for local specialties such as Sake, Seafood etc. Then to Akakura Heights. We'll stay at Classic Japanese mountain resort hotel nestled high on the slopes of majestic Mt. Myoko. Enjoy ultimate Japanese mountain resort experience with Hot Spring Bath & Open Air Bath with beautiful Mountain scenery. Private Onsen bath (1 room) is available (free of charge).

APRIL 20 (MON) KOMAGANE HEIGHTS KOMAGANE RESORT LINX (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Obuse, renowned for its charming streets with historic sites where loved by Japanese tourists as "Little Kyoto in Nagano". Visit Katsushika Hokusai Museum. Hokusai (1760~1849) is an artist of Edo Period and leading practitioner of Ukiyoe wood block print. See exhibits of his celebrated beautiful masterpieces. Obuse is also famous for its delicious Chestnuts. Good chance to buy variety of products made from locally grown chestnuts such as Chestnuts Yokan, Kuri paste, etc. And visit Floral Garden Obuse, a symbol of the flower town. Green house containing 5000 tropical plants and a giant flower bed, planted with colorful pansies etc. It creates beautiful scenery. Later head to Komagane Heights located at the foot of the magnificent Southern and Central Japan Alps. Our hotel is secluded and lovely mountain resort hotel surrounded by forest. Soak and relax in Onsen hot spring bath.

APRIL 21 (TUE) HAMAMATSU HOTEL CROWN PALAIS HAMAMATSU
In the morning, see Hanamomo (Hana Peach) Blossom. This is unusual type of peach tree with 3 different pink colored flowers blooming from 1 tree. If timing is right, a whole village will be filled with pink color. This beautiful scenery is called "Shangri-La in Japan". And visit Magomejuku Old town well preserved post station during the Edo period (17th~19thcentury). Strolling through delightful stone paved street containing a variety of wooden and plaster Edo style houses built using unique local techniques. Enjoy time travel back to the past in Japan while strolling through the old town often called "Photographer's paradise". Then proceed to Hamamatsu called "City of Music" because the city is worldly known as a center of musical instrument manufacturing. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Hamamatsu station and its shopping area.

APRIL 22 (WED) HAMAMATSU HOTEL CROWN PALAIS HAMAMATSU
Visit famous Eel pie (!) factory. Eel pie is a kind of Pie cookie and the most popular souvenir in this area. Lake Hamana is famous for the eel farming. This delicious cookie doesn’t smell or taste like eel at all. See place how this local specialty is made and you can buy fresh ones. After enjoy lunch and shopping at AEON Shopping Mall, visit Museum of Musical Instruments houses some 1,500 instruments from around the world. Learn about the way they sound and how they are played. You may feel like you are taking a trip around the world with instruments. (Lunch & dinner will be at .your own expense)

APRIL 23 (THU) 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. In the afternoon head to Chubu Int’l Airport to catch flight to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu same morning, April 23 2020 (THU). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch & dinner will be at your own expense) THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR SPRING NIIGATA/ SADO FLOWER VIEWING OHANAMI TOUR #7. 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. Weekend returns will cost more Per Person.
Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

LAND TOUR COST (13 DAYS) - $4,650.00* 
Plus Airfare $1,547.00 (ESTIMATED AIRFARE)*
TOTAL TOUR COST WITH ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $6,197.00*
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD - $ 1,053.00 {Yens 9,570 x 11= Yens 105,270 @ 100=$1,053.00}
{YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥465,000 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.
JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED AND GUIDED BY: YOKOHAMA TRAVEL INC., ITO BLDG. #502, 2-22-3 TSURUYA-CHO KANAGAWA-KU, YOKOHAMA, 221-0835 JAPAN PH: (045)311-1011 FAX: (045)311-1013

YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSEMENT 60 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #7

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: MARCH 29, 2020 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG
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}

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: FEBRUARY 11, 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.