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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S DISCOVER JAPAN CIRCLE SHIKOKU WITH SHODOSHIMA & AWAJISHIMA ISLAND TOUR #10 
MAY 23, 2020 (SATURDAY) – JUNE 04, 2020 (THURSDAY) ESCORT: ROSS

TOUR ITINERARY
MAY 23 (SAT) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.

MAY 24 (SUN) KOBE,
KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS (ONSEN) ♨
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, By bus to Rokko Island, Kobe which is one of Japan’s Ten Largest Cities. We will stay at luxury hotel with Onsen Hot spring bath located close to monorail station and convenience store.

MAY 25 (MON) SHODOSHIMA ISLAND,
BAY RESORT HOTEL SHODOSHIMA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, catch a ferry sailing through Seto Inland Sea National Park to Shodoshima Island which is a very attractive spot with its Mediterranean atmosphere called 'Island of Olives' because the island is birth place of olive cultivation in Japan. Upon arrival on the island, ride a Ropeway to go up to the breathtaking Kankakei Gorge, ranks "One of the top three most beautiful gorges in Japan". The gorge is filled with rocks shaped into unusual formation. From upper station you can see fantastic panoramic view of islands and peaceful Seto Inland Sea over the gorge. Then visit Olive Park, offers attractive walking paths through the century old groves of olive trees. You may feel as if you are in Mediterranean island. Enjoy your stay at a refined resort hotel offer a gorgeous view of gentle ocean. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot spring and Open air bath overlooking Seto Inland sea.

MAY 26 (TUE) TAKAMATSU,
JR HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU
Shodoshima island is also well known as the filming location of popular movie "Twenty-Four Eyes", story of a school teacher and her first students of class in the lead up to World War II. We will visit Twenty-Four Eyes Movie village, movie set used for the filming are preserved. Entire reconstructed village including a school house, old houses, etc., convey a nostalgic atmosphere of past decades and is pleasant to explore. Later visit the Marukin Shoyu Factory producing shoyu which has a long and proud tradition of producing soy sauce dating back over 400 years as Shodoshima's warm climate and low rainfall proved to be well-suited to soy sauce production. And visit another famous local delicacy, Somen (a very thin wheat noodle) Museum. Traditional method of preparation continue unchanged since 400 years ago. Then catch a ferry to Takamatsu, central city in Shikoku. Our hotel is located close to Takamatsu station and its shopping area. After hotel check in, Tour guide will take you to Holo Holo around the hotel.

MAY 27 (WED) IMABARI,
IMABARI KOKUSAI HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Ritsurin park, absolutely "One of the finest landscape gardens in Japan". This stroll-type landscape garden is exquisitely laid out with mounds, ponds, rocks and trees. Iris and Azalea will be season to bloom. After enjoying famous Sanuki Udon lunch, go to Besshi Copper mine, had operated for 283 years since 1691 and once was the world’s biggest copper producing mine. We will visit its Museum praised as "One of the most distinguished mine museums in Japan". Model of the surface facilities of the mine, a wide range of materials related to the mine, etc., are exhibited. We will ride on miner train and walk inside of actual mine with dolls of miners showing how hard the work used to be. Then proceed to Imabari, known for production of world’s highest quality towels using only the highest quality raw materials. It is highly praised as the comfort, reliability and safety towel. Visit Towel Museum and see the process of making towel. You can also purchase “high quality Imabari Towel” from many varieties. Our hotel is a nice city hotel with Onsen Hot Spring bath with Open air bath.

MAY 28 (THU) DOGO ONSEN,
HOTEL LUNA PARK (ONSEN) ♨
Enjoy driving on Shimanami Kaido (highway above the Seto Inland sea) with its spectacular island-to-island bridges, to enjoy the luxurious multi-isle beauty of Seto Inland Sea National park. We will visit Murakami Suigun (Feudal Navy) Museum which commemorates a Samurai who sailed the area some 500 years ago. The museum displays valuable literature and unearthed articles used by the Suigun Navy to give you a memorable insight of the Samurai Navy’s history. Next visit Yoshiumi Rose Garden. You can see various kinds of roses collected from all over the world. Enjoy peaceful strolling in the garden filled with colorful roses (If timing is right). Then proceed to Dogo in Matsuyama, the oldest hot spring in Japan, dating back 3,000 years! After hotel check in, tour guide will take you to Dogo Hot Spring main building, a proud symbol of the town which built in 1894. This historical edifice is the first hot springs facility designated as National important cultural asset. In the evening, enjoy delicious Kaiseki dinner with grilled Abalone! Soaking and relaxing in Onsen Hot Spring bath with Open air bath of famous Dogo Onsen Hot spring.

MAY 29 (FRI) UWAJIMA,
JR HOTEL CLEMENT UWAJIMA
Go to Uchiko to visit its celebrated Old town with beautiful street lined with large, stylish, wealthy local merchant houses from 19th century to Meiji Era. You will feel a vestige of traditional, rural Japan when you walk around historical district. Then proceed to Uwajima, known as the biggest producer of pearl in Japan. Stop at Pearl Center to enjoy shopping for fine quality Japanese pearls. Also visit Tenshaen Garden, a quaint lovely Japanese garden built in 1866. Wonder at its tranquility as you roam the serene grounds. It is almost season when Iris Flower will be fully bloomed (depending on climate of the year). We will stay at City hotel connecting to Uwajima station.

MAY 30 (SAT) KOCHI,
CROWN PALAIS NEW HANKYU KOCHI
Drive along Shimanto River which is the longest river in Shikoku and known as “Japan’s last remaining limpid stream”. We will visit Osakana-kan Aquarium showcases the fish and fauna of Shimanto River. You may exclaim in surprise when you see impressively giant fishes and very attractive and naturalistic displays of river fish. Traditional Japanese handmade paper "Washi" has been catching world’s attention since the registration of Unesco’s Intangible cultural heritage of humanity lists in 2014. Kochi is one of premier paper-making locations in Japan with a 1000 years history. We will challenge making our own traditional Tosa Washi paper. You can also learn the history and tradition of beautiful Tosa Washi paper and purchase it. Then proceed to our hotel in Kochi City.

MAY 31 (SUN) KOCHI,
CROWN PALAIS NEW HANKYU KOCHI
Kochi City is home to Japan’s oldest outdoor marketplace. In the morning, go to Sunday market, the most notable street market which has been held since 1690. More than 500 stalls sell Kochi’s varied local products such as Local crafts, Antiques, Clothes, Fruits, Vegetables, etc. Later visit Takagi Sake Brewery, has over 130 years history. Kochi’s Sake is said to be Good, Dry and a Treasure of Kochi. We will see place where local sake is made and taste their Sake has refined taste. In recent years, Kochi became sensational place for the stage of 2010 NHK's Historical TV drama "Ryoma-den" which is story about Sakamoto Ryoma who was born in Kochi and has always been one of Japan's favorite historical figures. We will visit Sakamoto Ryoma Museum, to learn his history, works and the turbulent times before the Meiji Restoration in 1868. We will also visit picturesque Katsurahama beach where his notable large statue stands. You can feel the strong sense of honor and dignity amongst the local people. At lunch time, taste Katsuo-no Tataki, which is lightly broiled sliced Bonito and Kochi's most famous dish. Those who wish to you can try toasting Katsuo (Bonito) by yourself. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you by walk to symbol of the city "Kochi Castle" built in 17th century.

JUNE 01 (MON) NARUTO,
AOAWO NARUTO RESORT (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Nishijima Flower Garden. There are a lot of tropical flowers filling all over the garden as well as variety of fruits. We will enjoy tasting fresh and juicy Japanese Melon and Water Melon just in season. Then drive by Oboke Great valleys with magnificent scenery of the rapids rushing through the gorge with sheer rocks. Then visit Kazura (Vine) Bridge, one of three weirdest bridges in Japan along with Kintaikyo bridge and Saruhashi bridge. This 148 feet long bridge is made of vine and suspended 50 feet high above stream. Then proceed to nice resort hotel located in Seto inland sea National park in front of Naruto strait. Enjoy soaking and relaxing in Onsen Hot Spring Bath with a beautiful ocean view. And enjoy delicious buffet dinner in the evening featuring local seafood, vegetables, etc.

JUNE 02 (TUE) KOBE,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
Head to Awajishima Island, largest island in the Seto Inland Sea and has a unique atmosphere different from Japan’s mainland. In the morning enjoy Uzushio (Whirling tides) Viewing Cruise. Enjoy fantastic experience with viewing the world-level whirlpool right up close on a large pleasure boat. Later visit Tako senbei-no Sato, the shop making famous Octopus chips. You can taste and buy many different flavored chips at the factory shop. Also enjoy shopping for Incense, Aroma, Senko etc. Awaji Island has the highest production of incense which uses natural scents to bring an authentic Japanese ambiance: calming, restorative and invigorating. Later drive over Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, known as the world's longest suspension bridge (2.4 Miles long) to Kobe. Our hotel is conveniently located close to Kobe’s popular shopping and amusement area where you can enjoy shopping as well as the beautiful sights and tastes of Kobe. Tour guide will take you Holo Holo to Shopping mall after hotel check in.

JUNE 03 (WED) KOBE,
HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
Head to Mt. Rokko to visit Hall of Halls Rokko exhibit music boxes and automatic musical instruments including one of the world's largest dance organ. It's amazing to see their fabulous music performances using real instruments. Later visit Kobe Animal Kingdom, a fun and relaxing theme park featuring lovely birds, animals and beautiful flowers. Enjoy walking around huge greenhouse filled with fully bloomed colorful flowers and birds, fish and other creatures. And stop at Local Tsukemono pickles shop carries “Konanzuke” made with famous Nada Sake lees. After enjoy shopping and lunch at AEON Shopping center, go back to the hotel. Upon hotel arrival, Free time to continue shopping, packing, etc. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense)

JUNE 04 (THU) HONOLULU, {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check-out time our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. In the afternoon, by bus to Kansai Int’l Airport to catch a flight in the night to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, JUN, 4. 2020 (Thu). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. Lunch and 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!

TOUR LAND COST (13 DAYS) ---------------------------$4,400.00 * PLUS (+) AIRFARE $1,400.00 (ESTIMATED):
TOTAL COST OF TOUR AND ESTIMATED AIR
-----$5,800.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD-----------------$944.00 * {¥8,580 x 11 days=94,380 YENS}

{YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥440,000 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

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. 

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

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: MAY 03, 2020 (SUNDAY) TIME: 11:00AM 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.

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 wellbeing.
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.

PASSPORT PHOTOS: Free for our TOUR MEMBERS ONLY. Taken at the Tohoku Travel Service office @1741 Nuuanu Ave. 2nd Floor 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: MARCH 23, 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.

TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. 
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