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NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN TOUR #20
Date: Nov. 7, 2020 (Saturday) - Nov. 19, 2020 (Thursday)    ESCORT: WESLEY JUNIOR

TOUR ITINERARY
07 NOV. (SAT) HONOLULU, 
Leave Daniel K. Inouye Int’l Airport via Delta Airline flight #277. Dinner and Breakfast will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.

08 NOV. (SUN) KYOTO,
MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO 
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport. After clearing entry formalities, by bus to Kyoto, which carries a reputation as the “Most Beautiful City in Japan”. Our hotel is located in front of Kyoto Station and close to the AEON Shopping Mall including Supermarket, UNIQLO, ¥100 YEN Shop, etc.

09 NOV. (MON) KYOTO,
MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO HACHIJO 
All day Kyoto City Tour! Enjoy the “Most Historical City in Japan” with a 1,200-year history and awarded as the “World’s Best City to Travel” in 2014 & 2015 by the U.S magazine Travel + Leisure. Visit Arashiyama, a major sightseeing area in Western Kyoto. Pleasant scenery combined with its landmark Togetsu Bridge, river flow and forested mountain in the back ground is breathtaking. Later visit “World Cultural Heritage Site”, Nijo Castle with its beautiful Japanese Garden. It is an excellent example of traditional castle defensive structures built in 1603 and noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors boasting delicate transom woodcarvings and fabulous paintings. Visit Nishijin Textile Museum to enjoy shopping and seeing the Kimono Show. It’s a good place to take in the beauty of gorgeous Nishijin Textiles which has a long history dating back to the 16th Century. After going back to the hotel, tour guide will take you to “Holo Holo” around the hotel.

10 NOV. (TUE) TAKAYAMA,
HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN)  
In the morning, enjoy “Picking & Tasting Sweet Japanese Persimmon” a seasonal Autumn fruit in Japan and in the right season. Later proceed by bus to Takayama while viewing the magnificent Autumn scenery turned red and yellow (depending on climate of the year). Takayama boasts “One of Japan's Most Atmospheric Townscapes” and has maintained its “Original Japanese Landscape Form”. It makes this town “Japan’s Must Visit Sightseeing Spot” for tourists from overseas. After hotel check-in, Good chance to “Soak and Relax” in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Jacuzzi. Enjoy delicious “Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” in the evening.

11 NOV. (WED) TAKAYAMA,
HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN)  
All day Takayama City Tour! First, visit the Historical Government House, built over 300 years ago and served as the Edo Government's Administrative Building for 177 years. It is the one and only building of its kind remaining in Japan. Also visit the interesting Takayama Morning Open Market in front of the Government House. It is “Takayama’s Best Known Sight”. Lots of stands sell local crafts, farm products, etc. Later enjoy browsing around the Old Town District, which beautifully preserves the quaint atmosphere of an old castle town in the Edo Period with antique merchant’s houses and age-old specialty shops carrying famous Local Sake and Hida Lacquerware which has a long history dating back to 1606! Then go to the Matsuri-no Mori Festival Museum, showcasing the key aspects of the Takayama Festival with gorgeous and splendid floats. See and feel the atmosphere of “One of the Three Most Beautiful Festivals in Japan”.

12 NOV. (THU) KANAZAWA,
ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KANAZAWA
Visit a “World Heritage Site”, beautiful “Gassho-Zukuri Village” in Shirakawago. This mountain village is famed for its unique architecture, “Gassho Style Farmhouses”. Those steep sloping gable roof farmhouses were developed to survive severe weather with heavy snowfall. Enjoy strolling around the village which was chosen as “One of the 10 Greatest Towns in the World for architecture buffs” by CNN. Later challenge yourself in “Making Your Own Traditional Gokayama Washi Paper”. You will also learn the history and tradition of beautiful Gokayama Washi Paper which is registered as a “Traditional Japanese Handicraft”. Then go to the historic castle town Kanazawa which has been registered as a UNESCO’s Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art. Kanazawa produces 99 % of Japan's gold leaf. Visit Hakuza (Gold Foil Shop). Its “Golden Tea Ceremony Room” made using about 40,000 pieces of pure gold leaf is pleasure to see. Hotel is located close to Kanazawa Station and its big shopping area carrying Kanazawa’s local specialties. After hotel check-in, Go “Holo-Holo” around the hotel.

13 NOV. (FRI) NOTO PENINSULA,
ROYAL HOTEL NOTO (ONSEN)  
Kanazawa is a city full of charm where a lot of old neighborhoods have been kept intact and thus called “One of the Best-Preserved Cities in Japan”. Go to Nagamachi Old Samurai Town to take a pleasant walk around the “Old Samurai Town” and visit elegant Nomura’s Samurai House (Must remove shoes) with its beautiful Japanese Garden. This graceful garden is highly praised by the Japanese Garden Journal (USA) as “One of the Very Best Japanese Gardens”. Later visit Kenrokuen Garden, considered to be “One of Japan's Three Best Landscape Gardens” which has the “typical features of a large treed garden with plentiful water landscaping”. Every step and turn in the garden bring a new view to stop and admire. After enjoying “Shopping and Lunch” at AEON Shopping Center, go to Noto Peninsula, holding unparalleled beauty with many magnificent sights, via Chirihama Seaside Drive Way. This beach forms 5 miles-long natural driveway of packed, fine sand, so hard that any kind of vehicle can drive on it. This is the only place in Japan where we can enjoy a drive on the edge of the surf. (depending on weather and condition). We will stay at a popular resort hotel surrounded by nature. Soak and Relax in Big Hot Spring Bath and Open-air Rock bath!

14 NOV. (SAT) NOTO PENINSULA,
ROYAL HOTEL NOTO (ONSEN)  
All day “Noto Peninsula Tour”! Proceed to Wajima and visit the famous “Asaichi Morning Market”, “One of Japan’s Three Biggest Morning Markets”. About 200 stalls lining the main street offers various products like folk crafts, primarily fresh seafood landed daily at Wajima Port, including delicious “Steamed Abalone.” Also visit the Kiriko Art Museum exhibiting 31 impressive Kiriko Lantern Floats to express the atmosphere of this exciting festival unique to Noto Peninsula. Also see beautiful Wajima-nuri Lacquerware, designated as a “National Intangible Cultural Property”. We will get a chance to see the precious works and highly refined skills that have been passed down over 1,000 years. Later go to a “main attraction in Noto Peninsula”, Noto Kongo Scenic Coast with sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations that are considered the “Most Dramatic Section of the Noto Peninsula”. Also visit Senmaida (One Thousand Rice Paddies), infinite terraced small rice paddies spread like stairways to the ocean on a slope which is designated as a “National Cultural Asset”. Enjoy this exquisitely beautiful scenery in Noto! Then go back to the hotel. Soak in the Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Rock Bath!

15 NOV. (SUN) HAKUBA,
SIERRA RESORT HAKUBA (ONSEN)  
Enjoy shopping at Toyama Seafood Market specializing in seafood from Toyama Bay as well as local specialties such as White Shrimp Chips, etc. Then visit Uozu Buried Forest Museum, located at the actual site where a 500-year-old virgin cedar forests were buried and preserved. It’s really breathtaking to see giant roots and stumps that lay inundated from some 2,000 years ago that is designated as a “Special National Monument”. Later head to Hakuba, situated in the heart of the stunningly beautiful “Northern Japan Alps” and thus considered “Japan's Premier Alpine Resort Destination”. We will stay at an excellent mountain resort hotel which has been ranked high in “Most Popular Hotels in Japan” by TripAdviser. Enjoy the Onsen Hot Spring Bath where you can see the Japan Alps beyond the forest.

16 NOV. (MON) KIYOSATO HEIGHTS,
KIYOSATO KOGEN HOTEL (ONSEN)  
Go to a picturesque mountain resort area, Azumino, while viewing the magnificent scenery of the strikingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps along the way. Visit Swiss Village carrying a variety of Nagano souvenirs including local wine, pickles and Shinshu Soba which is Japan’s most popular Soba noodle. Nagano is “One of Japan’s Top Apple-producing Prefectures”. Enjoy Picking and Tasting Nagano Apple. Try “Fresh and Sweet Nagano Apples” in season. Nagano is also famous for its Shinshu Miso which is widely loved throughout Japan. We will visit a Miso Factory to see the process of making local Shinshu Miso and purchase them. Our hotel is located in the Highland Resort Area in Kiyosato Heights (4,900ft high). On a clear day, you can overlook the Southern Japan Alps in the distance from your room. Soak and Relax in the Big Public Bath and Open-Air Hot Spring Bath with beautiful mountain scenery.

17 NOV. (TUE) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
In the morning visit the Music Box Museum to see its surprising “Dynamic Music Show” played by antique music boxes automatically playing real instruments such as Piano, Cymbal, Violin, etc. Later head to Lake Kawaguchi, very popular resort area located at the foot of Mt. Fuji. If the weather is fine a magnificent view of the Symbol of Japan “Mt. Fuji” can be seen on the way. Visit Itchiku Kubota Art Museum which is praised as “One of the World’s Most Remarkable Museums Devoted to Textiles”. See the magnificent collection of one-of-a kind breathtaking kimonos made with revived traditional technique of silk dyeing. If the timing is right, this area will be filled with beautiful Autumn leaves. Then go to Yokohama, “2nd Largest City in Japan”. Hotel is in a very convenient location within easy walking distance to the Department Store, Big Electronics Store, ¥100 Yen Shop & Underground Shopping Mall. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you to “Holo-Holo” around the hotel.

18 NOV. (WED) YOKOHAMA,
YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Visit Tokyo Sky Tree. This “New Symbol of Tokyo” is the world’s highest stand-alone tower boasting a height of 2,080 ft. From its observation deck, you can enjoy the best 360-degree panoramic spectacular views out over the Japan’s giant metropolis. You also get a chance to visit its shopping complex (Tokyo Solamachi). Many shops are highly specialized and offer a variety of Japanese Traditional Crafts and Pop-culture Goods. Later enjoy Shopping and Lunch at Ario Shopping Mall with Supermarket, ¥100 Yen Shop etc. Then go to Ameyoko, “One of Japan’s Most Popular Shopping Streets”, filled with many shops dealing discounts on all kinds of items which includes seafood, sweets, shirts, snacks, etc. After going back to the hotel, Free Time to continue Shopping, Packing, etc. (LUNCH / DINNER will be at your own expense).

19 NOV. (THU) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST IS 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, 19 NOV (THU) After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch/dinner will be at your own expense.)

**Buffet meals are subject to change Set meals.

COST OF GROUND TOUR (12 DAYS) FOR $4,600.00* PLUS AIRFARE $ 1265.00 (***ESTIMATED AIRFARE***)
TOTAL TOUR COST WITH ESTIMATED AIRFARE” $5,897.00*
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD $1,089.00 ¥100 YEN RATE (¥ 9,900 x 11 = ¥108,900)

YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: ¥460,000

*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 is subject to changes $100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION

INCLUDES: Land Transportation included in the itinerary, all hotel accommodations, meals and all sightseeing listed, all transfer of passenger and baggage, souvenir picture and tour tax. 

DOES NOT INCLUDE: AIRFARES, 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.

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: 01 NOVEMBER 2020* (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM 
ATTIRE: CASUAL
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG @477 KAPAHULU AVE, HONOLULU, HI.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. 
JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED & 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 CONDITIONS
AIR: ESTIMATED AIRFARE AND MAY BE MORE OR MAY BE LESS AT TIME OF TICKET PURCHASED.
$225.00 Cancellation Fee is usually charged by the airlines.

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 regard 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 reversed 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!

TOUR CONDITIONS REMINDER: The COST OF TOUR includes ground tour. 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 estimated, and should the airfares be changed, adjustments will be made accordingly. The YEN RATE OF THE DAY will be used at time of payment. MAHALO!

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 ROTATE SEATS ON BUSES A BUS SEATING CHART WILL BE MADE. 

FOOD REQUEST: If you cannot eat certain foods, please do not forget to turn in your request form, 30 days before departure or ASAP, 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 Honolulu, Hawaii.

FINAL TOUR PAYMENT 60 days before departure: 
DATE: 08 SEPTEMBER 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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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854 TA #486
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