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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVALS WITH TOKYO & SAITAMA TOUR #1A



FEBRUARY 2, 2010 (TUE) TO FEBRUARY 11, 2010 (THU)-GARY TSUMOTO & MATT–Revised 05/18-R

FEB. 02 (TUE) HONOLULU

Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.

FEB. 03 (WED) NARITA / TOKYO CROWNE PLAZA METROPOLITAN HOTEL TOKYO

Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, transfer by bus to your hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. After hotel check-in, FREE TIME to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is located within walking distance to the Ikekuburo Shopping District.

FEB. 04 (THU) TOKYO CROWNE PLAZA METROPOLITAN HOTEL TOKYO

Visit the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Office Tower. Go up to the observatory on the 45th floor that overlooks the whole Tokyo area and Mt. Fuji on a clear day. Later enjoy “Strawberry Picking”! Good chance to “Taste the Delicious Fresh Japanese Strawberries”! Annually the strawberry season in Japan starts from January. Then head to Kawagoe Town, often called “Koedo” (Small Edo). You will pass a warehouse street with old style architecture on both sides of it. Go to see the Matsuri Museum with displays of huge floats and see a short movie of the Kawagoe Festival. Also get a chance to shop at “Kashiya Yokocho”, a small alley that carries snacks made of sweet potato, dried natto, etc. Later return back to the hotel, so you can relax in your room or go shopping near the hotel at the numerous department stores and smaller shops.

FEB. 05 (FRI) HANEDA HANEDA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

Visit Omiya Bonsai Mura (village). Bonsai is a piece of raw nature in miniature. The village is truly a wonderland for not only Bonsai lovers, but also people throughout Japan and overseas. Then, proceed to one of Tokyo’s most interesting tourist spots, Asakusa, to browse around the Nakamise Shopping Street lined on both sides with colorful and lively stores. After lunch, visit Tokyo Edo Museum, located next to the Kokugikan Sumo Arena where Sumo wrestling matches take place. This museum is a wonderful place to get a feel for Tokyo’s history and culture. It has many displays and a replica of Edo until the Tokyo Period. Later proceed to Haneda and our hotel connected to the Haneda Airport Terminal Building.

FEB. 06 (SAT) HAKODATE LOISIR HOTEL HAKODATE

Walk to the Haneda Air Terminal check-in counter (connecting building), to catch a domestic flight to the southern tip of Hokkaido, Hakodate. Hakodate is one of the 5 cities which opened its port to foreign countries in the Edo Period. Upon arrival, go to the shoe store to buy your snowshoes. After dinner {for those who wish to}, go up to Mt. Hakodate by cable car to see a “Night View” of Hakodate City. Hakodate’s Night View is considered to be “One of the 3 Best Night Views in the World”, along with one in Naples and one in Hong Kong.

FEB. 07 (SUN) LAKE TOYA TOYA SUN PALACE HOTEL (ONSEN)

In the morning browse around the Hakodate Morning Market located within easy walking distance from our hotel. Here you can enjoy shopping for Dried Seafood at its many stores, and “experience the active and vibrant atmosphere”. Proceed to Hakodate Tropical Park to enjoy seeing “Monkeys Soaking in the Onsen”. You can also try feeding them. Later visit Goryokaku Park, Japan’s first western-style fort, which now functions as a park with its 5-pointed star shape. From the 320ft. high New Observatory Tower, that opened on April 1, 2006, you can enjoy a “marvelous view of the huge star rimmed park and a whole view of Hakodate City covered with snow”. Then go to Lake Onuma to see the Onuma Hakodate Snow and Ice Festival. You can see various snow statues built by public participants of the snow statue competition. Here, you will also get a chance to “Experience Riding the Snowmobile, or Sledding” (Optional). Our hotel is located by beautiful Lake Toya. You will be able to enjoy the lakeside “Fireworks Display” from your hotel room in the evening. You can dine wearing the Yukata (if you wish) and a good chance to try the soothing HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH (Rotenburo), with a good view of the lake. Lake Toya Onsen is one of the best spa resorts in Hokkaido.

FEB. 08 (MON) TOMAKOMAI GRAND HOTEL NEW OJI

Proceed to still active Showa Shinzan Volcano, the newest volcano in Japan, and designated as a Special National Natural Monument in 1957. Later we will visit a Bear Farm, where you can “try feeding them an apple”. The Bears here will usually “stand up and beg for the apple before you give it to them”. Then to Noboribetsu, one of Hokkaido’s leading tourist destinations. Visit a symbol of Noboribetsu, “Hell Valley”, the crater of a volcano that erupted 10,000 years ago. Steam and gases “vigorously blow up from the crevasses of the exposed orange-tan rocks, showing the magnificent energy of the earth”. Later visit Hokkaido’s largest Ainu Village at Shiraoi Town. Ainu Culture and Lifestyle is shown in an outdoor reproduction of a small Ainu Village. Also enjoy seeing Ainu Ritual and Dance. Also make a stop at Lake Utonai to see the Swans which migrate to this area from Siberia each winter.

FEB. 09 (TUE) SAPPORO/OTARU GRAND PARK OTARU

Head to Lake Shikotsu and see its popular “Hyoto Matsuri” (Festival). About 40 Ice Sculptures create a “Fantasy World Display”. Then go to Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido and get a day-view of the 61st Anniversary Sapporo Snow Festival Site. Enjoy viewing the Snow Structures and Ice Statues during the day. Next, we will pass-by the symbol of Sapporo, “Clock Tower”, and visit Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium, the 300 feet high Ski Jump Competition Site of the 1972 Winter Olympics. Later proceed to our hotel in Otaru City, which used to be a central city of import and export to overseas in Hokkaido. Our hotel is connected to a “Big Shopping Mall”.

FEB. 10 (WED) SAPPORO {ONLY BREAKFAST INCLUDED THIS DAY} SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL

In the morning, we will visit main attraction in Otaru with the street lined with many Glassware Stores and enjoy shopping at the Music Box Museum. Also pass Otaru Canal with Old Warehouses lining it. We will visit Kitanohomare Sake Museum to see the insides of the actual brewing process of this brewery in operation. “Also Try the Refreshing Taste of Fresh Sake”! Next proceed to the AEON Shopping Complex for lunch and shopping. In the evening, visit the “61st Anniversary Sapporo Snow Festival” Site at Odori Park. It is an internationally known event with gigantic Snow Statues and hundreds of medium sized, and small statues of snow and ice. Enjoy the Night View of the Snow Statues and Ice Statues with beautiful illumination, by subway. {OPTIONAL: For Those Who Wish To}. Our hotel is located next to Daimaru Department Store, the Underground Shopping Arcade and other Department Stores.

FEB. 11(THU) HONOLULU

MEALS END AFTER BREAKFAST AT SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL. 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, proceed to New Chitose Airport to catch a domestic flight to Narita Int’l Airport. In the evening, transfer to a connecting flight to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, FEBRUARY 11, 2010 (THURSDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2010 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVAL WITH TOKYO AND SAITAMA TOUR #1A! 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. Yokohama Travel, Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually, and around $90.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!


TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE: JANUARY 17, 2010 - (SUNDAY) TIME: 12:00 PM (NOON)
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA 1ST FLOOR. 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD.
{NEAR ALA WAI FIELD AND PAANI STREET. PARKING IN THE BLDG., OR STREET PARKING}.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR
(LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS:

AIR TRANSPORTATION: Airfare is based on VALUE FARE.
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. Round trip 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 (2) 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!

TRAVEL HINTS

WATER: Is safe to drink throughout Japan.
TRAVEL ETIQUETTE: No one likes to be known as the last to arrive. When traveling in a group it is very important that everyone be punctual. Please remember, also, NO SMOKING AND TO ROTATE SEATS ON BUSES.
Everyone likes to sit by the window and front seats.
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 at 1741 Nuuanu Avenue 2nd Floor, Honolulu, Hawaii 96817.
PORTERS AT HONOLULU AIRPORT: We have complimentary porter service at Honolulu International Airport on all Japan tour departures on JAPAN AIRLINES FLIGHTS ONLY.

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TOUR CONDITIONS REMINDER

The COST OF TOUR includes ground tour and airfare. 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!

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SURCHARGE FOR YEAR 2010

TOUR MEMBERS NOT PURCHASING THEIR AIRLINE TICKETS THROUGH TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. WILL BE ASSESSED A $225.00 PER PERSON SURCHARGE. SHOULD YOU ARRIVE AFTER THE TOUR GROUP’S ARRIVAL TIME, YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO THE HOTEL. IT GOES FOR DEPARTURES FROM JAPAN. IF YOUR FLIGHT LEAVES EARLIER THAN THE TOUR GROUP, YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN WAY TO THE AIRPORT. THE TOUR AIRFARE PORTION WILL BE SUBTRACTED FROM THE TOUR PACKAGE COST. THANK YOU!
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