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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S JAPAN SEA & KII WITH 6 ONSEN TOUR #2 – Revised 05/18/09-RT

MARCH 08, 2010 (MON) TO MARCH 20, 2010 (THU) – ROSS TERANISHI & TOMO

MAR. 08 (MON) HONOLULU

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

MAR. 09 (TUE) KANSAI AIRPORT/KOBE KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport and after clearing immigration and customs formalities, by bus to our hotel in Kobe City.
Upon arrival, FREE TIME to meet your relatives, friends or just rest.

MAR. 10 (WED) DAISEN DAISEN ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN)

Leave Kobe for Tottori by passing through Okayama Prefecture. Visit Tsuyama Ume no Sato Park to see Ume Blossom Blooming (if timing is right.) We will visit Tottori Hanakaido Flower Park to see several kinds of flower blooming. The park stands in front of a grand scenic view of Mt. Daisen and its 123acre garden area consists of displays of flowers of the four seasons. Later go to our hotel located at the foot of the volcanic mountain Mt. Daisen with an altitude of 5,673 ft. You will get a chance to Soak and Relax in your first ONSEN HOT SPRING BATH AND ROTEN-BURO (Open-Air Bath) of this tour

MAR. 11 (THU) MATSUE HOTEL ICHIBATA (ONSEN)

Visit the Adachi Museum with its superb Japanese Gardens (52,000 square yards), which has been awarded as “Number #1 Gardens in Japan” for four successive years by “The Journal of Japanese Gardening (USA)”. Its collection of contemporary Japanese paintings of Yokoyama Taikan and many sculptures and ceramic arts are also a pleasure to see. Go to symbol of Matsue, Matsue Castle nicknamed “Plover Castle” built in 1611. The castle is one of 12 original structured castles left in Japan. Next, visit Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio HEARN) House. Koizumi Yakumo was Greek novelist who loved Matsue and naturalized as a Japanese citizen.
Also see the Samurai House (Bukeyashiki), built in the middle of the Edo Period, 270 years ago. Then head to our Hotel which is located in front of Lake Shinji. You will get a chance to Soak and Relax in your 2nd ONSEN HOT SPRING BATH AND ROTEN-BURO (Open-Air Bath) of this tour

MAR. 12 (FRI) MATSUE HOTEL ICHIBATA (ONSEN)

Go to Shimane Winery to see the process of brewing wine and try freshly made wine. Then head to Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine.
This ancient shrine dates back 1,500 years and “it is believed that the gods from all over Japan gather together here every October”. Then go to Matsue Vogel Park, a breathtaking showcase of a plethora of flowers such as Begonia and Fuchsia and birds including pelicans and owls. Then back to the hotel.

MAR. 13 (SAT) TOTTORI HOTEL NEW OTANI TOTTORI

Proceed to Kotobukijo (Theme Park of Japanese Confectionary) and shop for local souvenirs. They carry many kinds of Manjyu and other kinds of local specialties. Go to Encho-En, a garden with the Great wall over looking beautiful Chinese Architecture and Garden to browse around and also see a live Chinese Acrobatic Show. After enjoying a stroll through the park, head to the Tottori Sand Dunes. This is the “Largest Dune in Japan” stretching 6 miles long and 1.5 miles in width facing the Japan Sea. Our hotel is located in front of Tottori Station and next to a Department Store. After check-in, go Holo-Holo and enjoy shopping.

MAR. 14 (SUN) WEST KOBE KOBE SEISHIN ORIENTAL HOTEL

Proceed to Amanohashidate, “One of the Three Most Beautiful Spots in Japan”. This is a 2-mile long sandbar lined with a thick grove of pine trees. Since ancient times, it has been called as “A Place of Incomparable Beauty” with white sand and green pine trees. Also visit Kasamatsu Park by cable car and enjoy the panoramic view from its summit. Try bending down with your back toward the lookout and looking at the view between your legs, and it is said that the view resembles a “Bridge to the Heavens”. Later proceed to our hotel in West Kobe, connected to a huge shopping complex with Daiei Supermarket right next-door and easy walking distance to Sogo Department Store, etc. You can enjoy shopping before and after dinner.

MAR. 15 (MON) NARA KASHIHARA ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN)

Go to Nada area to visit Kikumasamune Sake Museum to see the process of brewing sake. Also you can taste freshly made sake. Nada is the largest sake producing region in Japan. Visit the Uji Byodoin Temple, (Designated for World Heritage and also design of main building (Phoenix Hall) is shown on Japanese 10 yen coin, originally built in the Hein period (1052). Then head to Nara to visit Todaiji Temple in Nara a “World Heritage Site” to see Nara Daibutsu (155.3 ft. high). This is the “Largest Bronze Statue in the World” and is widely admired and worshipped as the “Great Buddha of Nara” and a “Symbol of the Ancient Capital of Japan”.
Our hotel is located close to the station and has an ONSEN HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH (ROTEN-BURO).

MAR. 16 (TUE) SHIRAHAMA HOTEL SEAMORE (ONSEN)

Visit the Danjiri Festival Museum in Kishiwada. The Danjiri Festival is considered to be one of the wildest and roughest festivals in Japan. We will watch a video with vigorous visual sound of this festival. It gives you the sensation of the Danjiri Festival, an ongoing tradition for 300 years. Then proceed to Shirahama via Minabe City that is known as the place producing the “Best Ume-boshi (Pickled Plums) in Japan”. Kishu Ume-boshi is the most popular of its kind. Upon arrival at Shirahama, a sister city of Honolulu, we will first see Engetsu-jima Island, an uninhabited rock isle with a round cave open in its middle. Later go to the Senjojiki Coast, where you will see a huge multi-tiered rock that looks like “A Thousand Tatami”, Sandanheki Cliffs (three-tiered wall), with 200 feet high precipitous rock walls and Heisogen Observatory, a refreshing park on the hill with a commanding view of Shirahama. Finally to our hotel, which faces the ocean and is a famous onsen hotel known for its “UMEDARU OUTDOOR HOT SPRING TUBS” with a beautiful view of the ocean!

MAR. 17 (WED) KATSUURA HOTEL URASHIMA (ONSEN)

Go to Shiono Misaki Cape at the southernmost tip of Honshu (Japan’s Main Island). Visit Shiono Misaki Tower to get a look at the beautiful scenery of the Pacific Ocean. Later cross the New Kushimoto Bridge to Oshima Island. If the timing is right, Camellia Flowers bloom during this season. We will drive along the Camellia Road. Next go to Hashikui Iwa Rocks, formed by 40 strangely shaped rocks, which resemble the supports of a bridge. Then, proceed to the “World’s Largest Whale Museum” in Taiji. A 50 ft. Bowhead Whale is suspended from the ceiling and about 1,000 precious materials regarding the life of whales and whaling are displayed. An Aquarium, Sea Otter Museum, Whale Hunting Boat Museum, etc. are located around the museum. Later proceed to our huge onsen hotel in Katsuura, where you can experience bathing in a “BIG CAVE HOT SPRING BATH”!

MAR. 18 (THUR) ISE SHIMA HOTEL KINTETSU AQUAVILLA (ONSEN)

Head to Nachi-No-Taki Waterfall, a “World Heritage Site” with a “400 feet drop” the “Highest in Japan”. This is a great waterfall that plunges down from mystic mountains. Next proceed to Kumano to visit Onigajo (Demon Castle), a “Government Designated Natural Monument” characterized by the unique shapes of rock and cliff formations. Then head to Ise Shima National Park, which is a popular leisure resort area for its natural beauty. Our accommodation tonight is a nice resort hotel in natural surroundings. Enjoy a “Natural ONSEN HOT SPRING BATH and ROTEN-BURO (OPEN AIR BATH).

MAR. 19 (FRI) YOKKAICHI YOKKAICHI MIYAKO HOTEL

Visit the Ise grand Shrine (Naiku), the “Largest and Most Revered Shrine in Japan”, developed about 1,300 years ago. Then to “Okage Yokocho”, which creates an atmosphere of the Edo Period and enjoy some shopping here. You can experience the flavor of Mie Prefecture’s old shops, regional specialties, history, customs and people. Enjoy shopping and lunch at the AEON Shopping Center on the way to the hotel. Our hotel is connected to a “Big Shopping Center” where you can enjoy shopping before leaving Japan. Your rooms are paid for, but meals (LUNCH and DINNER) will be “At Your Own Expense” to let you eat your favorite foods before returning home. We will give everyone a carton box to use for packing his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

MAR. 20 (SAT) NAGOYA / HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}

At checkout 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 Chubu (Centrair) Int’l Airport in Nagoya to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, MARCH 20, 2010 (SATURDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2010 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S JAPAN SEA & KII WITH 6 ONSEN TOUR #2! 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 if you are planning to extend your stay in Japan. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE: FEBRUARY 28, 2010 (SUNDAY) TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD., HON., HI.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS NEAR ALA WAI FIELD & PAANI STREET}
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. 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 (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 & & ALL NIPPON AIRLINES FLIGHTS ONLY.
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!

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. SAME 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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