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 TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817

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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S FLOWER VIEWING WITH “SNOW WALL” JAPAN ALPS TOUR #7 – Revised 05/18/09-


MAY 10, 2010 (MONDAY) – MAY 22, 2010 (SATURDAY) ESCORT: ROSS TERANISHI & MATT

MAY 10 (MON) HONOLULU

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

MAY 11 (TUE) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS


Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, go by bus directly to the hotel in Yokohama, the 2nd biggest city in Japan.
Free Time to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Takashimaya, Okadaya and Sogo Department Stores and the big electronics store Yodobashi Camera. Also the 100 Yen Shop and underground shopping mall.

MAY 12 (WED) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Proceed to Kamakura, an “Old capital city of the Kamakura Period,” which boasts a heritage comparable with that of Kyoto and Nara.
Visit the famous Great Buddha Statue, which is the second largest in Japan (37.4 feet). Then to the most famous shrine in Kamakura, “Tsurugaoka-Hachimangu Shrine”. Founded in 1063 by the Genji Clan, the creators of the Kamakura Shogunate, it became the center of politics and culture during the Kamakura Period. Large landscaped grounds contain several vermilion colored buildings. An arch bridge is at the entrance. Within the grounds are a lotus pond, dancing platform and the main shrine. Holo-Holo on Komachi-Dori, the main shopping street near the shrine, with many traditional and modern shops. After lunch, visit Ofuna Botanical Garden.

MAY 13 (THU) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨

Proceed to Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park where you will see Azalea Festival is held around this time of season. Then visit Gotenba Wasabi Farm you can stroll around the Wasabi farm with Mt. Fuji for a back ground (If weather is fine). And enjoy shopping for Wasabi products. Next to Lake Yamanaka, one of Mt. Fuji five lakes. Visit Hanano-miyako Flower Park in the foot of Mt. Fuji. We will visit its beautiful “Flower Festival” also you can enjoy the Flower Dome where you can see lots of flowers blooming all year around. Our hotel is with the picture window of all the rooms facing Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a relaxing soak in the small ONSEN BATH and a DELICIOUS Japanese Kaiseki Dinner in the evening.

MAY 14 (FRI) TATASHINA HEIGHT ART LAND HOTEL TATESHINA (ONSEN) ♨


Proceed in the morning to visit Fuji Yoshida Road station, famous for the spring water that comes from Mt. Fuji, try tasting pure Mt. Fuji Spring Water. Next visit Mt. Fuji Art Museum, with various images of Mt. Fuji including a number of pictures by renowned artist can be seen on display.
Then proceed to Lake Motosu to visit the very impressive view of the hill covered by pretty pink carpet of flowers (if timing is right) with a Snow Capped Mt. Fuji as a back drop. Next proceed to our hotel in Tateshina Heights, Enjoy walking around the hotel with beautiful scenery of the Japan Alps. Also soak and relax in the ONSEN BATH and OPEN AIR BATH ROTEN BURO.

MAY 15 (SAT) MATSUMOTO HOTEL BUENA VISTA

In the moring proceed to Lake Suwa, biggest lake in Nagano prefecture. Take a brief stop at Takashima castle. Some might remember this castle which appeared on TV Drama “Furin Kazan”. Heroine “Yu hime” was born and bred here. If timing is right, Wisteria blooms in the castle site. Also if timing is right we will visit Tsurumine Park with its abundant Azalea bushes. This park is the best Azalea viewing spot in the Chubu region. Annually Azalea bloom middle of May. Then proceed to old castle town of Matsumoto. If timing is right, (we will visit) before going to our hotel, we will visit a Winery and JUSCO Supermarket for some shopping.

MAY 16 (SUN) HOTAKA ONSEN HOTAKA SO YAMANO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Proceed to Azumino and Visit Matsuo Temple Park where Wisteria & Peony bloom this season.
After enjoy walking around the park, Proceed to Kamikochi, the south entrance of the Northern Alps with 10,000 ft. high mountains via the 2.6 mile long New Abo Tunnel, which took 17 years to build. Visit one of the most famous mountain sightseeing spot, Kamikochi Valley located along the upper reaches of the Azusa River and surrounded by lofty peaks of the Japan Alps. Pass by Taisho Pond and visit the “Kappa Bridge” (a suspension bridge) over the crystal clear waters. Then head to our hotel. Good chance to warm up the body and relax in the HOT SPRING BATH or try the OPEN AIR BATH (ROTEN BURO).

MAY 17 (MON) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

In the morning, drive a 9 miles long “Norikura Skyline road,” which has the higest altitude of any highway in Japan. You can enjoy a panoramic scenery of Mt. Yarigatake and Hodaka on the way. If timing is right, we can drive along the Snow Walls on the road side. We will stop at Tatamidaira Parking area (alt. 8,865 ft.) Mt. Norikura (3rd highest volcano in Japan). It is one of the easiest places to access by bus which is over 8,000 ft. high.
You can try walking the snowy hill there (if timing is right). (In case road is closed, we will ride a Shin Hodaka Rope Way, the second longest rope way in the world.) Next we will visit Owara Kaze no Bon Dance Museum, you can learn about one of the most famous traditional Bon Dance Festival in Japan. Then proceed to our hotel located near Toyama Station and connected to a department store with a 100 Yen Shop.

MAY 18 (TUE) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

In the morning, proceed to Mt. Tateyama (alt. 9,892 ft.) has long been respected as being sacred. Then visit Murodo-daira, one of the heaviest snow fall area in the world. If timing is right, we will enjoy driving through the Great Wall of Snow “Snow Corridor” (0.3 miles long) are formed by expelling heavy snow. Also you will get a chance to walking along such snow walls. Annually the “Snow Wall” becomes over 52 ft.
Enjoy this amazing experience of snow only available in this period.

MAY 19 (WED) INUYAMA MEITETSU INUYAMA HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Proceed to Johana town to visit the “Hikiyama Festival Float Hall” exhibit floats with beautiful wood carving decoration with a 300 year history.
Then go down to Gujyo Hachman city. Visit Plastic Food Replica Factory. The ubiquitous plastic food sample seen outside virtually every restaurant in Japan was invented in this town. We will see incredible food samples and enjoy shopping. Then we will visit Hakurankan Museum exhibit traditional craft workshops and the History of the Gujo Odori Dance Festival, known as one of the three most important dance festivals in Japan.
They have Dance lesson, you can learn how to dance the famous Gujo Odori. Then to our Hotel with a big garden that over sees Inuyama Castle.
Enjoy your last HOT SPRING BATH and the OPEN AIR BATH (ROTEN BURO)

MAY 20 (THU) NAGOYA NAGOYA CASTLE PLAZA HOTEL

In the morning, visit Inyama Castle, the oldest remaining Japanese Castle and has been registered as a National Treasure. Next visit Flower Festival Commemorative Park to see Japan’s greatest Rose Garden. This large and beautiful rose garden includes the collection of roses from all over the World. The garden is very impressively laid out in themed areas and trials as well as a city in Japan. Then to our hotel in Nagoya city located in the central Japan. Our Hotel is close to an underground shopping Mall. Good chance to enjoy some shopping, after Hotel check in.

MAY 21 (FRI) NAGOYA NAGOYA CASTLE PLAZA HOTEL

FREE DAY TO CONTINUE SHOPPING, ETC, Good chance to visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology or Tokugawa Museum via the subway (Optional). Your rooms are paid for but meals (LUNCH & 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 pack his or her gifts.
(2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess).

MAY 22 (SAT) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST INCLUDED THIS DAY}


At checkout time our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take baggage’s to be checked-in down. In the afternoon, proceed to Chubu (Centrair) Int’l Airport in Nagoya Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, MAY 22, 2010 (SATURDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW FLOWER VIEWING WITH SNOW WALL, JAPAN ALPS 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. Weekday returns will cost less.
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: MAY 02, 2010 (SUNDAY) TIME: 12:00PM
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HON., HI.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS {NEAR ALA WAI FIELD AND PAANI STREET}
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS

AIR TRANSPORTATION: Airfare is based on APEX 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 at 50 pounds each 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.
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. 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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