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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S ENCORE FLOWER VIEWING WITH “SNOW WALL” JAPAN ALPS TOUR #7A

MAY 13, 2010 (THURSDAY) – MAY 25, 2010 (TUESDAY) {REVISED 01/28/10} {GARY TSUMOTO & TOMO}


MAY 13 (THU) 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 14 (FRI) SHIN YOKOHAMA SHIN YOKOHAMA PRINCE HOTEL
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, go by bus directly to the hotel in Shin Yokohama. After hotel check-in, it is “Free Time” to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is connected to the Prince Pepe Shopping Center with the 100 Yen Shop, Supermarket, etc.

MAY 15 (SAT) SHIN YOKOHAMA SHIN YOKOHAMA PRINCE HOTEL
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. The large landscaped grounds contain several vermilion colored buildings, an arch bridge, a lotus pond, dancing platform and the main shrine. Go Holo-Holo on Komachi-Dori the main shopping street near the shrine with many traditional and modern shops. After lunch, visit Ofuna Botanical Garden featuring Roses, Peonies, Azalea, etc. A Green House contains various kinds of tropical plants. The entire grounds can be enjoyed by strolling from one garden to another, and provides a pleasant place for rest and relaxation.

MAY 16 (SUN) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Hakone, where the Azalea Festival is held around this time of season. Then visit Gotenba Wasabi Farm to stroll around the Wasabi Farm with Mt. Fuji for a back ground (If weather is fine). And enjoy shopping for Wasabi Products. Next go to Lake Yamanaka, one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Visit the Hanano-Miyako Flower Park at the foot of Mt. Fuji. We will visit its “Flower Festival”. You can also enjoy the Flower Dome where you can see lots of flowers blooming all year around. The picture windows of all the rooms of our hotel face Mt. Fuji. Enjoy a “Relaxing Soak” in the small ONSEN BATH and a “Delicious Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” in the evening.

MAY 17 (MON) TATESHINA HEIGHTS 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 the Mt. Fuji Shibazakura Festival to see 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 18 (TUE) MATSUMOTO HOTEL AMBIENT AZUMINO (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning proceed to Lake Suwa, biggest lake in Nagano Prefecture. Take a brief stop at Takashima Castle. Some might remember this castle, which appeared on the 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 in the middle of May. “If timing is not right for viewing the Azalea”, we will visit a Winery and JUSCO Supermarket for some shopping instead of Tsurumine Park before going to our hotel.

MAY 19 (WED) HOTAKA ONSEN HOTEL HOTAKA (ONSEN) ♨

Proceed to Azumino. Rape Blossoms bloom around this time of season. We will visit Matsuo Temple Park where Wisteria & Peony bloom this season. After enjoy walking around the park, go 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 in the HOT SPRING BATH or try the OPEN AIR BATH (ROTEN BURO).

MAY 20 (THU) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
In the morning, drive the 9 miles long “Norikura Skyline Road,” which has the “highest altitude of any highway in Japan”. You can enjoy the 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.) of Mt. Norikura (3rd highest volcano in Japan). It is over 8,000 ft. high and one of the easiest places to access by bus. You can try walking the snowy hill there (if timing is right). (In case the road is closed, we will ride the Shin Hodaka Rope Way, the second longest rope way in the world.) Next we will visit Owara Kaze no Bon Dance Museum to learn about “one of the most famous traditional Bon Dance Festivals in Japan”. Then proceed to our hotel located near Toyama Station and connected to a Department Store with a 100 Yen Shop.

MAY 21 (FRI) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Proceed to Mt. Tateyama (alt. 9,892 ft.) which has long been respected as being sacred. Visit Murodo-daira, “one of the heaviest snow fall areas in the world”. If timing is right, we will “enjoy driving through the Great Wall of Snow “Snow Corridor” (0.3 miles long) formed by expelling heavy snow. You will also “get a chance to walk along the snow walls”. Annually the “Snow Wall” becomes over 52 ft. “Enjoy this amazing experience of snow only available during this period”!

MAY 22 (SAT) GIFU GIFU MIYAKO HOTEL
Proceed to Johana Town to visit the “Hikiyama Festival Float Hall” exhibiting floats with beautiful wood carving decoration with a 300 year old history. Then go down to Gujyo Hachman City. Visit the 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 exhibiting 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 lessons where you can learn how to dance the famous Gujo Odori”. Then to our hotel located close to the Nagara River and park

MAY 23 (SUN) NAGOYA {ANA HOTELS} HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
In the morning, visit Inuyama 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 “a collection of roses from all over the World”. The garden is very impressively laid out in themed areas and trails as well as a display garden of many species of roses. Then go to our hotel in Nagoya, the Central City in Japan. Our Hotel is close to the Train Station and Shopping Mall. Good chance to enjoy some shopping, after Hotel check-in.

MAY 24 (MON) NAGOYA {ANA HOTELS} HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
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 25 (TUE) 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 25, 2010 (TUESDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING TOHOKU TRAVEL’S ENCORE FLOWER VIEWING WITH SNOW WALL, JAPAN ALPS TOUR #7A! 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 for more details if you are planning to extend your stay in Japan. 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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