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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817

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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S TOHOKU & HOKKAIDO SHINRYOKU, FLOWER & ONSEN TOUR # 8

MAY 12, 2010 (WED) - MAY 24, 2010 (MON)   ESCORT: ROLAND TOKAIRIN & JOHN

                                                            

REVISED JULY 21, 2009

 

MAY 12 (WED) HONOLULU

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

MAY 13 (THU) TOKYO, METROPOLITAN HOTEL

Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport, and after entry formalities, catch the limousine bus to the hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, one of the busiest cities in Tokyo.  Our hotel is close to Ikebukuro Station and Tobu Department Store.  Upon arrival at hotel, you will have Free Time to meet your relatives, friends, or just rest.

MAY 14 (FRI) NASU, RINDOKO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Leave Tokyo and go up to Ashikaga Town to go to Ashikaga Flower Park.  We will see Wisteria blooming during this season (If the timing is right).  Then, to the Big “AEON” Shopping Complex for shopping and lunch..  Later proceed to our hotel Located among the Nasu Plateau, Nasu Roads and Nasu Swamp. Good chance toenjoy your first HOT SPRING BATH and ROTENBURO (OPEN-AIR BATH) on this tour.

MAY 15 (SAT) AKIU ONSEN, AKIU RESORT HOTEL CRESCENT (ONSEN) ♨

Proceed to Motomiya in Fukushima Prefecture stopping ta Janohana Flower Park.  This park has wisteria, Peony, Azalea and Shibazakura (Moss Phlox) blooming during this season (If the timing is right).  Then continue to our hotel in Akiu Onsen. Soak and Relax in the HOTSPRING BATH. 

MAY 16 (SUN) MORIOKA, HOTEL METROPOLITAN MORIOKA

Proceed to Genbi-kei (Genbi Gorge), which is specified as a “Natural Monument in Japan”.  The vast view of “over a 1 mile stretch of undulating, rock layers, waterfalls and river rapids will overwhelm you”.  Later visit Esashi Fujiwara no Sato a huge theme park that retraces the history of the Oshu Fujiwara Clan which ruled the Tohoku Region during the 12th Century and enables visitors to immerse themselves in the history and culture of Michinoku with architecture dating back in the Hein Era (8th – 12thcentury).  Some of you may recognize here as a TV drama location for “Tenchi jin”. Enjoy “a magnificent dream tale of the Heian Period and the World of Yoshitsune”.  Hotel is connected to Morioka Shinkansen Station.  After hotel check-in “Go Holo=Holo” near the hotel.

MAY 17 (MON) AOMORI, AOMORI GRAND HOTEL

Proceed to Morioka Handicraft Village to see the process of making traditional handictafts of Morioka such as Nambu Chinaware, Ironware, etc.  You can see the old farmer’s houses, “Magariya”. Also get a chance to try “Baking Nambu Senbei” {At Your Own Expense} here.  Later, head to Aomori City and visit Nebuta no Sato a museum displaying giant floats which are used in the Nebuta Summer Festival in August. Our hotel is located in front of Aomori Station.  After hotel check-in enjoy shopping at Auga Wholesale Market close to the hotel.  Good chance to buy dried seafood here.

MAY 18 (TUE) HAKODATE, HAKODATE ONUMA PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

In the morning, walk to Aomori Station to catch the train to go across from the main island of Honshu to Hokkaido via the 33.5 miles long Seikan Undersea Tunnel.  Upon arrival in Hakodate, Hokkaido transfer to the bus and go to Goryokaku Park, location of “Japan’s First Western Style Fort” now functioning as a park with its “5 Pointed Star Shape”.  Enjoy a marvelous view of the huge star shape rimming the park and view the whole City of Hokodate from the New Observatory Tower. After check-in at our hotel, Soak and Relax in the HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN-AIR BATH.

MAY 19 (WED) TOMAKOMAI, GRAND HOTEL NEW OJI

In the morning, stop at Morimachi Parking Area to see “Cherry blossom blooming” (if timing is right). Visit the active Showa Shinzan Volcano, one of Japan’s youngest mountains. It was created between 1944 and 1945, and is still venting sulfurous fumes today.  Go to the Bear Farm located at Showa Shinzan, where you can “try feeding the bears”.  Later proceed to Noboribetsu, one of Hokkaido’s most popular and well known spa resort areas and stop at “Jigoku Dani” (Valley of Hell), where “steam gushing out from a number of holes looks like hell”.  Then go to the hotel located in Tomakomai City. 

MAY 20 (THU) MAKUBETSU ONSEN, TOKACHI MAKUBETSU GRANVRIO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Head to Chitose City to visit the Chitose Salmon Aquarium, and see the huge water tank with Salmon, Japanese Huchen, Sturgeon and other river fishes.  Also see a movie “In English” showing “The Life of the Salmon”.  Then proceed to our hotel in Tokachi Makubetsu Onsen via Hidaka Town.  Soak and Relax in the HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN-AIR BATH.                

MAY 21 (FRI) LAKE KUSSHARO, KUSSHARO PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Proceed to Lake Akan to see and “Ainu Show” (with Ainu Dance, Singing, etc.).  Ainu are the Aborigines in the Northern Part of Japan.  Later visit “Lake Mashu with a mystical beauty”.  Also go the Taiho Sumo Museum.  Taiho was the 48th Yokozuna in 1961 and kept the Rank of Yokozuna for 10 years with 32 Grand Championships.  Soak and Relax in the HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN-AIR BATH.   

MAY 22 (SAT) ASAHIKAWA, ASAHIKAWA TERMINAL HOTEL

Go to Higashimokoto Town to enjoy “it’s very impressive view of the hill covered by the pretty pink carpet of flowers, “Shibazakura” (Moss Phlox) (if the timing is right).  Later proceed to Sounkyo Gorge with its unusual rock formations with beautiful greenery.  Steep cliffs reaching 300 feet in height are especially impressive.  See “Two of the Top 100 Waterfalls in Japan, beautiful Ryusei (Shooting Star) and Ginga (Galaxy) Waterfalls. Upon arrival in Asahikawa City, the 2nd largest in Hokkaido, go directly to the hotel to check-in. Hotel is located next to the Asahikawa Station and you will get a chance to enjoy shopping at Heiwa-Dori Street. 

MAY 23 (SUN) SAPPORO, SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL

Proceed to the “Biggest City in Hokkaido” Sapporo.  Our hotel is located next to Sapporo Station with Department stores and Underground Shopping Mall. FREE TIME TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING, ETC.  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 use for packing his or her gifts.  (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance.  The member will pay for any excess). 

MAY 24 (MON) 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 by bus to Chitose Airport, to catch a Japan Airlines domestic flight to Narita Int’l Airport, and transfer to an international flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, MAY 24, 2010 (MONDAY).  After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S TOHOKU  & HOKKAIDO SHINRYOKU, FLOWER & ONSEN TOUR #8!  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.  MAHALO!  {LUNCH will be at your own expense / DINNER on the plane}.     

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE: MAY 02, 2010 (SUNDAY)
TIME: 12:00 PM (NOON)
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA
ADDRESS:  2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HON., HI.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS {NEAR ALA WAI FIELD & PAANI ST.
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOUR

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 50 pounds per bag 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!

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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