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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI FURUSATO MEGURI TOUR #9 – Revised 05/18/09 - RT

MAY 26, 2010 (WEDNESDAY) - JUNE 07, 2010 (MONDAY) - WAYNE TERANISHI & MATT

MAY 26 (WED) HONOLULU

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

MAY 27 (THU) HIMEJI HOTEL NIKKO HIMEJI

Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to the Hotel, located in front Himeji Station.
After hotel check-in around 10:00 pm you can have a good night rest. (Himeji Castle is under restoration until 2014).

MAY 28 (FRI) NIIHAMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL NIIHAMA

We will visit Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum. Bizen Osafune has been the Japan’s sword craft center. A variety of masterpiece swords are on display at the museum. Then proceed to Shikoku Island. Enjoy driving over The Seto Great Bridge, World’s longest two tiered bridge that stretches 8.2 miles. We will stop at Fisher mans Wharf. Enjoy Shopping of local specialties such as dried seafood, famous sanuki udon noodles etc. Then head to our hotel in Niihama, Ehime prefecture. Hotel is located close by the big shopping center. After check in to hotel, Enjoy shopping or just rest.

MAY 29(SAT) NIIHAMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL NIIHAMA


Proceed to Kochi, next TV drama “Ryoma-den” after “Tenchi jin” is a story about Sakamoto Ryoma (who was born in Kochi) Museum, located on a bluff overlooking the boundless Pacific Ocean. You can learn about the many qualities and contributions of Sakamoto Ryoma. Also we will see notable his statue at Katsura hama beach. Kochi was a castle town. Some might remember Yamanouchi Kazutoyo, known as TV drama “Komyo ga tsuji” built Kochi castle. Drive by the castle to Hirome Market. Enjoy shopping with lots of stalls carrying local products. Seafood, Local Snacks, etc.

MAY 30 (SUN) HIROSHIMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA

Head to Shimanami Kaido (highway above the sea), with its unique island-to-island bridges, and enjoy the luxurious multi-isle beauty of the Inland Sea. Visit “Oyamazumi Shrine” to see its museum. The collections of artifacts account for 80% of all the body armor and armory designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. “Don’t forget to see the armor of Yoshitsune. Then proceed to hotel located close to Sogo department store and shopping area. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

MAY 31(MON) HIROSHIMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA

Proceed to Kure and visit the Yamato Museum. Yamato was the world’s largest battleship built in Kure. The museum’s centerpiece is a 1/10th scale reproduction of this battleship. Also visit the “Steel Whale (Submarine) Museum” of The Maritime Self-Defense Forces. You are able to look at the insides of a decommissioned “Real Submarine”. You will also be able to enjoy shopping at Yume Town Shopping Center located next to the museum. Then back to our hotel. It will be free time to meet relatives, friends or just rest.
For those of you who wish to visit the Hiroshima Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum we will take you. (Optional).

JUNE 01(TUE) OSHIMA ISLAND HOTEL & RESORT SUNSHINE SAZAN SETO (ONSEN)

Proceed to Yanai city to visit famous Kanro Shoyu Factory with 200 years history. They produce the very rare “Kanro Shoyu”. It is a double fermented (saishikomi) shoyu, which originated in this city. Visit Kunimori house which was built in the late 18th century, it is a good example of a mid –Edo period wealthy merchant house and has been designated National cultural asset. Also look around the town. Then proceed to Oshima Island to visit the Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii in Oshima-gun, Yamaguchi. It displays the hardships faced by the emigrants in Hawaii, their cultural contributions and to the economy of their hometowns, and a history of cultural exchanges, etc. Proceed to our hotel located in front of the ocean. Enjoy Onsen (Hot Spring) and Open air bath Roten buro!

JUNE 02 (WED) YUFUIN YUFUIN SANSUI KAN (ONSEN)

Proceed to Tokuyama to catch a Ferry boat to Oita, Kyushu. Upon arrival, visit USA Jingu Shrine (Not United States of America!) is the main home for 44,000 hachiman-gu shrines all around Japan. It is respected as one of the best sacred place in Japan. Then head to Yufuin, very popular hot spring and tourist town in Kyushu. Enjoy strolling around town with its relaxing atmosphere due to the spacious structures and souvenir shops. Enjoy Onsen (Hot Spring) and Open air bath Roten buro!

JUNE 03 (THU) KUMAMOTO HOTEL NIKKO KUMAMOTO

Enjoy driving Yamanami Highway along with beautiful Mountain scenery. Known as one of the most beautiful scenic driveway in Japan. Visit Kujyu Flower Park. The sight of vibrant, colorful flowers set against the backdrop of mountains is absolutely indescribable. Then proceed to Mt. Aso, one of Japan’s most spectacular sights. Its ancient caldera ranks among the world’s largest with a diameter of up to 15.5 miles and a circumference of over 62 miles. Enjoy driving a Panorama line with large scale landscape on the plateau access to the active volcano. Stop at Kusasenri, a popular picturesque area with beautiful prairie within Mt. Aso’s enormous caldera. Then to our hotel in Kumamoto, located close to department store and shopping mall. Free time to meet relatives, friends or just rest.

JUNE 04 (FRI) KUMAMOTO HOTEL NIKKO KUMAMOTO

In the morning visit Kumamoto Castle, one of three most beautiful castles in Japan and third largest. In 2008, this castle was ranked as No. #1 popular castle out of 48 castles in Japan. Because the lord’s inner palace is completed in 2007 and become a most impressive tourist destination in Kyushu. Next proceed to Amakusa, known as the site of the famous Christian peasant uprising of 1637. Missionaries were active in this area in the early 17th century. However, the administrator of that time banned Christianity. We will visit Amakusa Shirou Memorial hall which introduces the situation of European medieval culture and Christianity introduction. The Historical situation in play at that time is explained in an easy to understand manner using a range of replicas and other displays.

JUNE 05 (SAT) KOKURA, KITAKYUSHU RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA


Proceed to Tanjo-ji temple, features the world’s biggest temple bell and Japan’s largest five-storied pagoda. If timing is right, we will visit Takaseri River where Japanese Iris Festival is held around this time of season. Then proceed to Yame, the leading production area of Gyokuro Tea (The highest grade of all Japanese Tea). We will stop at Tea Factory. Good chance to buy “Famous Gyokuro Tea”.
Then proceed to Kokura. Our hotel is easy walking distance to Kokura station and shopping area.

JUNE 06 (SUN) KOKURA, KITAKYUSHU RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA

Proceed to Mt. Fukuchi Flower Park where a flower blooms all year around. Enjoy strolling around the vast flower garden.
Annually Lilly and Hydrangea bloom this time of season. And we will visit Mochikichi Rice Cracker Factory and AEON Shopping center to enjoy shopping before returning home. For those of you who wish to go to Mojiko Retro area, which is an exotic district with intermixed of western style buildings of old age and attractive new amusement spots. We will take you! (OPTIONAL)
(LUNCH and DINNER will be At Your Own Expense). We will give everyone a carton box for packing his or her gifts.
(2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

JUNE 07 (MON) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}

At check-out time we will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. Later proceed to Fukuoka Airport to catch a domestic flight to Kansai (Osaka) or Narita Airport. Then catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning JUNE 07, 2010 After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI FURUSATO MEGURI-HIROSHIMA, SHIKOKU, OSHIMA & KUMAMOTO TOUR #9! Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train 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 extending your stay. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE: MAY 16, 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.

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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. 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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