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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854 TA #486
FAX: (808) 524-1053
HOME PAGE: www.tohokutravel.com


TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW MOUNTAIN RESORT “BOCHA-BOCHA” TOUR #14
SEPTEMBER 04 (Saturday)- September 16 (Thursday), 2010 (Clarence Sato/ Matt)(11/25/09)
TOLL FREE PH: 1-888-966-3666

SEPT. 04(SAT) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

SEPT. 05(SUN) CHIBA ORIENTAL HOTEL TOKYO BAY
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to the hotel in Urayasu city . After hotel check-in, FREE TIME to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is connected to the train station and close to the Shopping Area where you can enjoy shopping.

SEPT 06(MON) KUMAGAYA HERITAGE RESORT (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to, Soka City, known for the “most famous brand of rice crackers in Japan”, “Soka Senbei”! We will visit the Senbei (rice cracker) Factory to “try grilling your own senbei” and enjoy shopping also. Then to Kawagoe, which is often called “Koedo” (Small Edo). Pass through the area with “Old Style Architecture Warehouses” on both sides of the street. Then to the Matsuri Museum with it’s display of huge floats and see a short movie of the Kawagoe Festival. Later get a chance to shop at a small alley, “Kashiya Yokocho (Candy Alley)”, carrying snacks made from sweet potato, dried natto, etc. Our hotel is located in a National Park with natural forest. There are lots of Onsen (Baths) such as Jacuzzi, Zashiki (Tatami) Buro, etc. Enjoy your first ONSEN HOT SPRING of this tour!

SEPT. 07(TUE) KARUIZAWA HOTEL KARUIZAWA 1130(ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Karuizawa, which thrived as “Japan’s Most Popular International Resort” and loved by John Lennon and Japan’s Royal Family, etc. Enjoy strolling around Karuizawa Ginza at the center of town or the Outlet Shopping Mall, Souvenir Shop, Ice Cream Shop, Bakery, etc. which stand side-by-side. Later visit Shiraito Waterfall, a lovely waterfall 10 ft. high and 230ft. wide. The sight of water falling down in slender streaks looking like so many white threads is indeed magnificent. Then visit the Asama Bokujyo ranch, where an extensive grassland area you can enjoy the scenic beauty and enjoy fresh ice cream. Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt Asama, 3,707 ft high on the Kitakaruizawa plateau. You can see Mt. Asama and Mt. Shirane from your room (weather permitting) Enjoy hot spring & Roten buro (open air bath).

SEPT. 08(WED) TATESHINA IKENODAIRA HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Enjoy “Apple Picking”, in season. Nagano is called “Fruit Country”. We are supposed to be able to see Cosmos blooming around this time of the season. Later enjoy driving on the Venus Line Scenic Road with panoramic mountain views along the way. If the timing is right Japanese Scabiosa blooms around this season. Then, go to Lake Shirakaba, the main sightseeing spot in the Venus Highland Area. We will visit the World Silhouette Museum, which features the fairytale-like works of Shadowgraph. The fantastic space made by light, mirrors and water is extremely beautiful. Our hotel is a Big Resort Hotel near the lake. There are various HOT SPRING BATHS such as a Cave Bath, Herbal Bath, etc.

SEPT. 09(THU) KOMAGANE KOMAGANE RESORT LINX (ONSEN) ♨

Go to the Tateshina Cheese Cake Factory to see the popular factory that makes the cheese cake and sample its product. You will also be able to purchase local specialties such as Nozawana Zuke Pickles, etc. Next visit the Miso Factory, where you buy the local miso. Nagano Prefecture is “No. 1 in the production of Miso”. Then, go to the Misora Hibari Uta no Sato Museum. It is a small museum pertaining to the Great Female Japanese Singer “Misora Hibari”. The exhibition displays her stage costumes, pictures, records, etc., donated by her fans. You can also enjoy a walk in the park with lots of stone monuments concerning Misora Hibari. Later visit the Yomeishu Factory to see the process of making Medicine Sake. Yomeishu is a health tonic, which is taken for the improvement of poor appetite, poor blood circulation, fatigue, etc. Our hotel is a beautiful mountain resort located at the foot of a mountain. Enjoy the ONSEN HOT SPRING and walking around the hotel in the morning.

SEPT. 10(FRI) GERO HOTEL JUEGO (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, ride the Komagane Ropeway, which will carry you 3,117 ft. high into the sky. From an altitude of 8,570 ft., you can enjoy the superb panoramic view of the Southern and Northern Alps and Mt Fuji (Weather Permitting). Later proceed to Kiso, one of the most beautiful wooded areas in Japan. Visit Tsumago-jyuku Old Town registered as “One of Japan’s Most Important Traditional Building Conservation Areas”. Stroll through the delightful main street containing a variety of wooden and plaster Edo-style Buildings with a surrounding of forested mountains as a backdrop. Next go to our hotel in Gero, renowned as “One of the Three Most Prized Spas in Japan”. This Hot Spring is unique and specializes in cases of neuralgia, stomach disorder, high blood pressure and so on. Good chance to Soak and Relax in the famous “GERO HOT SPRING BATH and ROTEN-BURO”.

SEPT. 11(SAT) KANAZAWA CROWN PLAZA HOTEL KANAZAWA
Proceed to Takayama and visit the Matsuri no Mori Museum. Parade Floats, the World’s Largest Drum and Decorated Screens with Gold Lacquer, are exhibited. Gorgeous and splendid, the Takayama Festival is “One of the Three Biggest Festivals in Japan”. Also visit the World Heritage Site “Shirakawago”, the remote and small mountain villages of Gasho-style Houses. The atmosphere of the villages with traditional houses still standing, looks like a Japanese fairy tale. Then proceed to the hotel in Kanazawa, located close to Kanazawa station and big shopping area. Enjoy shopping before dinner.

SEPT. 12(SUN) NAGAHAMA NAGAHAMA ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN)

Go to Hakuza (Gold foil shop). Kanazawa produces 99% of the nation’s gold leaf. The Golden Tea ceremony room used about 40,000 pieces of fist class Pure gold leaf is a pleasure to see. Then to visit (Omicho market?) or East teahouse district area, regarded to retain the most redolent of the spirit of Kanazawa. Enjoy strolling the streets lined with lattice doors and paving stones. Then visit Hideki Matsui baseball museum. New York Yankee’s slugger Hideki Matsui was born very close to the museum. You can learn his history at this museum. Next visit a national monument Tojinbo cliff with spectacular scenery. One of the three rock pillars of its kind in existence in the world. Then to our hotel, located close to Lake Biwa, biggest lake in Japan. Enjoy soaking in the Onsen hot spring!

SEPT. 13(MON)LAKE HAMANA HOTEL LISTEL HAMANAKO (ONSEN) ♨
Nagahama is a castle town that dates back to the 16th century. In the morning walk to Nagahama castle, famous as first castle for Hideyoshi Hashiba (next Hideyoshi Toyotomi) to build. Also we will enjoy strolling popular shopping street KUROKABE (black wall)square in down town. Proceed to Lake Hamana. We will visit famous EEL Pie factory. Lake Hamana is famous for ell farming. The eel pie (cookie) is the most popular souvenir in this area. Our hotel is located by the lake. All you rooms face the lake, enjoy onsen with lake view!

SEPT. 14(TUE) HAKONE HOTEL DAI HAKONE(ONSEN) ♨
In the morning visit Hamamatsu flower park. Huge flower park with beautiful flowers bloom all year round. Next visit Hamamatsu Fruit park too enjoy pear picking in season. Then to Numazu, one of Japan’s leading fish markets. We will stop for shopping of seafood, local specialties etc., Enjoy you last Onsen hot spring!

SEPT 15(WED) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL
Head to Yokohama 2ND BIGGEST CITY IN Japan. Hotel is located within easy walking distance of department stores, big electronics store, 100 yen shop and underground shopping area. After arrival, free time for shopping, meeting relatives, friends, or rest. Your rooms are paid for, but meals (LUNCH/DINNER) will be At Your Own Expense to let you eat your favorite dishes before returning home. We will give everyone a carton box to use for packing their gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess).

SEPT. 16(THU) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check-out 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 NARITA Int’l Airport to catch a flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, SEPTEMBER 16, 2010 (THURSDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2010 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S MOUNTAIN RESORT “BOCHA-BOCHA” TOUR #14! 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.

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: AUGUST 15, 2010 (SUNDAY) ** TIME: 12:00PM (N00N)
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HONOLULU, HI.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS 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 or 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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