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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW AUTUMN COLORS OF HOKKAIDO “BOCHA-BOCHA” TOUR #15

OCTOBER 2, 2010 (SATURDAY) – OCTOBER 14, 2010 (THURSDAY) {GARY TSUMOTO}


OCT. 2(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.

OCT. 3(SUN) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport, and after entry formalities, by bus to Yokohama, the 2nd biggest city in Japan. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to the Department Stores, electronics Store, 100 Yen Shop and an Underground Shopping Area. Upon arrival, enjoy “Holo-Holo” in the shopping area.

OCT. 4(MON) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Head to Yokosuka, home to one of the biggest military seaports shared by the United States Navy and the Maritime Self- Defense Force of Japan. Then visit Kurihama Hana no Kuni Flower Park. We will see Cosmos blooming in the garden during this season. Later to Yokohama’s most popular district, “Minato Mirai Area”, the futuristic town full of modern high-rise buildings. We will visit Japan’s tallest building, “Landmark Tower” (970ft.) and go up to the 69th floor by the rapid elevator. On a clear day we will be able to see Mt. Fuji an get a 3600 degree panoramic view of the area from the observation deck.

OCT. 5(TUE) TOKACHI GRANDVRIO HOTEL TOKACHI MAKUBETSU ONSEN (ONSEN)♨
Head to Haneda Airport and catch a domestic flight to Obihiro, Hokkaido. Visit Boya Farm to see a “Seep & dog Show”. Then proceed to our hotel in Tokachi-Makubetsu Spa. This spa is one of only two hot spring resorts in the world that use “plant mogul” hot spring water. It is good for beauty, and also neuralgia, muscle pains and dermatitis. Good chance to Soak and Relax in your first HOTSPRING BATH and ROTENBURO (Open Air Bath). {A “Private Onsen Bath” is available “At Your Own Expense”}.

OCT. 6(WED) LAKE KUSSHARO HOTEL LAKEWOOD KUSSHARO (ONSEN)♨
Tokachi is a major agricultural area in Japan. And beans are the most important crop in the Tokachi District. We will visit the Okame-do Beans Shop which carries the locally grown beans. Ama-natto (beans covered with refined sugar), flavored dried beans, etc. are sold here. Enjoy shopping for the “famous Tokachi Beans”! Later proceed to Lake Akan and “enjoy a boat cruise while viewing the beautiful scenery of Autumn Color”. {The timing is expected to be “Just Right”}. Then visit Mt. Io (Sulfur Mountain). This is a unique looking mountain with a rock surface and steam still actively released from many parts of it. Finally proceed to the hotel located on the lakeside and surrounded by a forest. You will be able to enjoy walking around the hotel in the morning. Good chance to Soak and Relax in the HOTSPRING BATH and nice ROTENBURO (Open Air Bath).

OCT. 7(THU) SHIRETOKO HOTEL SHIRETOKO (ONSEN)♨
Visit mystical Lake Mashu. The water of this lake is “renowned worldwide for its clarity”, which is “one of the clearest in the world and changes into seven different colors”. Next go to the Shibetsu Salmon Science Museum containing more than 20 kinds of salmon from around the world. This is the season when the salmon come back from the ocean to lay their eggs in the rivers. We will be able to see some salmon swimming in the rivers. Then, drive via beautiful Shiretoko Pass to Shiretoko, designated as a “World Heritage Site in 2005”. The timing is expected to be just right for viewing the mountains tinged with the “Colors of Autumn”. Another good chance to try the Relaxing HOTSPRING BATH and ROTENBURO (Open-Air Bath)! Enjoy a “Big Buffet Dinner” this night!

OCT 8.(FRI) LAKE SAROMA LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN)♨
In the morning visit scenic Oshin-Koshin Waterfall chosen as “One of Japan’s Best 100 Waterfalls”. The water from the falls drops magnificently towards the Okhotsk Sea. Proceed to Abashiri Prison Museum, to learn about the socio-political history of Japan. This prison was constructed in the 1890’s to hold one thousand notorious criminals. Buildings and structures of the old prison and how the daily life of the prisoners was like can be seen through relics and wax dolls of the prisoners, etc. If the timing is right we will drive by the Sunflower Garden at Ozora Town. Our accommodation is a nice resort hotel facing Lake Saroma. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner featuring local sea foods etc. Enjoy another Warm and Relaxing HOTSPRING BATH and ROTENBURO (Open Air Bath)!

OCT. 9(SAT) SOUNKYO CHOYO RESORT HOTEL (ONSEN)♨
Go to see the Cha-Cha World Doll Museum with its collection of 10,000 wooden toys, including puppets, mechanical toys and nutcracker dolls from forty different countries. Then to Oketo Town to try your hand at “Making Soba Noodles” {for those who wish to} and enjoy a soba lunch. Next proceed to the “Fresh Water Aquarium” with Huchen (Ito) and other fishes. Later, head to Sounkyo Gorge a giant gorge consisting of 300 feet high cliffs, which stretches over 15 miles. We will view the unusual rock formations and the timing is expected to be right for the gorge to be filled with “Autumn Colors”. Visit the Ryusei (Shooting Star) and Ginga (Galaxy) Water Falls with water falling over the cliff, giving you a sense of the power of nature. Enjoy the Relaxing HOTSPRING BATH and ROTENBURO (Open Air Bath)!

OCT. 10(SUN) CHITOSE ANA CROWNE PLAZA CHITOSE
The Taisetsu Mountain Range is the first place in Japan to be filled with autumn leaves. We will ride the Mt. Kurodake Ropeway to “get a magnificent view overlooking the Asahi Mountain range”. Later drive through Biei, which is known for its large hills often called “Patchwork Hill”. It is often used as a back-drop for TV commercials. We will “enjoy the Autumn Scenery of Biei with the peak of Mt. Tokachi starting to be covered with snow as a background”. Our hotel is located right in front of a shopping center where you can Holo-Holo after hotel check-in.

OCT. 11(MON) LAKE TOYA LAKE TOYA MANSEIKAKU HOTEL (ONSEN)♨
Drive along Jozankei Ravine and stop at Hoheikyo Dam where the timing is expected to be right for it to be filled with “Autumn Color”. The whole ravine becomes a canvas of colorful leaves during this season. Our accommodation faces Lake Toya, the venue for the G8 Summit in 2008. Enjoy your last HOT SPRING BATH and ROTENBURO (Open-Air Bath) for this tour.

OCT. 12(TUE) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Visit the Lake Toya Summit Museum, which displays the actual table and chairs used for the G8 Hokkaido Lake Toya Summit in 2008. Enjoy “Apple-Picking”, which is in season, on the way to Noboribetsu. Stop at Jigoku Dani (Valley of Hell), where steam gushing out from a number of holes looks like hell. The valley is expected to be filled “Autumn Color” during this period of season. Then proceed to the biggest city in Hokkaido, Sapporo. Our hotel is located close to the Underground Shopping Mall and Department Stores. After hotel check-in those who wish to can walk to the JR Tower located next to the hotel. Catch the elevator and “go up to the 38th floor to get a night of the “Whole City of Sapporo”.

OCT. 13(WED) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Visit the Okurayama Ski Jump Site used for ski jumping during the Winter Olympic Games in 1972. Then visit the Chuo Markets to buy dried seafood, etc. Later stop at the AEON Shopping Center for Shopping and Lunch {On Your Own}. After returning back to the hotel, FREE TIME TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING ETC. Your room is 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 their gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

OCT. 14(THU) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST Is Included This Day / LUNCH On Your Own / DINNER On The Plane)

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 Chitose Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu via Narita Int’l Airport, arriving the same morning, OCTOBER 14, 2010 (THURSDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2010 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW AUTUMN COLORS OF HOKKAIDO “BOCHA-BOCHA” TOUR #15! 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 extending your stay in Japan. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: SEPTEMBER 05, 2010 (SUNDAY) TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HON., HI.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS {JUST PAST ALA WAI FIELD}
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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