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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S TOHOKU AUTUMN MOMIJI WITH 4 ONSEN TOUR #17

OCTOBER 17, 2010 (Sunday)-OCTOBER 29, 2010(FRIDAY) CLARENCE SATO / TOMO (08/05/09-cs)

OCT. 17(SUN) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight.
FREE MOVIES & DRINKS.

OCT. 18 (MON) TOKYO GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after entry formalities, proceed by bus to the hotel in Odiaba, a new shopping district in Tokyo.
After check-in, FREE TIME to meet your relatives, friends, go shopping or just rest.

OCT. 19(TUE) ONAHAMA ONAHAMA OCEAN HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Warp Station Edo. This theme park will take you back 400 years ago (Edo Period) and makes you feel like you are strolling around Old village with its reconstructed houses. Visit Ushiku to see Ushiku Daibutsu (394 feet tall. It is three times taller than the statue of Liberty) You can go inside of the statue and go up to the observatory by elevator to get a scenic view. Also Cosmos will be blooming in the garden around this season.(if timing is right) Good chance to Soak and Relax in the first HOT SPRING BATH and ROTENBURO (Open Air Bath).

OCT. 20(WED) FUKUSHIMA HOTEL SUNROUTE PLAZA FUKUSHIMA
Go to Iwaki La La Mew, fish market, carrying fresh sea foods from Onahama Port as well as dried sea foods, seaweed, local souvenirs. Then proceed to Nihonmatsu City to see the Kiku Ningyo Festival featuring an impressive display of Chrysanthemum Dolls with brilliant clothes made of chrysanthemum blossoms and leaves. Then to Okunomatsu Sake Factory to try tasting freshly brewed sake. Later proceed to our hotel in Fukushima City. Go Holo-Holo in the main shopping district of the city where the hotel is located after check-in.

OCT. 21(THU) SAKUNAMI SPA LA LA RESORT HOTEL GREEN GREEN (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Asahi beer factory to enjoy seeing the process of making beer and its technology. Also you can try tasting fresh Asahi beer. Go to Aoba Castle ruins with the statue of Date Masamune, first feudal lord of Sendai clan. Then go to Sakunami spa, located upstream of Hirose river and surrounded by forest. Another good chance to Soak and Relax in the HOT SPRING BATH and ROTEN-BURO (Open Air Bath). Private bath is available at own expense.

OCT. 22(FRI) SHIZUKUISHI SHIZUKUISHI PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Genbikei Gorge, a popular sightseeing place in Autumn. Located along the mountain stream of the Iwai River, it is a magnificent, over 1 mile long, stretch of undulating rock layers, waterfalls and river rapids forming an intricate landscape. Then proceed to the Morioka Handicraft Village, displaying Nanbu chinaware, ironware, senbei etc. and try baking Senbei by yourself. Also you can see the display of the old farmer’s houses (Magariya). Later, visit Koiwai Ranch, which is the biggest stock farm in Japan. Enjoy walking in the vast farm, which extends out at the foot of Mt. Iwate. Also try the famous rich flavored ice cream! Later proceed to Shizukuishi Spa, one of the Ski Resort Areas. Good chance to Soak and Relax in the HOT SPRING BATH and ROTENPBURO (Open Air Bath).

OCT. 23(SAT) HIROSAKI BEST WESTERN HOTEL NEW CITY HIROSAKI
Proceed to Lake Towada, a mysterious lake shrouded by dense woodland, via Hakka Pass with its beautiful colored Autumn leaves scenery. . Upon arrival, take a boat ride on Lake Towada to enjoy its beautiful Autumn splendor. Then, proceed to, “One of the Top 100 Best Places for Viewing Autumn Leaves in Japan”, “Oirase River”. Enjoy driving along the river with its beautiful Autumn scenery (If the Timing is Right), and viewing over 20 waterfalls and enchanting Autumn leaves. Then to our hotel located close to a Department Store with a 100 Yen Store inside where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.

OCT. 24(SUN) HIROSAKI BEST WESTERN HOTEL NEW CITY HIROSAKI
Have fun with Apple Picking. Aomori is the largest apple producer in Japan. Then visit Neputa Musuem diplaying extravagant and colorful illuminated floats used for famous “Neputa Summer Festival”. Also we will enjoy Tsugaru Shamisen show. Later visit the famous Kuroishi Kokeshi Doll Musuem, displays the finest examples of 4,000 traditional Kokeshi dolls.

OCT. 25(MON) AKITA AKITA VIEW HOTEL
Visit the Taiko(Big Drum) Museum. The worlds biggest drum and a collection of drums from all over the world totaling 147 different drums from 40 countries are on display. Later go to Namahage Museum. Namahage is a traditional ritual in Oga Peninsula, Akita prefecture. It is to bless the new year with a group of young men dressed in fierce looking costumes to scare children shouting “any kids crying here” Later proceed to our hotel in Akita city, located next to Seibu department store and easy walking distance to Akita station and Ito Yokado supermarket.

OCT. 26(TUE) ONIKOUBE HOTEL ONIKOUBE (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Neburinagashi Museum with dsplay of Kanto (candle lit lantern) used for Kanto festival in summer time to pray for rich crops. They will show you a demonstration with balancing the Kanto on their body(forehead, shoulder, back, etc.) Visit the Furusato village, a theme park of Akita prefecture, with exhibits of Akita’s local crafts and performing arts. You will be able to purchase local specialties such as Sake, Pickles, etc. here. Then enjoy a drive along the Senshu line while viewing the magnificent colored mountains on the way to Onikoube Spa, a popular Hot spring resort. Our hotel hotel is a lovely mountain resort hotel. Good chance to soak and relax in the Hotspring bath with beautiful mountain scenery.

OCT. 27(WED)SENDAI HOTEL METROPOLITAN SENDAI
Proceed to Naruko Gorge to see its brilliant crimson foliage Autumn scenery. This huge, 328 ft. deep gorge boast spectacular scenery with the tinted leaves which turn color annually from the middle of October. Head to Matsushima, one of best three scenic spots in Japan. Visit symbol or Matsushima, Godaido Temple and Zuiganji Temple, which was built by Lord Date Masumune with more than 1,000 years of history, and designated as a National Treasure. After lunch, take a boat cruise. There are more than 260 islands of all sizes scattered about Matsushima Bay, offering an endless variety of scenic delights. Our hotel is connected to Sendai Station building. Enjoy holo-holo around the hotel.

OCT. 28 (THU) TOKYO CROWNE PLAZA METROPOLITAN HOTEL
Walk to train station to catch Shinkansen (Bullet train) to either Utsunomiya or Nasushiobara. Then catch the bus to AEON shopping center at Sano City. Enjoy shopping and lunch there before proceeding to Tokyo. Out hotel is located within easy walking distance of Tobu Department store and big shopping area . 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 his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess.

OCT. 29 (FRI) 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 to Narita Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, OCTOBER 29, 2010 (FRIDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S TOHOKU AUTUMN MOMIJI WITH 4 ONSENS TOUR #17!
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. Yokohama Travel, Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually, around $90.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE: SEPTEMBER 26, 2010 (SUNDAY) TIME: 12:00 PM NOON
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. , HONOLULU, HAWAII
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL- MUUMUUS, ALOHA SHIRTS - (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 and 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. IT 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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