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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN ONSEN TOUR #18 {REVISED 12/11/09}
NOVEMBER 07, 2010 (SUNDAY) – NOVEMBER 19, 2010 (FRIDAY) ROSS TERANISHI & MATT

NOV. 07 (SUN) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.

NOV. 08 (MON) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport in Osaka. After clearing Immigration and Customs formalities, by bus to historic Kyoto via the expressway. Upon arrival, Free Time to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Isetan Department Stores and the Underground Shopping Mall.

NOV. 09 (TUE) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
All Day Kyoto City Tour. Visit a World Cultural Heritage Site, “Nijo Castle,” with its beautiful garden. The castle is an excellent example of traditional castle defensive structures. It is also famous as a fabulous palace with “gorgeous painted screens”, “Nightingale Floor”, etc. Next to Arashiyama with a symbol of the area, “Togetsu Bridge.” The scenery is amazing and breathtaking. And we will visit the Misora Hibari Memorial Museum, concerned with great female Japanese singer “Misora Hibari”, in which her records, films, costumes and living room were on display. Later return to our hotel and enjoy walking around and shopping at Kyoto Station and the Underground Shopping Mall.

NOV. 10 (WED) TAKAYAMA HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to popular Takayama, which is one of the famous old historical towns, and often called “Hida’s Kyoto.” Along the way to Takayama, visit a fruit farm to enjoy “Persimmon Picking”. Upon arrival in Takayama, visit Matsuri no mori (Festival) Museum, exhibit Gorgeous and splendid floats of the Takayama Festival, one of Japan’s three most beautiful festivals. Also you can see the World’s biggest drum, Mikoshi float etc. After hotel check-in, good chance to experience the HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR JACUZZI.

NOV. 11(THU) TAKAYAMA HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, visit another interesting market in Japan, Takayama Morning Open Market, among Takayama’s best known sights. Lots of stands sell local crafts and farm products such as vegetables, pickles and flowers. Also enjoy strolling at Sannomachi Shopping Street in the Old Town District, which preserves atmosphere of old castle town with latticed windows and linked eaves of merchant’s houses.Then visit the Historical Government House (Takayama Jinya), the only remaining building of its kind in Japan, with a history of over 300 years. Later enjoy “Apple Picking”, then return to the hotel, go to see Hirayu Waterfall (210 ft.), one of Japan’s top 100 beautiful waterfalls. Or you can “Soak, Relax and Refresh yourself” in the HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR JACUZZI.

NOV. 12 (FRI) KANAZAWA ANA CROWNE PLAZA KANAZAWA
Leave the hotel by bus to visit a World Heritage Site, “Gassho-Zukuri Village in Gokayama.” This mountain farming village is famed for its unique architecture. “Gassyo Style” (steep sloping gable roof), was developed to survive severe weather with heavy snowfall.

This is the only place you can see these historical triangle roofed houses in a settlement like scenery surrounded by nature as in olden times. Then to Taira Village to challenge yourself in “making your own traditional Gokayama Washi Paper.” Also learn the history and tradition of Gokayama Washi, as well as its manufacturing technique. This paper making demonstration building was built in the “Gassho-zukuri” style. Later proceed to Kanazawa, one of the major cities for people traveling in Japan.
After check-in, “Go Holo-Holo” near the hotel before dinner.

NOV. 13(SAT) NOTO PENINSULA NOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Kanazawa is a city full of charm where a lot of old neighborhoods have been kept intact. In the morning, enjoy a visit to the Old Samurai Town of Nagamachi, and take a pleasant walk around the old town to see the elegant Nomura’s Samurai House with its beautiful garden. The ranking of this house was No. 7 in the Shiosai Rankings of the 2005 Japanese Garden Journal. Next visit Kenrokuen, considered one of the Three Best Landscaped Gardens in Japan. This garden has the typical features of a large treed garden with plentiful water landscapes. After lunch, 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 first class pure gold leaf, which is a pleasure to see. Then proceed to Noto Peninsula via the Chirihama Nagisa Drive Way. This beach forms a 5 miles-long natural driveway of packed, fine sand, so hard that any kind of vehicle can drive on it. Enjoy a drive on the sand along the seashore before going to our popular resort hotel in Noto Peninsula. Soak and Relax in the big HOT SPRING BATH and Out-Door ROTEN-BURO!

NOV. 14 (SUN) WAJIMA / NOTO PENINSULA NOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Wajima and visit the famous “Asaichi” (Morning Market), with about 200 stalls lining the main street. The market offers various products like vegetables, and folk crafts, but primarily fresh seafood landed daily at Wajima Port, including delicious “Smoked Abalone.” Then visit the Kiriko Lantern Museum. 22 Kiriko Lantern Floats and musical accompaniment items, unique to the many festivals of Noto, are exhibited. Also see beautiful Lacquer ware Products. Wajima Nuri lacquer is designated as a national Intangible Cultural Porperty with over 1000 years history. After lunch, go to a main attraction in Noto Peninsula, Noto Kongo with sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations. Also visit Senmaida, known for its terraced small rice paddies constructed on the steep hillsides. There are more than a thousand paddies standing downward to the ocean. Then back to the hotel and Soak and Relax in the big HOT SPRING BATH and Out-Door ROTEN-BURO!

NOV. 15 (MON) HAKUBA SIERRA RESORT HOTEL HAKUBA (ONSEN)♨
Visit Uozu Buried Forest Museum. See displays of buried forest designated as a National Monument. The ruins of the virgin cedar forest buried 2,000 years ago are preserved. The tree trunks that were excavated are breathtaking. Later visit Roadside Station Otari Offering many locally made products such as Sake, Soba, Pickles, etc. Then proceed to Hakuba, which is part of the Japan Alps National Park. We will stay at a nice mountain resort hotel Try the Jacuzzi in your room.

NOV. 16 (TUE) YATSUGATAGE HEIGHT YATSUGATAKE ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Daio Wasabi Farm in Azumino to see “Japan’s Biggest Wasabi Farm” and enjoy shopping for Wasabi products. Also visit Miso Factory. Nagano Prefecture is “No. #1 in the production of Miso”. Then visit the Music box Museum in Moegi no Mura in Kiyosato heights. You can stroll around in the park with lots of stores. Then to our hotel surrounded by the forest. Tonight Soak and Relax in the HOT SPRING BATH & OPEN AIR ROCK BATH.

NOV. 17 (WED) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
Proceed to Katsunuma, and visit the Shingen Mochi Factory which produces the local specialty. Shingen Mochi is the most famous sweet as a souvenir of Yamanashi. You can buy those at the factory outlet shop. Then proceed to Lake Kawaguchi on the foot of Mt. Fuji. If weather is good, we should be able to see Mt. Fuji on the way. We will see Saru mawashi (Monkey performance) Show. Featuring familiar acrobatics and comic skits by talented and adorable monkeys. Then to our hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, located within easy walking distance to Ikebukuro Shopping district. After check-in, Free Time to finish Shopping, Packing, etc.

NOV. 18 (THU) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
Go to Ryogoku, the center of the Sumo World. Then visit Edo Tokyo Museum, which displays the historic heritage of the city of Tokyo and its precursor Edo continuing for 400 years. Afternoon will be FREE TIME TO CONTINUE SHOPPING, PACKING, ETC. We will have Optional tour by train. Good chance to visit Ameyoko, Asakusa, 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 their gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess).

NOV. 19(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 a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, NOVEMBER 19, 2010 (FRIDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. Lunch and Dinner will be at your own expense. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2010 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN ONSEN TOUR #18! 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. Weekday returns will cost less per person. Yokohama Travel, Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually, and around $90.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE: OCTOBER 03, 2010 (SUNDAY) TIME: 12:00PM (NOON) PLACE: HAWAII INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HONOLULU, HI.
{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 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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