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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW SHIKOKU & OKINAWA TOUR #20

NOVEMBER 22, 2010 (MONDAY) – DECEMBER 04, 2010 (SATURDAY)

NOV. 22(MON) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

NOV. 23(TUE) KANSAI(OSAKA) KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, proceed to our hotel in Kobe by bus. After hotel check-in, “FREE TIME” to meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Our hotel is located close to the shopping area.

NOV. 24(WED) SHODOSHIMA ISLAND NEO ORIENTAL RESORT SHODO-SHIMA (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Himeji to catch a ferry to Shodoshima Island in the Seto Inland Sea. This island is a very attractive spot known as the “Bucolic Island of Olives” since it has been “the cradle of Japan’s olive cultivation since 1908”. Visit Olive Park, home to century old groves of olive trees which overlook the many islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Visit the Marukin Shoyo Museum exhibiting traditional brewing equipment and showing the process of making Shoyu. Try the “Shoyu Ice Cream”! Also visit the “Somen (vermicelli-style noodles) Museum”. Somen is another delicacy in Shodoshima. We will see a “Hand- stretched Somen” making performance. Our hotel is the biggest in the island and located in front of the ocean. Enjoy the Onsen (Hot Spring) and Open-Air Bath with a beautiful view of the ocean. Also get a chance to try the “Private Open Air Bath and Sand Steam Bath” {These are At Your Own Expense}.

NOV. 25(THU)TAKAMATSU ANA HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU
Go up to Kankakei Gorge, which ranks among the “top three most beautiful gorges in Japan” and famous for “its beauty and fine autumn leaves”. If timing is right, the mountain will be “covered in red and yellow autumn leaves”. Then to Choshikei Monkey Park, where the “mode of life of wild monkeys can be observed up close. Later catch a ferry to Takamatsu, the second largest city in Shikoku. Upon arrival, go to Ritsurin Park, “absolutely one of the finest landscaped gardens in Japan”. This stroll-type landscaped garden is exquisitely laid out with mounds, ponds and trees. If the timing is right, you will see “the blazing autumn colors in the garden”. Our hotel is located close by Takamatsu Station and the Shopping Area. After hotel check-in, go “Holo-Holo” around the hotel.

NOV. 26(FRI) KOCHI KOCHI SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
In the morning, enjoy “Mikan (Tangerine) Picking”. It is popularly known as “Sweet Shikoku Mikan”. Then proceed to Oboke Great Valleys. You can “enjoy viewing the magnificent scenery of the rapids rushing through the gorge with sheer rocks”. Later go to Chobikei (Long-Tailed Rooster) Center which displays the “Honorable Fowl that has been adopted as a Natural Treasure”. The tail of the male bird can grow over 33 feet long. Proceed to Kochi City, a town situated at the foot of Kochi Castle, built in the 17th Century. Upon arrival at the hotel, enjoy “Holo-Holo” near the hotel. Our hotel is located close to Hirome Market, a big and bustling food mall. A variety of foods are available including local specialties such as Katsuo (Skip Jack).

NOV. 27(SAT) KOCHI KOCHI SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
Go to the Tosa Dog Center, a museum about the local Tosa Dog that you might have seen wearing a “Sumo Costume”. According to the weather and the dog’s physical condition, “we will enjoy taking a walk with a Tosa Dog”. Next visit Sakamoto Ryoma History Museum, “consisting of 26 scenes with 180 realistic wax dolls about the life of Sakamoto Ryoma”. The next “Taiga Drama” for 2010 after “Tenchi-jin” finishes is “Ryoma-den”. The story focuses on the “Life of Sakamoto Ryoma”, a hero in Japanese History. Also visit Katsurahama Beach with a famous Statue of Sakamoto Ryoma.

NOV. 28(SUN) AWAJI SHIMA MINAMI AWAJI ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Enjoy “Holo-Holo at the Sunday Market” near the hotel before hotel check-out. More than 500 stalls sell Kochi’s varied products such as fresh foods, clothes, souvenirs antiques, etc. It has more than a 300 year history. Then head to Awajishima Island, the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea. After hotel check-in, we will go on a “Uzushio (Whirling Tide) Viewing Cruise”. “Enjoy viewing the world-level whirlpool in the Naruto Straits from a large yacht-type pleasure boat”. We might see a beautiful sunset also (Weather Permitting). Relax and Refresh in the Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Rock Bath (Roten–Iwa Buro).

NOV. 29(MON) WEST KOBE KOBE SEISHIN ORIENTAL HOTEL

Visit Tako Senbei no Sato, a shop making the famous “Octopus Chips”. You taste lots of different flavored chips at this shop. Next visit
Hokudan Earthquake Memorial Park and Nojima Fault Preservation Pavilion set up to preserve part of an active fault that surfaced at the time of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake of 1995. Then drive over the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, known as the world’s longest suspension bridge (2.4 miles long) to West Kobe. Hotel is connected to a huge shopping complex with Daiei Supermarket right next and easy walking distance to Sogo Department Store, etc. You can enjoy shopping before and after dinner.

NOV. 30(TUE) NAHA, OKINAWA HOTEL ROYAL ORION
By bus to Kobe Airport to catch a domestic flight to Naha. Upon arrival at Naha, by bus to our hotel located on Kokusai Street. After hotel check-in “Free Time” to meet with relatives, friends or just go shopping in the main shopping avenue. We will take you to Makishi Public Market, which is called “Okinawa’s Kitchen”. Enjoy strolling around the lively market.

DEC. 1(WED) NAHA, OKINAWA HOTEL ROYAL ORION
Go to Gyokusendo Limestone Cave, an extensive limestone cave, which is Japan’s second longest stalactite cave (3.1 miles long). Enjoy walking along the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. You can also see the traditional Okinawan Style Houses, which were built over 100 years ago at the theme park. Also get a chance to see tlhe “Eisa Show” (traditional bon drumming dance). Next proceed to Okinawa Senseki Quasi National Park (Old Battlefields). There are 67monuments within the park, including Himeyuri-no-to (High School Girls) and Kenji-no-to (High School Boys), Reimei-no-to (General Ushijima with his assistants) at Mabuni Hill etc. In the evening, enjoy an Okinawa Dinner while viewing the Okinawa Dance performance at Yotsutake Teahouse located on downtown Kokusai Avenue.

DEC. 2(THU) ONNASON RIZZAN SEA PARK HOTEL TANCHA BAY
Head to Manza mo, said to be “one of the best scenic view points in Okinawa” with natural grass all over the hill ending in a cliff facing the sea. The seascape is accentuated by the protuberant and strangely shaped coral reef rocks that can be enjoyed seeing from there. After enjoying an “Okinawa Style Chazuke (rice with mild tasting soup), proceed to the Okinawa Memorial National Government Park at the tip of Motobu Peninsula, Commemorating the Exposition of 1975. The park contains an Aquarium and beautiful park. The Aquarium is “one of the world’s largest” and unique for feeding of Whale Sharks and Manta’s. This Aquarium is said to be “the world’s most impressive aquarium”. Our hotel is “one of the biggest resort hotels in Okinawa” and located in the Okinawa Coastal Quasi-National Park with its half mile long beach.

DEC. 3(FRI) NAHA HOTEL ROYAL ORION
Proceed to Murasaki Mura, a huge theme park reviving the street and atmosphere of the flamboyant Ryukyu Kingdom Period (1429-1879). We will enjoy “Painting Your Own Shisa (Okinawan Garden Lion)”. It is believed that “Shisa keeps away evil spirits”. In the morning, visit the World Heritage Site, Shuri Castle, with its Shuri-no Mon (Castle Gate), which is a familiar symbol of Okinawa. This castle was the Royal Castle of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It is a typical Ryukyu –style Structure, filled with Symbols of Ryukyu Culture. Then to JUSCO Super Market to enjoy LUNCH (On Your Own), and Shopping before going back to the hotel. Upon arrival, FREE TIME FOR SHOPPING, PACKING 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 for packing their gifts. (2-Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

DEC. 4(SAT) 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 Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, DECEMBER 4, 2010 (SATUDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2010 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW SHIKOKU & OKINAWA TOUR #20! 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. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: NOVEMBER 14, 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 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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