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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “SNOW WALL” JAPAN ALPS TOUR #8 (REVISED: JULY 7, 2010)
MAY 9, 2011 (MONDAY) – MAY 21, 2011 (SATURDAY) ESCORT: ROSS TERANISHI & MATT

Statement regarding earthquake disaster in Japan

As you all know, an Earthquake of 9.0 Magnitude took place on March 11th 2011 in the Tohoku District of Northeastern Japan.  We the staff members of Tohoku Travel Service Inc. & Yokohama Travel Inc. would like to express our heartfelt Sympathy & Aloha to the People of Japan in their recovery efforts in these challenging circumstances and hope for their success in these trying times.

The Yokohama Travel Inc. Office did not suffer any serious damage and thank the people of Hawaii for their warm support and concern.  They are doing fine despite a few shortages of some products in the stores. Most of the electricity black outs have been cancelled during the past few weeks and most or the stores, restaurants and department stores have resumed functioning normally.

The big issue among the Japanese People now is whether to refrain from any enjoyment.  But, this would impact the Japanese Economy and all the businesses that are trying to recover from the disaster.  The Yokohama Travel Staff are anxious for the people of Hawaii to show their “Aloha for Japan Spirit” in participating in the tours that Tohoku Travel is offering.  These tours have been revised so as not to be near the Tohoku Region of Japan. Your participation in the tours offered will not only be a big help to Tohoku Travel & Yokohama Travel but also to all the hotels, restaurants and shops in the areas visited.      

The areas of Nagoya and vicinity, Kansai Region including Osaka, Kyoto and Shikoku Island did not receive any impact from the disaster and there is no shortage, no electrical black outs and no radiation scare.  It is safe to travel in these areas and every effort will be taken into consideration to ensure everyone’s safety.

None of us want to believe in the devastation caused by the huge Earthquake and Tsunami that hit the coastline of the Tohoku Area. The biggest support you can give the victims, their family and evacuees is to help Japan get back to their normal way of life by supporting their economy which impacts not only the people of the Tohoku Area but all of Japan.  What the people of Japan needs the most now is something to boost their morale and “GAMBARE SPIRIT”.

The Snow Wall Japan Alps Tour #8 does not include places which were impacted by the disaster.  Yokohama no longer has a shortage of electricity and safe. Yamanashi, Nagano, Toyama, Gifu, Nagoya and vicinity are also safe to travel.  The Staff of Yokohama Travel and Tohoku Travel are anxiously awaiting your participation in this tour and hope to give you a wonderful experience on this trip to Japan.        



MAY 9 (MON) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight.  FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.

MAY 10 (TUE) YOKOHAMA  YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, go by bus directly to the hotel in Yokohama, the 2nd biggest city in Japan.  Free Time to meet your relatives, friends or just rest.  Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Takashimaya, Okadaya and Sogo Department Stores and the big electronics store Yodobashi Camera.  Also the 100 Yen Shop and Underground Shopping Mall.

MAY 11 (WED) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Proceed to Kamakura, an “Old capital city of the Kamakura Period,” which boasts a heritage comparable with that of Kyoto and Nara.  Visit the famous Great Buddha Statue, which is the second largest in Japan (37.4 feet).  Then to the most famous shrine in Kamakura, “Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine”.  Founded in 1063 by the Genji Clan, the creators of the Kamakura Shogunate, it became the center of politics and culture during the Kamakura Period.  The large landscaped grounds contain several vermilion colored buildings, an arch bridge, a lotus pond, dancing platform.

MAY 12 (THU) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Hakone where the Azalea Festival is held around this time of season.  Then visit Gotenba Wasabi Farm you can stroll around the Wasabi farm with Mt. Fuji for a back ground (If weather is fine).  And enjoy shopping for Wasabi products.  Next go to Lake Yamanaka one of Mt. Fuji Five Lakes. Visit Hanano-miyako Flower Park located at the foot of Mt. Fuji.  We will visit its beautiful “Flower Festival”.  You can also enjoy the Flower Dome where you can see lots of flowers blooming all year around. All the rooms of our hotel, has picture windows that face Mt. Fuji.  Enjoy a “Relaxing Soak” in the small Onsen Bath and a “Delicious Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” in the evening.  

MAY 13 (FRI) TATESHINA  HOTEL AMBIENT TATESHINA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning to visit Fuji Yoshida Road Station, famous for the spring water that comes from Mt. Fuji. Try tasting the pure Mt. Fuji Spring Water.  Next visit Mt. Fuji Art Museum, with various images of Mt. Fuji including a number of pictures by renowned artists can be seen on display.  Then proceed to Lake Motosu to see the Shibazakura Festival. If the timing is right, you can “enjoy a very impressive view of the hill covered by a pretty pink carpet of flowers with a Snow Capped Mt. Fuji as a back drop”.  Next proceed to our hotel in Tateshina Heights. Also “Soak and Relax” in the Onsen Bath and Open Air (Roten Buro) Bath.

MAY 14 (SAT) MATSUMOTO HOTEL BUENA VISTA
In the morning proceed to Lake Suwa, the biggest lake in Nagano Prefecture.  Take a brief stop at Takashima Castle. Some might remember this castle which appeared in the TV Drama “Furin Kazan”. The heroine “Yu hime” was born and raised here.  If timing is right, Wisteria will be blooming in the castle site.  Also (if timing is right) we will visit Tsurumine Park with its abundant Azalea bushes. This park is the “best Azalea viewing spot in the Chubu Region”. Annually Azalea bloom in the middle of May. Then proceed to Matsumoto.  After check in, enjoy “Holo-Holo” near the hotel. 

MAY 15 (SUN) HOTAKA ONSEN HOTAKASO YAMANO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Azumino and visit Swiss Village for “Wine Tasting” and shopping for local souvenirs.  Then go to Kamikochi, the south entrance of the Northern Alps with 10,000 ft. high mountains via the 2.6 mile long New Abo Tunnel, which took 17 years to build.  Visit “one of the most famous mountain sightseeing spots”, Kamikochi Valley located along the upper reaches of the Azusa River and surrounded by lofty peaks of the Japan Alps. Pass by Taisho Pond and visit the “Kappa Bridge” (a suspension bridge) over the crystal clear waters. Then head to our hotel. Good chance to “Warm Up the Body and Relax” in the Hot Spring Bath or try the Open Air Bath (Roten Buro).       

MAY 16 (MON) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
In the morning, drive the 9 miles long “Norikura Skyline Road,” which has the “highest altitude of any highway in Japan”.  You can enjoy the panoramic scenery of Mt. Yarigatake and Hodaka on the way. If timing is right, we can “drive along the Snow Walls on the road side”.  We will stop at the Tatamidaira Parking Area (alt. 8,865 ft.) of Mt. Norikura (3rd highest volcano in Japan).  It is one of the easiest places to access by bus and is over 8,000 ft. high.  You can try walking the snowy hill there (if timing is right).  (In case the road is closed, we will ride the Shin Hodaka Rope Way, the second longest rope way in the world).  Then proceed to our hotel located near Toyama Station and connected to a department store with a 100 Yen Shop.

MAY 17 (TUE) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Proceed to Mt. Tateyama (alt. 9,892 ft.) which has long been respected as being sacred.  Visit Murodo-daira, “one of the heaviest snow fall areas in the world”.  If timing is right, we will enjoy driving through the Great Wall of Snow “Snow Corridor” (0.3 miles long) formed by expelling heavy snow.   You will also get a chance to walk along the snow walls.  Annually the “Snow Wall” becomes over 52 ft in height.  “Enjoy this amazing experience of snow only available in this period”!  Next visit the Owara Kaze No Bon Dance Museum. You will learn about “one of the most famous Traditional Bon Dance Festivals in Japan”.  Later proceed back to our hotel.    

MAY 18 (WED) INUYAMA MEITETSU INUYAMA HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Johana Town to visit the “Hikiyama (Festival Float) Hall” exhibiting floats with beautiful wood carving decoration and a 300 year old history.  Then go down to Gujyo Hachman City.  Visit the Plastic Food Replica Factory. The ubiquitous plastic food sample seen outside virtually every restaurant in Japan was invented in this town.  We will see incredible food samples and enjoy shopping.  Then we will visit Hakurankan Museum exhibiting “Traditional Craft Workshops and the History of the Gujo Odori Dance Festival”, known as “one of the three most important dance festivals in Japan”.  They have “Dance Lesson” where you can “learn how to dance the famous Gujo Odori”. Then to our hotel with a “big garden that over sees Inuyama Castle”.  Enjoy your last Hot Spring Bath and the Open Air (Roten Buro) Bath.

MAY 19 (THU) NAGOYA HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
In the morning, visit Inyama Castle, the “one of 12 remaining Japanese Castles and has been registered as a National Treasure”. Later go to Monkey Park, with a “big collection of many different types of Monkeys from all over the world” such as Gibbon, Squirrel Monkey, Baboon, Gorilla, Japanese Macaque, etc. Then go to our hotel in Nagoya City the central city in Japan.  Our hotel is located close to train station. Good chance to enjoy shopping, after hotel check in. 

MAY 20 (FRI) NAGOYA HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
In the morning visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology.  Learn through a big exhibition the history of how Toyota has developed from its very early period as a department of a loom making company. Later enjoy shopping at the AEON SHOPPING CENTER. After returning to the hotel, FREE TIME TO CONTINUE SHOPPING, 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 pack his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance.  The member will pay for any excess).

MAY 21 (SAT) HONOLULU    {ONLY BREAKFAST INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At checkout time our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take baggage’s to be checked-in down.  In the afternoon, proceed to Chubu (Centrair) Int’l Airport in Nagoya to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, MAY 21, 2011 (SATURDAY).  After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “SNOW WALL” JAPAN ALPS TOUR #8!  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.  Please call our office if you are extending your stay in Japan for more details.  MAHALO!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL:  TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE INC.

JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED AND GUIDED BY: YOKOHAMA TRAVEL INC.
ITO BLDG. #502, 2-22-3 TSURUYA-CHO KANAGAWA-KU, YOKOHAMA, 221-0835 JAPAN
PH: (045)311-1011   FAX: (045)311-1013

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE:     MAY 01, 2011 (SUNDAY)           TIME: 12:00PM
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA    ADDRESS:  2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD.  HON., HI.
COST:    NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS                                                        {NEAR ALA WAI FIELD AND PAANI STREET}
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR       (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS
AIR TRANSPORTATION: Airfare is based on APEX 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 at 50 pounds each 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 ¥95 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 2011

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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