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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR

HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817

PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854   TA #486

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FAX: (808) 524-1053   TOLL FREE PH: 1-888-966-3666

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SAKURA IN OKINAWA & SNOW IN KYUSHU TOUR #1

JAN. 25, 2012 (WED) TO FEB. 5, 2012 (SUN)  /  ROSS TERANISHI & TOMOYUKI OISHI




JAN. 25 (WED) HONOLULU

Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight.  Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight.  FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.


JAN. 26 (THU) NARITA / HANEDA       HANEDA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government entry formalities, by bus to your hotel in Haneda connected to the Haneda Airport Building.    After hotel check-in, FREE TIME to enjoy “Holo-Holo” at the Airport Building with lots of souvenir shops.   


JAN. 27 (FRI) KAGOSHIMA        KAGOSHIMA SUN ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN)

In the morning catch a domestic flight to Kagoshima, Southern Kyushu.  It is an old castle town which is often called “Naples of the Orient” because of the “Bright Sunshine, Blue Sky and Beautiful Ocean”.  First visit Ishin Furusato Kan Museum, which exhibits the actual studio set of the TV Drama “Atsuhime”.  You can see Atsuhime’s living room, costume, video, etc.  You can also learn about the Dramatic History of the Meiji Restoration with Robot Show showing the History of Kagoshima with English translation.    

Our hotel faces Sakurajima  Island, the symbol of Kagoshima, formed by the eruption of the still active volcano, Mt. Ontake.  Relax in the HOT SPRING BATH while viewing Sakurajima Island.


JAN. 28 (SAT) KAGOSHIMA    KAGOSHIMA SUN ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN)

Proceed to Kushikino to visit the Satsuma Kinzan Gura, a Theme Park of Shochu (distilled liquor) & Gold Mine.  Enjoy riding on a trolley which will take you into the deep underground cave.  You can also sample and buy the local Shochu Liquor at the shop. Then go to Sendai Sengoku Village, a large Samurai theme Park featuring various buildings and structures from Feudal Japan such as an Edo Era Castle, Zen Garden and Samurai Residences.  The village boasts fully adorned interiors with valuable antiques and other traditional items.  You can also observe Kacchu (samurai armor) and Ningyo (mannequins with traditional garb) being made.  The houses are historical and cultural artifacts of the Sengoku Period.  On the way back to the hotel, we will stop at Kagoshima Furusato Market, consisting of a supermarket carrying local specialties, a Manju Shop, Japanese Tea Shop, Pottery Shop, etc.  Enjoy shopping for local products.  Upon arrival at the hotel, we will take you to the Shopping Center near the hotel.  


JAN. 29 (SUN) ASO    ASO RESORT GRANDVRIO HOTEL (ONSEN)

Visit “Io World Kagoshima Aquarium” with a variety of fishes on display.  Highlight is a “Whale Shark” (65ft. & 35 tons), swimming in a huge water tank.  Then proceed to Mt. Aso, a beautiful active volcano with a giant caldera which is the largest of its kind in the world.  The Aso Area will be covered with snow in this season. (Depending on climate of the year).  Upon arrival, have fun “picking Strawberries” which are in season.   “Try tasting the sweet Japanese Strawberries”! Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Aso with natural surroundings.  Relax in the Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Roten Buro Bath!

 

JAN 30 (MON) HAKATA    HAKATA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

Enjoy driving on the Aso Panoramic Road.  You will be able to enjoy the beautiful mountainous scenery of winter time. Rime Ice (White Frost) called “Muhyo” which forms on the branch of trees creating “Aso’s Mysterious World”.  Take a break at Kusasenri, which is the site of an ancient crater.  There are some stores carrying omiyage items from the Aso Area here also.  Then head to the biggest city in Kyushu, Hakata.  Along the way, enjoy shopping and lunch at the AEON Shopping Center.  Our hotel is located by the Naka River with lots of stalls (Yatai) lining the river in the evening.  You will get a chance to stroll around “Hakata’s Famous Food Stalls” with a lively atmosphere.  We will also take you to the Kawabata Shopping Street after hotel check-in.   


JAN. 31 (TUE) NAHA    HOTEL ROYAL ORION

Proceed to Fukuoka Airport to catch a domestic flight to Naha, the main island of Okinawa.  Upon arrival, transfer to our bus to Okinawa World, Okinawa’s biggest theme park with many exhibits, featuring a reconstructed village with century old houses moved from all over the island. You can also visit Gyokusendo Lime stone Cave which is “Japan’s Second Longest.”  Enjoy walking along the spectacular stalactites and stalagmites. Our hotel is located along Kokusai Street, the main shopping street in Okinawa.  After hotel check-in “Free Time”, to meet your relatives, friends or just go shopping.  We will take you to Makishi Public Market, which is called “Okinawa’s Kitchen”.  Enjoy strolling around the lively market.       


FEB. 1 (WED) ISHIGAKI ISLAND    ISHIGAKI SEA SIDE HOTEL

Catch a domestic flight to Ishigaki Island, the most popular island among the neighbor islands of Okinawa.  Upon arrival, visit Minsaori Textile Museum.  Minsa- Ori is the Traditional Okinawan Handmade Textile.  Rimi Natsukawa who is the female singer of “Nada Soso” was born on this island.  Her costumes are exhibited here.  Next head to the Tamatori-zaki Observation Platform and see the beautiful scenery from verdant mountain ranges to the coral reef sea.  Then, proceed to Yonehara Tropical Virgin Forest with its native palm trees.  The Yaeyama variety of palm is native only to the Yaeyama Islands.  Our hotel is located in front of a white sand beach.  Enjoy walking on the beach and relaxing at this beautiful hotel on the neighbor island in Okinawa.           


FEB. 2 (THU) ISHIGAKI ISLAND    ISHIGAKI SEA SIDE HOTEL

Catch a hydrofoil  (10 minutes ride) to Taketomi Island.  It is a very small island with a circumference of about 5.5 miles.  We will try riding on the “Suigyusha (Buffalo Taxi)” which is, a carriage pulled by a “Water Buffalo”.  You will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the island which consists of white sand roads, traditional houses, etc.   Visit the Star Sand Beach.  Taketomi is “One of only two islands in Japan that accumulate this Star Shaped Sand” formed from the shells of tiny crustaceans.  Try your luck at finding your own “Star Sand”.  After going back to Ishigaki Island, we will visit Kabira Bay, considered “one of the most beautiful places in Japan”.  Enjoy the stunning scenery of the emerald green bay with a perfect yellow-white beach.  We will also enjoy riding on a “Glass Bottom Boat” which lets you view the bay’s underwater world.


FEB. 3 (FRI) NAHA    HOTEL ROYAL ORION

Catch a domestic flight to go back to Naha.   Upon arrival, we will head to Motobu Peninsula to visit the “World Heritage Site Nakijin Gusuku” (castle ruin of the Ryukyu Kingdom) for its Cherry Blossom Festival. Cherry Blossoms bloom annually during this season.  Enjoy seeing the earliest blooming Cherry Blossoms “in ancient castle ruins of the 13th through 15th centuries”. (Depending on Climate).  Then go back to the hotel in Naha. In the evening enjoy an Okinawan Dinner while viewing an Okinawan Dance Show at Yotsutake Restaurant.   


FEB. 4 (SAT) NAHA    HOTEL ROYAL ORION

In the morning, visit Shuri Castle with its Shurei-no Mon (Gate of the Castle), which is a familiar “Symbol of Okinawa” and listed as

a “World Heritage Site”.  This castle was the Royal Castle of the Ryukyu Kingdom.  This is a typical Ruykyu –style Structure, filled with Symbols of Ryukyu Culture.  Also view the “Annual Flower Festival” held around this time of season.  Then go to the AEON Shopping Center to enjoy Shopping and LUNCH (At Your Own Expense).  After going back to the hotel “FREE TIME” to enjoy Shopping, Packing, Meet with Relatives, Etc.  {TOUR MEALS END AFTER BREAKFAST AT HOTEL ROYAL ORION}.  Your rooms are paid for, but {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}.  


FEB. 5 (SUN) 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 Naha Airport to catch a domestic flight to Kansai, Chubu or Narita Int’l Airport.  In the evening, transfer to a connecting flight to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, FEBRUARY 5, 2012 (SUNDAY).  After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2012 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SAKURA IN OKINAWA & SNOW IN KYUSHU TOUR #1!  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.  Please call our office for more details.  MAHALO!                                                                                                                                                       


LAND ONLY COST:  DOES NOT INCLUDE INTERNATIONAL AIRFARE (HONOLULU/NARITA-NAHA/HONOLULU)

YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: (¥384,800 YENS)     

*Based on ¥80 Yens to a U.S. Dollar Rate.  Two Persons sharing a twin-bedded room.  All meals except the Last Day LUNCH / DINNER and the Departure Day LUNCH (DINNER on the Plane).  All tours as per itinerary and subject to changes.

$100.00 REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL:  TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE INC.  (536-8618 or 538-7854)

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:   JANUARY 15, 2012 - (SUNDAY)                           

TIME: 12:00 PM (NOON)

PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA 1ST FLOOR.  2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD.  

{NEAR ALA WAI FIELD AND PAANI STREET.  PARKING IN THE BLDG., OR STREET PARKING}.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE
: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR      

(LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)


TOUR CONDITIONS:

ESTIMATED AIRFARE :  AIRFARE COULD COST MORE OR LESS AT TIME OF TICKET PURCHASE WITH LAND TOUR .

$225.00 Cancellation Fee charged by the airlines.  

INCLUDES:  All land transportation included in the itinerary, all hotel accommodations, meals and all sightseeing listed, all transfer of passenger and baggage, souvenir picture and tour tax.  .  

DOES NOT INCLUDE: AIR & 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 (1) piece, 50 lbs 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!

AIR SURCHARGE WAIVED FOR YEAR 2012: TOUR MEMBERS NOT PURCHASING THEIR AIRLINE TICKETS THROUGH TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. WILL NOT BE ASSESSED A $225.00 PER PERSON SURCHARGE.  BUT YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO THE HOTEL.  SAME GOES FOR DEPARTURES FROM JAPAN.  YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN WAY TO THE AIRPORT.   THANK YOU!

TRAVEL HINTS:

TRAVEL ETIQUETTE:  PLEASE NO SMOKING AND TO ROTATE SEATS ON BUSES.  {BUS SEATING CHART WILL BE MADE}  

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 @1741 Nuuanu Ave. 2ndFloor Hon. Hi.

TOUR CONDITIONS REMINDER:  The ground tour is based on ¥80 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!                                              

FINAL PAYMENT45 days before departure:
Date:       DECEMBER 12, 2011

LAND TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
45 DAYS  - 40 DAYS      -$   50.00
39 DAYS – 30 DAYS      - $100.00
29 DAYS – 15 DAYS      - $300.00*
14 DAYS – 07 DAYS      - $400.00*
06 DAYS – 01 DAY        - $800.00*
NO REFUND ONCE TOUR STARTS.
TRAVEL INSURANCE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
*MAY HAVE EXTRA CANCELLATION CHARGES FOR MIYAKO ODORI, TOKYO DISNEY SEA TICKETS, SHINKANSEN TICKET FEE, ETC. IF YEN WAS ALREADY PURCHASE TO PAY FOR THIS TOUR, THEN THE YEN EXCHANGE RATE AT TIME OF REFUND WILL AFFECT THE REFUND SINCE WE HAVE TO CONVERT THE YEN BACK TO U.S. DOLLARS AGAIN.

                                                   

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