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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR

  HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817

  PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854   TA #486

FAX: (808) 524-1053

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2012 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S 40th ANNUAL HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVALS & “ICE FLOE” TOUR #2

FEBRUARY 4, 2012 (SATURDAY)–FEBRUARY 15, 2012 (WEDNESDAY) {M/M WAYNE TERANISHI & TOMO}



                                                                         
FEB. 4 (SAT) HONOLULU   

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


FEB. 5 (SUN) NARITA/CHITOSE                                 ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHITOSE

Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, transfer to your connecting flight to Chitose Int’l Airport in Hokkaido. Upon arrival, go directly to our hotel in Chitose City located close to a Supermarket.  {About 10 min. from the airport}.


FEB. 6 (MON) LAKE SHIKOTSU / SAPPORO                                       TOKYO DOME HOTEL SAPPORO

In the morning, go to the shoe store to buy your snowshoes before heading to Lake Shikotsu to see its popular “Hyoto Matsuri” Festival with Ice Sculptures made of water from the lake.  Next visit the Asahi Beer Brewery (HIC!) to view the process of making beer and “Taste the Freshly Brewed Beer”! Then go to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest city and pass by the symbol of Sapporo, the famous “Clock Tower” on the way to the hotel. Our hotel is right in front of “Odori Park, Main Site of the Sapporo Snow Festival”.  After dinner, we will visit the First Night of the “63rd Sapporo Snow Festival Site” to enjoy the night view of the illuminated snow structures and ice statues {OPTIONAL For Those Who Wish to}.  


FEB. 7 (TUE) ASAHIKAWA                                                          ASAHIKAWA TERMINAL HOTEL

In the morning we will have free time to enjoy day view of the famous Sapporo Snow Festival.  You can visit Susukino Festival Site if you want to.  It is an internationally known event with gigantic snow statues and hundreds of medium-sized and small statues of snow and ice.  Then proceed to Asahikawa, the 2nd largest city in Hokkaido.  Visit the “Asahikawa Snow Festival Site”, beside the Ishikari River, also famous for its Gigantic “Guinness Book Class” Snow Statues.  Our hotel is located next to Asahikawa Station.  You will get a chance to enjoy shopping and seeing, many ice carving works of the “Ice Sculpture World Contest” along the shopping mall.  


FEB. 8 (WED) MONBETSU                                                       MONBETSU PRINCE  HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Visit the Otokoyama Sake Brewery (HIC!), which makes the “Best Sake in Hokkaido”, to learn its history and “Taste Fresh Sake”!

Next visit Asahikawa Winter amusement Park to experience riding the exciting Snowmobiles, Snow Rafting, etc. (for those who wish to).  Then head to Monbetsu, the town facing the Sea of Okhotsk.   Enjoy a “Kani (Crab) Shabu-Shabu Dinner” and warm “HOT SPRING BATH” and “OPEN AIR BATH” too.  Also after dinner, the hotel staff will perform a “Mochi Pounding” demonstration in the hotel lobby!  You can also try if you wish to.


FEB. 9(THU) LAKE SAROMA                                          LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN) ♨

In the morning visit the Giza Ice Floe Museum to watch a short film about the four seasons of the Okhotsk Area including the beautiful winter ice floe scenery.  Here, you will also be able to see and touch the real drift ice from the Ice Floe.  Then proceed to Ikutahara Town to see its Cha-Cha World Doll Museum, filled with wooden toys from forty different countries. 100,000 Wooden Toys, including puppets, mechanical toys and nutcracker dolls, are on display here.  Later go to Kitami City, the biggest city in the Okhotsk Region.  Enjoy shopping at a local supermarket before going to beautiful Lake Saroma.   Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner featuring local seafood etc., and relaxing “HOT SPRING BATH” with a chance to try the “OPEN-AIR BATH (ROTENBURO)”!


FEB. 10(FRI) SHIRETOKO                                                 HOTEL SHIRETOKO (ONSEN) ♨

Proceed to visit the famous Abashiri Prison before going to the pier to catch the “Icebreaker Boat” to see the Ice Floes (Ryuhyo) up close (if the timing is right!).  Abashiri faces the Sea of Okhotsk and is a prime site for observing the huge Ice Floes (Weather Permitting).  After lunch, proceed to Shiretoko Peninsula, a “World Heritage Site”.  View the nice Ice Floe scenery along the way to our hotel in Utoro Hot Spring Town. Visit the popular Oshin-Koshin Waterfall, selected as “One of the 100 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Japan”.   You can see the falls are largely separated into two.  Enjoy another “Big Buffet Dinner”, then after dinner, go to see the “AURORA FANTASTIC LASER SHOW” at Utoro Pier by bus (FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO).  Another good chance to soak and warm up your body in theHOT SPRING BATH” and “OPEN-AIR BATH (ROTENBURO)”.

                                                      

FEB. 11(SAT) LAKE AKAN                                                        TSURUGA RESORT HANA YUKA (ONSEN) ♨

By bus to Unabetsu Ski Grounds for some fun Skiing and Sledding (Ski/Sled Rentals are OPTIONAL). Then proceed to Lake Kussharo with its Sunayu (Sand Bath), and many wild Swans.  Then continue on to mystical Lake Mashu.  The water of this lake is renowned worldwide for its clarity, which is one of the clearest in the world and changes into seven different colors.  Later, proceed to Lake Akan and our hotel located at lakeside.  The “Frozen Lake Festival” will be held on the lake. You can enjoy the “Fireworks” from your room in the night.  This is your last chance to enjoy a “Big Buffet Dinner” and Relax and Soak in the “HOT SPRING BATH”.


FEB. 12(SUN) KUSHIRO                                                        ANA HOTEL KUSHIRO

In the morning, visit the Ainu Village to see their Dance & Singing. Ainu are the Aborigines in Hokkaido.  These dance rites have been designated as an “Important National Intangible Cultural Property”.   Next proceed to Tsurumidai Plain to see the famous “Tancho Zuru” (Japanese Red-headed Crane) {Designated as a Special National Natural Monument}.  Later head to Hokkaido’s busiest fishing port, Kushiro, pass the famous Nusamai Bridge.  Four bronze images of the maiden of the four seasons which four typical Japanese engravers manufactured are set on the railing.  Our hotel is near the big shopping center MOO’s Fisherman’s Wharf.  Last chance to purchase your Hokkaido Souvenirs and Pupu’s!  Your last dinner in Hokkaido will be an “Excellent Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” in the hotel.  


FEB. 13(MON) YOKOHAMA                                                          YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Proceed to Kushiro Airport to board the morning flight to Haneda Airport, Tokyo. Upon arrival, go directly to your hotel in Yokohama City, the 2nd largest city in Japan. After arrival at the hotel, FREE TIME TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING OR JUST REST.  We will give everyone a carton box to use for packing his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance.   Any excess will be paid for by the member).  Your hotel is located close to Yokohama Station and within easy walking distance of Department Stores and the big Yodobashi Camera Electronics Store.  There is also a 100 Yen Shop and an Underground Shopping Area.


FEB. 14(TUE) YOKOHAMA    YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

FREE DAY TO CONTINUE SHOPPING ETC.  Good chance to visit the Yokohama Wholesale District by the city bus to purchase Tsukemono (Pickles), Umeboshi, etc.  Also visit the famous Yokohama Chinatown District, etc., {OPTIONAL For Those Who Wish  To}.  {LUNCH and DINNER will be At Your Own Expense}.


FEB. 15(WED) HONOLULU

At checkout time our agents will come to tape & 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, FEBRUARY 15, 2012 (WEDNESDAY).  After clearing U.S. Custom, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 40th ANNUAL HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVAL & “ICE FLOE” TOUR #2!  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 from Yokohama, around $100.00 per person.  Please call our office for more details.  MAHALO!


YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: ¥358,400 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 Departure Day LUNCH (DINNER on the Plane). All tours as per itinerary and is subject to changes.      


$100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION

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TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE:  JANUARY 15, 2012 (SUNDAY) TIME: 12:00PM NOON.               ATTIRE: CASUAL
PLACE:  HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD (NEAR ALA WAI FIELD & PAANI ST.)
CAFETERIA FIRST FLOOR  {PARKING IN THE BUILDING OR STREET PARKING}

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED & 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

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TOUR CONDITIONS

AIR: ESTIMATED AIRFARE AND MAY BE MORE OR MAY BE LESS AT TIME OF TICKET PURCHASED.

$225.00 Cancellation Fee is usually charged by the airlines.

INCLUDES:  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:  AIRFARES, 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 reversed 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!

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TOUR CONDITIONS REMINDER


The COST OF TOUR includes ground tour.  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 estimated 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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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!

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FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date:    DEC. 22, 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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