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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

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HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817

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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPRING “MALIHINI” CHERRY BLOSSOM TOUR # 5

APRIL 01 (SUNDAY) - APRIL 13 (FRIDAY) 2012 / ROLAND TOKAIRIN & JOHN MATSUMOTO



            

APRIL 01  (SUN) HONOLULU

Leave from Honolulu Int’l Airport via JAPAN AIRLINES flight.  Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight.  

FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.


APRIL 02  (MON) OSAKA/KOBE    KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport (Osaka) and after clearing government formalities, by bus to our hotel in the center of Rokko Island in Kobe.  .  Hotel is located close to the Monorail Station and Convenience Store.


APRIL 03 (TUE) HIROSHIMA    RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA

Catch the Shinkansen {Bullet Train (Max: 167 M.P. H.)} from Shin Kobe Station to Hiroshima Station.  Upon arrival, by bus to Iwakuni to see Kintai Bridge (Brocaded Bridge), a wooden arched bridge called “One of the Three Best Bridges in Japan”.  (If the timing is right), Cherry Blossoms are in bloom along the banks of the bridge.   Later visit beautiful and sacred Miyajima Island and the colorful Itsukushima Shrine (World Heritage Site). It is “One of Japan’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions” and “One of Japan’s Scenic-Trio”.   After hotel check in, enjoy shopping, meeting your relatives or just rest.  Hotel is located in the center of downtown, and next to SOGO Department Store.   


APRIL 04 (WED) OKAYAMA    HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA

In the morning, visit the Peace Park and Peace Memorial Museum.  The “Most Important Museum in Hiroshima” relating the “Detail and History of the First Atomic Bomb” dropped on a city.  Next proceed to Okayama to visit Korakuen Park, “One of the Three Best Landscaped Gardens in Japan” and hence Okayama’s number one attraction.   It is a representative “Daimyo Garden of the Edo Period” (1600-1868).  Enjoy strolling around the beautiful landscaped garden including a large pond, streams, walking paths and a hill that serves as a lookout point.  Our hotel is located next to Okayama station and underground shopping mall.  Enjoy shopping after check in.


APRIL 05 (THU) TOKUSHIMA    HOTEL CLEMENT TOKUSHIMA

Proceed across the Great Seto Ohashi Bridges a series of suspension bridges(7.6 miles ),  joining Honshu (Main Island of Japan) and Shikoku Island, while viewing the magnificent scenery.  Stop at Fisherman’s Warf to shop for dried seafood, etc.  Then proceed to Ritsurin Park, skillfully laid out to “Harmonize with the Magnificent Pine Trees”.  Each step you take reveals a new view of the different tasteful aspect of the exquisitely arranged garden.  Later go to Tokushima City, to see the famous “Awa Odori Show”, a Local Traditional Dance of Tokushima known nationwide, at the “privately owned” Awa Odori Theater.  Later proceed to our hotel located close to Tokushima Station and Sogo Department Store.  Enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.


APRIL 06 (FRI) KYOTO     KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL

Visit the Deko-Ningyo Museum (Japanese Puppet Museum), to see its mechanism and the process of making the Jyoruri Puppets, dating back 300 years.  Next proceed to Awaji Island in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea.  The ocean current here is so complicated that the tide creates a whirl current “Uzushio”.  Cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the “Longest Suspension Bridge in the World (6,532 ft.) to Kyoto, which used to be the Capital City of Japan for over a millennium and carries a reputation as the “Most Beautiful City in Japan”.   Visit “One of the Symbols of Kyoto”, Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion and situated picturesquely in its garden.  Our hotel is located right in front of Kyoto Station with its Underground Shopping Mall.  We will take you to “Holo-Holo” around the hotel after check-in.


APRIL 07 (SAT) KYOTO    KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL

All Day, Kyoto City Tour.  In the morning visit the  colorful Heian Shrine with its famous “Shidare Sakura” (Hanging Cherry Trees) located in its beautiful Japanese Garden.   Then enjoy shopping and have lunch at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, which carries Kyoto’s beautiful and skillful made handicrafts and specialty goods.   After lunch go to enjoy seeing the beautiful Miyako Odori Dance Show, held in the Ancient Entertainment District of Gion.  The festival exhibits the fine traditional song and dance skills of Maiko (Trainee Geisha) and Geiko (Young Geisha).  Enjoy the beauty of spectacular dances and singing, with vibrantly colored Kimono Costumes with Japan’s most highly trained performers.  


APRIL 08 (SUN) NAGOYA    ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA

Proceed to Yokaichi City to visit Giant Kite Museum, exhibits the city’s giant kite previously used for the festival, as well as many different kites from all over Japan and the World.   Then go to Sekigahara, known as the most decisive battle fought (in 1600)in Japanese history.  We will visit Sekigahara war land , a park that battle of Sekigahara is reproduced.  There is the museum where you can learn about the history of Sekigahara.  Later proceed to Nagoya, the 4th Biggest City in Japan.  Visit a Symbol of Nagoya, Nagoya Castle.   The interior of the castle is a modern museum displaying the castle’s history, armor,helmets, swords, etc.  If the timing is right, we will see Cherry Blossoms around the castle grounds.  Our hotel is close to the Station and its Shopping Area.  Enjoy shopping before and after dinner.   


APRIL 09 (MON) LAKE HAMANA                                                     HOTEL TOKYU HARVEST CLUB HAMANAKO

Visit the Toyota Automobile Factory to see the process of assembling Toyota Cars.  Later go to the Hacho Miso Factory to see the process of making Miso.  Hacho Miso is featured in many of the miso based dishes in the Nagoya Area and recently became popular worldwide.  Then proceed to Lake Hamana, one of the largest brackish lakes in Japan and blessed with lots of scenic spots.  This night’s accommodation is a nice resort hotel located lake side.  You can enjoy walking around the hotel after check-in and in the morning.    Soak and Relax in the Big Public Bath and Open Air Jacuzzi Bath.  {Sorry it is not an Onsen Hot Spring}.  


APRIL 10  (TUE) LAKE KAWAGUCHI    HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN)

In the morning, go to “Enjoy Strawberry-Picking” and “Get a Taste of the Fresh Sweet Japanese Strawberries”.  Later go to Kakegawa Kacho-en with its “Fabulous Flowers and Lovely Birds, etc”.  Enjoy strolling through several greenhouses filled with magnificent plants and birds.  You will also be able to “Enjoy Feeding the Birds in the Cage”.  Later head to Lake Kawaguchi and   go to our hotel located at the foot of Mt. Fuji.  All the picture windows of this hotel face Mt. Fuji!  Soak and Relax in the “HOTSPRING BATH” and “Enjoy a Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” “Wearing Yukata and Slippers” (If You Wish).


APRIL 11 (WED) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO    HOTEL METROPOLITAN

Drive up the Fuji Subaru Line to the 5th Station (7,562ft.) of Mt. Fuji (Weather Permitting) which overlooks the Japan Alps, Fuji 5

Lakes, etc.   Later proceed to our hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, (one of Tokyo’s multiple city centers)and located within easy walking distance to the Ikebukuro Shopping District.  After hotel check-in we will take you to “Holo-Holo” to the Department Store Area.  


APRIL 12 (THU) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO    HOTEL METROPOLITAN

All Day, Tokyo City Tour.  Visit the Outer Garden of the Imperial Palace to see the Niju Bashi Bridge.  It is the “Main Bridge of the Imperial Palace”.  Then, go to Asakusa, “One of the Most Popular Tourist Spots in Tokyo”.  Visit Senso-ji Temple, Kaminari Gate and the Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street, lined with many shops with a lively atmosphere.   After lunch( your own expense), take a “Boat Cruise” on the Sumida River. We will see the “Tokyo Sky Tree” which is due for completion in May 2012.  It boasts a height of 2,080ft., and will be “One of the World’s Tallest Towers”.  If the timing is right, we will see Cherry Blossoms along the riverside also.  Then proceed by bus back to the hotel in Ikebukuro.  TOUR/MEALS ENDS UPON ARRIVAL AT HOTEL METROPOLITAN.  Free Time to finish 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 his or her gifts.  (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance.  The member will pay for any excess).    

APRIL 13(FRI) 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 a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning.  APRIL 13, 2012 (FRIDAY).  After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S  SPRING “MALIHINI” CHERRY BLOSSOM TOUR #5!  Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train 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.  Around $100.00 from Yokohama.  Please call our office if you are extending your stay.  MAHALO!   


**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 subject to changes.

$100.00 REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION


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) 331-1011   FAX: (045) 311-1013


TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE: MARCH 18, 2012 (SUNDAY)                              
TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA   
ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HONOLULU, HI.  
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS  {NEAR ALA WAI FIELD & PAANI STREET}
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS

ESTIMATED AIRFARE:  MAY BE MORE EXPENSIVE OR CHEAPER AT TIME OF PURCHASE.

AIRLINES USUALLY CHARGE A $225.00 Cancellation Fee.  

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:  AIRFARE, 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!


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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:    FEB. 17, 2012

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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