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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI KII BOCHA-BOCHA TOUR WITH SHIMA SPAIN VILLAGE # 6

APRIL 16, 2012 (MONDAY) - APRIL 26, 2012 (THURSDAY)



                     
APRIL 16 (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.

APRIL 17 (TUE) NAGOYA (CHUBU)                                CENTRAIR HOTEL

Arrive at Chubu Centrair Int’l Airport and after government formalities; walk over to our hotel connecting to airport Terminal building.   After hotel check-in Enjoy Shopping at Airport building with lots of souvenir shops.


APRIL 18 (WED) ISESHIMA                                    HOTEL SHIMA SPAIN MURA (ONSEN)

Go to Nabana-no-sato Flower Park.  This is a huge flower garden with many varieties of colorful flowers.  Tulips & Pansy should be blooming this time of season.  Later, proceed to Kii Peninsula to visit the Ise Grand Shrine (Naiku), the largest and most revered shrine in Japan.  When you walk a path leading to the main building amid a dense forest of giant Crytomeria trees, you will feel Japanese sacredness that worshippers have felt since 1,300 years ago.  And visit Okage Yokocho Shopping alley in front of shrine which creates an atmosphere of the Edo Period (1603-1868), enjoy strolling around alley and some shopping here. You can experience the flavor of Mie’s old shops, regional specialties, history, customs, and people.  Then, head to Ise Shima National Park, which is a popular leisure resort area with its natural beauty.  Before going to our hotel, we will stop at a Pearl Factory.  Iseshima is where the world’s first cultivated pearl was succeeded in 1893.


APRIL 19 (THU) ISESHIMA HOTEL SHIMA SPAIN MURA (ONSEN)

A whole day free time at Shima Spain Village! A theme park where you can experience Spain with images unique to Spain such as Spanish architectures, the brilliant sun, Blue Ocean, and vast land.  As you enter this park, you will see Spanish buildings, houses, castles, alleys and everything that are designed with Spanish style which makes you feel as if you are in Spain.  We will also enjoy Flamenco Show performed by Spanish performers, Street Musical show (Shows are subject to change depending on their schedule).  There are many varieties of attractions available including roller coaster, boat ride, etc… We will stay at the official hotel located right next to Shima Spain Village.  You can return back to the hotel on your own anytime you choose to.  Hotel has a big Onsen HOT SPRING BATH and Open air bath   with beautiful ocean view.  You can enjoy Spanish Theme Park as well as Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot Spring Bath.


APRIL 20 (FRI) KATSUURA                                       HOTEL URASHIMA (ONSEN)

Proceed to Kumano to visit Onigajo Caves (Demon Castle) a government designated natural monument Caves characterized by the unique shapes of rocks and cliff formations formed naturally by upheavals, wind erosion, and wave action.  The scenery changes so dramatically once you enter.  It really does feel like you’ve stumbled upon a supernatural place just like a “Demon castle”.  And visit Nachi-no-Taki Waterfalls, a “World Heritage site” with a “400 feet drop” the highest of all the waterfalls in Japan.  The harmony created by a great waterfall and mystic primeval forests is completely amazing.  If you wish to you can take a short trail at a part of Kumano kodo pilgrimage routes, designated as world heritage.  For over 1,000 years, Japanese people have made the arduous pilgrimage to Kumano.  These pilgrims used a network of routes (Kumano kodo), Walking the ancient pilgrimage route is a fantastic way to experience the unique cultural landscape of Kumano’s spiritual countryside.  Then to our hotel in Katsuura.  Hotel is huge Onsen resort with 6 different Onsens.  You can enjoy hopping from bath to bath.  Main feature is “Bokido” which is a unique natural cave open-air hot spring bath which is opening to Pacific Ocean side.


APRIL 21 (SAT) KATSUURA HOTEL URASHIMA (ONSEN)

Take a Boat Cruise to enjoy Kino Matsushima studded with an additional 130 beautiful islets in the bay.  Oddly shaped islets remind one of the pine clad islands of Matsushima in Sendai.  The islets and rocks have unique names such as Camel Rock, Lion Islet and Crane Islet those are looks like.  Then to the World’s largest Whale Museum in Taiji.  A 50 Ft. Bowhead whale is suspended from the ceiling and about 1,000 precious materials regarding the life of whales and whaling are displayed.  An Aquarium, Sea Otter Museum, Whale Hunting Boat Museum etc... are located around the museum.  Then head to Kushimoto to see Hashikui Iwa Rocks.  Many sizes of over 40 strange shaped rocks are rising up in a row of about half a mile.  Such strange spectacle as if the supports of a bridge.  It is one of the best places of scenic beauty in this area which designated as a national natural treasure. Enjoy Onsen Hot Spring baths and Open air baths!      


APRIL 22 (SUN) NANKI TANABE HARVEST CLUB NANKI TANABE (ONSEN)

Visit Kumano Hongu Taisha Shrine, designated as World Heritage site. Walking through the Torii Gate and stone stairs surrounded by giant cedar and cypress trees leads you to the sacred Shrine Ground.  This shrine started to be worshiped by pilgrims from 10th century and relocated to its current location after flooded in 1889. Then proceed to Shirahama, established a goodwill sister beach relationship with Waikiki beach.  We will see Engetsu Island, an uninhabited rock isle with a round sea cave open in its middle.  Then to Senjojiki coast, a huge multi-tiered rock that looks like a thousand “Tatami Mats,” Sandanheki cliffs (three-tiered wall) with 200 Ft. high precipitous rock walls and Heisogen Observatory, a refreshing park on the hill with a commanding view of Shirahama.  Then go to our hotel with the beautiful ocean view of the Pacific Ocean.  Enjoy Hot Spring bath and Open air Hot Spring bath with the beautiful ocean view. This area is known as the place producing the Best Ume-boshi (Pickled plums) in Japan.  Kishu Ume-boshi is the most popular of its kind.  It will be good chance to buy Best Ume boshi.


APRIL 23 (MON) NANKI TANABE HARVEST CLUB NANKI TANABE (ONSEN)

Go to Adventure world, a theme park combined with a Zoo, Aquarium and Amusement Park.  It will be free time to walk around in the park which has Safari World (see Lions, Giraffes, Cheetahs, Zebras, etc. as they are), Big Ocean Aquarium (Dolphin Show), Animal Land (Seal performance), feeling Area (See Closely Chimpanzee, Hippopotamus, Squirrel monkey, etc.), Main feature here is Panda Land where you can see the Giant Pandas.  This is one of only 3 places where they have Giant Pandas in Japan!


APRIL 24 (TUE) SAKAI  RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL SAKAI

In the morning we will have fun Strawberry Picking.  Try tasting fresh Japanese strawberries in season.  Later proceed to Yuasa claims to be the birthplace of soy sauce.  Visit Shoyu Factory to see all the process of making Shoyu and its history.  This factory was started in 1881 and there are 120 year old Shoyu barrels here.  You can also purchase their products that highly praised by famous European chefs.  And stop at Kuroshio Market to enjoy shopping for local specialties such as Dried Ume, Ume sake, etc.  We will also see Maguro cutting Show here.  Later proceed to our hotel in Sakai, Osaka, located close to the train station and shopping area.  After arrival at hotel, we will take you to shopping area.


APRIL 25 (WED) SAKAI    RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL SAKAI

Proceed to Nara to visit Yakushiji temple, one of cultural property of ancient capital Nara which was registered as a World heritage.  

It features a rare 7th-century pagoda as well as ancient statues of the Healing Buddha and Kannon.  You can feel History passing 1300 years from its appearance. The temple is known by the merits of recovery from disease.  It might also work well for you.  Later enjoy shopping and lunch at Aeon Shopping center before going back to hotel.  Upon arrival at the hotel, Free time to continue your shopping, packing or just rest.


APRIL 26 (THUR) HONOLULU  {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY} {LUNCH ON YOUR OWN / DINNER ON THE PLANE}

At check out 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 Kansai Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, APRIL 26, 2012 THURSDAY.  After clearing U.S. Custom, proceed home.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMIBIRI KII BOCHA-BOCHA TOUR WITH SHIMA SPAIN VILLAGE #6.   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 from Yokohama, around $90.00 per person.    Please call our office for more details.  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.

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PH: (045)311-1011   FAX: (045)311-1013


TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE:    MARCH 25, 2012 (SUNDAY)           TIME:   12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA      ADDRESS:  2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HON., 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


AIR TRANSPORTATION:  AIRFARE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY BE CHEAPER AT TIME OF PURCHASE.

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 (1) 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!


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 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 Honolulu. 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:    MARCH 01, 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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