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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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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “HAPA” AUTUMN JAPAN TOUR #16 {GOOD FOR FIRST TIMER’S!}

OCTOBER 7, 2012 (SUNDAY) - OCTOBER 19, 2012 (FRIDAY)   GARY TSUMOTO / MATT (09/27/2011)

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OCT. 7 (SUN) HONOLULU                                  

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


OCT. 8  (MON) TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN

Arrive at Narita International Airport, and after government formalities, go directly to the hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo by bus.  Hotel is located within easy walking distance to the Shopping District.  After hotel check-in, FREE TIME to meet your relatives, friends, shopping, or just rest.


OCT. 9 (TUE) LAKE SUWA RAKO HANANOI HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Proceed to Katsunuma, the largest producer of grapes in Japan, to enjoy “Picking Grapes” which are in season.  Then visit beautiful Shosenkyo Gorge to enjoy the beauty of the enormous fantastically shaped rocks and swift fresh water currents.   Our hotel is located in Kamisuwa Spa near Lake Suwa.  Good chance to try the Relaxing HOT SPRING BATH and ROTEN-BURO (OPEN-AIR BATH)! {A Private Onsen Bath (Kazoku-buro) (Only 1 Room) is available (At Your Own Expense)}.


OCT. 10 (WED) OMACHI KUROYON ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

In the morning go to Shiojiri Town to enjoy “Apple Picking” and taste the “juicy and sweet Nagano Apple in season”.  Then proceed to the old castle town Matsumoto City, and visit Matsumoto Castle with “the oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan” and designated as a National Treasure.  This is one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan’s original castles.  The moats and stonewalls are the remnants of the original structure built in 1504.  Corridors connect the imposing six-story donjon, designated as a National Treasure, with a small keep on the northern side. Later visit Daio Wasabi Farm (Horse-Radish Farm), the biggest Wasabida (Horse-Radish Field) in Japan to see the Wasabi Farm and enjoy shopping for Wasabi products.  This night’s accommodation is a nice resort hotel surrounded by nature and located at the foot of the Northern Japan Alps.     Relax and Refresh in the HOT SPRING BATH and ROTEN-BURO (OPEN-AIR BATH) surrounded by a forest! {Private Onsen Bath (2-rooms) is available (“FREE” of charge)}.


OCT. 11 (THU) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU

Go by bus to Ogisawa for a Whole Day Sightseeing Trip to view the “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.”  This is a journey through glorious alpine scenery.  You can enjoy a superb view of 9,045 ft. high mountains from the convenience of a cable car, bus, ropeway and trolley bus.  First take the trolley bus from Ogisawa to Kuroyon Dam, “Japan’s largest dam”.   Walk across the top class arch-style dam to Kurobe Station to catch the under-mountain cable car to Kurobedaira and take the ropeway to Daikanbo to enjoy seeing a panoramic view of the Japan Alps and “If Timing is Right”, we will see beautiful Autumn leaves..  Board the tunnel bus for Murodo Plateau, overlooking the Ushiro Tateyama Mountain.  Then down to Tateyama via Midagahara and proceed to the hotel in Toyama City located near Toyama Station and connected to a department store with a ¥100 Yen Shop.  Enjoy “Holo-Holo” after hotel check in.


OCT. 12 (FRI) NAGAHAMA NAGAHAMA ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨  

Proceed to Kanazawa, one of Japan’s major sightseeing cities and a historic castle town where a lot of tradition is well-preserved.  And visit its main attraction “Kenrokuen Park”, “one of the Japan’s three most beautiful landscape gardens” and enjoy strolling around this beautiful Japanese Garden.  It has the typical features of a large treed garden landscaped in the go-round style.  Visit Nihonkai Fish Market carrying local souvenirs and fresh seafood from the Japan Sea as well as dried seafood, seaweed, etc.  Proceed to Nagahama known as the birthplace of Princess Gou.   Hotel is located close to Lake Biwa, the biggest lake in Japan covering 259 square miles.  Good chance to Relax & Refresh, in the BIG BATH with HOT SPRING ROTEN-BURO (OPEN-AIR BATH).


OCT. 13 (SAT) KYOTO   KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL

In the morning, drive over Lake Biwa Bridge the lake’s largest bridge spanning the neck of the Lake.  Enjoy a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding mountains.  Next, head to Ohara, Kyoto and visit the Shibazuke Pickles Store to sample a “Taste of Kyoto”.  Shibazuke is Kyoto’s traditional salted and fermented vegetable product consisting mainly of eggplant, cucumber and basil leaves that has a long history.  Then go to the “World Heritage Site”, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto’s Symbolic Temple.  The main pavilion is covered by gold leaf and situated picturesquely in its garden.  Our hotel is located in front of Kyoto Station with its Underground Shopping Mall, where you will have a chance to walk around and shop before diner.


OCT. 14 (SUN) KYOTO   KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL

All Day Kyoto City Tour of the most historical city in Japan attracting a large number of tourists, from all over the world.  Visit the colorful Heian Jingu Shrine, built on the occasion of the 1,100th Anniversary of the Heian Capital Foundation.  Visit its exquisitely landscaped strolling garden “the Shin-en Garden” with a variety of plants, ponds and traditional buildings. Then visit Kyoto Handicraft Center with a variety of Kyoto’s souvenir for shopping and lunch.  Next visit Nishijin Textile Museum to enjoy seeing Kimono Show and shopping.  It is a good place to take in the beauty of gorgeous Nishijin Textiles.  Also visit the Higashi Honganji Temple with its main hall which is Kyoto’s largest wooden structure.  2011 was the 750th Memorial Year of the Founder, Shinran Shonin.


OCT. 15 (MON) OKAYAMA   HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA   

Visit the “World Heritage Site” Himeji Castle.  The Himeji City government initiated a restoration of the main Himeji Castle Keep from 2009.  Only during this restoration, visitors are able to ride the elevator to watch the repair process from inside the roofed scaffold structure.  It is a special chance to see the outside of the castle from up close.  Later proceed to Okayama City to visit Korakuen Park, another one of the three most beautiful landscape gardens in Japan.  Our hotel is located next to Okayama Station and near Takashimaya Dept. Store and underground shopping mall where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.  


OCT. 16 (TUE) HIROSHIMA    HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA

Proceed to Hiroshima, the first city to suffer from the Atomic Bomb.  See the Atomic Bomb Dome (Ruins of the Industry Promotion Hall), the only Atomic Bombed building remaining in the city.  Then visit the Peace Memorial Park, containing a modern-style Peace Memorial Hall, Peace Memorial Museum, Hiroshima Memorial Cenotaph for Victims of the Atomic Bomb and many other memorial monuments.  The Peace Memorial Museum contains displays showing the history of Hiroshima before and after the bombing.    Later go to our hotel connected to Hiroshima Station and easy walking distance to the Underground Shopping Mall and Department Stores.  You will be able to enjoy shopping this night also.



OCT. 17 (WED) HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA

Proceed to beautiful sacred island Miyajima and visit the colorful Itsukushima Shrine.  It is a “World Heritage Site” and ranked as

one of Japan’s three best views.  Since ancient times, this island itself has been worshipped as a god.  Recently it has become “one of the most popular tourist attractions in Japan”.  Then go to Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture to see its famous Kintai Bridge (Brocaded Bridge).  It is one of the three most famous bridges in Japan because of its elegant form. You will be captivated by this “world’s largest wooden bridge”.


OCT. 18 (THU) KOBE KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Walk to Hiroshima Station to catch the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Himeji.  Then visit the big AEON Shopping Center Complex to enjoy shopping before going to our hotel in Kobe.   After hotel check-in it will be “FREE TIME” TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING, ETC. Your rooms are paid for but meals (LUNCH/DINNER) will be “At Your Own Expense” on this day to let you eat your favorite foods before returning home. We will give everyone a carton box to use for packing their gifts.  (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance.  Any excess will be paid for by the member). Hotel is a good location for shopping with a ¥100 Yens Store, Daiei Supermarket, etc.


OCT. 19 (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 Kansai (Osaka) Int’l Airport to catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, OCTOBER 19, 2012 (FRIDAY).  After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “HAPA” AUTUMN JAPAN TOUR #16!   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.  Please call our office if you are extending your stay.  MAHALO!


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

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON

DATE:                SEPTEMBER 23, 2012  (SUNDAY)          TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)

PLACE:  HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA   AT: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD., HON., HI.

COST:      NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS {JUST PAST ALA WAI FIELD}

ATTIRE:  VERY INFORMAL-MUUMUU, ALOHA SHIRT - (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.}  Minimum stay is 3-Days and maximum stay is 3 Months.  

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) 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 PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date:    AUG. 23, 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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