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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
TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW MOUNTAIN RESORT MOMIJI TOUR #17 
OCTOBER 24, 2012 (WEDNESDAY) - NOVEMBER 5, 2012 (MONDAY) (Revised11/16/11)
TOLL FREE PH: 1-888-966-3666




                                                                                   

OCT. 24(WED) HONOLULU           

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


OCT. 25 (THU) IKEBUKURO HOTEL METROPOLITAN

Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, proceed by bus to the hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo and located within easy walking distance to the Shopping District.  Upon arrival, it will be “FREE TIME” to enjoy shopping, meet relatives, friends or just rest.        


OCT. 26 (FRI) KARUIZAWA KARUIZAWA PRINCE HOTEL WEST

Proceed to Kawagoe which is called “Koedo” (Small Edo) because this town has been retaining the history, culture and atmosphere of the Edo Era.   Pass by Kurazukuri Street with old storehouse merchant houses on both sides of the street.  Visit Kawagoe Festival Museum with a display of huge floats and a short movie of the Kawagoe Festival.  Also get a chance to shop at a small alley, “Kashiya Yokocho” (Candy Alley) carrying snacks made of sweet potato, dried natto, etc.  Then go to Tomioka Silk Mill inscribed on Japan’s tentative list of World Heritage Sites as “Japan’s Oldest Modern Model Silk Reeling Factory” established in 1872. We will look at the insides of the well preserved brick building which had been in operation until 1987.  Later, proceed to a Karuizawa, a popular mountain resort town.  Our hotel is located right next to the Prince Shopping Plaza.  After hotel check in, enjoy shopping and Holo-Holo around the hotel.     


OCT. 27(SAT) NAEBA NAEBA PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Enjoy a country road drive to Ikaho, most famous as a hot spring resort of Gunma Prefecture.  Visit the Toy, Doll & Classic Car Museum with its exhibition of Old Model Japanese Classic Cars such as Toyota, Honda and Nissan.  The collection ranges from Sports Cars to Private Cars.  This same facility also has a Teddy Bear Museum, Squirrel Garden and a small alley designed to resemble the early Showa Period. Also visit the Usaburo Kokeshi Doll Center with a collection of Kokeshi Dolls (Traditional Japanese Handcrafted Wooden Folk Art Dolls).  See these beautifully designed dolls from traditional to  modern and creative ones.  Good chance to purchase your favorite Kokeshi Doll.  Then proceed to Naeba while enjoying the beautiful autumn scenery from the bus window.  We are staying at a big resort hotel located in the vast ski area of Mt. Naeba.   Enjoy the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Roten buro (Open Air Bath).  

 

OCT. 28(SUN) MANZA                                                                MANZA PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

In the morning enjoy riding on the Naeba Ropeway, the “Longest in the World” 17,982 feet long and takes 25 minutes to ride halfway with the highest point being 755 feet high. We will see a panoramic mountain view filled with autumn color at the summit station.   Later head to Mt. Shirane(7,086 ft) while you enjoy seeing the impressive mountain scenery. For those who wish to, you  can try to  walk to Yugama Pond, to see a crater lake with beautiful emerald color (0.3 miles walk).  Then go to our hotel located in the highland (5,900 ft height) of Manza Onsen.  Our hotel has a Roten buro (Open Air Bath) surrounded by vast nature.  After hotel check in those who wish to can go to Jigokudani Wild Monkey Park where you will get a chance to see wild monkeys soaking in a Natural Open Air Hot Spring.  (It is a 1 mile walk from the bus parking.  Flat ground but on a rainy day it can get a little muddy.  Beginning and ending part of the road will be a little steep).  


OCT. 29(MON) MATSUMOTO                                                                           HOTEL BUENA VISTA

Go back to Karuizawa which thrived as Japan’s most popular International Resort loved by John Lennon and Japan’s Royal Family, etc.  Enjoy strolling around Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street at the center of town.  Souvenir Shops, Ice Cream Shop, Bakery, etc. stand side by side.  Also visit Shiraito Waterfall, a lovely waterfall 10 ft. high and 230 ft wide.  The sight of water falling down in slender streaks looking like so many white threads is indeed magnificent.  This will be the right season when the entire Karuizawa Area turns to a nice “Red Autumn Color”.  Then proceed to Matsumoto, a tranquil old castle town.  Upon arrival at the hotel, we will enjoy Holo-Holo near the hotel.    


OCT. 30(TUE) MATSUMOTO                                    HOTEL BUENA VISTA

Head to Kamikochi, the south entrance to the Northern Japan Alps and surrounded by lofty peaks of 10,000 ft high mountains.  It has been selected as “One of the Most Scenic Spots in Japan”.   Pass by Taisho Pond and visit “Kappa Bridge” (a suspension bridge) over crystal clear waters.  Kamikochi is particularly beautiful during the autumn foliage season.  It will be the best time of season in which the entire Kamikochi Area is filled with “Beautiful Yellow Autumn Color”.   


OCT. 31(WED) YATSUGATAKE                                                                     YATSUGATAKE ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨

Have fun “Picking Apples” which are in season.  Nagano is the “2nd Largest Producer of Apples”.  “Taste the Fresh Japanese Apples in season”!   Then visit Narai Juku Old Town registered as “One of Japan’s Most Important Traditional Building Conservation Area”.  Stroll the delightful main street containing a variety of wooden and plaster Old Edo-style Buildings surrounded by forested mountains as a spectacular back-drop.  Then head to Yatsugatake, a symbol of Japan’s highland resorts with stunning nature that changes in various ways throughout the seasons. This night’s accommodation is a resort hotel with an Onsen Hot Spring at the foot of the Southern Japanese Alps. Enjoy the Onsen Hot Spring and Roten buro (Open Air Bath).     


NOV. 1(THU) KAKEGAWA                                                                              YAMAHA RESORT TSUMAGOI

Go to Shosenkyo Gorge considered to be “the Most Beautiful Gorge in Japan”.  Autumn is particularly the best season to visit here to see the spectacular Autumn Leaves.  We will enjoy strolling along the river stream while viewing the breathtaking Autumn Color.  Next enjoy a “Hoto Nabe” Lunch.  Hoto Nabe is a local cuisine in Yamanashi Prefecture which is similar to Udon Noodle. Later head to Kakegawa while enjoying the scenery with Japan’s Symbolic Mountain, Mt. Fuji (depending on the weather).  We will stay at a nice resort hotel standing in a naturally hilly country rich in natural splendor.  You can enjoy a refreshing walk around the hotel in the morning.  Onsen Hot Spring Bath & Open Air Roten buro are available by taking a shuttle bus.         


NOV. 2(FRI) LAKE HAMANA                                                                          HAMANAKO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN)

Enjoy an impressive experience of riding on a “Trolley Train”.  Proceed to Senzu Station to take a “Mountain Railway” offering spectacular scenery while passing through 62 tunnels, a 325 ft high bridge and terminating 2,200 ft above sea level at Ikawa Station. We will see the beautiful river and mountain scenery with Autumn Color while riding the train (depending on yearly climate conditions).  Then go to the hotel located by Lake Hamana, a brackish lake known for cultivation of Unagi.  Enjoy your last Onsen & Roten buro on this tour.     

NOV.  3(SAT) TOYOHASHI                                                               HOTEL NIKKO TOYOHASHI

In the morning proceed to huge Hamamatsu Flower Park to see Roses, Chrysanthemum, and many other types of flowers in bloom.  The seasonal greenhouse exhibits and the water fountain show are also very popular.  Next visit the Suzuki History Museum to see the “History of the Suzuki Motor Company from the period when they established a loom company with many exhibitions.  You can see many of Suzuki’s old cars and motorbikes in the museum.  Later go to our hotel in Toyohashi City located right next to Ito-Yokado Supermarket where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in. *{We will have a chance to go to watch the exciting power “Boat Race” at the Hamanako Boat Race Arena if the race schedule falls on this day or the next.  Pari-mutuel betting on “Boat Racing” is legal in Japan.  Boat Racing in Japan is often called “Martial Arts” on the water. Schedule will be posted about five months before}.       


NOV. 4(SUN) TOYOHASHI HOTEL NIKKO TOYOHASHI

Enjoy shopping at Laguna Gamagori carrying dried seafood and a variety of local specialties.  The main feature of this area is “Shrimp Senbei (Chips)” that you can sample.  Then go to Toyokawa Inari Shrine, “One of the Three Major Japanese Inari (Fox God of Rice) Shrines” that has as its “Kami” (God or Deity) the fox as the “God of Business Prosperity and Family Well-being”.  Hundreds of foxes of all sizes are crammed into the small grounds.  Go to the AEON Shopping Center to enjoy Shopping and Lunch (at your own expense) before going back to the hotel.  After arrival at the hotel, it will be “FREE TIME” for shopping, meeting friends, or just rest.  Your room is 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 to use for packing his or her gifts.  (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance.  Any excess will paid for by the member.


NOV. 5 (MON) 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 Chubu Centrair Int’l Airport in Nagoya to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, NOVEMBER 5, 2012 (MONDAY).  After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW MOUNTAIN RESORT MOMIJI TOUR #17!   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 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 departure day LUNCH (DINNER on the Plane).  All tours as per itinerary and subject to changes.

$ 100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION

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:  OCTOBER 7, 2012 (SUNDAY)                                                           TIME:  12:00 PM NOON
PLACE:  HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA          ADDRESS:  2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD., HONOLULU, HAWAII
COST:  NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS  ATTIRE:  VERY INFORMAL- MUUMUUS, ALOHA SHIRTS - (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!

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FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date:    SEPTEMBER 9, 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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