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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 AUTUMN NIIGATA / SADO & MT. FUJI MOMIJI TOUR # 18

OCTOBER 25, 2012 (THURSDAY) – NOVEMBER 6, 2012 (TUESDAY) {ROSS TERANISHI & TOMO}



                                                                                  
OCT. 25 (THU) HONOLULU                                                                         (11/18/2011)
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight.  Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight.  FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

OCT. 26(FRI) TOKYO                           HOTEL METROPOLITAN TOKYO

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


OCT. 27(SAT) ECHIGO YUZAWA                            NASPA NEW OTANI RESORT (ONSEN)♨

Proceed to Maebashi, Gunma.  Visit the Akagi Foods Factory which produces “Crunchy Ume” (Plum).  You can sample the many different flavors of their products and also purchase them at the factory store.  Visit the Marble Village Lockheart Castle, a theme park of a Medieval European Town. The castle was originally built in Scotland in 1829 and was dismantle in 4,000 pieces of rock and reassembled in Japan.  You will feel as if you are in the medieval period of Europe.   We will enjoy Persimmon picking in season before going to the hotel. Our hotel is a resort hotel with Onsen hot spring located in the spectacular surroundings of Yusawa town. Enjoy your first Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open air Rotenburo bath on this tour.


OCT. 28(SUN) NIIGATA                                     HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA

Enjoy riding on Yuzawa Highland Ropeway which takes you up to Panorama Station.(3,290 ft)    We will see a magnificent view of  Tanigawa Mountain range as well as beautiful Autumn scenery. Then proceed to Ojiya Town to visit Nishiki-Goi (Carp) Village.  Ojiya is known for cultivation of Nishiki Carp, often called swimming jewels.  This town produces 45% of Nishiki Carp in Japan.  We will see colorful carps swimming in a pool (15 species of 200 carps).  Later stop at Niigata Furusato Mura which carries souvenirs from all over Niigata Prefecture.  Enjoy shopping for famous local specialties such as Sake, Rice Cracker, Seafood, etc.  Then go to our hotel located in the center of Niigata City.   After hotel check-in, good chance to Holo-Holo near the hotel or just rest.


OCT. 29(MON) SADO ISLAND  (**NO WESTERN ROOMS)                   HOTEL AZUMA - (ONSEN)♨              

Proceed to Niigata Pier to board the Jetfoil to Sado Island.   It has a lot of picturesque coastal scenery and also the old customs such as the Okesa Dance.  We will drive through the Sado Sky Line and enjoy seeing the Autumn Color from the bus window.  Enjoy the fantastic view of Senkaku Bay Scenic with its steep cliffs that stretches over 1 mile.  Next visit the famous Gold Mine Museum, a tourist facility built in an Edo Period Gold Mine, with robots recreating scenes from the old gold mining days.  For those who have been here before, it is suggested that you try the “Doyuko Course” with an actual “Haulage Audit Tunnel” which had been used until 1989.  You will also see “Doyu no Wareto” (Split Mountain) at the end of the route.   After a nice “Japanese Dinner with fresh local seafood” enjoy seeing the “Sado Okesa Dance Show” (traditional local dance in Sado) at the hotel lobby.   This night, you will get a chance to sleep on a traditional tatami floor.  “Sorry No Western Rooms” are available at this hotel.   Soak and Relax in the Big Bath and Open Air Onsen Bath.  Also a “Private Onsen Bath” (2 Rooms Only) is available (At Your Own Expense).


OCT. 30(TUE) NIIGATA HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA                                     

In the morning “visit some highlights of sightseeing in Sado Island”.  The Meoto Iwa Rocks (“Meoto” means husband and wife), two rocks lined-up close to each other like a couple. You can buy handmade Dried persimmons at the shop.   Then visit the Sado History & Traditional Museum.  This museum has an exhibit with realistic robots showing Sado 800 years ago.    Stop at Toki no Mori Park (Crested Ibis Park) to see the symbol bird of Sado Island.  Later, catch the Jetfoil to go back to Niigata City.   After arrival at the hotel, it will be “Free Time” to meet your relatives, enjoy shopping or just rest.


OCT. 31(WED) NIIGATA                            HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA

In the morning proceed to Murakami City to visit Iyoboya Salmon Museum (Iyoboya means salmon in this area) to see a little hatchery and a fish tank of river fish on display.  At this time of season, Salmon come back from the ocean to the river to lay their eggs.  We will see Salmon swimming in the river from a window.  Every year the number of Salmon count is different, but the probability is high that we will see them.  Later visit Lake Hyo to see “Wild Swans” which come in from Siberia.  Annually Swans start to come back to the lake from October. 3,000 to 5,000 Swans visit this lake around this time of the year.


NOV. 01(THU) AKAKURA                                           AKAKURA KANKO HOTEL (ONSEN)♨

Visit Pier Bandai Fish Market to enjoy shopping for local seafood etc.  It is a shopping complex of Seafood market, Restaurants, Sake shop, Souvenir shop, etc., where local people come quite often.  Next proceed to Nagaoka to visit Yoshinogawa Sake Brewery, “the Oldest Sake Brewery in Niigata Prefecture with 462 years history”.  Niigata is known for its Sake made with good rice and fresh water.  You can also purchase the sake made here.  Then go to Akakura Onsen.  We will stay at a “Classic Japanese Mountain Resort Hotel” nestled high on the slopes of majestic Mt. Myoko.  Enjoy a Japanese Mountain Resort experience with Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath with beautiful mountain scenery.  Also a “Private Onsen” (1 Room Only) is available {“FREE”}.      


NOV. 02(FRI) AZUMINO                                                     HOTEL AMBIENT AZUMINO (ONSEN)♨

Head to Lake Nojiri known as an ancient glacial lake.  This picturesque mountain lake offers a variety of Autumn colors during this time of season.  Visit its museum, which has “an exhibition of the fossils of a Nauman Elephant and Big-horned Deer from 40,000 years ago excavated from the lake”.  If timing is right we will see a beautiful array of bright Autumn colors with breathtaking beauty.  Then go to Nagano to visit Zenkoji Temple, a Buddhist temple built in the 7th century.  This is a very popular temple among the Japanese people and 6,000,000 people visit here annually.  You can go inside the “National Treasure” Main Hall and also browse around the alley lined with many stores.  Nagano is the 2nd largest producer of “Apple” in Japan.  Have fun “Apple-Picking” to taste the fresh “Nagano Apple”.  We will stay at a nice mountain resort hotel located at the foot of the Northern Alps.    Soak and Relax in Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath surrounded by a forest.


NOV. 03(SAT) HAKONE                                                       HOTEL DAIHAKONE (ONSEN)♨

Proceed to Yamanashi, “birth place of Japanese Wine”.  We will “visit a winery to try tasting the local wine and purchase it”.  Then go to Lake Kawaguchi, one of the Mt. Fuji five lakes, to enjoy Autumn scenery with Mt. Fuji as back drop. (weather permitting).  We will visit its popular Autumn Leaves festival, where you can see beautiful Autumn leaves along the river.  Then to our hotel, located in highland surrounded by Hakone mountain range.  On the way we will see beautiful silver grass(susuki) fill up the meadow.  Silver grass changes its color to fall green stems and golden ears.  This is one of the Japanese traditional autumn scenery. Soak and relax in famous Hakone’s Onsen hot spring and Open air bath.  



NOV. 04(SUN) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

In the morning visit  the Hakone Venetian Glass Museum.  This museum is designed in Venetian Style and displays glass works made of Venetian Glass.  You can browse around its garden with nice Autumn color. Then proceed down to Lake Ashi to enjoy Sightseeing cruise.  Get the feeling of Autumn with the beautiful yellow color on the mountain while observing Mt. Fuji (weather permitting).  Then proceed to Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan.  Hotel is located within easy walking distance to the Department Stores, Electronics Store, ¥100 Yen Shop   and Underground Shopping Mall.  After arrival “FREE TIME” for shopping or meeting your friends or just rest.  


NOV. 05(MON) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Proceed to Tokyo to visit “The Former Iwasaki House & Garden”, featuring elaborate and elegant old wooden buildings that were the palatial home of the “Iwasaki Family”, founding family of “Mitsubishi”.  The subtle combination of Western and Japanese Styles in the building and the intriguing history behind the adoption of western manners and lifestyle by Japan’s elite during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) make it well worth to visit.  Then go to Ameyoko, a shopping street lined with discount stores carrying various products such as fresh fish, dried food, clothes, cosmetics, etc.  Later go back to our hotel in Yokohama where you can continue shopping. 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.  The member will pay for any excess).


NOV. 06(TUE) HONOLULU     {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}

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 Narita Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, NOVEMBER 06, 2012(TUES).  After clearing U.S. Custom, proceed home.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR AUTUMN NIIGATA/ SADO & MT. FUJI MOMIJI TOUR #18.   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 $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., 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:   OCT.  07, 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 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:  SEPT. 10, 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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