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1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S JAPAN HIGHLIGHTS WITH UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & TOKYO SKY TREE TOUR #10
 {REVISED: 09/18/12} 
MAY 28. 2013 (TUESDAY) TO JUNE 8 (SATURDAY), 2013


MAY 28 (TUE) HONOLULU 
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

MAY 29 (WED) OSAKA HOTEL KINTETSU UNIVERSAL CITY
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport and after entry formalities, by bus to the hotel in Osaka which is the "Official Hotel of Universal Studios Japan. It is located in the Shopping Mall of Universal Studios Japan. This massive shopping complex features restaurants and shops carrying unique goods such as local souvenirs, USJ Characters, etc.

MAY 30 (THU) OSAKA HOTEL KINTETSU UNIVERSAL CITY
Enjoy "Whole Day FREE TIME at Universal Studios Japan (USJ)". USJ is the first Universal Studios outside of the U.S.A. In addition, it has many of the most popular attractions of Universal Studios Florida. USJ has some unique attractions including Sesame Street 4D Movie Magic, Snoopy Studio, Universal Wonderland, etc. Also walk around figures of Hello Kitty, Peanuts, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Big Bird from Sesame Street appear regularly throughout the park and in special parades. A "One Day Ticket" is included in the tour. Enjoy an exciting theme ride and shows of famous movies and animations!

MAY 31 (FRI) LAKE BIWA OKUBIWAKO MAKINO GRAND PARK HOTEL
Proceed to the ancient capital, Kyoto. First visit the "Symbol of Kyoto and a World Heritage Site", Kinkakuji Temple also known as the "Golden Pavilion". Situated picturesquely in its garden, the three-storied golden pavilion extends over the pond and its reflection seen in the calm waters produces an image designed to suggest "an existence somewhere between heaven and earth". Later visit another "World Heritage Site, Kiyomizu Temple", "One of the Most Celebrated Temples in Japan". Founded in 780, the main hall is noted for its beautiful background scenery of Kyoto City. Enjoy a stroll through the approach to the temple with many shops carrying local specialties such as pottery, sweets, pickles and standard set of Kyoto souvenirs, etc. Later go to Lake Biwa, the "Biggest Lake in Japan" covering 259 square miles. Our hotel is located along side the lake and with all the rooms facing it. Enjoy walking along its private beach after hotel check in and the next morning.

JUNE 1 (SAT) KANAZAWA KANAZAWA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Visit Tsuruga Konbu Kan where you can enjoy shopping for Konbu seaweed. They carry about 180 kinds of seaweed products such as Konbu Tsukudani, Tea, Chips, Candy, etc. Then head to the Japan seaside to visit the home of Kutani Ware one of the representative Japanese Porcelain. It developed as a typical colorful Japanese Ceramic Ware with bold designs covering most of the surface of each piece. The original "Old Kutani" dates back to 1655 (Edo Period). Later proceed to Kanazawa "One of Japan's Major Sightseeing Cities". Our hotel is located in Korinbo, the "Greatest Shopping Quarter in the Hokuriku Region". After hotel check in we will see the Kaga Hyakumangoku Festival, the "Biggest Annual Festival in Kanazawa". Main attraction is the Hyakumangoku Parade, a great flamboyant procession of participants dressed in traditional Japanese costumes winding through the city bringing you back to the 16th Century Period. You can see the parade in front of the hotel anytime you want to until dinnertime. In the evening the festival still continues with an energetic 10,000 people dancing parade. "You can join the parade and dance if you wish to".

JUNE 2 (SUN) KATSUYAMA HOTEL HARVEST SKI JAM KATSUYAMA (ONSEN) ♨
Kanazawa is a city full of charm where a lot of old neighborhoods have been kept intact. We will visit the East Teahouse District Area regarded as retaining the most redolent "Spirit of Kanazawa" since the Edo Period (1820). Enjoy strolling along the rows of beautiful Edo Period "Chaya" Teahouses with lattice doors and paving stones. Next visit Kenrokuen Park, considered "One of Japan's Three Best Landscaped Gardens". This garden has the typical features of a large treed garden with plentiful water landscaped. Later proceed to Katsuyama, Fukui Prefecture. We will stay at a resort hotel located in a huge ski ground (no snow remains in this season). Good chance to “Relax in the Onsen Hot Spring with Open Air Roten Buro".

JUNE 3 (MON) NAGOYA NAGOYA MARRIOT ASSOCIA HOTEL
Fukui Prefecture is called "Dinosaur Kingdom" because it produces more than 80% of the dinosaur fossils in Japan. We will visit the Dinosaur Museum, the "Biggest Dinosaur Museum in the World" which exhibits a number of specimens on geology and paleontology such as invertebrate fossils, minerals, rocks and 40 dinosaurs including some excavated in Fukui Prefecture. Recently it has become a very popular sightseeing place and paid attention as an exhibition academically proven in the world. Then go to Seki a well known blade producing area with a 750 year history. Go to the Sword Tradition Museum to see the "Method of the Swordsmith" with displays and a collection of Samurai Swords and Knifes. We will also get a chance to enjoy shopping for high quality tools made in Seki (Knife, Scissors, Kitchenware, etc.) at the store. Later proceed to Nagoya "the 4th Biggest City in Japan". Our hotel is located above Nagoya Central Station, and within easy walking distance to the Department Stores and Underground Shopping Mall where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

JUNE 4 (TUE) HAKONE HOTEL DAIHAKONE (ONSEN) ♨
We will take those who wish to, to Yanagibashi Fish Market where you can catch a glimpse of the old world charm with lively atmosphere. More than 400 shops and stalls carrying fresh fish, vegetables, dried foods, etc. Then catch the Bullet Train (Shinkansen) to Kakegawa. Visit Kamo Iris Park "One of the Largest Japanese Iris Gardens" where 1,500 species, 1,000,000 Irises should be blooming this time of season. You can stroll around the beautiful garden full of atmosphere of an ancient Japanese Village.
Later proceed to our hotel located in the highlands surrounded by the Hakone Mountain Range. Enjoy a "Relaxing Soak in the Famous Hakone Onsen Hot Spring and Open Air Bath".

JUNE 5 (WED) AKISHIMA FOREST INN SHOWAKAN
Visit the Fuji Safari Park "the Biggest Full-scale Zoological Park in Japan". Many animals from around the world are living freely at the foot of Mt. Fuji. We will drive slowly through the vast "Safari Zone" where Lion, Tiger, Elephant, Cheetah (30 Species Total) can be observed up close from the bus. One of the best things about the park is that you get to see animals with the impressive backdrop of Mt. Fuji (If weather is fine). It really is spectacular. Our accommodation is a quiet urban resort hotel with vast forest in the background (247 acres) located in Akishima City, west side of Tokyo close to Yokota Air Base.

JUNE 6 (THU) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
Head to Tokyo and visit the Studio Ghibli Anime Museum. Studio Ghibli has been producing lots of great Japanese Animations such as "My Neighbor Totoro", "Spirited Away", etc. The museum exhibits the process of making animations and presents short animation films. The arts and decorations inside the museum are colorful and fantastic. Then go to our hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo located within easy walking distance to the Ikebukuro Shopping District. After hotel check in enjoy "Holo-Holo" at the Big Shopping Area. For those who wish to, your tour guide will take you to Harajuku by train. {Optional: Train Fee At Own Expense}.

JUNE 7 (FRI) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
We will visit “Tokyo Sky Tree” which just opened in May 2012 boasting a height of 2,080 ft. This tower becomes the "World’s Tallest Broadcasting Tower and Brand New Symbol of Tokyo". Then go to the AEON Shopping Center to enjoy Shopping and Lunch. 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 to use for packing his or her gifts. (2-Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

JUNE 8 (SAT) HONOLULU {LUNCH AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE / DINNER ON THE PLANE}
{ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}. At checkout 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 Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, JUNE 8 (SATURDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S JAPAN HIGHLIGHTS WITH UNIVERSAL STUDIOS & TOKYO SKY TREE TOUR #10! 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 and around $100.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: MAY 19, 2013 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00 PM (NOON)
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INT’L COLLEGE CAFETERIA 
ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD., HON., HI.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS (JUST PAST ALA WAI FIELD)
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS
ESTIMATED AIR: Airfare may be cheaper or more expensive at time of issue. $225.00 Cancellation Fee usually charged by air carrier.
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!

AIR SURCHARGE WAIVED FOR YEAR 2013: 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: APRIL 12, 2013LAND 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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