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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “AUTUMN NORTHLAND WITH REBUN ISLAND” TOUR #14
SEPTEMBER 07, 2013 (SATURDAY)-SEPTEMBER 19, 2013(THURSDAY)
(10/16/12 per YTI) 
TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854 TA #486
TOLL FREE PH: 1-888-966-3666

SEP. 07(SAT) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS. 

SEP. 08(SUN) CHITOSE ANA CROWNE PLAZA CHITOSE
Arrive at Narita International Airport, and after Government entry formalities, transfer to your connecting flight to Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. Upon arrival, go directly to our hotel in Chitose City (About 10 minutes ride from the Airport)

SEP. 09(MON) ASAHIKAWA LOISIR HOTEL ASAHIKAWA 
Go to Yuni Garden, Japan’s Largest English Style Garden with 13 gardens and squares filled with a variety of seasonal flowers bloom such as Cosmos, Rose, Japanese Anemone, etc. Enjoy browsing around the huge garden and feel vastness of Hokkaido. Later proceed to Asahikawa, 2nd biggest city in Hokkaido. Stop at Sunagawa Highway Oasis for some shopping of local specialties in Hokkaido. (chance to buy delicious Pumpkin Seed Cookies!). And we will enjoy Grape picking. Try tasting “fresh” Japanese grapes in season before going to the hotel. 

SEP. 10(TUE) WAKKANAI WAKKANAI GRAND HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Head to “Wakkanai”, the most Northern City in Japan. On the way we will visit Sarobetsu Natural Wild Flower Garden. You can look across the seemingly endless plain and see the line of the horizon in the northland. As is appropriate for the large Northernmost marshlands. Stop at Maruzen Marine Gift for some shopping. This big shopping place carries local seafood and dried seafood etc. If time is available, go to a local department store before going to our hotel. Enjoy the relaxing “Hot Spring Bath!” and a delicious “Sukiyaki Dinner WITH CRAB!”. 

SEP. 11(WED) WAKKANAI WAKKANAI GRAND HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨ 
Early Breakfast and early departure but have an interesting day today. Go to Wakkanai Pier to catch the Ferry to the Northernmost Island in Japan “Rebun Island” via Rishiri Island. Mt. Rishiri also called “Mt Fuji on Rishiri Island”, towers at the center of the Island, which has been designated as Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park. Take a short excursion of Rebun Island. You can see the beautiful natural scenery of Rebun Island and views nearby Rishiri can be enjoyed by pleasant walking. After enjoying the natural beauty sightseeing of Rebun Island we will return to the hotel in Wakkanai City. Good chance to Soak and Relax in the Hot Spring Bath and freshen up.

SEP. 12(THU) LAKE SAROMA LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN) ♨ 
Visit Cape Soya, the “Northernmost Tip of Japan” and surrounded by the ocean on three sides. There is a monument here that indicates this cape to be “Japan’s Northernmost Piece of Real Estate”. You can also see Sakhalin Island (Russian held) on a clear day. Then drive along the Okhotsk Sea to Monbetsu to visit the Tokkari Seals Center, “the only specialty care center for injured seals in Japan” where we will watch them feeding the seals. Later proceed to Lake Saroma, the third largest lake in Japan. Our accommodation is a nice resort hotel facing towards the lake. Enjoy a delicious Dinner Buffet featuring local seafood’s etc. and relaxing in another “Hot Spring Bath & Rotenburo(Open Air Bath)” with a beautiful Lake view.

SEP. 13(FRI) SHIRETOKO HOTEL SHIRETOKO (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Abashiri. If timing is right, we will stop at Lake Notori (expected to be seen) Crimson Coral Grass as it spreads in the lakeside as if a red carpet (Depends on seasonal conditions). Next visit the Sun Flower Garden in Asahigaoka Observation. See the beautiful contrast between the great grounds with yellow sunflowers against the blue sky (Blooming level depends on climate). Then proceed to Shiretoko Penisula, considered to be the last pristine wilderness remaining in Japan. Visit Oshin-Koshin Waterfalls, chosen as “One of Japan’s Best 100 Waterfalls”. You can see a spectacular waterfall close by. Then go to our hotel in Utoro Hot Spring Town. Soak and Relax in the Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Rotenburo Bath!

SEP. 14(SAT) SHIRETOKO HOTEL SHIRETOKO (ONSEN) ♨ 
Whole Day Tour of the World Natural Heritage Site “Shiretoko”! Visit major scenic spots in the Shiretoko National Park. First, go to Shiretoko 5 Lakes, is a small, quiet, picturesque lakes surrounded by wild forest. It is a great place to experience Shiretoko’s unspoiled nature in an easy walk. Also visit Shiretoko Nature Center to enjoy the magnificent movie of “Shiretoko’s Four Seasons” on a Dynamic Screen (40 ft. x 65 ft). Then we will enjoy a “Sightseeing Boat Cruise” to get a majestic view of completely hidden area covered with bountiful forests, pristine nature and steep jutting cliffs, only can be seen from the cruise boat. If you are lucky you might see wild animals like Bears, Dears, Foxes, etc. The overwhelmingly beautiful scenery will deeply impresses you. Before going back to the hotel, we will visit Saihate Market to enjoy some shopping of dried seafood, konbu, etc.

SEP. 15 (SUN) LAKE KUSSHARO KUSSHARO PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨ 
Drive via beautiful Shiretoko Pass to get to the Rausu side of Shiretoko Peninsula where Kunashiri Island (Russian Held Island) can be seen on a clear day. Head to Shibetsu and visit the Salmon Science Museum, which contains more than 20 kinds of salmon from all over the world. This is the right season that the salmon come back from the ocean to the river to lay eggs. We will see the Salmon swimming in the river. Our hotel is “One of the Top Resort Hotels in Eastern Hokkaido” and located next to Lake Kussharo, the “Largest Caldera Lake in Japan”. Enjoy your last “Hot Spring Bath” and “Open Air Bath” on this tour!!!

SEP. 16(MON) OBIHIRO HOTEL NIKKO NORTH LAND OBIHIRO
The Lake Kussharo’s shore is dotted with many open-air hot spring baths. We will visit Sunayu (Sand Bath) where if you touch the sandy ground, you’ll find it’s hot! Then go to Toro Station to ride the Norokko Train, a sightseeing train that leisurely passes through the largest expanse of the Kushiro Marsh, registered under the Ramsar Convention. You can enjoy the beautiful scenery as the Kushiro River runs its course just as leisurely as you do through the marshes. The train moves slowly along, giving you time to enjoy the wetlands’ highlights passing by the window. Upon arrival at Kushiro Station, transfer to the bus to Obihiro. This region is called “Tokachi”, once called “Real Hokkaido is Here”. Our hotel is located right next to Obihiro Station and its shopping building. And easy walking distance to Nagasakiya Supermarket. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

SEP. 17(TUE) OBIHIRO HOTEL NIKKO NORTH LAND OBIHIRO
We will visit Boya Farm to see the “Sheep Dog Show”. This farm is the “Biggest Sheep Farm in Japan”. Enjoy an impressive working sheep dog demonstration in the vast farmland. Next, go to Wine Castle to see the process of making “Tokachi Wine”. They started brewing in the 1963 at the building with the design of a European Castle. Recently it receives a high evaluation in the World. Try tasting the famous Tokachi Wine and various sweets using rich and fresh farm products popular in Obihiro. Also stop at Ryugetsu Sweet Pia Garden to sample and purchase one of the most popular souvenirs in Obihiro “Sanporoku” a type of Baumkuchen (German Style Role Cake) a kind of layered cake covered with chocolate.

SEP. 18 (WED) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Walk to Obihiro Station and catch an Express Train, “Super Ozora” (2 hour ride). This train is very popular for tourists who travel around Hokkaido. The car is colored in Blue the “Image of Hokkaido’s Blue Sky (Ozora)”. Upon arrival at Minami-chitose, transfer to our bus and go to the AEON Shopping Center for Shopping and Lunch {On Your Own}. Later proceed to the “Biggest City in Hokkaido”, Sapporo. Our hotel is located next to Sapporo Station with Department Store and Underground Shopping Mall. After hotel check in, FREE TIME TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING ETC. 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 their gifts.
(2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member). 

SEP. 19(THU) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST Is Included This Day / LUNCH On Your Own / DINNER On The Plane)
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. We will leave Hotel by bus to Chitose Int’l Airport to catch a domestic flight to Narita or Kansai Int’l Airport and transfer to an International Flight to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 (THURSDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2013 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN NORTHLAND WITH REBUN ISLAND TOUR #14! 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 if you are extending your stay in Japan. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: AUGUST 11, 2013 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: TOKAI INTERNATIONAL 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 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!
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!

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!

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FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: JULY 25, 2013 

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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