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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. 
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#14A

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S HISTORICAL JAPAN! HOKKAIDO & JAPAN SEA WITH AMAZING RICE PADDY ART TOUR #14A
SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 (SUNDAY)-SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 (THURSDAY) 
(Revised 11/16/2012)


SEP. 1(SUN) 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. 2(MON) CHITOSE ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHITOSE
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, transfer to a connecting domestic flight to Chitose Int'l Airport in Hokkaido. Upon arrival, go directly to our hotel by bus. {10 minutes from airport}.

SEP. 3(TUE) NOBORIBETSU NOBORIBETSU GRAND HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Noboribetsu to visit its main attraction, "Date Jidaimura" a historical theme park highlighting the Edo Period 400 years ago. You will step back in time to "one of the most attractive eras in Japanese History". Stroll around the spacious grounds recreating the sights of the glorious days of ancient Japan and enjoy street performances, a Ninja Show, Oiran Courtesans Show, etc. Later visit Jigokudani (Hell Valley), a spectacular sight where hot water, vapor and volcanic gas erupts from many vents. It is a main source of Noboribetsu's Hot Spring Waters and designated as a "Hokkaido Treasure". Our hotel has a huge Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air Rock Bath. Enjoy soaking in the famous Noboribetsu Onsen Hot Spring and enjoy a "Buffet Dinner with Local Hokkaido Dishes including Crab" in the evening.

SEP. 4(WED) YUNOKAWA YUMOTO TAKUBOKUTEI HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, enjoy "Grape Picking". Try tasting "Fresh Japanese Grapes" in season. {If we cannot do "Grape Picking" due to seasonal conditions, we will enjoy picking another kind of fruit}. Then go to the Hokkaido Konbu (Seaweed) Museum where you can learn how Konbu is grown and processed in Hokkaido. Hokkaido produces 95% of the total amount of Konbu in Japan. This is a good place to buy Hokkaido Konbu. Its shop carries a full assortment of seaweed and seaweed products including some original and unique products made from Konbu such as Konbu Ice-cream, Konbu Candy, etc. Later go to Hakodate and visit the Trappistine Convent founded by eight nuns from France in 1898. The convent’s beautiful brick building with a green roof contrasts with the religious institution, Statues of Virgin Mary and Joan of Arc in its front courtyard are impressive indeed. Then proceed to Yunokawa, the "Oldest Onsen Hot Spring Town in Hokkaido". Our hotel has an "Observatory Hot Spring Bath and Open-Air bath on the top floor where you can view Hakodate City and the Tsugaru Straits. There is also a huge Japanese Garden where you can enjoy strolling. In the evening, "Enjoy a Buffet Dinner with Fresh Local Foods such as Sushi, Tempura, Steak, etc".

SEP. 5(THU) AOMORI AOMORI ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, visit the famous Hakodate Morning Market to buy dried seafood etc. Later proceed to Hakodate Station to catch the Express Train to cross to Aomori via the Seikan Undersea Tunnel. This 33.5 miles long tunnel is the “Second Longest Undersea Tunnel in the World”. Upon arrival at Aomori Station, go by bus to Inakadate to see the “Rice Paddy Art”. The huge pictures appearing in the rice paddies are created by carefully planting different varieties of rice. The designs are not visible from ground level and viewers have to go atop the building to get a glimpse of the artwork. Let's have a look at this "Amazing Rice Paddy Crops Art". Then proceed to Owani Hot Spring with over 800 years history. We will stay at an Onsen Resort Hotel located on top of the mountain where you can view the Tsugaru Plain. Enjoy the Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath to soak away your weariness.

SEP. 6(FRI) OUSYUKU HOTEL MORINOKAZE OUSYUKU (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the Korakukan Old Theater, the “Oldest Extant Wooden Theater in Japan”. Built for the entertainment of mine employees in 1910, it is a small theater in which Meiji Era Traditions are preserved and it has become a “Symbol of Culture and the Arts”. Later we will head to the Hachimantai High Land. Enjoy driving the Hachimantai Aspite Line which runs through the Towada Hachimantai National Park while viewing the beautiful scenery. It is said to be “One of the Best Roads in Japan for a Scenic Drive Along the Road”. You will see Mt. Iwate (6,686 ft), a symbolic mountain, on the way. We will stay at a popular Onsen Resort Hotel, surrounded by a forest. After dinner, you can enjoy a “Japanese Drum & Dance Show” in the hotel lobby. Soak and Relax in the Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath where you can see Mt. Iwate on a clear day.

SEP. 7(SAT) AKITA HOTEL METROPOLITAN AKITA
Head to Kakunodate Old Samurai Town. The town’s appearance is similar to that of Kyoto and is called “Little Kyoto”. Enjoy browsing around the “Old Samurai Town” that remains remarkably unchanged since its founding in 1620. We will visit the Samurai House which is a great example showing the “Bukeyashiki Style” Dwelling in which the higher ranked samurai lived. Then proceed to the AEON Shopping Mall to enjoy shopping and lunch before going to visit the Akita Kanto Festival Museum. The Kanto Festival is "One of the Three Greatest Festivals in the Tohoku Region". You can see an impressive display of skill in which performers balance Kanto (long bamboo poles) with arrays of paper lanterns. If you wish to, you can try balancing a "Kanto Pole" yourself. Our hotel is connected to Akita Station and its Shopping Area. After hotel check-in, good chance to enjoy shopping at the ¥100 Yen Shop etc.

SEP. 8(SUN) TSURUOKA TOKYO DAI-ICHI HOTEL TSURUOKA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, enjoy shopping at the Marugoto Market carrying local specialties of Akita such as Udon Noodle, Rice Cracker, Sake, etc. Next proceed to Herb World, where seasonal flowers are blooming all year round and enjoy strolling around its garden with colorful flowers. Then enjoy driving on the Obako Okesa Scenic Road while viewing the Japan Sea and rugged shore line to the Sankyo Warehouse, built in 1893 and served as a backdrop for the famous TV Drama, “Oshin”. Enjoy walking around the old warehouse with old Zelkova trees and shopping at the Souvenir Shops. Later proceed to an old castle town Tsuruoka. We will stay at a city hotel with Onsen Hot Spring connected to a Shopping Mall with a ¥100 Yen Shop, etc. After enjoying shopping, Soak and Relax in the Open Air Hot Spring Bath and Jacuzzi.

SEP. 9(MON) TAINAI ROYAL TAINAI PARK HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the Shonai Movie Village which has a large open air set of the Edo Period (1603-1867) and is the shooting location for a number of recent samurai movies and television dramas. Once you go into the village you will be at the center a scene from a Samurai movie. Recently it also attracts people who are interested in the location of the 2009 Oscar Winning Movie “Departures”. You will see the real open air set of “Tsuru no Yu”. You might remember scenes of a public bath in the movie that was shot here.. Next proceed to Sasagawa Nagare Scenic Coast, “One of the Most Beautiful Scenic Spots in Niigata Prefecture”. The coast along the Japan Sea has many scenic points with very clear sea water. View a wide array of sights including cliffs, caves, outcroppings and unusual rock formations created by erosion from the Japan Sea. Then go to our hotel in Tainai Spa. We will stay at the best Western Style Hotel in the area with an Onsen Hot Spring. Soak and Relax in the Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Hot Spring known as “Bijin no Yu (Hot Spring for Beautiful Woman)”.

SEP. 10(TUE) ECHIGO YUZAWA NASPA NEW OTANI HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, visit Shimizuen Garden, built during the Edo Era in 1665. This Kaiyushiki Style Strolling Japanese Garden is a showcase of seasonal shrubs and flowers and has several tea pavilions surrounding a large pond. Feel the balance and harmony providing a sense of serenity as you walk through. Then proceed to Niigata City to visit Niigata Furusato Mura which carries souvenirs from all over Niigata Prefecture. Enjoy shopping for famous local specialties such as “Sake, Rice Crackers, Seafood, etc.” Later go to Nagaoka to visit a Sake Brewery. Niigata produces the "Best Rice in Japan" and is also known for Sake made of good rice and fresh water. “Try tasting the Local Sake of Niigata” and also purchase some. Our hotel is an Onsen Hot Spring Resort Hotel in the spectacular surrounding of Yuzawa Town. Enjoy Your Last Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath on this tour.

SEP. 11(WED) IKEBUKURO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
On the way to Tokyo we will stop at the AEON Shopping Center for shopping and lunch. Then head to Ikebukuro, Tokyo. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to the Ikebukuro Shopping District. After hotel check in, “FREE TIME” TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING, ETC. Your rooms are paid for, but meals (LUNCH/DINNER) will be “At Your Own Expense” to let you eat your favorite dishes 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. 12(THU) 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 Narita Int’l Airport to catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 (THURSDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2013 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S HISTORICAL JAPAN! HOKKAIDO & JAPAN SEA WITH AMAZING RICE PADDY ART TOUR #14A! 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.

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: AUGUST 11, 2013 (SUNDAY) ** 
TIME: 12:00PM (N00N)
PLACE: HAWAII TOKAI INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE CAFETERIA 
ADDRESS: 2241 KAPIOLANI BLVD. HONOLULU, HI.
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS 
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!
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: JULY 19, 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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