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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. 
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S IMUA TOHOKU AUTUMN MOMIJI TOUR #17 
OCTOBER 19, 2013 (SATURDAY) - OCTOBER 31, 2013 (THURSDAY) 
{REVISED 11/16/12}


OCT. 19(SAT) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES & DRINKS.

OCT. 20 (SUN) NARITA NARITA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, proceed by bus to the hotel located close to Narita Airport. After hotel check in, it will be “FREE TIME” to meet your relatives, friends, shopping, or just rest.

OCT. 21 (MON) IWAKI SPA RESORT HAWAIIANS (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Ushiku to see the massive Ushiku Daibutsu, a 394 feet tall Buddha statue. It is three times taller than the Statue of Liberty. You can go inside the statue and go up to the observatory by elevator and view the surrounding scenery. Cosmos will also be blooming in the garden during this season (If timing is right). Enjoy "Persimmon Picking" in season. "Taste the sweet Japanese Persimmons" before going to the hotel in Iwaki. This night's accommodation is a "Hawaiian Style Spa Resort" known for its famous "Hula Girls". Their story was made into an award winning movie, "Hula Girls". It will be a good opportunity to visit the place this movie was about as well as supporting in the recovery effort, which resumed in October 2011, from the disastrous earthquake in March 2011. We will stay at the "newly opened tower with deluxe resort style rooms". Enjoy Soaking and Relaxing in the big Hot Spring Bath & Rotenburo (Open Air Bath). After dinner enjoy the seeing the "Hula Dance Show" as well as shopping, visiting the Hula Museum, etc.

OCT. 22(TUE) INAWASHIRO HOTEL LISTEL INAWASHIRO (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Iwaki La La Mew to enjoy shopping at a market carrying fresh sea foods from Onahama Port as well as dried sea food, seaweed and local souvenirs. Then to Aqua Marine Fukushima Aquarium, exhibiting an extensive collection of various fish species and aquatic animals kept under environmental conditions close to their natural habitats. Iwaki La La Mew and Aqua Marine Fukushima received extensive damage from the Tsunami and reopened in 2011. Later proceed to Lake Inawashiro, known as "Tenkyo-ko" (the Lake of the Heavenly Mirror) since it has the world's highest degree of clearness. Our hotel is located on the hill offering magnificent views of the lake. After hotel check in enjoy strolling around the hotel garden and the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Roten buro (Open Air Bath).

OCT. 23(WED) AKIU AKIU RESORT HOTEL CRESENT (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Goshiki (five-colored) pond, comprised of five marshes. Each pond having its own color of water, which mysteriously changes emerald to cobalt blue and green with contrast between Autumn leaves. Then proceed to Lake Hibara, a picturesque lake with jagged shorelines and numerous islets. Enjoy driving through the Bandai Azuma Skyline located in the northern foothills of Mt. Adatara (5,577 ft), while enjoying panoramic views and breathtaking autumn color (depending on climate of the year). Then to Akiu Onsen, "One of the Best Three Onsen Hot Springs in the Tohoku Area". Good chance to Soak and Relax in the Hot Spring Bath.

OCT. 24(THU) MORIOKA HOTEL METROPOLITAN MORIOKA
Proceed to Aoba Castle Ruin, the ruins of a typical Japanese Hill Top Castle located in Sendai built by Date Masamune, often called "Dokuganryu" or the "One-eyed Dragon". His massive statue riding a horse looks down on Sendai City. Then proceed to Genbikei Gorge, a popular sightseeing place in the Tohoku Region in autumn. Undulating rock layers, waterfalls and a river form an intricate landscape. Later proceed to Iwachu, making cast iron teapots called Nanbu Tekki with more than 100 years of experience. You can purchase them manufactured with the highest standard of casting technology. This traditional handicraft is both beautiful to look at and practical to use. Next go to our hotel located close to Morioka Station. After hotel check in enjoy Holo-Holo near the hotel.

OCT. 25(FRI) HIROSAKI BEST WESTERN HOTEL NEW CITY HIROSAKI
Proceed to Lake Towada to visit "One of Japan's Most Famous Autumn Color Spots". Lake Towada is a mysterious lake shrouded by dense woodland with beautiful colored autumn leaves scenery. Upon arrival take a lake cruising vessel to enjoy its beautiful autumn splendor. In the afternoon drive along Oirase Stream, "One of Japan's Most Famous and Popular Autumn Colors Destinations". If timing is right, we can see brilliant shades of red, yellow and orange autumn leaves with over 20 waterfalls along the stream. Then to Jogakura Bridge, which is the "Longest Arch Bridge in Japan" with a length of 1,180 feet. You can walk over the bridge if you wish to. The bridge affords a wonderful view of streams famous as scenic sites in the Towada-Hachimantai National Park. Later proceed to our hotel located close to the Supermarket and Hirosaki Station.

OCT. 26(SAT) HIROSAKI BEST WESTERN HOTEL NEW CITY HIROSAKI
Visit the Neputa Village displaying extravagant and colorful illuminated floats used for the famous "Neputa Summer Festival". Also enjoy the Tsugaru Shamisen (musical instrument in this area) Show with energetic and historical music of the Tsugaru Region. Have fun "Apple Picking" in season. Aomori is known as the "Largest Apple Producer in Japan". Taste the juicy and sweet Aomori Apples. Later visit the famous Kuroishi Kokeshi Doll Museum, displaying the finest examples of 4,000 traditional Kokeshi Dolls including the "World's Biggest Kokeshi Doll", painted by a former Prime Minister, etc.

OCT. 27(SUN) AKITA AKITA VIEW HOTEL
Visit Odaiko (Big Japanese Drum) no Yakata exhibiting "The World's Biggest Drum" and a collection of drums from all over the world totaling 147 different drums from 40 countries. Later go to the Namahage Museum. Namahage is a traditional ritual of Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture. It is to bless the New Year with a group of young men dressed in fierce looking costume to scare children shouting "Any Kids Crying Here"? See a movie and exhibitions to learn the "Folklore of the Namahage". Later proceed to our hotel in Akita City located next to Seibu Department Store and easy walking distance to Akita Station and Ito Yokado Supermarket.

OCT. 28(MON) ONIKOBE HOTEL ONIKOBE (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Neburinagashi Kan with its Display of Kanto (candle-lit) Lanterns used for the famous Kanto Festival, "One of Four Biggest Summer Festivals" in the Tohoku Region. They will show you a skillful demonstration balancing the Kanto Lantern on their body (forehead, shoulder, back, etc.). Later visit the Furusato Village that exhibits Akita's local crafts and performing arts, etc. You can purchase Akita's local specialties such as Sake, Inaniwa Udon Noodle, Pickles, etc. Then enjoy a drive along the Senshu Line while viewing the magnificent colored mountains on the way to Onikobe, a popular Highland Hot Spring Resort. Our hotel is a lovely mountain resort hotel. Good chance to Soak and Relax in the Hot Spring Bath with beautiful mountain scenery.

OCT. 29(TUE) SENDAI HOTEL METROPOLITAN SENDAI
Proceed to Naruko Gorge to see its brilliant crimson foliage of autumn scenery. This huge 328 ft. deep gorge boasts spectacular
scenery with tinted leaves which is praised as the "Best Autumn Leaves Place in the Tohoku Region". Later head to Matsushima "One of Japan's Three Most Scenic Views for Centuries". Visit "Symbols of Matsushima" Godaido Hall and Zuiganji Temple, built by Lord Date Masamune with more than 1,000 years of history and designated as National Treasures. After lunch, enjoy a Sightseeing Boat Cruise. Over 200 small islands covered by pine trees offer an endless variety of scenic delights. Thanks to its protected location, Matsushima escaped major damage by the earthquake and tsunami and cruises resumed in May 2011. Our hotel is connected to Sendai Station and its building with souvenir shops, etc. Enjoy Holo-Holo around the hotel after hotel check in.

OCT. 30(WED) TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
Walk to Sendai Station to catch the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to Oyama. Then transfer by bus to the AEON Shopping Center to enjoy Shopping and Lunch (at your own expense) before going to the hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo. 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. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Tobu Department Store and a big shopping area.

OCT. 31(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 Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, OCTOBER 31, 2013 (THURSDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S IMUA TOHOKU AUTUMN 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!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: OCTOBER 6, 2013 (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 2013: TOUR MEMBERS NOT PURCHASING THEIR AIRLINE TICKETS THROUGH TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. WILL NOT BE ASSESSED A $225.00 PER PERSON SURCHARGE. BUT YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN TRANSPORTATION TO THE HOTEL. SAME GOES FOR DEPARTURES FROM JAPAN. YOU MUST FIND YOUR OWN WAY TO THE AIRPORT. THANK YOU! TRAVEL HINTS:
TRAVEL ETIQUETTE: PLEASE NO SMOKING AND TO ROTATE SEATS ON BUSES. {BUS SEATING CHART WILL BE MADE}
FOOD REQUEST: If you cannot eat certain foods, please do not forget to turn in your request form, 1 week before departure or earlier, so we may try to comply with your request.
PASSPORT PHOTOS: Free for our TOUR MEMBERS ONLY. Taken at the Tohoku Travel Service office @1741 Nuuanu Ave. 2ndFloor Hon. Hi.
TOUR CONDITIONS REMINDER: The ground tour is based on ¥80 Yens to a U.S. DOLLAR RATE. In case of any re-valuation, the price shall be adjusted accordingly at time of payment. See Yen Chart. The airfares are present rates and should the airfares be changed, adjustments will be made accordingly. The YEN RATE OF THE DAY will be used at time of payment. THANK YOU!
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FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 
LAND TOUR CANCELLATION POLICY:
45 DAYS - 40 DAYS -$ 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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