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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 
TOLL FREE PH: 1-888-966-3666

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN IZU & SHINSHU TOUR #19A 
NOVEMBER 11, 2013 (MONDAY) – NOVEMBER 23, 2013 (SATURDAY) – ROSS 
#19A {REVISED MARCH 25, 2013} 

NOV. 11 (MON) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.

NOV. 12 (TUE) ODAIBA HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to the hotel located in Odaiba, Tokyo. Our hotel is within easy walking distance to the Aqua City Shopping Mall with ¥100 Yen Shop, Restaurant Section, Ramen Alley, etc. After hotel check in your guide will take you to the shopping area. In the evening you will be able to get a illuminated view of "Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower, etc." from the front of our hotel.

NOV. 13 (WED) ODAIBA HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA
Enjoy a Odaiba City Tour. First go to the Trick Art Museum where you can "use the trick arts to take a picture of yourself as though you are a part of the art piece". Also go to the Headquarters of the Fuji TV Station and go up to its Sphere Shaped Observation Deck where you can get a 270 panoramic view including Rainbow Bridge. Then take a 20 minutes "Odaiba Day Cruise" which passes by the "Cannon Base" constructed in the Edo Period, Rainbow Bridge, etc. Later go to the La La Port Shopping Center to enjoy shopping. Those who wish to can try riding the train "Yurikamome" that passes over Rainbow Bridge.

NOV. 14(THU) HAKONE HOTEL DAIHAKONE (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Yokohama and stop at the Yokohama Wholesale Market. The main feature here is its selection of many different kinds of Tsukemono. Then go to Enoshima, a small island sticking out to Sagami Bay. Once you have crossed the bridge you will see marine product shops and souvenir shops lining the area. Catch an escalator to the very top of Enoshima Island where the Samuel Cocking Garden is located along with Enoshima Shrine and the Observatory where Mt. Fuji can be observed on a clear day. In the afternoon, enjoy "Persimmon Picking" and "Taste the Fresh Persimmon in season". Later proceed to Hakone, a part of Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park. Soak and Relax in the 1st Onsen of this tour.

NOV. 15(FRI) ITO HOTEL HARVEST ITO (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Owakudani Valley the area around a crater created by an eruption 3,000 years ago. A short walking trail leads into the volcanic zone with a number of steam vents and bubbling pools. Go to the Hakone Open Air Museum where over 100 pieces of masterwork by well-known modern & contemporary sculptors are displayed on a 70,000 square meter exhibition grounds. This museum is also famous for its collection of over 300 works by Picasso. The Hakone Sekisho a Check Point in the Edo Period is designated as a "National Historic Property". You can sense a feeling of the olden days while walking through the restored buildings. Those who wish to can try the 40 minutes long Lake Ashi Boat Cruise. If the weather is good, you can enjoy the breathtaking scenery with a combination of mountain, lake and Mt. Fuji. Hakone will be at the right time of season for "Autumn Color". Then go to Izu Peninsula. Enjoy the Onsen while observing the Amagi Mountain Range and Sagami Bay.

NOV. 16 (SAT) SHIMODA SHIMODA TOKYU HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the Jogasaki Coast magnificent rias coast formed from the lava of the Amagi Volcano (transfer to taxi). The suspension bridge across the sea is with a length 157ft and height of 75ft is truly a thrilling sight to see. Go to Mt. Omuro, a dormant volcano, and ride a chair lift a short four minutes to the top. A lovely path can be walked around the 980ft in diameter crater. {The chair lift can get cancelled due to weather conditions and if so we will do something else}. Enjoy "Tangerine Picking" and try "Tasting the Fresh Tangerine in Season". Then proceed to historic Shimoda Town where Matthew Perry of the U.S. Navy arrived in 1852. After hotel check in go to Toji Beach to see a mysterious rock formation "Ryugukutsu" created by erosion. We will also visit the "Sand Ski Grounds" where you can enjoy sledding on the sand if you wish to. Enjoy the Onsen and Rotenburo (Open Air Bath).

NOV. 17(SUN) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Ryosenji Temple a Buddhist Temple which was the location for the signing ceremony of the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between the Tokugawa Shogunate and the United States of America in 1858. Get a chance to walk around Perry Road where Matthew Perry marched when he approached the temple. This tiny street is divided by a river with overhanging Willows and traditional buildings lining it. Pass through Amagi Pass while driving over a Loop Bridge with a height of 147ft. Visit the Izu Orchid Park to see the Orchids, Tropical Flowers, Plants and Animals such as Common Squirrel Monkeys, Capybara, Meerkat, etc. Later proceed to our hotel facing Mt. Fuji. Soak and Relax in the Onsen and enjoy a Sukiyaki Dinner.

NOV. 18(MON) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Oshino Hakkai, made of eight spring water ponds which are spring-fed by water running down from the sacred Mt. Fuji. The ponds are quite deep and have interesting freshwater plant life and large fish that makes a visit to the ponds almost like visiting an aquarium. Then go to Lake Kawaguchi Music Forest a small theme park and museum devoted to automatic musical instruments. Its main hall displays antique music boxes, mechanical organs and other automatic musical instruments mostly from European countries. We will enjoy a dynamic music show performed by antique music boxes and a organ automatically playing music. The park outside encloses European Style Gardens with views of Mt. Fuji. Later go to Lake Sai one of the Fuji Five Lakes. Visit Saiko Iyashi no Sato located by Lake Sai with stunning views of Mt. Fuji as a backdrop with Autumn color. This is an area once lined with thatched roof houses. Enjoy walking around the "Revived Traditional Japanese Scene of a Thatched Roof Village". Those who wish to can go inside Narusawa Ice Cave {Cave is quite steep and dark} formed by Lava from Mt. Fuji. The average temperature is 37F and covered with ice all year. Then go back to the hotel.

NOV. 19(TUE) TATESHINA RESORT HOTEL TATESHINA (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Otsuki City to visit Saru Hashi "One of 3 Oddly Shaped Bridges in Japan". The bridge is formed by layering bridge girders without using any pier. Then go to Shosenkyo Gorge, considered to be "the Most Beautiful Gorge In Japan". Enjoy a pleasant walk along the stream which leads to a beautiful waterfall, lofty cliffs and lots of interestingly shaped rocks, which is a standout feature of Shosenkyo Gorge. If timing is right the gorge will be filled by beautiful Autumn Color. Later go to the Tateshina Highlands in Nagano. After arrival you can browse around the sculpture park next to the hotel. Soak and Relax in the Onsen with Rotenburo.

NOV. 20(WED) KOMAGANE KOMAGANE KOGEN RESORT LINX (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Suwa City and visit the Suwa Grand Shrine (Kamisha Honmiya). "One of the Oldest Shrines in Japan" and represents more than 10, 000 Suwa Shrines nationwide.. In the shrine grounds there is a huge log called "Onbashira" (3ft in diameter & 55ft high) which is cut out from the mountain and dedicated to the shrine for the Onbashira Festival with 1,200 year history and held every 7 years. Later go to Narai Juku Old Town registered as "One of Japan's Most Important Traditional Japanese Buildings Conservation Areas". Stroll through the delightful main street containing a variety of wooden plastered and Old Edo Style Buildings surrounded by forested mountains as a spectacular backdrop. Then go to our hotel in Komagane. Soak and Relax in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath.

NOV. 21(THU) TOYOHASHI LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI
In the morning ride the Komagane Ropeway carrying you 8,569ft high into the sky. You can enjoy a superb panoramic view of the Southern and Northern Alps and Mt. Fuji (Weather Permitting). The top station Senjojiki is the highest station of any kind in all of Japan and will be covered by snow at this time of season. Then head to Toyohashi City in Aichi Prefecture. Our hotel is located next to Itoyokado Supermarket where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

NOV. 22 (FRI) TOYOHASHI LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI
Go to the birthplace of Tokugawa Ieyasu, Okazaki City. Visit Ieyasu & Mikawa Samurai Museum with its exhibits related to Ieyasu who is regarded as one of the most powerful Samurai in Japanese History. Also visit Okazaki Castle right next. This is the castle where Tokugawa Ieyasu was born. Later enjoy Shopping and Lunch "On Your Own" at the AEON Shopping Center. Later go back to our hotel. Upon arrival, “FREE TIME” to continue shopping, packing etc. (LUNCH and DINNER will be At Your Own Expense This Day). We will give everyone a carton box for packing his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

NOV. 23 (SAT) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check-out time we 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 Chubu Centrair Int'l Airport in Nagoya to catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning NOVEMBER 23, 2013(SATURDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN IZU & SHINSHU TOUR #19A! Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train 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. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: OCTOBER 27, 2013 (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 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!
FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: SEPTEMBER 28, 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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