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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC. 

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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 NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION “HATSUMODE” JAPAN TOUR #1
 (Rev: 06/04/13)
JANUARY 14, 2014 (TUE) TO JANUARY 25, 2014 (SAT) - CLARENCE SATO & TOMO

JAN. 14 (TUE) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.

JAN. 15 (WED) NARITA NARITA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government entry formalities, by bus to our hotel near the airport. After hotel check-in your tour guide will take you to the AEON Shopping Center by bus {If You Wish To}.

JAN. 16 (THU) KAMOGAWA KAMOGAWA HOTEL MIKAZUKI (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the National Museum of Japanese History, a well designed museum that traces the comprehensive history and cultural development of the Japanese people. The displays are thoroughly visual, including an impressive collection of very important national cultural assets discovered nationwide, realistic models of villages and landscapes, etc. that cover the period from Prehistoric Times to Modern Japan. We will enjoy a “New Year Happiness Lunch Dish” with a wish for “Good Health in the New Year”. It can only be served during the “New Year Season”. Then go to Naritasan Shinshoji Temple for “Hatsumode” {The First Visit to a Shrine or Temple to pray for “Good Fortune in the New Year”}. This highly popular temple annually attracts close to 3 million people for a New Year’s visit. It is the 2nd largest number of visitors of all the temples in Japan. You can pray for family and traffic safety like the Japanese visitors do. Also enjoy strolling around Omotesando, a lively street lined with numerous stores selling traditional crafts, foods and souvenirs to pilgrims for centuries. Later, head to the Boso Peninsula and our hotel in Kamogawa. Enjoy the “Onsen Hot Spring” and “Open Air Bath” (Roten Buro). This hotel has a “Big Hot Spring Bath” with a beautiful ocean view from the top floor of the hotel. You can also try the famous “Special Pure Gold Bathtub”, etc. Dinner will be a buffet featuring “Fresh Seafood, Sushi, Sashimi, Crab, Tempura, Steak, etc.”.

JAN. 17 (FRI) TOMIURA TOMIURA ROYAL HOTEL 
Proceed to the famous Kamogawa Sea World, a must see destination in the Boso Peninsula. We will see several shows of sea animals such as Dolphin, Beluga Whale, Sea lion, etc. The main attraction here is the “Killer Whale Show”! Enjoy their dynamic jump with a big splash performed by the “King of the Ocean”. Later enjoy driving along the popular Boso Flower Road, a beautiful coastline road to Tateyama Family Park. This will be the season when the Poppy Flower is blooming. It looks like a huge Yellow and Orange Carpet created by beautiful poppies. Before going to the hotel, have fun "Picking Mikan" (Tangerine), which is in season. This night’s accommodation is a popular Resort Hotel located in a cape with a Big Public Bath and Open Air Roten Buro Bath (Sorry not a Onsen Hot Spring). You can enjoy a peaceful walk around the hotel here. Dinner will be a Japanese Set Menu with an essential Japanese New Years Dish “Ozoni” (Japanese Mochi Soup). It is a Japanese Tradition in New Years.

JAN. 18(SAT) KISARAZU OKURA AKADEMIA PARK HOTEL
Visit the Okuzure Narcissus Village to see the Narcissus which should be blooming during this time of season. This town is "one of 3 major Narcissus Spots in Japan". See the beautiful contrasting view of the Japanese Narcissus, green leaves and golden fruits of the surrounding Mikan trees standing out against the winter sky. Then enjoy riding the Mt. Nokogiri Ropeway. From the summit station you can see the scenic panorama of Tokyo Bay, Yokohama, etc. If the weather is good, Mt. Fuji can be seen. Next visit a Nori Factory to enjoy shopping and "Sample Fresh Raw Nori, Miso Soup, Grilled Nori, etc." This is the season when Nori Seaweed is made. Later go to our hotel on the hill. Your room has a veranda where you can "Feel the Nature of the Boso Area". After dinner go to the Tokyo German Village to see its amazing displays of the "Winter Illumination Festival". The Illumination Festival offers a really fantastic spectacle with "2 Million Light Bulbs". This magical festival of lights and sound has been chosen as "Japan's Nightscape Heritage Site".

JAN. 19 (SUN) SUIDOBASHI, TOKYO TOKYO DOME HOTEL 
Visit the Ichihara Elephant Kingdom that houses nine elephants. It is "Japan's biggest elephant breeding location" with 400 animals of 100 different varieties such as Tiger, Hippopotamus, Lion, Penguin, Peacock etc., The elephant show is amazing with elephants skillfully playing Soccer, Basketball, etc. Next visit the Sapporo Beer Brewery (HIC!) to learn the process of making Japanese Beer and "Taste the Refreshing Freshly Brewed Beer"! Later head to our hotel located right next to the Tokyo Dome Baseball Stadium, home stadium of the Yomiuri Giants, the "Most Popular Baseball Team in Japan". After hotel check in, your guide will take you to Tokyo Dome City Shopping Mall, where a Winter Festival is held. The festival site will be “illuminated with 500,000 lights”. After dinner you will get a chance to go strolling around the festival site with beautiful illunination.

JAN 20 (MON) SUIDOBASHI, TOKYO TOKYO DOME HOTEL
Visit Koishikawa Korakuen Garden “One of Tokyo’s Oldest and Best Japanese Gardens” which was reconstructed by “Mito Mitsukuni” who is famous as the main character in the TV Drama “Mitokomon”. This garden was appointed as a “Special Place of Scenic Beauty” and “Special Historic Site”. It is full of Chinese flavor due to Mitsukuni’s influence. Then visit Ameyoko "One of Japan's Most Popular Shopping Streets" filled with many shops offering discounts on all kinds of things including seafood, sweets, T-shirts, snacks, etc. Later proceed to Meiji Jingu Shrine which holds the record for the largest number of New Years visitors (3.2 million). Let us pray for “Safety, Good Health and Good Fortune for the New Year” at the most popular “Hatsumode” place in Japan. Enjoy strolling in the spacious sacred shrine grounds offering walking paths with large Cedar trees lining it. For those who wish to, you will get a chance to visit Harajyuku, a significant fashion area for young ladies.

JAN. 21 (TUE) KINUGAWA ASAYA HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Ashikaga Flower Park where seasonal flowers bloom all year round. Camellia should be blooming around this season. We will have an “Osechi-ryori Lunch”, a set of New Year’s dishes with a “Wish for Good Luck for the Year”. Enjoy “Strawberry Picking”. Try tasting the regional specialty in season “Tochiotome Strawberry”, “You Can Eat as much as you like”! Then proceed to Nikko and visit the World Cultural Heritage Site, “Toshogu Shrine” in winter scenery. This is the “main attraction of Nikko” and praised as the “Most Photographed Place in Japan”. Yomei-mon Gate is "One of Japan’s Most Magnificent National Treasures" with countless wood carvings and large amounts of gold leaf which were used in a way not seen elsewhere in Japan. It is especially breathtaking in winter. Then proceed to Kinugawa "One of Japan’s Largest Onsen Resort Areas" located along the beautiful Kinugawa River. We will stay at a beautiful Onsen Resort Hotel with various Onsen Hot Spring Baths and Open Air Bath (Roten-Buro). Enjoy Soaking in the famous Kinugawa Hot Spring Bath while viewing the natural beauty of its surroundings.

JAN. 22(WED) KINUGAWA ASAYA HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit theTrick Art Pia Museum, an interactive museum of trick art that beckons you into a world of optical illusions with a variety of exhibits of “Trick Arts”. See a waterless aquarium, a cage-less zoo, etc. You can not only look at, but also touch and take pictures as if you are a part of the art works. Next visit the Nikko Begonia Park to enjoy walking around green houses filled with colorful Begonias. Enjoy a short “Sweets Buffet” break to taste Japanese Sweets, Manju, Cake, Ice-cream, etc. {As Much As You Can Eat}! Later go back to the hotel and enjoy Soaking and Relaxing in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath (Roten-Buro). In the evening, we will eat “Oshiruko” (a Traditional Japanese Dessert consisting of Azuki Beans and Mochi). It is also “A Special Soup for New Year Celebration”.

JAN. 23(THU) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Head to Yokohama and stop along the way at the AEON Shopping Center for Shopping. Then upon arrival in Yokohama go to the Minato Mirai Area Yokohama's 'Most Popular District" called a town of the future full of modern high-rise buildings. Visit popular Yokohama Landmark Tower. Enjoy a panoramic 360º degree view overlooking Yokohama Port, Yokohama Bay Bridge, etc. from the observatory on the 69th floor (892ft high). On a clear day you can see Mt. Fuji from here. Later go to our hotel located within easy walking distance to Department Stores, Big Electronics Store, ¥100 Yen Shop and Underground Shopping Mall. After hotel check in your guide will take you to Holo-Holo around the hotel.

JAN. 24(FRI) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS 
Enjoy shopping at Yokohama Central Wholesale Market to buy Tsukemono, Umeboshi, (at a whole sale price) etc. Then go to visit Kawasaki Daishi Temple with its Nakamise Shopping Alley. This temple was established 880 years ago and has been famed for “Preventing Misfortunes”. It is known as the “Third Most Popular Temple in Japan” for Traditional New Year’s visits. This completes our journey to the "Best Three Temples for New Year Visiting"! Proceed back to the hotel and after arrival “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 foods before returning home. We will give everyone a carton box for packing their gifts. {2-Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member}.

JAN. 25 (SAT) 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, JANUARY 25, 2014 (SATURDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2014 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW YEAR’S CELEBRATION “HATSUMODE” JAPAN TOUR #1! 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. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!                                                                                                                                                  

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE INC. (536-8618 or 538-7854)

JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED AND GUIDED BY: YOKOHAMA TRAVEL INC. ITO BLDG. #502, 2-22-3 TSURUYA-CHO KANAGAWA-KU, YOKOHAMA, 221-0835 JAPAN / PH: (045) 311-1011 FAX: (045) 311-1013
¥100 - BASED ON ¥100 YENS TO A U.S. DOLLAR RATE 

PLUS / MINUS ON YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL AT TIME OF PAYMENT (PLEASE CALL BEFORE PAYMENT)

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: JANUARY 5, 2014 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00 PM (NOON)
PLACE: {NEW LUNCHEON LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED AT A LATER DATE} 
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. 
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: AIR & 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 2014: 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 ¥100 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 PAYMENT45 days before departure:
Date: DECEMBER 1, 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.