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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 
FAX: (808) 524-1053 

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S 42nd ANNUAL HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVALS & “ICE FLOE” TOUR #2
FEBRUARY 3, 2014 (MONDAY)–FEBRUARY 14, 2014 (FRIDAY) (05/28/2013)

FEB. 3(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.

FEB. 4(TUE) NARITA/CHITOSE ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHITOSE
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, transfer to your connecting flight to Chitose Int’l Airport in Hokkaido. Upon arrival, go directly to our hotel in Chitose City located close to AEON Supermarket. {About 10 min. from the airport}.

FEB. 5(WED) SAPPORO ROYTON SAPPORO 
In the morning, go to the shoe store to buy your snowshoes before heading to Lake Shikotsu to see its popular “Hyoto Matsuri” Festival with Ice Sculptures made of water from the lake. You will be impressed by the wonderful ice statues colored “Shikotsu Blue”. Next visit the Asahi Beer Brewery (HIC!) to view the process of making beer and “Taste the Freshly Brewed Beer”! Then go to Sapporo, Hokkaido’s largest city and pass by the symbol of Sapporo, the famous “Clock Tower” on the way to the hotel. Our hotel is located close to the “Odori Park Sapporo Snow Festival Site”. It is an internationally known event with gigantic snow statues and hundreds of medium sized and small statues of snow and ice. After dinner, you can enjoy the night view of the illuminated snow structures and ice statues of the “65th Sapporo Snow Festival”. Enjoy the amazing arts made of Snow and Ice. {OPTIONAL For Those Who Wish To}. 

FEB. 6(THU) ASAHIKAWA LOISIR HOTEL ASAHIKAWA 
In the morning we will have a day view of the “Sapporo Snow Festival” to enjoy one of the most adorable and amazing events in Japan. The stunning ice sculptures and tempting snow statues will definitely leave you in awe. Then proceed to Asahikawa, the 2nd largest city in Hokkaido. Along the way, stop at Sunagawa Highway Oasis, a big shopping area where you can buy the famous “Pumpkin Seed Cookies” and other local specialties. Later visit the “Asahikawa Winter Festival Site” famous for its Gigantic “Guinness Book Class” Snow Statues, with food and drink stalls that you can taste some of the local foods, etc. (at your own expense)

FEB. 7 (FRI) MONBETSU MONBETSU PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the Otokoyama Sake Brewery (HIC!), which makes the “Best Sake in Hokkaido”, to learn its history and “Taste Fresh Sake”!
Next visit Asahikawa Winter Amusement Park to experience riding the exciting Snowmobiles, Snow Rafting, etc. (for those who wish to). Then head to Monbetsu, the town facing the Sea of Okhotsk. Enjoy a “Kani (Crab) Shabu-Shabu Dinner” and “HOT SPRING BATH” and “OPEN AIR BATH”. Also after dinner, the hotel staff will perform a “Mochi Pounding” demonstration in the hotel lobby! You can also try mochi pounding if you wish to.

FEB. 8 (SAT) LAKE SAROMA LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning visit the Giza Ice Floe Museum to watch a short film about the four seasons of the Okhotsk Area including the beautiful winter ice floe scenery on a 360º degree full screen. Also see and touch the real drift ice from the Ice Floe in a freezing room and experience a minus 4º Fahrenheit Temperature. Then proceed to Cha-Cha World Doll Museum, filled with wooden toys from forty different countries. 10,000 Wooden Toys, including puppets, mechanical toys and nutcracker dolls, are on display here. Enjoy shopping at AEON Supermarket before going to beautiful Lake Saroma. We will stay at a beautiful resort hotel with Onsen Hot Spring located beside the lake. You can see the frozen lake from your room (Depending on the temperature of the year). Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner featuring local seafood etc., and relaxing “HOT SPRING BATH” with a chance to try the “OPEN-AIR BATH (ROTEN BURO)”!Where you can experience “Yukimi buro” (view the snow while soaking in onsen hot spring)

FEB. 9 (SUN) SHIRETOKO SHIRETOKO DAIICHI HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Abashiri to catch the “Icebreaker Boat” to see the Ice Floes (Ryuhyo) up close (if the timing is right!). Abashiri faces the Sea of Okhotsk and is a prime site for observing the huge Ice Floes (Weather Permitting). After lunch, proceed to Shiretoko Peninsula, a “World Heritage Site” where the scenery turns into a winter wonderland of ice and white snow. View the nice Ice Floe scenery along the way to our hotel in Utoro Hot Spring Town. Visit the popular Oshin-Koshin Waterfall, selected as “One of the 100 Most Beautiful Waterfalls in Japan”. You can see the falls are largely separated into two. Enjoy another “Big Buffet Dinner” with Crab, Sashimi, Sushi, Steak, Hokkaido Pork, Shiretoko chicken, etc.,then go to see the “AURORA FANTASTIC LASER SHOW” at Utoro Pier by bus (FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO). Another good chance to soak and warm up your body in the “HOT SPRING BATH” and “OPEN-AIR BATH (ROTEN BURO)”.

FEB. 10 (MON) LAKE AKAN TSURUGA RESORT HANA YUKA (ONSEN) ♨
By bus to Unabetsu Ski Grounds for some winter amusements in the snow and have some fun Skiing and Sledding (Ski/Sled Rentals are OPTIONAL). Then proceed to Lake Kussharo with its Sunayu (Sand Bath), and many wild Swans which come in from Russia. Then visit mystical Lake Mashu considered by many to be Japan’s most beautiful lake because of its solemn beauty. In winter trees whitened with snow and ice line the lake shore and stand in stunning contrast to the blue surface of the lake.. Later, proceed to Lake Akan and our hotel located at lakeside. The Frozen Lake Festival will be held on the frozen lake. You will get a chance to enjoy many winter activities such as fishing on the frozen lake, ice skating and snowmobile, etc. (Optional). After a “Big Buffet Dinner”, you can enjoy the “Fireworks” from your room. This is your last chance to Relax and Soak in the “HOT SPRING BATH” on this tour. 

FEB. 11 (TUE) KUSHIRO ANA HOTEL KUSHIRO 
In the morning, visit the Ainu Village to see their Dance & Singing. Ainu are the Aborigines in Hokkaido. These dance rites have been designated as an “Important National Intangible Cultural Property”. Next proceed to the International Crane Center to see one of Japan’s national symbols, the “Tancho” (Japanese Red-headed Crane), designated officially as a “Living Japanese Monument” and its habitat is only around Kushiro. Snowy white with black tipped wings and throat and a bright red cap, it is the biggest and most magnificent bird in Japan. Later head to Hokkaido’s busiest fishing port, Kushiro, pass the famous Nusamai Bridge. Four bronze images of the maiden of the four seasons which four typical Japanese engravers manufactured are set on the railing. Our hotel is near the big shopping center MOO’s Fisherman’s Wharf. Last chance to purchase your Hokkaido Souvenirs and Pupu’s! Your last dinner in Hokkaido will be a “ Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” in the hotel. 

FEB. 12 (WED) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Proceed to Kushiro Airport to board the morning flight to Haneda Airport, Tokyo. Upon arrival, go directly to your hotel in Yokohama City, the 2nd largest city in Japan. After arrival at the hotel, FREE TIME TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING OR JUST REST. Your hotel is located close to Yokohama Station and within easy walking distance of Department Stores and the big Yodobashi Camera Electronics Store. There is also a ¥100 Yen Shop and an Underground Shopping Mall. After hotel check in we will take you to Holo-Holo around the hotel. Everyone will be given a carton box to use for packing his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member). 

FEB. 13 (THU) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Enjoy shopping at Yokohama Chuo Wholesale Market to purchase Tsukemono (Pickles), Umeboshi, etc. at a wholesale price. Then visit the Red Brick Building a popular sightseeing place in Yokohama where you can get a panoramic view overlooking the Port, Yokohama Bay Bridge, Minato Mirai Area. etc. You also get chance to see a Spy Ship of North Korea discovered south west of Kyushu in 2001. Visit the Japanese Overseas Migration Museum. This museum has a lot of displays showing pictures, documents, daily life, tools, etc. of Japanese Immigration to overseas including Hawaii. After going back to the hotel, FREE TIME to finish shopping or just rest. {LUNCH and DINNER will be At Your Own Expense}.

FEB. 14 (FRI) HONOLULU
Only breakfast included this day. At checkout time our agents will come to tape & 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, FEBRUARY 14, 2014 (FRIDAY). After clearing U.S. Custom, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 42nd ANNUAL HOKKAIDO WINTER FESTIVALS & “ICE FLOE” TOUR #2! 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. Yokohama Travel Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually from Yokohama, around $100.00 per person. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO! 

*Based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. Dollar Rate. Two persons sharing a twin-bedded room. All meals except the Last Day LUNCH/DINNER and Departure Day LUNCH (DINNER on the Plane). All tours as per itinerary and is subject to changes. 

$100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION
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TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: JANUARY 12 , 2014(SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00PM NOON. 
ATTIRE: CASUAL
PLACE: WE WILL NOTIFY YOU ABOUT THE LUNCHEON LOCATION
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED & 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

YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSTMENT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #2
BASED ON ¥100 YENS TO A U.S. DOLLAR RATE
PLUS/MINUS ON YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL AT TIME OF PAYMENT

TOUR CONDITIONS
AIR: ESTIMATED AIRFARE AND MAY BE MORE OR MAY BE LESS AT TIME OF TICKET PURCHASED.
$225.00 Cancellation Fee is usually charged by the airlines.
INCLUDES: 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: AIRFARES, 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 reversed 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!

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TOUR CONDITIONS REMINDER
The COST OF TOUR includes ground tour. 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 estimated 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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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!

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FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: DEC. 20,2013 

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.