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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

#2A

1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854 TA #486

FAX: (808) 524-1053 
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2014 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S HOKKAIDO & TOHOKU WINTER WONDERLAND TOUR #2A

FEBRUARY 7, 2014 (FRIDAY) –FEBRUARY 18, 2014 (TUESDAY) - GARY TSUMOTO & MATT (05/24/13)

FEB. 7 (FRI) 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. 8 (SAT) 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.

FEB. 9 (SUN) OTARU GRAND PARK OTARU 
In the morning, go to the shoe store to buy your snow shoes 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 ice statues creating a fantastic winter world. Later proceed to Otaru which was an economic entrance from overseas in the late 19th century. The city still creates an atmosphere of olden days with some Western style buildings that make it one of the most picturesque cities in Japan. Our hotel is connected to a big shopping mall with AEON Supermarket. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in. After dinner, if you wish, go to Otaru Canal to see its Otaru Snow Light Path Festival with beautiful night illumination of snow and candles.

FEB. 10 (MON) SAPPORO ROYTON SAPPORO
In the morning visit Otaru Glassware Store, the "Trademark of Otaru" with the cool and delicate glasses creating refreshing atmosphere.
Also visit Music Box Museum carrying a large collection of music boxes that can be purchased. Then proceed to Sapporo, the biggest city in Hokkaido. Stop at AEON Shopping Center to enjoy lunch and shopping. Later visit Chitosetsuru Sake Museum to see the process of brewing local Sake in Sapporo. Also taste many types of Sake. Our hotel is located close to Odori Park where the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival is going on. 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 night view of amazing arts made of snow and ice with beautiful illumination. Visit the ChitoseTsuru Sake Museum TO SEE THE PROCESS OF BREWING LOCAL

FEB. 11 (TUE) LAKE TOYA LAKE TOYA MANSEI KAKU HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Enjoy shopping at Sapporo Wholesale Market with its lively atmosphere. Visit Hokkaido’s largest Ainu Village at Shiraoi Town. Ainu culture and lifestyle is shown in an outdoor reproduction of a small Ainu Village. Also we enjoy seeing Ainu ritual and dance which is designated as an "Important National Intangible Cultural Property". Then proceed to Lake Toya, known for its beauty of nature and good hot springs. Our hotel is facing the Lake where Winter Festival takes place. After dinner which includes crab, enjoy "Lakeside Fireworks Show" from your room. Soak in soothing HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH (Roten buro) with a nice view of the lake.

FEB. 12 (WED) YUNOKAWA ONSEN YUMOTO TAKUBOKUTEI (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Onuma, known for its picturesque scenery with majestic Mt. Komagatake. You will have chance to experience exciting Snowmobile Riding or Sledding on the frozen lake. Then head to Goryokaku Park. Japan’s "first western-style fort" and now functioning as a park with its 5 pointed star-shape. We will visit the Observatory Tower (351 ft height). You can enjoy a marvelous view of a huge star rimmed park and Hakodate City with snow covering on it. Proceed to southern tip of Hokkaido, Hakodate, one of Hokkaido’s most popular tourist spots. Out hotel is in Yunokawa Hot Spring. This hotel has an Observatory HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR BATH on the top floor with a view overlooking Hakodate City and Tsugaru Strait. After dinner, for those who wish to, we will take you to the top of Mt. Hakodate by cable car to see night view of Hakodate. Hakodate’s night view is considered to be "one of 3 best night views in the World" along with one in Naples and one in Hong Kong. (Weather permitting)

FEB. 13 (THU) HAKKODA HAKKODA HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden to see Monkeys soaking in the Onsen. A hundred monkeys fend off the cold winter by soaking in the Hot Spring Bath. Later browse around the Hakodate Morning Market. You can enjoy shopping for dried seafood etc., with vibrant and active atmosphere. Then to Hakodate Station to catch express train to cross to Honshu (main island of Japan) via the Seikan Undersea Tunnel (33.5 miles long in length). It is the "World’s Longest Undersea Tunnel". Upon arrival at Aomori, visit Warasse Nebuta Festival Museum, dedicated to all aspects of the "most energetic event in Aomori, “Nebuta Festival”. You will see Huge and Colorful floats actually used for festival. Feel the lively and exciting atmosphere of "one of Japan’s best known Summer Events" that attracts 3,000,000 visitors annually. This night’s accommodation is a traditional mountain resort hotel surrounded by virgin forest in Mt. Hakkoda. Enjoy a wonderful resort experience with natural surroundings in snow. Dinner will be delicious Japanese Kaiseki Dinner in the hotel. And enjoy soaking and relaxing in the HOT SPRING BATH! If you wish to, you will get chance to visit famous Sennin Buro (1,000 people bath) a large mixed gender public bath. (2 minutes by shuttle bus)

FEB. 14 FRI) AOMORI HOTEL JAL CITY AOMORI
In the morning, ride on Ropeway (10 minutes, 8,000 ft long) to summit station (4,344 ft height). From the ropeway you will look down beautiful fantasy world of “Juhyo “(Snow Monster) which is numerous of tress covered by snow and ice resembles a Monster (Weather Permitting). These otherworldly shapes looming on the vast landscape are amazing! Enjoy driving along the Oirase Stream, a picturesque mountain stream. You will be overwhelmed by the numerous snow-covered trees and frozen waterfalls. Then go back to Aomori. Our hotel is located in walking distance to Department Store. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

FEB. 15 (SAT) AOMORI HOTEL JAL CITY AOMORI
Head to Kanagi Town to enjoy some Japanese Winter Experiences. First put on Traditional Japanese Style Snow Shoes “Kanjiki” and try walking on the snow (those who wish to). Then go to Tsugaru Shamisen Theater to enjoy Shamisen Performance. Tsugaru Shamisen is distinguished for its strong and sharp sound that represents bitterly cold winter in this area. It is characterized by players who can directly express their emotions by striking the strings with a plectrum heavily. Then ride on Stove Train operated only during winter season. This nostalgic train remains the style of olden days with coal fueled Daruma Stoves. In the train you can try grilling Cuttlefish with Sake. (Own expense) while viewing Tsugaru Plains in snow.

FEB. 16 (SUN) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Proceed to Aomori Airport to catch a Domestic Flight to Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Upon arrival, go directly to your hotel in Yokohama City, the 2nd largest city in Japan. Your hotel is located close to Yokohama Station and within easy walking distance to the Underground Shopping Area, Takashimaya Department Store, ¥100 Yen Store and the restaurant section. After hotel check in, we will take you around the hotel area for Holo Holo and shopping.

FEB. 17 (MON) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Enjoy shopping at Yokohama Chuo Wholesale Market to buy Tsukemono (Pickles), Umeboshi, etc. Later proceed to Tokyo to visit the former Iwasaki House & Garden, which features elaborate and elegant old wooden buildings that were the palatial home of the Iwasaki Family (founding family of Mitsubishi) The subtle combination of Western and Japanese Styles in the building and the intriguing history behind the adoption of western manners and lifestyle by Japan’s elite during the Meiji Era (1868-1912) makes it worth to visit. Then visit Ameyoko, a busy market street lined with discount stores that carries various products such as dried food, candies, clothes etc. After going back to the hotel, FREE TIME TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING OR JUST REST. We will give everyone 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). {LUNCH and DINNER will be At Your Own Expense this day}.

FEB. 18 (TUE) 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 18(TUESDAY)). After clearing U.S. Custom, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR HOKKAIKO & TOHOKU WINTER WONDERLAND TOUR #2A! 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. 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!

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: JANUARY 12, 2014 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00PM NOON. ATTIRE: CASUAL
PLACE: WE WILL NOTIFY ABOUT 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

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!

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!

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 PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: DEC. 23, 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.