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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 SPRING SAKURA JAPAN TOUR # 5A (05/29/13)
MARCH 28, 2014 (FRIDAY) - APRIL 09, 2014 (WEDNESDAY) - CLARENCE SATO 
MARCH 28(FRI) HONOLULU
Leave from Honolulu Int’l Airport via JAPAN AIRLINES flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

MARCH 29(SAT ) ODAIBA HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA
Arrive at Narita Int'l Airport and after entry formalities, proceed to the hotel in Odaiba a New Major Shopping District of Tokyo. Our hotel is within easy walking distance to the Aqua City Shopping Center with its ¥100 Yen Shop, Restaurant Section, Ramen Alley etc. After hotel check in your guide will take you to the shopping area. Also in the evening, the "Illumination of Rainbow Bridge and Tokyo Tower etc." can be seen from right in front of our hotel.

MARCH 30(SUN) ODAIBA HOTEL GRAND PACIFIC LE DAIBA
All Day, Tokyo City Tour! Visit the Outer Garden of the Imperial Palace to see Niju Bashi Bridge, the Main Bridge of the Imperial Palace. Then proceed to Asakusa, “One of the Most Popular Tourist Spots in Tokyo”. Visit Senso-ji Temple, Kaminari Gate and the Asakusa Nakamise Shopping Street with a lively atmosphere and lined with many shops where you can shop while strolling in downtown Tokyo. After lunch take a Boat Cruise on the Sumida River. We can see “Tokyo Sky Tree” a brand new landmark of Tokyo, which opened in May 2012 boasting a height of 2,080ft. and is "The World’s Tallest Tower”. If timing is right, we will see Cherry Blossoms along the river side.

MARCH 31(MON) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Lake Kawaguchi, a very popular area where we can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji a “Symbol of Japan”. We will drive up the Fuji Subaru Line to the 5th Station (7,562ft.) of Mt. Fuji (weather permitting) which overlooks the Japan Alps, Fuji 5 Lakes, etc. Then head to our hotel located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, with the picture window of all the rooms facing it. Soak and Relax in the Hot Spring Bath and enjoy a delicious “Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” in the evening.

APRIL 1(TUE) LAKE HAMANA HOTEL TOKYU HARVEST CLUB HAMANAKO 
In the morning have fun “Strawberry-Picking”! “Try the “Fresh and Sweet Japanese Strawberry in season”! Then go to Kakegawa Kacho-en a theme park with fabulous flowers and lovely birds etc. Enjoy strolling through several greenhouses filled with magnificent flowers, plants and birds. You can also enjoy a fun time “feeding the birds” in the cage. Later, proceed to Lake Hamana. This night's accommodation is a nice resort hotel located beside the lake where you can enjoy walking around the hotel after check-in and in the morning. Soak and Relax in the “Big Public Bath” and “Open Air Jacuzzi Bath” {Sorry, it is Not an Onsen (Hot Spring) Bath}.

APRIL 2(WED) NAGOYA ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
Visit the Haccho Miso Factory to see the process of making miso. Haccho Miso is featured in many of the miso based dishes of the Nagoya Area and has recently become popular worldwide. You can enjoy shopping for miso related products at the factory store. Later go to the Toyota Automobile Factory to see the process of assembling Toyota Cars and visit its Museum. Then go to Nagoya, the 4th Biggest City in Japan. Our hotel is located near the Train Station and its Shopping Area where you can enjoy shopping before and after dinner.

APRIL 3(THU) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
Visit the “Symbol of Nagoya”, Nagoya Castle. The interior of the castle is a modern museum displaying the castle’s history. Samurai armor, helmets, swords, etc. “If the timing is right” we will see Cherry Blossoms around the castle grounds. Later proceed to Nabana-no-sato Flower Park, a huge flower garden with a variety of flowers. We will see Tulip, Cherry Blossom, Peach Flower, etc. blooming (depending on timing). Next go to Kyoto which used to be the Capital City of Japan for over a millennium, and carries a reputation as “Japan’s Most Beautiful City”. Visit the Higashi Honganji Temple with its “Main Hall that is Kyoto’s Largest Wooden Structure”. Our hotel is located right in front of Kyoto Station with its Underground Shopping Mall. We will take you to “Holo-Holo” around the hotel after check-in. Enjoy shopping for Kyoto's Souvenirs.

APRIL 4(FRI) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
All Day, Kyoto City Tour! In the morning visit the colorful Heian Shrine with its beautiful Japanese Garden. Enjoy walking around the stroll-style landscape gardens designated as a "National Scenic Spot". Then visit “One of the Symbols of Kyoto, Kinkakuji Temple, known as the “Golden Pavilion” and is situated picturesquely in its garden. Next have an "Obanzai Lunch" of "Healthy Kyoto Cuisine" and later enjoy shopping at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, carrying Kyoto’s beautiful and skillfully handcrafted items and specialty goods. Finally go to enjoy seeing the beautiful “Miyako Odori Dance Show” (Cherry Blossom Dances), held in the Ancient Entertainment District of Gion. This show exhibits the “Fine Traditional Song and Dance Skills of Maiko (Trainee Geisha) and Geiko (Geisha)”. Enjoy the beauty of spectacular dances and singing with vibrantly colored Kimono costumes with “Japan’s Most Highly Trained Performers” before going back to the hotel.

APRIL 5(SAT) TOKUSHIMA HOTEL CLEMENT TOKUSHIMA
Head to Shikoku Island via the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge the “Longest Suspension Bridge in the World (6,532ft) and drive on Awaji Island in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea. The ocean current here is so complicated that the tide creates a whirl current “Uzushio”. Enjoy watching a Joruri Puppet Show with accompany of Shamisen (Traditional Japanese String Instrument). It is a "Traditional Japanese Art" dating back about 300 years. Upon arrival in Tokushima see the “Awa Odori Show” (Local Traditional Dance Known Nationwide) at its private theater. Enjoy the lithe, elegant and brave performance by the local dancers. Our hotel is located close to Tokushima Station and Sogo Department Store. After check-in, enjoy shopping, meeting relatives, or just rest.

APRIL 6(SUN) OKAYAMA HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
In the morning visit Ritsurin Garden which is considered the "most beautiful historical garden in Shikoku Island". The garden is “Skillfully laid-out to harmonize with 330 Cherry Blossom Trees and the Magnificent 1,400 Pine Trees which have been expertly landscaped for centuries to twist into fantastic shapes". If timing is right Cherry Blossoms are blooming in the garden. Each step you take “Reveals a New View of the Different Tasteful Aspect of the Exquisitely Arranged Garden”. Later cross the “Great Seto Bridge” a “Series of Suspension Bridges” spanning between Honshu and Shikoku Island. Visit “One of the Three Best Landscape Gardens in Japan, Korakuen Park. It is “Representative of a Daimyo Garden of the Edo Period (1600-1868). Once you enter the garden you will feel as if you have been transported to another time and place. Our hotel is located next to Okayama Station and Underground Shopping Mall. Enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.

APRIL 7(MON) HIROSHIMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA
Ride the Shinkansen {Bullet Train (Max. 167M.P.H.)} from Okayama Station to Hiroshima Station. Upon arrival proceed by bus to visit “Beautiful and Sacred Miyajima Island” and the “Colorful Itsukushima Shrine”, a “World Heritage Site”. It is “One of Japan’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions” and “One of Japan’s Scenic-Trio”. This famous "floating Shrine" is a complex of brightly colored pavilions built by Taira no Kiyomori. Later proceed to the Peace Park. See the Atomic Bomb Dome (Ruins of the Industry Promotion Hall) and visit the Peace Memorial Museum. It is the “Most Important Museum in Hiroshima, and “Relates the Details and History of the First Atomic Bomb Dropped on a City”. Our hotel is located in the center of down town Hiroshima and next to Sogo Department Store. After check in enjoy shopping, meeting your relatives or just rest.

APRIL 8(TUE) KOKURA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA
In the morning proceed to Iwakuni to see its famous the Kintai Bridge (Brocaded Bridge), a wooden arched bridge called “One of the Three Most Beautiful and Oddly Shaped Bridges in Japan”. 3,000 Cherry Blossoms are in bloom around the river banks if timing is right. Stop at AEON Shopping Center to enjoy shopping and lunch. Then proceed to Kyushu Island via the Kanmon Straits, known as the scene of an ancient battle that lead to the “Falling of the Heike Clan” in 1185 and the fight between Miyamoto Musashi and Sasaki Kojiro in 1612. Our hotel is located right in front of Kokura Station and the Shopping Area. Free Time to finish shopping, packing etc. TOUR/MEALS ENDS UPON ARRIVAL AT RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA. Your rooms are paid for but meals (LUNCH/DINNER ONLY) 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 his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

APRIL 9(WED) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY)
At checkout 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 we will proceed to Fukuoka Airport to catch a Domestic Japan Airlines Flight to Narita, or Chubu (Nagoya) Airport then catch a connecting flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning APRIL 9, 2014 (WEDNESDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPRING SAKURA JAPAN TOUR #5A! 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. Weekend returns will cost more per person. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE INC.
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

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: MARCH 16, 2014 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: TO BE ADVISED 
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS 
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL – CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)
TOUR CONDITIONS
AIR: AIRFARE IS ESTIMATED AND MAY COST MORE OR LESS AT TIME THE AIR TICKET IS ISSUED.
$225.00 Cancellation Fee is usually 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 PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: February 11, 2014

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, 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.