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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817

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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “SNOW WALL” JAPAN ALPS TOUR #8
MAY 12, 2014 (MONDAY)-MAY 24, 2014 (SATURDAY) – GARY TSUMOTO & MATT (revised 05/30/13)

MAY 12 (MONDAY) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS and MOVIES.

MAY 13 (TUESDAY) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, go by bus directly to the hotel in Yokohama, the 2nd Largest City in Japan. After hotel check-in Free Time to meet your relatives, friends, go shopping, or just rest. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Department Stores and the Big Electronics Store Yodobashi Camera, ¥100 Yen Shop and Underground Shopping Mall.

MAY 14 (WEDNESDAY) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Proceed to Yokosuka and visit Mikasa Park located right next to Yokosuka U.S. Naval Base. It is the home to a historic warship "Mikasa" which once led Japan's fleet to defeat attackers during the Russo-Japanese War. Today Battleship Mikasa is a maritime museum and "One of Only Three Memorial Warships in the World". Later proceed to Kurihama Hana no Kuni Flower Park, renowned for its seasonal blossoms with peaceful landscape. We will see Poppy, Five Spot (Blue Flower) blooming in the huge ground. (blooming level depending on the climate of the year). Then go back to Yokohama and enjoy shopping or just rest.

MAY 15 (THURSDAY) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Hakone, part of the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park where one can enjoy natural beauty, colorful flowers and scenic views including Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, etc. We will visit the Azalea Garden by Lake Ashi that has a 36 acre garden overlooking the lake with colorful 3,000 Azaleas which are in seasonal bloom. Then visit Gotenba Wasabi Farm where you can stroll around the Wasabi Farm with Mt. Fuji for a back ground (If weather is fine). Also enjoy shopping for Wasabi products. Next visit Yamanashi Gem Museum, the only museum in Japan that exhibits various gemstones and learn about the formation of rocks and the earth in general. The 2,800 pound Brazilian crystal in particular is splendid indeed. Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji with the picture windows of all the rooms facing it. Enjoy a “Relaxing Soak” in the small Onsen Hot Spring Bath and a “Delicious Sukiyaki Dinner” in the evening.

MAY 16 (FRIDAY) TATESHINA HEIGHTS HOTEL AMBIENT TATESHINA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, visit beautiful Fuji Begonia Garden with its colorful Begonia flowers with marvelous fragrance and view Owl Show. It is a paradise for flower and bird lovers. Then proceed to Lake Motosu to visit the Shibazakura (Pink Moss Phlox) Festival. If the timing is right, you can “enjoy a very impressive view of the hill covered by a pretty pink carpet of flowers with a Snow Capped Mt. Fuji as a back drop”. Later enjoy driving the Venus Line Scenic Road with panoramic mountain view along the way. Upon arrival at Lake Shirakaba, main sightseeing spots in the Venus Highland Area, we will visit World Silhouette Museum which features the fairytale-like works of Shadowgraph. Fantastic space made by light, mirrors and water is extremely beautiful. Next proceed to our Mountain Resort Hotel in Tateshina Heights. “Soak and Relax” in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open Air (Roten Buro) Bath with beautiful lake view.

MAY 17(SATURDAY) MATSUMOTO HOTEL BUENA VISTA
Visit Tsurumine Park with its abundant Azalea bushes. This park is the “Best Azalea Viewing Spot in the Chubu Region”. If the timing is right, the park will be filled with colorful azaleas (30 species, 30,000 roots). Later proceed to Azumino, surrounded by natural alpine beauty. Visit Swiss Village for tasting local wine and shopping for local souvenirs including “delicious” Shinshu Soba. Then go to Matsumoto City and our hotel. After hotel check-in, enjoy “Holo-Holo” near the hotel.

MAY 18 (SUNDAY) HOTAKA ONSEN HOTAKASO YAMANO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the most complete and beautiful among 12 of Japan’s original castles. This Japan’s oldest castle donjon is designated as National Treasures. Wisteria and Azalea in its Japanese garden should be in bloom this time of season. Then go to Kamikochi, the South Entrance of the Northern “Japan” Alps with 10,000 ft. high mountains. “Best season” to visit “One of the Most Famous Mountain Sightseeing Spots in Japan”, Kamikochi Valley located along the upper reaches of the Azusa River and surrounded by lofty peaks of the Japan Alps. Pass by Taisho Pond and visit the “Kappa Bridge” (a suspension bridge) over the crystal clear waters. All you can see is perfect postcard-like scenery. Later head to our Mountain Resort Hotel surrounded by beautiful nature. Enjoy a "Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner" in the evening. Good chance to “Warm-Up the Body and Relax” in the Hot Spring Bath or try the Open Air Bath (Roten Buro). (Private Onsen is also available)(1 room only){At Your Own Expanse}.

MAY 19 (MONDAY) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
In the morning, ride the Shin Hodaka Rope Way, “One of the Highest Elevation Gains in Japan” as it goes up to the station (7,073 ft) at the side of the Hotaka Mountain Range. Enjoy the sensational ride with “Japan’s First Double Deck Ropeway Gondola” above the clouds. If the weather is fine, you can enjoy splendid and spectacular views of the snowy Japan’s Northern Alps Mountains such as Mt. Yarigatake (10,430 ft) and Mt. Hodaka (10,470ft), “Japan’s Third Highest Peak”. Then proceed to our hotel located near Toyama Station and connected to a Department Store with a ¥100 Yen Shop. Enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.

MAY 20 (TUESDAY) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Proceed to Mt. Tateyama (alt. 9,892 ft.) which has long been respected as being sacred mountain. Visit Murodo-daira, “One of the Heaviest Snow Fall Areas in the World”. If timing is right, we will enjoy driving through the Great Wall of Snow “Snow Corridor” (0.3 miles long) formed by expelling heavy snow. You will also get a chance to walk along the snow walls. Annually the “Snow Wall” becomes over 52 ft in height. “Enjoy this amazing experience of snow only available in this period”! Next visit the Owara Kaze no Bon Dance Museum. You will learn about “One of the Most Famous Traditional Bon Dance Festivals in Japan” dating back over 300 years.

MAY 21 (WEDNESDAY) INUYAMA MEITETSU INUYAMA HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit World Heritage site “Shirakawago” the remote and small mountain villages of Gassho-style houses. The atmosphere of the villages, and with traditional houses standing looks like a Japanese fairy tale. Proceed to Gujyo Hachiman City. Visit the Plastic Food “Sample” Factory. The ubiquitous plastic food sample seen outside virtually most restaurants in Japan was invented in this town. We will see incredible food samples and enjoy shopping for it. Also get a chance to try making your own food sample. Then we will visit Hakurankan Museum exhibiting the History of the Gujo Odori Dance Festival”, known as “One of the Three Most Important Dance Festivals in Japan”. They have “Dance Lessons” where you can “learn how to dance the famous Gujo Odori”. Later go to our hotel in Inuyama. Enjoy your last Hot Spring Bath and the Open Air (Roten Buro) Bath on this tour.

MAY 22 (THURSDAY) TOYOHASHI LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI
Visit Urakuen Japanese Garden with National Treasure Tea house “Joan”. Enjoy strolling around beautiful garden in the morning. Then go to Monkey Park with its big collection of many different monkeys from all over the world, such as Gorilla, Squirrel Monkey, Japanese Macaque, etc. Then to Laguna Gamagori carrying local specialties including popular Ebi-senbei “Shrimp chips”. Enjoy shopping of local specialties. Then go to our hotel located next to Itoyokado Super Market. Good chance to enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

MAY 23 (FRIDAY) TOYOHASHI LOISIR HOTEL TOYOHASHI
Visit the Futagawajuku Honjin Museum recalling the Edo Period when this "Officially Appointed Inn, Honjin" was built along the Old Tokaido Road. These historically and culturally valuable structures are well repaired as they actually were during the early 1800's. Then cross the Hamana Great Bridge with the nice scenery of Lake Hamana and Pacific Ocean to go to the Eel Pie Factory. Lake Hamana is famous for eel farming. Eel Pie is the "Most Popular Souvenir products" in this area. These products can be purchased at the factory store. Also enjoy shopping at the AEON Shopping Center before going back to the hotel. Upon hotel arrival, “FREE TIME” TO CONTINUE SHOPPING, 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 to pack his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess).

MAY 24 (SATURDAY) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check out time our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take baggage’s to be checked-in down. In the afternoon, proceed to Chubu (Centrair) Int’l Airport in Nagoya to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, MAY 24, 2014 (SATURDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “SNOW WALL” JAPAN ALPS TOUR #8! 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 if you are extending your stay in Japan 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

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: APRIL 27, 2014 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00PM
PLACE: TO BE ANNOUNCED
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 is normally 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) pieces at 50 pounds each 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

FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: MARCH 29,2014 

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, 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.