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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 
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI HIROSHIMA, YAMAGUCHI, KUMAMOTO TOUR #9 
MAY 30, 2014 (FRIDAY)-JUNE 11, 2014 (WEDNESDAY) CLARENCE SATO & MATT
(07/01/13-CS)
MAY 30 (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.

MAY 31 (SAT) HIMEJI HOTEL NIKKO HIMEJI
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport (Or Itami Airport?)and after clearing government formalities, by bus to the hotel located in front of Himeji Station. After hotel check-in around 9:00PM, you can have a good nights’ rest. (Himeji castle is under restoration until end of 2014)

JUNE 01(SUN) NIIHAMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL NIIHAMA
Visit the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum. Bizen Osafune has been “Japan’s Sword Craft Center” for over 1,000 years. A variety of masterpiece “Samurai” swords are on display at the museum. Then proceed to Shikoku Island. Enjoy driving over The Seto Great Bridge, “World’s Longest Two Tiered Bridge” that stretches 8.2 miles and is indeed magnificent in appearance. You can also enjoy beautiful view of islands in the Seto Inland Sea.Then head to Niihama, Ehime Prefecture, a bustling industrial city on the north coast of Shikoku Island. Our hotel is located right next to the AEON Shopping Center. After hotel check-in enjoy shopping or just rest.

JUNE 02(MON) NIIHAMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL NIIHAMA
Proceed to Kochi, well known for the TV Drama “Ryoma-den” a story about Sakamoto Ryoma who was born in Kochi and has always been one of Japan's favorite historical figures. We will visit Sakamoto Ryoma Musuem .You will be able to learn about Sakamoto Ryoma’s many qualities and contributions, his history, and the turbulent times before the Meiji Restoration in 1868. We will also see his notable statue at Katsurahama Beach. While here you will get a chance to see Tosa dog up close. It has been bred and evolved as a purebred dog in Kochi. At lunch time taste “Katsuo (Bonito) Tataki”, which is famous local food in Kochi. Those who wish to, can try toasting Katsuo (Bonito) by yourself. 

JUNE 03(TUE) HIROSHIMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA
Head to Shimanami Kaido (Highway above the Seto Inland Sea), with its unique “island-to-island bridges”, and enjoy the luxurious multi-isle beauty of the Inland Sea. Visit “Oyamazumi Shrine” to see its museum. The collections of artifacts account for “80% of all the samurai body armor and armory designated as National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties”. “Don’t forget to see the armor of Yoshitsune”. Next visit Yoshiumi Rose Garden, enjoy peaceful strolling in the garden, where you can “see various kinds of roses collected from all over the world” (If Timing is Right). Later head to Hiroshima, the principal city of sightseeing in Japan. Our hotel located in downtown Hiroshima close to Sogo Department Store and the Shopping Area.

JUNE 04(WED) HIROSHIMA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA 
Proceed to Kure and visit the Yamato Museum. Yamato was the “World’s Largest Battleship” built in Kure. The museum’s centerpiece is a 1/10th scale reproduction of this battleship, as well as large exhibits such as Suicide attack Submarine, Naval fighter, Torpedo, etc. Also visit the “Steel Whale (Submarine) Museum” of The Maritime Self-Defense Forces. You will be able to “look at the insides” of a decommissioned “Real Submarine”. You can also enjoy shopping at Yume Town Shopping Center located right next to the museum. Then back to our hotel. It will be “Free Time” to meet relatives, friends, go shopping or just rest. For those of you who wish to, we will take you to visit the Peace Memorial Museum and Hiroshima Peace Park where you can see the Atomic Bomb Dome, etc. 

JUNE 05(THU) OSHIMA ISLAND HOTEL & RESORT SUNSHINE SAZAN SETO (ONSEN) ♨
Visit a “World Heritage Site” “Beautiful and Sacred Miyajima Island” and the colorful “Itsukushima Shrine”. It is “One of Japan’s Most Popular Tourist Attractions” and “One of Japan’s Scenic-Trio”. This is the place that Taira no Kiyomori, well known through the TV Drama, selected as the site of his clan's family shrine. Then to Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture to see “Kintai Bridge” (Brocaded Bridge), a wooden arched bridge called “One of Japan's Three Most Beautiful Bridges”. Orginally constructed in 1673. When you walk on this elegant shaped bridge, you may feel as if you are walking on a rainbow. Later proceed to our hotel in Suo-Oshima Island. Our hotel is a nice resort hotel located in front of the ocean. Enjoy the Onsen (Hot Spring) and Open Air Roten-Buro Bath!

JUNE 06(FRI) KOKURA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA
Visit the Museum of Japanese Emigration to Hawaii. It displays the hardships faced by the emigrants in Hawaii, their cultural contributions and to the economy of their hometowns, and a history of cultural exchanges, etc. Then go to Yanai City to visit the Kanro Shoyu Factory with 200 years history. They produce “Kanro Shoyu”. It is a double fermented (saishikomi) shoyu which produces a thick, intense, creamy textured character to the finished product. Later visit the Kunimori Old Merchant House which was built in the late 18th Century and a good example of a Mid–Edo Period Wealthy Merchant House and has been designated as a “National Important Cultural Asset”. Enjoy strolling around the “Old Town District” with white walled residences that go back to the landscaping of the Edo Period. Later proceed via the Kanmon Straits to Kyushu Island, known as the site of an ancient battle leading to the fall of the Heike Clan (in 1185) and fight between Musashi Miyamoto and Kojiro Sasaki (in 1612). Our hotel is located close to Kokura Station its Shopping Area. After hotel check-in go “Holo-Holo” and Shopping near the hotel.

JUNE 07 (SAT) KOKURA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA 
Head to the Moji Port Retro Area and the “Exotic District, intermixed with “Old Age Western Style Buildings” and “New Attractive Spots”. We will visit the Kaikyo Drama Ship Museum where you can enjoy seeing the “History of Moji Port” with displays and a revived “Old Town in the Moji Area”. Visit Karato Fish Market for some fun shopping for Tsukemono, Dried Seafood, etc. This market is known for “Balloon Fish” (Fugu) and is a good chance to eat fresh “Sushi” at the market (you can try your favorite sushi from 1 piece. At Your Own Expense) along with the lively atmosphere. We will enjoy more shopping at the Head Quarters of the Mochikichi Rice Crackers, and AEON Shopping Center.

JUNE 08 (SUN) YUFUIN YUFUIN SANSUIKAN (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane well known as the "God of Learning". A great deal of visitors pray for success in exams and academic achievement here. The approach to the shrine is lined with shops carrying local specialties where you can enjoy shopping and browsing around. We will see “Iris in Bloom” in this season in the Iris Pond next to the shrine. Then to Hita Town, which used to be the “Imperial Demesne in the Edo Period” and still a “Preserved District with Old Architectures”. Enjoy walking around the old town which will take you back to the Edo Period. Later go to our hotel located in Yufuin, “One of the Most Popular Hot Springs Resorts in Japan”. Soak and Relax in Famous Yufuin Onsen with a Roten-Buro (Open Air Bath) and enjoy a delicious “Kaiseki Style” Japanese Dinner!

JUNE 09 (MON) KUMAMOTO HOTEL NIKKO KUMAMOTO
Enjoy driving the Yamanami Highway with “Beautiful Mountain Scenery”, known as “One of the Most Beautiful Scenic Driveways in Japan”. Visit the Kuju Flower Park. The sight of vibrant, colorful flowers set against the backdrop of mountains is absolutely indescribable. Poppy will be in season to bloom. (depending on climate conditions). Then proceed to Mt. Aso, “One of Japan’s Most Spectacular Sights”. Its ancient caldera ranks among the world’s largest with a diameter of up to 15.5 miles and a circumference of over 62 miles. Enjoy driving the Panorama Line with a large scale landscape on the plateau access to the active volcano. Stop at Kusasenri, a popular picturesque area with beautiful prairie within Mt. Aso’s enormous caldera. Later proceed to Kumamoto Castle, “One of Three Most Beautiful Castles in Japan”. In 2013, this castle was ranked as the No.1 of Travelers rank Japan’s best castles by Tripadvisor. Visit newly opened Honmaru Goten (the Lord Palace) with gorgeous painted screens and a fully lacquered and gold adorned roof. Our hotel is located in center of Kumamoto city. After hotel check-in, it will be “Free Time” to meet relatives, friends or just rest.

JUNE 10 (TUE) KUMAMOTO HOTEL NIKKO KUMAMOTO
In the morning go to Amakusa, called the hidden jewels of Japan, offering unending breathtaking landscapes and interesting history. Amakusa is best known as the “Site of the Famous Christian Peasant Uprising of 1637”. Rich Christian heritage still can be seen in this area. Visit Amakusa Shiro Memorial hall which introduces the historical background of Rebels of the area, Christianity introductions etc., through exhibitions with a range of replicas and dynamic 3-D film show using state-of-the art visual technology. We will enjoy driving the beautiful Amakusa Pearl Line and the five bridges while viewing the beautiful saw-toothed coastline and small islands scattered across the sea. (LUNCH and DINNER will be At Your Own Expense This Day). 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).

JUNE 11 (WED) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check-out time we will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. Later proceed to Fukuoka Airport to catch a domestic flight to Kansai (Osaka) or Haneda or Narita Airport. Then catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning JUNE 11, 2014 (WEDNESDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI HIROSHIMA, YAMAGUCHI, KUMAMOTO TOUR #9! 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.
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TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: (SUNDAY) TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: TO BE ANNOUNCED***
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS 
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS
AIR TRANSPORTATION: AIRFARE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY BE CHEAPER AT TIME OF PURCHASE.

Minimum stay is 3-Days and maximum stay is 3 Months. $225.00 Cancellation Fee.

INCLUDES: All transportation included in the itinerary, all hotel accommodations, meals and all sightseeing listed, all transfer of passenger and baggage, souvenir picture and tour tax. Roundtrip air transportation by Economy Jet.

DOES NOT INCLUDE: 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 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: APRIL 16, 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.