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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854 TA #486
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S MAGNIFICENT NATURE IN HOKKAIDO WITH TOKYO SKY TREE TOUR #11
JULY 01, 2014 (Tuesday) -JULY 11, 2014 (Friday) GARY TSUMOTO / JOHN ( 07/26/13-cs)
JULY 1(TUE) HONOLULU 
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

JULY 2(WED) NARITA/SHIN URAYASU, CHIBA ORIENTAL HOTEL TOKYO BAY
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to the hotel in Urayasu, Chiba prefecture. Hotel is located within easy walking distance to Shin Urayasu Station and Big Shopping Complex, WITH Supermarket, 100 yen shop etc., After hotel check-in, your guide will take you to the shopping area where you can enjoy shopping before and after dinner.

JULY 3(THU) SHIN URAYASU ORIENTAL HOTEL TOKYO BAY
We will visit “Tokyo Sky Tree” the novel sightseeing spot (opened in May of 2012) in Tokyo. Boasting a height of 2,080 ft., the tower becomes world’s tallest broadcast tower and New Landmark of Tokyo. Then proceed to Asakusa, the heart of the old downtown (Shitamachi) Tokyo and visit its main attraction Sensoji temple, preserving the spirit of the capital’s past. You can still glimpse traces of the Edo period (1603-1868) when you walk around. You can also enjoy shopping at the Nakamise shopping street with a variety of traditional local snacks and tourist souvenirs. Later head to Ueno in central Tokyo to visit the National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan’s largest science museum. We will see exhibition that shows relationship between earth and lives with many expansive and imaginative displays of animals and dinosaurs, etc. Impressive collections of dinosaur display are worth seeing. Then back to the hotel to enjoy shopping or just rest. This hotel has a shuttle bus (15 minutes) to the Tokyo Disney Resort. It is very convenient to visit Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo Disney Sea. For those who want to, your guide will give you information. (All Costs for going to Tokyo Disney Resort (Entrance Fee, etc.) are “At Your Own Expense”.

JULY 4(FRI) KITA-YUZAWA ONSEN YUMOTO MEISUI TEI (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, catch a domestic flight to Chitose, Hokkaido. (Haneda to Chitose) Hokkaido has a cooler climate and makes it a very popular tourist destination in July. On arrival go to Shiraoi Ainu village. Ainu is aborigines in Hokkaido. Ainu culture and lifestyle is shown in an outdoor reproduction of the Ainu village. We will see their traditional dance and singing that designated as an important National Intangible Cultural Property. Later go to our “Onsen Resort Hotel” located along the beautiful river in Kitayuzawa Onsen. Soak and Relax in the “Big Onsen Hot Spring Bath” and “Huge Open Air Roten Buro Bath” (Biggest in Hokkaido) Also enjoy a “Big Buffet Dinner” with “Crab, Tempura, Steak, etc.”

JULY 5(SAT) OTARU GRAND PARK OTARU
In the morning visit Kyogoku Water Park located at the foot of Mt. Yotei, called “Mt. Fuji in Hokkaido”. A beautiful river runs through the park and there is a spout that dispenses water from Mt. Yotei. Taste one of the top 100 purest spring waters in Japan for refreshing! Also have fun “Picking and Tasting Japanese Cherries in season”. {If we cannot do “Cherry Picking” due to seasonal conditions, we will enjoy picking another kind of fruit}. Later proceed to Otaru “one of the popular cities for sightseeing in Hokkaido”. Otaru was an economic entrance from foreign countries in the late 19th Century. The city still creates an atmosphere of olden days with some western style buildings that makes it one of the most picturesque Japanese cities. We will visit Herring Mansion. The Herring fishing industry had a major role in the history of Otaru. This large mansion was built for wealthy fishermen. The power and wealth of the fishermen during the height of the herring era is reflected in this historic residence. Our hotel is connected to a Big Shopping Complex with Supermarket, 100 yen shop, Home Center, etc. After hotel check in, Free Time to “Holo –Holo” and Shop Around.

JULY 6(SUN) OTARU GRAND PARK OTARU
Go to see the Hokkai Soran Festival, annual festival held in Yoichi. Yoichi is the ‘town” of famous “Soran-bushi” folk song. This festival is featuring dancing, drum performance and delicious food stalls, etc. Later visit Canal Area which is the symbol of Otaru. The old stone warehouses and gaslights along the canal produce beautiful scenery. You can visit the Otaru Glassware Store, another trademark of Otaru, with the cool and delicate glass objects creating a refreshing atmosphere. Here you can purchase dripless Shoyu bottle made of Otaru glass. Also visit the Music Box Museum carrying a large collection of music boxes which can be purchased. For those who wish to, we will take you to Tanaka Sake brewery, oldest sake brewery in Otaru and keeps the tradition of using Hokkaido rice for their refined Sake products. Later proceed back to the hotel and enjoy shopping before and after dinner.

JULY 7(MON) BIEI HOTEL PARK HILLS (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Iwamizawa and visit the Rose Garden with 243 kinds of Roses blooming (If Timing is Right). This garden is a maximum rosary in Hokkaido. On a clear day, it will be pleasant strolling around big Rose garden. Later, enjoy driving on highway while viewing vast spread out green fields along the way. Stop at Sunagawa Highway Oasis, a big shopping area where you can purchase the famous “Pumpkin Seed Cookies” and other local specialties. Then proceed to Biei regarded as one of the best sightseeing spots in Hokkaido and known for its pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes created by hills with various sizes of fields. One of the highlights is a view of Patchwork Hill, a hillside covered with various colors of shrubbery. The perfectly balanced colors change gradually from the season of fresh verdure to the time of harvest. Then proceed to our hotel located in Shirogane Hot Spring Town. Upon arrival at the hotel, we will take you to see the beautiful waterfall and emerald green river near the hotel. Good chance to Relax and Refresh in the “Hot Spring Bath”and “Open air bath”(Rotenburo)

JULY 8(TUE) SAHORO SAHORO RESORT
In the morning visit Shikisai Flower garden, a panoramic flower garden where you can leap into the grand nature of Hokkaido. You can enjoy colors and fragrance of several dozen different flowers that carpet the hill. Then proceed to Furano, a highly recommended sightseeing spot in July because of its breathtaking Lavender Flowers in bloom. We will make a photo stop at Farm Tomita (Field of Lavenders), the best lavender viewing place in Hokkaido. Enjoy a spectacular view of the magnificent “Purple Carpet” Lavender Fields with Mt. Daisetsu and Tokachi Mountain Ranges as a backdrop. Later visit Furano Winery to “enjoy tasting local Furano Wine”. This winery also has its own Lavender Field. We will stay at the resort hotel surrounded by nature. You can enjoy big public bath and open air bath (Not Onsen hot spring) and good chance to enjoy peaceful walking around the hotel in the morning.

JULY 9(WED) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
In the morning visit Bear Mountain. You will get a chance to see the brown bear, the largest land animal in Japan. Here you can see them living in a real forest so close and in safety. At the central observation point where big glass windows let humans and bears eyeball each other. Surely it will give you exciting experience! Later visit beautiful Yuni Garden. This is Japan’s largest English Style Garden filled with a variety of flowers in season. We will see Rose, Linaria, Lily, etc. while walking around the huge garden. The store at this garden carries original jams, herb teas, pickles, local souvenirs etc. Later proceed to Sapporo, largest city in Hokkaido. Drive by the symbol of Sapporo, the famous “Clock Tower” on the way to the hotel located next to Sapporo Station with its Underground Shopping Arcade and Department Store, etc. After hotel check in, we will take you to “Holo-Holo” around the Station Area.

JULY 10(THU) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Visit the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market to buy Dried Sea Foods, local specialties in Hokkaido etc., “at wholesale prices” Also stop at the Big AEON Shopping Center for Shopping and Lunch before going back to the hotel. UPON ARRIVAL AT THE HOTEL, “FREE TIME” TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING, 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 use for packing their gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage allowance). Any excess will be paid for by the member.

JULY 11(FRI) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
LUNCH will be At Your Own Expense, and DINNER will be served on the flight back to Honolulu. 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 proceed to Chitose Airport to catch a Domestic flight to Narita, Osaka or Nagoya Int’l Airport and transfer to a Japan Airlines International flight to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, JULY 11,2014 (FRIDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING TOHOKU TRAVEL’S MAGNIFICENT NATURE IN HOKKAIDO WITH TOKYO SKY TREE TOUR #11! 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. Please call our office for more details if you are extending your stay in Japan.    
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE INC.
JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED AND GUIDED BY: YOKOHAMA TRAVEL INC.
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TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: JUNE 22, 2014(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:
ESTIMATED AIRFARE : AIRFARE COULD COST MORE OR LESS AT TIME OF TICKET PURCHASE WITH LAND TOUR .

{$225.00 Cancellation Fee charged by the airlines.} Minimum stay is 3-Days and maximum stay is 3 Months.

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) 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!
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!

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!

FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: May 17, 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.