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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S GRAND HIGHLIGHTS IN SANIN & SANYO WITH OKI ISLAND TOUR #15 
SEPTEMBER 18, 2014 (THU) – SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 (TUE) ROSS TERANISHI & JOHN
SEP. 18 (THU) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.

SEP. 19 (FRI) KOBE KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to the hotel located in the center of Rokko Island, Kobe. Our hotel is located close to the Monorail Station and Convenience Store. *There is a possibility to arrive at Haneda or Narita Airport and transfer to Itami Airport.

SEP. 20 (SAT) OKAYAMA HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
Visit attractive highlights in the Sanyo Region of West Japan. Go to Ako known as the place of Chushingura (the 47 Samurai), one of the most famous Samurai stories in Japan. We will visit the Ako Castle Ruins and Oishi Shrine. Ako Castle is well known as the residence of Lord Takuminokami Asano and his loyal retainers. Oishi Shrine was constructed in dedication to the 47 Loyal Samurai. You will see stone statues of the 47 Samurai standing along the entrance path to the shrine. Then proceed to Bizen known as the hometown of Bizen-yaki, a pottery with a history of over 1,000 years. Visit the Bizen Ceramic Art Museum displaying both old and new examples of Bizen-style Pottery. You can purchase the famous Bizen-yaki Pottery at the store. Later enjoy "Muscat Picking" on the way to the hotel in Okayama City. Muscat is a type of grape with beautiful emerald green color often called the "Queen of Fruits". Taste this regional goodie of Okayama! Our hotel is located next to Okayama Station and Underground Shopping Mall. You can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

SEP. 21(SUN) OKAYAMA HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
Visit Kurashiki, well known as the “most representative sightseeing District in Okayama Prefecture”. Its historical and traditional heritage can be seen everywhere in the Bikan Historical District with a retro-modern cityscape having a mixture of Japanese and Western flavors. Visit the Japanese Rural Toy Museum displaying 5,000 fascinating Japanese toys with some centuries old antiques.
This shop also offers traditional crafts like "Kendama", etc. for sale. Then go to Shimotsui Kaisen Donya, the currently existing shipping agent building during the Edo to Taisho Period (17TH to 19TH Century) which was restored as much as possible to its original form. The huge ceiling beams in the interior indicate wealth from a once flourishing shipping trade route. Later visit the Kibi Dango (Millet Mochi) Factory Shop to purchase the most famous souvenir in Okayama. Then go back and enjoy “Holo-Holo” near the hotel.

SEP. 22(MON) DAISEN DAISEN ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Bicchu Takahashi Old Town to enjoy unique and distinctive cityscapes while browsing around Fukiya Furusato Village with lovely “Traditional Houses” with roof tiles which are painted a superb “Bronzed-Red Color” with a material called “Bengala”(made of copper)which are well preserved from the 17th Century Edo Period . Later proceed to “Japan’s Largest Floral Theme Park” “Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park”, to see seasonal flowers such as Salvia, Cosmos, Marigolds, etc. (depending on the climate of the year). Enjoy strolling around a flower paradise with a view of Mt. Daisen (5,673 ft) called "Mt. Fuji in Sanin Region". Then go to our Highland Resort Hotel located halfway up Mt. Daisen and surrounded by a green forest. Get a chance to Soak and Relax in the Open Air Onsen Hot Spring Rock Bath & try soaking in the elegant Shigaraki Pottery Bathtub.

SEP. 23 (TUE) MATSUE MATSUE TOKYU INN
Visit fascinating highlights in the Sanin Region. First visit the Adachi Museum with its superb Japanese Gardens which is praised as the “World's Finest Japanese Garden”. There are plenty spectacular views with a variety of tastes such as the dry landscape garden, moss garden, pond garden, etc. It is an ultimate marriage of earth's natural beauty and man's tender care. Its collection of contemporary Japanese paintings of Yokoyama Taikan and many sculptures and ceramic arts are also a pleasure to see. Later go to the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, "Japan’s Oldest Shrine" (dates back 1,500 years) and considered "Japan's Second Most Important Shrine". The renovation work on the "National Treasure Main Structure" was completed in May of 2013. We will see an amazing works of traditional architecture. Then proceed to Matsue, a castle town full of historical and cultural charms. Visit a "Symbol of Matsue", Matsue Castle built in 1611. It is “One of 12 Original-structured Castles left in Japan”. Our hotel is located right in front of Matsue Train Station and the Department Store where you can enjoy “Holo-Holo” after hotel check in.

SEP. 24 (WED) OKI ISLAND OKI VIEW PORT HOTEL
Early departure but interesting schedule today. Catch the ferry to stunning Oki Island in the Japan Sea. This volcanic rock island called "Treasure Island" is noted for its unique culture, distinctive nature and spectacular landscapes with crystal-clear blue ocean, mountainous terrain and dynamic rocky coastlines with continuing cliffs, etc. Upon arrival on Dohgo Island, visit the Oki Family Treasure Museum exhibiting historical treasures passed down over a millennium including the "Ekirei Bell" made in 646. Visit Tamawakasu-no-Mikoto Shrine, the main shrine of Oki Island with its 2,000 years old Cedar Tree (Yao Sugi). Then go to the hotel located in front of the ferry terminal with shops.

SEP. 25 (THU) MATSUE MATSUE TOKYU INN
Catch the Ferry to Dohzen Island and take a sightseeing boat to see the spectacular "Kuniga Coast" one of the most photographed places in the Oki Islands. The rough 8 miles long stretch of rocky coast of wave-eroded basalt cliffs including the perpendicular 900 feet high Mantengai (Skyscraping) Cliff. It is Japan's tallest cliff and one of the highlights of this tour. Then catch the Jetfoil and later go back to the hotel in Matsue.

SEP. 26(FRI) TOTTORI HOTEL NEW OTANI TOTTORI
Visit Koizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn) House. Koizumi Yakumo was a Greek Novelist who loved Matsue and naturalized as a Japanese Citizen. You can learn more about this fascinating writer at his former residence. Also visit the Old Samurai House (Bukeyashiki), unchanged since it was built in the middle of the Edo Period (270 years ago). Next go to Encho-En Garden with beautiful Chinese Architecture to browse around and enjoy the amazing Chinese Acrobatic Show performed by talented artists who perform stunts that are truly unbelievable. Head to Tottori City and have fun “Picking Japanese Pears”. "Taste the Fresh and Sweet Local Specialty" in season. Our hotel is located right in front of Tottori Station and next to the Department Store. Enjoy “Holo-Holo” near the hotel after check in.

SEP. 27 (SAT) AMA NO HASHIDATE MIYAZU ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning visit the "World's First Museum of Sand Sculpture". These amazing works of art are carved from just a mass of sand from the Tottori Sand Dunes hardened with water. Take a look at these amazing art works! Later proceed to the Genbudo Cave Museum where you can see various kinds of magnificent minerals including jewels, curious stones and fossil remains collected from around the world. If you wish to you can walk up steps to see Genbudo Cave (lava flow rock formation) which formed by an eruption about 1.6 million years ago. The joints of the rocks are called "One of the Great Mysteries of the World". Then go to our luxurious Resort Hotel overlooking Amano Hashidate. Soak and Relax in the Open Air Onsen Hot Spring “Rock” Bath.

SEP. 28 (SUN) WEST KOBE KOBE SEISHIN ORIENTAL HOTEL
Visit "One of Japan's Three Best Scenic Views" Amano Hashidate, a 2mile long sandbar lined with a thick grove of pine trees and has been called as a place of incomparable beauty since ancient times. Go by cable car to the observatory in Kasamatsu Park. At the platform here try bending down and looking at the view through your spread legs. It is said that the view will resemble a “Bridge to the Heavens”. Later proceed to Sasayama Town which once flourished as a castle town. Stop at Tamba Confectionary Land where many local specialties including the famous Tamba Black Beans, confectionery made of black beans, sake, pottery, handicrafts, etc. are sold. Enjoy shopping and lunch of local dishes using foodstuffs produced in Tamba. Then visit Oshoin (Great Reception Room), a replica of a very large scaled building where important political meetings used to be held during the Edo Period. Then proceed to our hotel in West Kobe, connected to a huge shopping complex with Daiei Supermarket right next and easy walking distance to Sogo Department Store, etc. You can enjoy shopping before and after dinner.

SEP. 29 (MON) WEST KOBE KOBE SEISHIN ORIENTAL HOTEL
In the morning visit Akashi Uonotana Shopping Street, a historic market which opened 400 years ago. Akashi has been an active fishing town from ancient days. Over 100 shops are lined up and sell local fishes and processed sea foods, etc. including famous "Sundried Akashi Octopus". Then drive across the Akashi Great Bridge to Awaji Island and visit its popular Hanasajiki Flower Park, Colorful Salvias should be blooming this season. Also stop at the AEON Shopping Center to enjoy Shopping before go back to the hotel. Upon arrival, “FREE TIME” to continue shopping, packing etc. (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).

SEP, 30 (TUE) 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 Kansai (Osaka) Int'l Airport to catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning SEPTEMBER 30, 2014(TUESDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S GRAND HIGHLIGHTS IN SANIN & SANYO WITH OKI ISLAND TOUR #15! 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.
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TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: SEPTEMBER 7, 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
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: AUGUST 5, 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.