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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “HAPA” AUTUMN JAPAN TOUR #16 {GOOD FOR FIRST TIMER’S!}
OCTOBER 4, 2014(SATURDAY)-OCTOBER 16, 2014 (THURSDAY) – GARY TSUMOTO (11/13/13-cs)
OCT. 4(SAT) HONOLULU 
Leave Honolulu International Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

OCT. 5(SUN) TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN 
Arrive at Narita International Airport, and after government formalities, go directly to the hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo by bus. Hotel is located within easy walking distance to the Shopping District. After hotel check-in, FREE TIME to meet your relatives, friends, shopping, or just rest. Tour guide will take you Holo Holo around the hotel.

OCT. 6(MON) LAKE SUWA RAKO HANANOI HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Lake Kawaguchi very popular place where you can enjoy nice views of Mt. Fuji. If weather is fine, the nice view of the "Symbol of Japan" Mt Fuji can be enjoyed from the shore of the lake. Then go to Katsunuma, particularly famous for its grapes and wine. "Enjoy Picking and Tasting the Fresh Japanese Grapes" in season. Later proceed to the hotel in Lake Suwa, sitting at an altitude of 2,500 feet with surrounding of beautiful Mountains. Enjoy a delicious "Japanese Kaiseki Dinner" in the evening. And good chance to try the relaxing HOT SPRING BATH with ROTEN-BURO (OPEN-AIR BATH). Also Private Onsen (1 room) is available (At Your Own Expense).

OCT. 7(TUE) OMACHI KUROYON ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning enjoy “Apple Picking”. Taste the “Juicy and Sweet Nagano Apple”. Nagano Apples are noted for its great color and sweetness. Then proceed to the old castle town Matsumoto City, and visit its main attraction Matsumoto Castle designated as a "National Treasure". “The oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan” has been praised as one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan’s original castles. Later visit Daio Wasabi Farm (Japanese Horse-Radish Farm), the biggest Wasabida (Horse-Radish Farm) in Japan. Enjoy strolling around and shopping for Wasabi products. This night’s accommodation is a nice resort hotel surrounded by nature and located at the foot of the Northern Japan Alps. Relax and Refresh in the HOT SPRING BATH and ROTEN-BURO (OPEN-AIR BATH) surrounded by a forest! {Private Onsen Bath (2-rooms) is available (“FREE” of Charge)}.

OCT. 8(WED) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Enjoy a Whole Day Sightseeing Trip to the “Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route.” This is a journey through glorious alpine scenery. You can enjoy a superb view of 9,045 ft. high mountains from the convenience of a cable car, bus, ropeway and trolley bus from Ogisawa. First visit Kuroyon Dam. Walk across “Japan’s Largest Dam” to Kurobe Station to catch the under-mountain cable car to Kurobe-daira and take the ropeway to Daikanbo to enjoy seeing the magnificent scenery of the Japan Alps and “If Timing is Right”, we will see beautiful Autumn leaves spread over the mountain side. Board the tunnel bus for Murodo Plateau, overlooking the Ushiro Tateyama Mountain. Then down to Tateyama via Midagahara and proceed to the hotel in Toyama City located near Toyama Station and connected to a department store with a ¥100 Yen Shop. Enjoy “Holo-Holo” after hotel check in.

OCT. 9(THU) NAGAHAMA NAGAHAMA ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Kanazawa, "One of Japan’s Major Sightseeing Cities" and a historic castle town where a lot of tradition is well-preserved. Visit its highlight attraction “Kenrokuen Garden”, “One of the Japan’s Three Most Beautiful Landscape Gardens” and designated as a "National Cultural Property of Special Scenic Spot". Enjoy strolling around this beautiful Japanese Garden incorporating fancy designs with a variety of trees, ponds, waterfalls and flowers achieving peerless scenic beauty. Later enjoy shopping at Nihonkai Fish Market carrying local souvenirs, dried and fresh seafood as well as seaweed, etc. from the Japan Sea. Then go to Nagahama known as the birthplace of Princess Gou. Hotel is located close to Lake Biwa, the "Biggest Lake in Japan" covering 259 square miles. Relax & Refresh in the BIG BATH with HOT SPRING ROTEN-BURO (OPEN-AIR BATH).

OCT. 10(FRI) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
In the morning, drive over Lake Biwa Bridge the lake’s largest bridge spanning the neck of the Lake. Enjoy a panoramic view of the lake and surrounding mountains while driving to Ohara, Kyoto and visit the Shibazuke Pickles Store to sample a “Taste of Kyoto”. Shibazuke is Kyoto’s traditional salted and fermented vegetable product consisting mainly of eggplant, cucumber and basil leaves that has a long history. After enjoying a "Tsukemono Lunch" head to the center of Kyoto City and visit the “World Heritage Site”, Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion), Kyoto’s Symbolic Temple. The main pavilion is covered by gold leaf and situated picturesquely in its garden. Our hotel is located in front of Kyoto Station with its Underground Shopping Mall, where you will have a chance to walk around and shop after hotel check in.

OCT. 11(SAT) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
All Day Kyoto City Tour of the most historical city in Japan attracting a large number of tourists from all over the world. Visit the magnificent Heian Jingu Shrine, built on the occasion of the 1,100th Anniversary of the Heian Capital Foundation. Enjoy strolling around its exquisitely landscaped strolling garden with a variety of plants, ponds and traditional buildings. Then visit Kyoto Handicraft Center with a variety of Kyoto’s souvenir for shopping. Next visit Nishijin Textile Museum to enjoy seeing the Kimono Show and shopping. It is a good place to take in the beauty of gorgeous Nishijin Textiles with a long history dating back to the 16th Century. Also visit the Higashi Honganji Temple with its massive main hall which is "Kyoto’s Largest Wooden Structure".

OCT. 12(SUN) OKAYAMA OKAYAMA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
Visit Japan's First World Heritage Site “Himeji Castle”. It is said to be the "Finest Surviving Example of Early 17th Century Japanese Castle Architecture" and considered to have no equals among the many other Japanese Castles. The Castle has been conducting restoration since 2009 but scaffold structure will be removed and we should be able to see the newly restored castle building standing on the hill. Later proceed to Okayama City to visit Korakuen Garden, another one of the "Three Most beautiful Landscape Gardens in Japan". It is a representative Daimyo Garden of the Edo Period (1600-1868) that incorporates the typical features of a Japanese Landscape garden. Enjoy a peaceful walk in the garden before going to our hotel situated on the top of a hill, where you can view Okayama City while surrounded by the beauty of nature. Good chance to walk around the hotel garden in the morning.

OCT. 13(MON) HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
Proceed to Hiroshima, a popular tourist destination with many sightseeing spots ranging from historical and moving attractions to religious beautiful sights. See the Atomic Bomb Dome (Ruins of the Industry Promotion Hall), the only Atomic Bombed building remaining in the city and has become a symbol of hope and peace. Visit Peace Park and the Peace Memorial Museum showing the history of Hiroshima before and after the bombing with meaningful exhibitions. Later go to the hotel, connected to Hiroshima Station and easy walking distance to the Underground Shopping Mall and Department Stores. Tour Guide will take you "Holo-Holo"after hotel check in.

OCT. 14(TUE) HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
Visit beautiful 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 island is the place that Taira no Kiyomori, (well known through the TV drama) selected this as the site of his clan’s family shrine. Enjoy strolling along the charming walking paths on the sacred island. Later go to Iwakuni, Yamaguchi Prefecture to see its famous Kintai Bridge (Brocaded Bridge) originally built in 1673. It is "One of the Three Most Famous Bridges in Japan" because of its elegant form. You will be captivated by this “World’s Largest Wooden Bridge”. Then proceed back to the hotel. Enjoy shopping, meeting your relatives, friends, or just rest.

OCT. 15(WED) OSAKA SHERATON MIYAKO HOTEL OSAKA
Walk to Hiroshima Station to catch the Shinkansen {Bullet Train (max. speed 167MPH)} to Shin-Kobe station. Upon arrival transfer by bus visit the big AEON Shopping Center to enjoy Shopping and Lunch. Later proceed to our hotel in Uehonmachi in Osaka. It is ideally located for shopping, eating and where you can explore and enjoy the atmosphere of Osaka. After hotel check-in it will be “FREE TIME” TO FINISH SHOPPING, PACKING, ETC. Your rooms are paid for but meals (LUNCH/DINNER) will be “At Your Own Expense”. 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).

OCT. 16(THU) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check-out 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 Kansai (Osaka) Int’l Airport to catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, OCTOBER 16, 2014 (THU). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “HAPA” AUTUMN JAPAN TOUR #16! 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 if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
JAPAN TOUR ARRANGED & 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: SEPTEMBER 21, 2014 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00PM (NOON)
PLACE: TO BE DETERMINED LATER
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL-MUUMUU, ALOHA SHIRT - (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!

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: AUG. 20, 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.