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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S FANTASTIC JAPAN THEME PARKS WITH
THE WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER & TOKYO DISNEY SEA TOUR #10
JUNE 8, 2015 (MONDAY) - JUNE 19, 2015 (FRIDAY) / ROSS TERANISHI & JOHN {REVISED 09/26/14}    

JUNE 8 (MON) HONOLULU                  
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight.  Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight.  FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

JUNE 9 (TUE) USJ, OSAKA         HOTEL UNIVERSAL PORT {SUBJECT TO CHANGE}
Arrive at Kansai Int’l or Itami Airport and after entry formalities, by bus to the hotel which is the "Official Hotel of Universal Studios Japan (USJ)".  After hotel check in your tour guide will take you to the Universal Citywalk Shopping Mall.  This massive shopping complex features restaurants and shops carrying unique goods such as local souvenirs, USJ Characters, etc.     

JUNE 10 (WED) USJ, OSAKA        HOTEL UNIVERSAL PORT {SUBJECT TO CHANGE}
Visit Osaka Castle the “Symbol of Osaka”, which is the largest city in west Japan. The castle is one of Japan's most famous castles and originally built by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the 16th century.  Hideyoshi is a well known warlord who unified all of Japan.  It is a grand sight with the castle tower surrounded by the sheer height of its stone walls and wide moats.  The castle tower is now an entirely modern building with elevators and an informative museum that houses various weapons, armors and folk-life items showing the castle's history. Later proceed to Nara and visit "World Heritage Todaiji Temple" one of Japan's most famous and historically significant temples originally constructed in 752.  Daibutsuden (Big Buddha Hall) is the "World's Largest Wooden Building" and holds a 155.31ft. Height "Big Buddha", the "Largest Bronze Statue in the World" and widely admired and worshipped as the "Great Buddha of Nara" and a "Symbol of the Ancient Capital of Japan".   
 
JUNE 11 (THU) USJ, OSAKA         HOTEL UNIVERSAL PORT {SUBJECT TO CHANGE}
Enjoy a whole day "Free Time" at Universal Studios Japan (USJ)!  USJ is the "First Universal Studios Outside of the U.S.A."  In addition, it has many of the most popular attractions of Universal Studios Florida.  The Wizarding World of Harry Potter just opened on July 15, 2014.  It is a themed area that includes an amazing flight simulator ride and other attractions, restaurants and shops pertaining to the Harry Potter films.  The famous Hogwarts Castle, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Scarlet Hogwarts Express Train, etc. are faithfully reproduced with incredible intricate detail.  You can experience a physical incarnation just like you are in a scene of the Harry Potter story.  The Hogsmeade Village has shops selling Harry Potter themed souvenirs such as wands, chocolate frogs, Hogwarts School Uniforms, etc.  You can also enjoy other regular attractions of USJ such as Sesame Street 4D Movie Magic, Hollywood Dream - the Ride, Universal Wonderland, etc.  Hello Kitty, Peanuts, Elmo, Cookie Monster, etc. are also regularly walking around throughout the park.  A "One Day Ticket" is included on the tour for you to "Enjoy the Exciting Theme Rides and Shows of Famous Movies and Animation"!          

JUNE 12 (FRI) KYOTO        NEW MIYAKO HOTEL KYOTO
Head to Kyoto an ancient capital of Japan with a 1200 year history.    First visit the "Symbol of Kyoto" Kinkakuji Temple, a "World Heritage Site" known as the "Golden Pavilion" and situated picturesquely in its garden. The three story golden pavilion extends over the pond and is reflected in the calm waters, an image designed to suggest an existence somewhere between heaven and earth. Later enjoy shopping at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, carrying Kyoto’s beautiful skillfully handcrafted items and specialty goods.  After a lunch of healthy "Kyoto Obanzai Dishes" visit Kiyomizu Temple, a "World Heritage Site" and "One of the Most Celebrated Temples in Japan” founded in 780.  The "National Treasure Main Hall" is noted for its beautiful background scenery of Kyoto City.  Enjoy strolling on the approach to the temple with many shops carrying local specialties such as pottery, sweets, pickles and a standard set of Kyoto souvenirs etc.  Then go to the hotel located in front of Kyoto Station and close to the AEON Shopping Mall, including UNIQLO, 100 Yen Shop, etc.  After hotel check in your tour guide will take you to "Holo-Holo" around the hotel.   

JUNE 13 (SAT) NAGOYA         HOTEL CASTLE PLAZA 
Head to Nagoya "the 4th Largest City in Japan" and located in the center of the main island of Japan (Honshu).  Visit Nabana-no-Sato Flower Park an immense flower garden creating a nice harmony between abundant nature and rich facilities.  Rose, Hydrangea and Iris will bloom around this time of season (depending on climate of the year).  Later visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology to see the 4,000 pieces exhibition with dynamic displays of original equipment representing the textile machinery and automobile industries with which the Toyota Company has been involved.  It will show Toyota’s transition between industries and technologies.   There is also a "hands-on Children's Discovery Area" "Techno Land".  The mechanism of machinery can be learned while having fun.  Our hotel is located within walking distance to Nagoya Station and Underground Shopping Area where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

JUNE 14 (SUN) LAKE KAWAGUCHI        HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHI-KO (ONSEN) ♨
Catch the Bullet Train (Shinkansen) to Shizuoka and encounter the world renowned Japanese train technology with maximum speed of 167M.P.H.  Upon arrival at the station, transfer by bus and head to Mt. Fuji, “Japan’s highest and most prominent mountain", which was newly designated as a "World Heritage Site".  Visit "the Biggest Full-scale Zoological Park in Japan" Fuji Safari Park, where many animals from around the world live freely at the foot of Mt. Fuji.  Drive slowly through the vast "Safari Zone" where Lion, Tiger, Elephant, Cheetah, etc. (30 species total) can be observed up close.  If weather is fine, you get to see animals with the impressive backdrop of Mt. Fuji which is really spectacular.   Later, proceed to Lake Kawaguchi,   a very popular place where you can enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Fuji.  Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji and all of the rooms have a picture window, which faces Mt. Fuji.  Soak and Relax in the Hot Spring Bath and Enjoy a “Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” in the evening.

JUNE 15 (MON) TOKYO DISNEY RESORT        HOTEL OKURA TOKYO BAY
In the morning drive up the Fuji Subaru Line to the 5th Station of Mt. Fuji (7,562ft) which overlooks the Japan Alps, Fuji 5 lakes, etc. (weather permitting).    Also visit the Mt. Fuji Visitor Center and see the Video in English about Mt. Fuji on the 12-multi-screen viewer.  You will also be able to purchase merchandise pertaining to Mt. Fuji at the gift shop.  Then enjoy a Hoto Nabe Lunch (local cuisine in Yamanashi Prefecture similar to Udon noodle).   Later proceed to the Tokyo Disney Resort.  Our accommodation is the “Official Hotel of the Tokyo Disney Resort”, and located near the Disney Resort Line Monorail Station {3 minutes walk from the hotel}.  You will get an {OPTIONAL} chance to visit an Official Disney Souvenir Shop “Bon Voyage” after hotel check-in.    

JUNE 16 (TUE) TOKYO DISNEY RESORT        HOTEL OKURA TOKYO BAY
Whole Day, “FREE TIME” at Tokyo Disney Sea.  This is a sea-themed park which is different from all the other Disney Parks in the world.  The overall intention was to create a more adult-themed park, which includes “faster, scarier rides and shows designed for an older audience”.  In the morning go to the Monorail Station and catch the monorail to the Main Gate Station of Tokyo Disney Sea.  Wandering around, you will be amazed by the “fantastic shows and rides in this park”.  We will give you a “One Day Ticket for Tokyo Disney Sea and the Disney Resort Line Monorail”.  You can return back to the hotel on your own any time you choose to, using the monorail.  If you wish, you may choose to see the “Fireworks in the evening at the park”.        

JUNE 17 (WED) YOKOHAMA        YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS 
All Day, excursion in Tokyo!  Head to Ueno in Central Tokyo and visit the National Museum of Nature and Science, Japan's largest science museum.   See outstanding and curiosity-inspiring exhibits exploring the animal, plant kingdom and prehistoric world.  Impressive collections of dinosaur displays are worth seeing.  Later visit the Imperial Palace East Garden, former Edo Castle's innermost circles initially constructed in 1620.  The remaining foundation of the former castle tower, guardhouses, nice Japanese Garden, etc. can be seen.    Then go to Asakusa in the heart of 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 and enjoy shopping at the Nakamise Shopping Street with a variety of traditional local snacks and tourist souvenirs.  You will be able to view from a distance the world's tallest tower “Tokyo Sky Tree” completed in 2012 and boasting a height of 2,080 ft.  Next visit Ameyoko, "One of Japan's Most Popular Shopping Streets", filled with many shops dealing discounts on all kinds of stuffs including seafood, sweets, T-shirts, etc.  Then go to Yokohama, "2nd Largest City in Japan".  Our hotel is in a very convenient location within easy walking distance to Department Stores, Big Electronics Store, ¥100 Yen Shop and Underground Shopping Mall.  After hotel check in your tour guide will take you to "Holo-Holo" around the hotel.   

JUNE 18 (THU) YOKOHAMA         YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS  
Enjoy shopping in the morning at the AEON Supermarket before going to Odaiba, the highly popular shopping and entertainment district in Tokyo.  Visit the Trick Art Museum with a collection of amazingly realistic scenes designed so you can take a picture of yourself while becoming a part of the trick art scene itself.  It is a newly opened attraction that is amusing and amazing.  Also enjoy shopping and have lunch here while getting a chance to visit the ¥100 Yen Shop and Hello Kitty Shop, etc.  Later, drive over “Rainbow Bridge” with nice views of the waterfront sub-center in Tokyo.  After going back to the hotel, "FREE TIME" to continue 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 his or her gifts.  (2-Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance.  Any excess will be paid for by the member).  

JUNE 19 (FRI) HONOLULU                       {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}.   
{LUNCH AT YOUR OWN EXPENSE / DINNER ON THE PLANE}.  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 Narita Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, JUNE 19, 2015 (FRIDAY).  After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S FANTISTIC JAPAN THEME PARKS WITH WIZARDING WORLD OF HARRY POTTER & TOKYO DISNEY SEA TOUR #10!  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.  Yokohama Travel, Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually and around $100.00 from Yokohama.  Please call our office 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: MAY 17, 2015 (SUNDAY)
TIME: 12:00 PM (NOON)
PLACE: **TO BE ANNOUNCED**
ADDRESS: **TO BE ANNOUNCED**
COST: NO    COST TO TOUR MEMBERS                                                
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS
ESTIMATED AIR:  Airfare may be cheaper or more expensive at time of issue.  $225.00 Cancellation Fee usually charged by air carrier.  
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: Airfare & 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 2015: 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. 2nd Floor 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 25, 2015

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.