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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 NEW DISCOVER JAPAN "NOMBIRI" SANIN & SANYO TOUR #15
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015 (THURSDAY) – OCTOBER 6, 2015 (TUESDAY) {CLARENCE & JOHN}
{REVISED 11/10/14}

SEP. 24 (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. 25 (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. 26 (SAT) OKAYAMA        HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
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.  Later go to Bizen to see its famous Bizen-yaki Pottery.  We will see displays of both old and new examples of Bizen-style Pottery which has a long history dating back to the 12th Century.  You can purchase the famous Bizen-yaki Pottery at the store.  Later enjoy tasting a regional goodie of Okayama "Muscat Grape" which is a type of grape with beautiful emerald green color often called the "Queen of Fruits" because of its rich sweetness.  Our hotel is located next to Okayama Station and Underground Shopping Mall.  You can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

SEP. 27(SUN) OKAYAMA        HOTEL GRANVIA OKAYAMA
Visit Kurashiki, well known as the “Most Representative Sightseeing District in Okayama Prefecture” and "One of Japan's Greatest Old Merchant Towns".  Its historical and traditional heritage can be seen everywhere in the Bikan Historical District with a lovely retro-modern cityscape of old warehouse buildings and many small stalls lined along a scenic canal.  It forms a townscape with a traditional atmosphere and is often called "Venice in Japan".  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)  Shop to taste and purchase the most famous souvenir in Okayama.  Then go back and enjoy “Holo-Holo” near the hotel.      

SEP. 28(MON) MT. 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”(Iron Oxide) 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, 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. 29 (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.  Visit the Yasugibushi Entertainment Hall to enjoy live performances of the famous Yasugi Bushi.  This is traditional local folk song (Minyo) which started from the Edo Period.  Dojou Sukui dance is popular for its comical expression. Then go to Matsue.  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. 30 (WED) MATSUE        MATSUE TOKYU INN
Go to Matsue Vogel Park with a superb presentation of fabulous flowers and lovely birds in a beautiful natural setting.  Enjoy strolling through several greenhouses filled with magnificent plants and birds. You can also enjoy feeding the birds in the cage and watching the "Flying Owl Show".  Later visit the Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, "Japan’s Oldest Shrine" (dates back 1,500 years) and considered "Japan's Second Most Important Shrine" where 8 million worshipers visited the shrine in 2013.  This region was called "Province of the Gods", an annual gathering place of "Shinto's Eight Million Gods".  Later visit a "Symbol of Matsue", Matsue Castle built in 1611.  It is “One of 12 Original-structured Castles left in Japan”.  The castle tower offers a panoramic view of the castle grounds and surrounding cityscape.
 
OCT. 1(THU) 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.   Later proceed to Tottori and our hotel located right in front of Tottori Station and next to Daimaru Department Store.  Enjoy “Holo-Holo” after hotel check in. 
 
OCT. 2 (FRI) TOTTORI        HOTEL NEW OTANI TOTTORI
In the morning visit Karoichi Fish Market to enjoy shopping for dried seafood, etc. from the Japan Sea.  Then to Tottori Dune, the "Largest Dune in Japan" stretching 6 miles long and 1.5 miles width and facing the Japan Sea.  Enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful natural land formation created by sand and winds over the last 100,000 years.  Also visit the "World's First Museum of Sand Sculpture", a unique museum that displays large sand sculptures carved from just a mass of sand from the Tottori Dunes hardened with water.  Take a look at the amazing works of art!  In the afternoon visit Nagashibina Doll Museum which displays 800 Hina Dolls from the Edo Period (17th - 19th Century) that were collected from all over Japan.  Those who wish to can "Try Making Your Own Nagashibina Doll" which will be later floated on the river to take away your troubles and bad luck.    
 
OCT. 3 (SAT) AMA NO HASHIDATE        MIYAZU ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Have fun "Picking Japanese Pears".  Tottori is a major Japanese Pear producing area boasting of its fresh taste and abundant juice.  "Taste the Fresh and Sweet Tottori Pears" in season.  Enjoy cruising down the Uradome Coast while watching the superb scenery with layered rocks jutting out of the ocean at sharp angles creating numerous small islands with cliffs behind it.  Later stop at Konotori (Oriental Stork) no Sato Park to see Konotori bred through artificial rearing.  {Wild Konotori in Japan were exterminated in 1971}.  Later go to our luxurious resort hotel overlooking Amano Hashidate.  Soak and Relax in the Open Air Onsen Hot Spring Bath
 
OCT. 4 (SUN) WEST KOBE        KOBE SEISHIN ORIENTAL HOTEL
Visit "One of Japan's Three Best Scenic Views" Amano Hashidate, a 2-mile 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 Sasayama Castle Oshoin (Great Reception Room), a completely restored very large scaled building where important political meetings used to be held during the Edo Period. 
See the original stonewall built in 1609 which is designated as a "National Historic Site".   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. 
 
OCT. 5 (MON) WEST KOBE        KOBE SEISHIN ORIENTAL HOTEL
In the morning visit Akashi Uonotana Market 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 and Cosmos should be blooming this season.    Also stop at the AEON Shopping Center to enjoy Shopping before returning 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).       
 
OCT. 6 (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 OCTOBER 6, 2015 (TUESDAY).  After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home.  THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW DISCOVER JAPAN "NOMBIRI" SANIN & SANYO  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. 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 13, 2015 (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 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. 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 11, 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.