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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 NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN TOUR #19 (revised 12/15/14-cs)
NOVEMBER 08, 2015(Sunday) – NOVEMBER 20, 2015 (Friday) Gary 
NOV. 8 (SUN) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch & a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS & MOVIES.

NOV. 9 (MON) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
Arrive at Kansai Int’l {or Itami} Airport in Osaka. After clearing Immigration and Customs formalities, go by bus to the “Ancient Capital of Japan” Kyoto. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Department Store and the Underground Shopping Mall.

NOV. 10 (TUE) KYOTO KYOTO SHIN HANKYU HOTEL
All Day, Kyoto City Tour of the most historical city in Japan. Go to Arashiyama with its landmark, “Togetsu Bridge”. The combined scenery of the Bridge with the flowing river and forested mountain as a backdrop is breathtaking. Later visit the World Cultural Heritage Site, “Nijo Castle,” with its beautiful Japanese Garden. The castle is an excellent example of traditional castle defensive structures built in 1603 and noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors. Next visit the Nishijin Textile Museum to enjoy seeing the Kimono Show. It is a good place to take in the beauty of gorgeous Nishijin Textiles which has a long history back to the 16th Century. Then return to our hotel and enjoy walking around and shopping at Kyoto Station and the Underground Shopping Mall.

NOV. 11 (WED) TAKAYAMA HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, taste a seasonal autumn fruits in Japan. Have fun "Picking sweet Japanese Persimmon" in season. Later, while viewing the magnificent Autumn scenery turned red and yellow {depending on climate conditions of the year} from the bus going to Takayama, a beautiful and historical yet cozy town which has maintained an original landscape of Japan. It makes this town "One of the Best Known Sightseeing Spots" in Japan. After hotel check-in, good chance to Soak and Relax in the ONSEN HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR JACUZZI. Enjoy a delicious Kaiseki Dinner in the evening.

NOV. 12(THU) TAKAYAMA HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN) ♨
All Day, Takayama City Tour. Visit the Historical Government House, built over 300 years ago and served as the Tokugawa Government's Administrative Building for 177 years. It is the only remaining building of its kind in Japan. Also visit the interesting Takayama Morning Open Market in front of the Government House. It is "One of Takayama’s Best Known Sights". Lots of stands sell local crafts and farm products, etc. Enjoy browsing around the Old Town District, which preserves the quaint atmosphere of an old castle town with age-old merchant’s houses and specialty shops carrying local Sake, lacquer ware, etc. Then go to the Matsuri no mori (Festival) Museum, which exhibits gorgeous and splendid floats of the Takayama Festival, “One of Japan’s Three most beautiful festivals”.

NOV. 13 (FRI) KANAZAWA KANAZAWA TOKYU HOTEL
Visit a World Heritage Site, beautiful “Gassho-Zukuri Village” in Gokayama. This mountain village is famed for its unique architecture. “Gassho Style” (steep sloping gable roof), was developed to survive severe weather with heavy snowfall. This is the only place you can see these historical triangle roofed houses in a settlement like scenery surrounded by nature as in olden times. Then to Taira Village to challenge yourself in “making your own traditional Gokayama Washi Paper.” Also learn the history and tradition of beautiful Gokayama Washi and purchase it. Later proceed to Kanazawa a historic castle town. Stop at Hakuza (Gold Foil Shop). Kanazawa produces 99% of Japan’s gold leaf. About 40,000 pieces of first class pure gold leaf was used in making the Golden Tea Ceremony Room and is a pleasure to see. Our hotel is located in the entrance of the Korinbo Shopping street which is the greatest shopping quarter in the Hokuriku district. After hotel check-in, “Go Holo-Holo” near the hotel.

NOV. 14(SAT) NOTO PENINSULA NOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Kanazawa is a city full of charm where a lot of old neighborhoods have been kept intact. Visit the Old Samurai Town of Nagamachi, and take a pleasant walk around the old town to see the elegant Nomura’s Samurai House with its beautiful Japanese Garden. This garden is highly praised as “One of the most beautiful site in Japan” by the Japanese Garden Journal (USA). Next visit Kenrokuen Garden, considered “One of Japan’s Three Best Landscaped Gardens”. This garden has the typical features of a large treed garden with plentiful water landscapes. Every step and turn in the garden brings a new view to stop and admire. Later visit the AEON Shopping Center to enjoy Shopping and Lunch. Then proceed to Noto Peninsula via the Chirihama Seaside Drive Way. This beach forms a 5 miles-long natural driveway of packed, fine sand, so hard that any kind of vehicle can drive on it. Here is the only one place in Japan where we can enjoy a drive on the sand along the seashore (depending on weather and roadway conditions). We will stay at a popular resort hotel surrounded by nature. Soak and Relax in the big HOT SPRING BATH and OPEN AIR ROCK BATH!

NOV. 15 (SUN) WAJIMA / NOTO PENINSULA NOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Wajima and visit the famous “Asaichi” (Morning Market). About 200 stalls lining the main street offers various products like folk crafts, primarily fresh seafood landed daily at Wajima Port, including delicious “Abalone.” Then visit the Kiriko Lantern Museum exhibiting impressive Kiriko Lantern Floats and musical accompaniment items, unique to Noto. Also see beautiful Wajima Nuri Lacquer Ware Products which are designated as a “National Intangible Cultural Property” with over 1,000 year history. Later go to a main attraction in Noto, “Noto Kongo Scenic Coast” with sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations called the most dramatic section of the peninsula. Also visit Senmaida (Thousand Rice Paddies), infinite terraced small rice paddies constructed on the steep hillsides which spread like stairways to the beach. It is designated as National cultural asset. Enjoy the exquisitely beautiful sceneries in Noto.

NOV. 16 (MON) HAKUBA SIERRA RESORT HAKUBA (ONSEN)♨
Enjoy shopping at Toyama Seafood Market specializing in seafood from Toyama Bay as well as local specialties such as white Shrimp Chips, etc. Later visit the Kitamae Ship Merchant Residence (National Important Cultural Property), one of the rich shipping merchant houses built in the Edo Period. A mud walled warehouse is still well preserved. Then proceed to Hakuba, part of the Japan Alps National Park. We will stay at a nice mountain resort hotel surrounded by forest. Your room has its own Jacuzzi Bath! Enjoy Hotspring Bath.

NOV. 17 (TUE) KIYOSATO HEIGHTS KIYOSATO KOGEN HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Going to Azumino while viewing the magnificent scenery of the Northern Japan Alps on the way. Visit the Azumino Swiss Village which carries a variety of Nagano souvenirs including local wine, pickles and Shinshu Soba, the most popular Soba noodle in Japan. Next enjoy “Picking Apples” Try tasting the Fresh and Sweet Nagano Apples which are in season. Then visit a Miso Factory to see the process of making local Shinshu Miso and purchase them. Nagano is also famous for its Shinshu Miso which is widely loved throughout Japan. Later go to the Music Box Museum to see its “Dynamic Music Show” played by antique music boxes automatically playing real instruments such as Piano, Cymbal, Violin, etc. Our hotel is located in the Highland Resort Area in Kiyosato Heights (4,900 ft.). On a clear day, you can overlook the Southern Japan Alps in the distance from your room. Soak and Relax in the BIG BATH and OPEN AIR HOT SPRING BATH with beautiful mountain scenery. {Only the Roten-buro is a Hot Spring}.

NOV. 18 (WED) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Head to Lake Kawaguchi a very popular resort area located at the foot of Mt. Fuji. If weather is good, we should be able to view the magnificent “Symbol of Japan”, Mt. Fuji on the way. We will enjoy a Saru Mawashi (Monkey Performance) Show, featuring familiar acrobatics and comic skits by talented and adorable monkeys. If the timing is right, this area will be filled with beautiful Autumn leaves with Mt. Fuji as a backdrop. Then proceed to Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. The hotel is located within easy walking distance to department store, big electronics store, 100 Yen shop and underground shopping mall. After check-in, your guide will take you to Holo Holo around the hotel.

NOV. 19 (THU) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Go to Ryogoku, the center of the Sumo World. Visit the Edo Tokyo Museum which displays the Historic heritage of present Tokyo and its precursor Edo continuing for 400 years. Experience and learn about various aspects of Tokyo at the museum. After enjoy shopping and lunch at Ario Shopping Mall with supermarket, 100 yen shop etc., visit Ameyoko, one of Japan’s most popular shopping streets, filled with many shops dealing discounts on all kinds of items which includes seafood, sweets, shirts, snacks, etc., After going back to the hotel it will be 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 their gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess).

NOV. 20(FRI) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY)
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 a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, NOVEMBER 20, 2015(FRIDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. Lunch and Dinner will be at your own expense. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2015 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN TOUR #19! 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 $90.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office for more details. 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: OCT. 25 , 2015 
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(OPTIONAL).

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 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!

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FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: SEPTEMBER 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.