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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 DISCOVER KYUSHU WITH WORLD’S GREATEST LIGHT FESTIVAL TOUR #5A
MARCH 02, 2016 (WEDNESDAY) - MARCH 14, 2016 (MONDAY) ROSS TERANSIHI 

MARCH 02 (WED) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES & DRINKS.

MARCH 03 (THUR) FUKUOKA HILTON FUKUOKA SEA HAWK
Arrive at Narita or Kansai Int’l Airport and after clearance of government formalities, catch the domestic flight to Fukuoka, biggest city in Kyushu. Upon arrival at Fukuoka airport, by bus to stunning waterfront resort hotel located in front of Hakata bay and adjacent to a domed baseball stadium and its shopping mall which is good for shopping and strolling, etc…

MARCH 04 (FRI) FUKUOKA HILTON FUKUOKA SEA HAWK
Visit Dazaifu Tenmangu Shrine, will be filled with Ume Blossom around this time of season (depending on climate of the year).This shrine is the most important of several hundreds of shrines dedicated to Sugawara Michizane as God of Scholarship. The approach to the shrine is lined with shops carrying local specialties such as famous Umegae-mochi. Later visit Konpeito (Japanese sugar candy) Kingdom to enjoy making Konpeito candy by ourselves. Konpeito candy is a traditional Japanese sweets with a history over 460 years. And visit Yusentei Garden. This purely strolling style Japanese garden is centered on a scenic pond with the lush walking paths wind through the thick trees and moss covered rocks, etc. Enjoy immersing yourself in uniquely Japanese landscape garden atmosphere. After go back to the hotel, tour guides will take to Holo holo near the hotel. Enjoy shopping or just rest.

MARCH 05 (SAT) KARATSU KARATSU ROYAL HOTEL
Proceed to Karatsu in Saga famous for beautiful nature, fresh seafood and magnificent festival. Drive along Niji-no Matsubara (Pine tree forest), most picturesque landscape in Saga with 1 million black pine trees lining along coast line. It is considered to be one of the three most beautiful pine forests in Japan and designated as National scenic beauty. And visit Karatsu Castle, which stands open onto Karatsu Bay. You can go up to top of rebuilt donjon and get a superb view of Genkainada bay and Niji-no Matsubara. Then go to Karatsu Kunchi Museum. Karatsu Kunchi is a vibrant, energetic festival which has a history of 400 years. The museum displays 14 huge, gorgeously decollated floats with figure of Lions, War Helmets, Fish, etc. Those are artistic masterpieces of Japan's wonderful festival culture. Hotel has a big public bath (Sorry Not Onsen Hot spring bath) with nice view of river. Enjoy Japanese Kaiseki dinner in the evening.

MARCH 06 (SUN) NAGASAKI CROWNE PLAZA ANA NAGASAKI GLOVER HILL
Go to Yobuko Morning Market, one of 3 major morning markets in Japan. Nearly 50 stalls selling a wide variety of fresh fish, dried fish, flowers, etc. Enjoy strolling and feel a lively air typical of a fishing port. Then go to Arita, famous throughout Japan for its pottery dates back over 400 years. Visit Arita Porcelain Park, a porcelain related theme park with a large reconstruction of the German Palace, to see masterpieces of the roots of Japanese ceramics. Then proceed to Nagasaki, one of the most intriguing and attractive tourist destinations in Kyushu with an incredible history has close ties to Europe and China. Visit Peace Park commemorates the city’s destruction by the Atomic Bomb dropped on Aug. 9, 1945. In the park there is the massive Peace Statue and various other statues which promote and urge the concept of World Peace. Our hotel is easy walking distance to Glover Garden and Oura church which is Japan's oldest Gothic church built in 1865.

MARCH 07 (MON) SASEBO HOTEL OKURA JR HUIS TEN BOSCH (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, visit Nagasaki's foremost tourist attraction “Glover Garden”. The elegance of the period of foreign settlement, nestled in picturesque surroundings offers a superb and extensive view of Nagasaki Harbor. The gardens feature the former Glover Residence, the oldest western wooden building in Japan has just added to the list of World Heritage Site on July 6, 2015. Then proceed to Huis Ten Bosch, a unique theme park recreates a medieval 17th century Dutch town. Entire park is filled with real size copies of old Dutch buildings and windmills which makes you feel as if you are in Netherlands. Admission ticket is paid for to enjoy your favorite attractions such as Horizon Adventure Plus; a theater where you can experience violent floods from Holland’s history with dynamic sound and lighting. And there are many exciting amusements in the park. You also enjoy leisurely stroll along streets lined with flowers and greenery. Our hotel is located in front of Huis Ten Bosch, with a Hot Spring bath and Open air bath. After dinner go to see the Kingdom of Lights Festival, 11 million lights of illumination called the World’s greatest light festival. It is so brilliant and amazing scenery in the night.

MARCH 08 (TUE) KUMAMOTO HOTEL NIKKO KUMAMOTO
Go to Ushinoo Bairin (Ume Forest), has been known as the best Ume flower viewing place in Kyushu since end of Edo period. 13,000 Ume Trees lining over and annually flower blooming around this time of the season. And visit Yokan (a thick jellied dessert made of red bean paste) Shop in Ogi. Yokan is one of the traditional sweets represent Japan. Especially, Ogi Yokan is historically old and very highly regarded as a popular brand. You can sample Ogi Yokan and purchase it. Later head to Kumamoto to visit Sakura-no-baba Josaien, an Edo-themed complex near Kumamoto Castle. Visit its Wakuwaku-za Museum which provides a great introduction of life in a castle town and shows Kumamoto's history and culture through videos and stage performances. And enjoy “Tabe aruki (Walking while sampling food)” We will give you coupon that you can exchange to your favorite local food such as Green tea Manju, Fishcake, Tofu, Ice cream, Grape juice, etc. Our hotel is located center of the city and close to department store and shopping mall. After hotel check-in, enjoy Holo-holo near the hotel.

MARCH 09 (WED) YUFUIN YUFUIN SANSUIKAN (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, have fun Strawberry picking in season. Taste fresh and sweet Japanese strawberry as much as you like! Then head to Mt. Aso, symbolizing Kumamoto called the “Land of Fire” with vast grassland, lakes and forests. Its ancient caldera ranks the world's largest with a circumference of 80 mile. Enjoy driving along popular “Mt. Aso Panorama Line”, an agreeably beautiful drive course with a lot of greenery and grandeur of great volcano, to Mt. Daikanbo (3071ft high). A natural observatory has the best panoramic view of Mt. Aso. Then go to Hita old town used to be Imperial demesne in Edo period and still preserve old houses along the streets. Enjoy walking around old town which take you back to Edo Period. Annual Hina doll Festival will be held during this time of season. Then to our hotel located in Yufuin. One of the most popular Hot spring resorts in Japan. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot Spring bath with Open Air Roten Buro Bath.

MARCH 10 (THUR) MOJI PORT MOJIKO HOTEL
Visit African Safari Park, the largest safari park zoo in Japan located in expansive Ajimu Steppe with 70 species, 1,400 animals. You can observe the large animals live freely. Enjoy exciting African Safari experience in Japan. Later proceed to Moji has been prominent as a major international trading port since the late 19th century. Visit Moji Port Retro Area a definitely popular tourist destination with exotic townscape created by the intermixed of old western style buildings and new attractive spots. Our hotel is located at Moji Harbor and nice to be explored with east-meets-west air through charming architectural sights. After hotel check-in, enjoy strolling around the hotel.

MARCH 11 (FRI) YUDA, YAMAGUCHI HOTEL KAMEFUKU (ONSEN) ♨
Cross Kanmon Straits to get Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi, known by some great historical sea battles in Japanese history. Visit famous Karato fish Market for some fun shopping for Dried Sea Foods, Tsukemono pickles, etc with lively atmosphere. And good chance to eat fresh Sushi at the market (You can try it from 1 piece at your own expense). Later proceed to Akiyoshidai Plateau, Japan's largest limestone karst plateau. Vast lands are dotted with limestone pinnacles, presenting a landscape rarely seen in Japan. Then proceed to Yamaguchi city called “Kyoto in the west”. Visit Ruriko-ji Temple with its National treasure Five-storied pagoda. This stately pagoda is considered one of three most outstanding pagodas in Japan. Hotel is located in Yuda Onsen with over 800 years history. Hot spring water contains elements that promote beautiful, silky smooth skin which is praised as “Bijin-no yu” (Hot spring that make you good looking). Enjoy outstanding bathing facilities equipped with open-air baths, saunas, whirlpool baths, called "Fairy Tale Bath" and "Seven Gods of Fortune Bath."

MARCH 12 (SAT) KOKURA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA
Head to Hagi, a former castle town since 1604. Recently it becomes sensational place for the stage of historical drama “HANAMOYU”. Hagi produced many capable men who played leading roles in the construction of modern Japan. Visit Shoka Sonjyuku Academy, just registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the sights of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution. Shoin Yoshida directed many revolutionaries who played important roles in the Meiji Restoration. And visit Old Hagi Castle town well preserve the old castle town atmosphere with the samurai houses and other town houses built in the Edo era. Hagi is also famous for 400-years old traditional Hagi-yaki pottery. One of Japan’s most famous potteries. It is said the more it is used, the glaze becomes more transitory. We will visit kiln where you can purchase beautiful Hagi-yaki pottery. Then to Kokura and our hotel, located close to Station and its shopping area. Enjoy shopping after check in.

MARCH 13 (SUN) KOKURA RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL KOKURA
Visit Kaikyo Drama Ship Museum exhibit all aspects of Kanmon Straits with projected displays and dioramas of Japanese historical moments. You can learn the natural history and the cultural history of Moji Port. Then enjoy shopping and lunch at Aeon Shopping Center and enjoy shopping at head quarter of Mochikichi (the biggest rice cracker company in Kyushu) Rice cracker Shop before going back to the hotel. (Lunch & dinner will be your own expense)

MARCH 14 (MON) HONOLULU
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. In the afternoon proceed to Fukuoka Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight to Nagoya, Haneda or Narita Airport. Then catch the International flight to Honolulu arriving the same morning, MAR 14, 2016 (Monday). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home.
(Lunch will be at your own expense. Dinner on the flight home but late)

COST OF TOUR (13 DAYS) - $ 4,105.00* PLUS Estimated airfare:$1,400.00
TOTAL TOUR COST WITH ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $5,505.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD - $ *903.00 (¥8,208 x 11 days=90,288 YENS@100 yen rate)

* YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: (¥410,500 YENS)
*Based on ¥100 Yens to a U.S. Dollar Rate. Two persons sharing a twin-bedded room. All meals except the Last Day LUNCH/DINNER and Departure Day LUNCH (DINNER on the Plane). All tours as per itinerary and subject to changes.
$100.00 DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CALL: TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
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PH: (045)311-1011 FAX: (045)311-1013

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: FEBRUARY 21, 2016 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: TO BE ANNOUNCED***
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL-MUUMUU, ALOHA SHIRT - (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS
AIR: IS ESTIMATED AND MAY COST MORE OR LESS AT TIME AIR TICKET IS ISSUED.

$225.00 Cancellation Fee is usually charged by the airlines.

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: Air & 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 2016: 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: January 27, 2016**

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.