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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPRING “MALIHINI” CHERRY BLOSSOM TOUR # 6 
MARCH 29, 2016 (Tuesday) - APRIL 10, 2016 (Sunday) ROSS (06/29/15-cs)

MARCH 29 (TUE) HONOLULU
Leave from Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies & Drinks.

MARCH 30 (WED) OSAKA/KOBE KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport (Osaka) and after clearing government formalities, by bus to Rokko Island in Kobe. We will stay at sophisticated international hotel located close to the Monorail Station and Convenience Store.

MARCH 31 (THU) HIROSHIMA HOTEL GRANVIA HIROSHIMA
Catch the Shinkansen Bullet Train, offer an experience like no other with speeds reaching up to 198 M.P.H, from Shin Kobe Station to Hiroshima Station. Upon arrival, by bus to Iwakuni, Yamaguchi prefecture to see Kintai (Brocaded) Bridge, a beautiful wooden arched bridge called “One of the Three most beautiful Bridges in Japan”. When you walk on this elegant shaped bridge, you may feel as if you are walking on a rainbow. Cherry Blossoms are in bloom along the banks of the bridge (If the timing is right). Later go back to Hiroshima to visit the Peace Park. See the Atomic Bomb Dome (World heritage site), Peace Bell, Cenotaphs, etc. and visit Peace Memorial Museum. It is the most important museum of Hiroshima, relating the details and history of the first atomic bomb. Then go to the hotel located next to Hiroshima station and its shopping area. After hotel check in, enjoy shopping, meeting your relatives or just rest.

APRIL 01 (FRI) OKAYAMA OKAYAMA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL
In the morning visit beautiful sacred Miyajima Island and the colorful Itsukushima Shrine (World Heritage Site). It is one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions and one of Japan’s Scenic-Trio. A complex of brightly colored pavilions known worldwide as “Floating shrine” built over water. Next proceed to Okayama to visit Korakuen Park, “One of the Three Best Landscaped Gardens in Japan” and hence Okayama’s number one attraction. It is a representative “Daimyo Garden of the Edo Period (1600-1868)”. Enjoy strolling around the beautiful landscaped garden including a large pond, streams, a manmade hill, etc. Proceed to the hotel, located high on the Hill, where you can look over Okayama City, and surrounded by the beauty of nature. Good chance to walk around the hotel garden in the morning.

APRIL 02 (SAT) TOKUSHIMA RENAISSANCE RESORT NARUTO (ONSEN) 
Proceed across the Great Seto Bridges, a series of suspension bridges (7.6 miles), joining Honshu (Main Island of Japan) and Shikoku Island, while viewing the magnificent scenery of Seto Inland sea. Visit Ritsurin Garden, considered as the most beautiful historical garden in Shikoku island which is skillfully laid out to “Harmonize with 330 Cherry Trees and 1,400 magnificent Pine Trees which have been expertly landscaped for centuries to twist into fantastic shapes”. If timing is right, Cherry blossoms are blooming in the garden. Each step you take reveals a new view of the different tasteful aspect of the exquisitely arranged garden. After enjoy famous Sanuki Udon lunch, go to Tokushima, to see the famous “Awa Odori Dance Show”, a Local Traditional Dance of Tokushima known nationwide. Enjoy the elegant performance by local dancers. We will stay at a nice resort hotel with Onsen Hot Spring, located in front of Naruto Strait. Enjoy soaking and relaxing in HOT SPRING BATH with beautiful ocean view. Enjoy buffet dinner featuring local seafood, vegetables, etc.

APRIL 03 (SUN) OSAKA SHERATON MIYAKO HOTEL OSAKA
Visit the Deko-Ningyo (Japanese Wooden Puppet) Museum, to see its mechanism and the process of making the Jyoruri Puppets, which is a Traditional Japanese art dating back 300 years. Next proceed to Awaji Island in the eastern part of the Seto Inland Sea. The ocean current here is so complicated that the tide creates a whirl current called “Uzushio”. Cross the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge, the “Longest Suspension Bridge in the World (6,532 ft.) to Kyoto, which used to be the Capital City of Japan for over a millennium and carries a reputation as the “Most Beautiful City in Japan”. Visit “One of the Symbols of Kyoto”, Kinkakuji Temple, known as the Golden Pavilion which situated picturesquely in its garden. Then proceed to our hotel in Uehonmachi, Osaka. It’s ideally located for shopping and eating where you can explore and enjoy atmosphere of Osaka. After hotel check in tour guide will take you holo-holo around the hotel.

APRIL 04 (MON) OSAKA SHERATON MIYAKO HOTEL OSAKA
All Day, Kyoto City Tour. In the morning visit the colorful Heian Jingu Shrine with its beautiful Japanese Garden. Enjoy walking around the stroll-style landscape garden designated as a “National Scenic Spot”. Then enjoy shopping at the Kyoto Handicraft Center, which carries Kyoto’s beautiful and skillful made handicrafts and specialty goods. After lunch of healthy Kyoto’s Obanzai dish, go to enjoy seeing the beautiful Miyako Odori Dance Show (Cherry Blossom Dances), held in the Ancient Entertainment District of Gion. The show exhibits the fine traditional song and dance skills of Maiko (Apprentice Geisha) and Geiko (Geisha). Enjoy the beauty of spectacular dances and singing, with vibrantly colored Kimono Costumes with Japan’s most highly trained performers. Then go back to the hotel.

APRIL 05 (TUE) NAGOYA ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
Visit Nabana-no sato Flower park, a huge flower garden with a variety of seasonal flowers. We will see Tulip, Cherry Blossoms, Peach Flower etc., blooming (depending on timing) Then stop at AEON shopping center to enjoy shopping and lunch. Later proceed to Nagoya, a city full of historical landmarks and traditional culture. Visit a “Symbol of Nagoya”, Nagoya Castle. The interior of the castle is a modern museum displaying the castle’s history, Samurai armor, helmets, swords, etc. If the timing is right, we will see Cherry Blossoms are blooming around the castle grounds. Our hotel is close to the train Station and its Shopping Area. Enjoy shopping before and after dinner.

APRIL 06 (WED) LAKE HAMANA HOTEL TOKYU HARVEST CLUB HAMANAKO
Visit the Toyota Automobile Factory to enjoy their Plant tour and see the process of assembling Toyota Cars and visit their Museum. Later go to the Haccho Miso Factory to see the process of making Miso. Haccho Miso has over 600 year history and is featured in many of the miso based dishes in the Nagoya Area. Recently it became popular worldwide. Visit Shrimp chips shop, you can sample many varieties of flavor and buy fresh shrimp chips. It is famous specialty in this area. Then proceed to Lake Hamana, one of the largest brackish lakes in Japan and blessed with lots of scenic spots. This night’s accommodation is a nice resort hotel located lake side. You can enjoy walking around the hotel after check-in and in the morning. Soak and Relax in the Big Public Bath and Open Air Jacuzzi Bath. {Sorry it is not an Onsen Hot Spring}.

APRIL 07 (THU) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) 
Have fun Strawberry picking in season. Try tasting fresh and sweet Japanese Strawberries as many as you like. Then drive up to Nihon daira where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Mt. Fuji and Suruga bay on a clear day. And visit Fuji Kacho-en, a theme park of fabulous flowers and lovely birds etc., Enjoy strolling through greenhouses filled with magnificent flowers, plants and birds. It is a paradise for bird and flower lovers. Later head 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 the picture windows of all the rooms in this hotel face Mt. Fuji! Soak and Relax in the “ONSEN HOT SPRING BATH” and “Enjoy a Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner” “Wearing Yukata and Slippers” (If You Wish).

APRIL 08 (FRI) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
Visit Mt Fuji Visitor Center to see video in English about Mt. Fuji on the 12 multi screen viewer. You will also be able to purchase merchandise pertaining to Mt. Fuji. Then to Oshino Hakkai Springs, the ponds used to be called the “Spring of God” that are spring-fed by water flowing down from scared Mt. Fuji. The ponds are quite deep and have interesting freshwater plant life and large fishes. After a famous “Hoto Nabe” lunch, proceed to our hotel in Ikebukuro, Tokyo, (one of Tokyo’s multiple city centers) and located within easy walking distance to the Ikebukuro Shopping District. After hotel check-in we will take you to “Holo-Holo” to the Department Store Area.

APRIL 09 (SAT) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
All Day, Tokyo City Tour. Visit the Outer Garden of the Imperial Palace to see the Niju Bashi Bridge. It is the Main Bridge of the Imperial Palace. Then, go to Asakusa, “One of the Most Popular Tourist Spots in Tokyo”. Visit Senso-ji Temple with Kaminari Gate and the Nakamise Shopping Street, lined with many shops with a lively atmosphere. Take a “Boat Cruise” on the Sumida River. We will see the “Tokyo Sky Tree” completed in 2012. It boasts a height of 2,080ft and One of the World’s Tallest Towers. If the timing is right, we will see Cherry Blossoms along the riverside also. Then proceed by bus back to the hotel in Ikebukuro. 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 for packing his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess).

APRIL 10 (SUN) 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 Narita Int’l Airport to catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning. APRIL 10, 2016 (Sunday). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPRING “MALIHINI” CHERRY BLOSSOM TOUR #6! 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. Yokohama Travel, Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually. Around $100.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office if you are extending your stay. MAHALO!

TOTAL LAND COST ONLY (13 DAYS) - $4,180.00*
TOTAL TOUR COST WITH ESTIMATED AIRFARE - $1,200.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD - $927.00

* YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: (¥418,000 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 REQUIRED AT TIME OF RESERVATION
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: TBA
TIME: TBA
PLACE: TBA
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS
ESTIMATED AIRFARE: MAY BE MORE EXPENSIVE OR CHEAPER AT TIME OF PURCHASE.

AIRLINES USUALLY CHARGE A $225.00 Cancellation Fee.

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!

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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: FEB.

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.