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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854 TA #486 HOME PAGE: www.tohokutravel.com
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “SNOW WALL” JAPAN ALPS TOUR #9
MAY 09, 2016 (MONDAY) - MAY 21, 2016 (SATURDAY) – Clarence Sato (08/05/15-cs) 

MAY 09 (MONDAY) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Drinks and Movies.

MAY 10 (TUESDAY) YOKOHAMA _ YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after government formalities, go by bus directly to the hotel in Yokohama, the 2nd Largest City in Japan. After hotel check-in Free Time to go shopping, meet your relatives, friends, or just rest. Our hotel is located within easy walking distance to Department Stores and the Big Electronics Store Yodobashi Camera, ¥100 Yen Shop and Underground Shopping Mall.

MAY 11 (WEDNESDAY) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Head to Yokosuka, home to one of the biggest military seaports shared by the US Navy and Maritime Japan Self Defense force. Visit Mikasa Park located right next to Yokosuka U.S. Naval Base. It is the home to a historic warship "Mikasa" which once led Japan's fleet to defeat attackers during the Russo-Japanese War. Today Battleship Mikasa is a Maritime museum and "One of Only Three Memorial Warships in the World". Later proceed to Kurihama Hana-no Kuni Flower Park, renowned for its seasonal blossoms with peaceful landscape. We will see Poppy, Five Spot (Blue Flower) blooming in the huge ground. (blooming level depending on the climate of the year). Then go back to Yokohama and enjoy shopping or just rest.

MAY 12 (THURSDAY) LAKE KAWAGUCHI HOTEL REGINA KAWAGUCHIKO (ONSEN) ♨
Enjoy shopping at Yokohama Central Wholesale Market to buy Tsukemono, Umeboshi etc., at a wholesale price. Then head to Hakone, an internationally well-known resort area in the Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park where one can enjoy natural beauty, colorful flowers and scenic views including Mt. Fuji, Lake Ashi, etc. Visit Hakone’s famous seasonal attraction “Azalea Garden” by Lake Ashi that has a 36 acre garden overlooking the lake with colorful 3,000 Azaleas which are in seasonal bloom. Next go to Yamanashi Gem Museum, the only museum in Japan that exhibits various gemstones and learn about the formation of rocks and the earth in general. The 2,800 pound Brazilian crystal in particular is splendid indeed. Our hotel is located at the foot of Mt. Fuji with the picture windows of all the rooms facing it. Enjoy a “Relaxing Soak” in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and a “Delicious Sukiyaki Dinner” in the evening.

MAY 13 (FRIDAY) TATESHINA HEIGHTS _ HOTEL AMBIENT TATESHINA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, visit beautiful Fuji Begonia Garden with its colorful Begonia flowers with marvelous fragrance and a variety of owls that show us their cute faces. It is a paradise for flower and bird lovers. Then proceed to Lake Motosu to visit the Shibazakura (Pink Moss Phlox) Festival. If the timing is right, you can “enjoy a very impressive view of the hill covered by a pretty pink carpet of flowers with a Snow Capped Mt. Fuji as a back drop”. Later enjoy driving the Venus Line Scenic Road with panoramic mountain view along the way to popular resort area “Tateshina Heights”. We will stay at Mountain Resort Hotel located in front of mystic beauty Lake Megami (Goddess). Soak and Relax in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open Air (Roten Buro) Bath with beautiful lake view.

MAY 14 (SATURDAY) MATSUMOTO HOTEL BUENA VISTA
Head to Lake Shirakaba, main sightseeing spots in the Venus highlands area, we will visit World Silhouette Museum features the fairy-tale like works of Shadowgraph. Fantastic space made by light, mirrors, and water is extremely beautiful. Later visit Tsurumine Park with its abundant Azalea bushes. This park is the “Best Azalea Viewing Spot in the Chubu Region”.If the timing is right, the park will be filled with colorful azaleas (30 species, 30,000 roots). Later proceed to Azumino, popular sightseeing area surrounded by natural alpine beauty. Visit Swiss Village for tasting local wine and shopping for local souvenirs including “delicious” Shinshu Soba. And visit Daio Wasabi Farm the biggest Wasabida (horse-Radish farm) in Japan. Enjoy strolling around the farm with clear flowing stream and the magnificent view of the Japan Alps. You can also enjoy shopping for Wasabi products and try Wasabi ice cream! .Then go to our hotel in Matsumoto City. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you “Holo-Holo” near the hotel.

MAY 15 (SUNDAY) HOTAKA ONSEN HOTEL HOTAKA (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Matsumoto Castle, one of the most complete and beautiful among 12 of Japan’s original castles with 400 years history. This Japan’s oldest existing castle donjon is designated as National Treasures. Wisteria and Azalea in its Japanese garden should be in bloom this time of season. Then go to Kamikochi, the South Entrance of the Northern “Japan” Alps with 10,000 feet high mountains. “Best season” to visit “One of the Most Famous Mountain Sightseeing Spots in Japan”. Kamikochi Valley is located along the upper reaches of the Azusa River and surrounded by lofty peaks of the Japan Alps. Pass by Taisho Pond and visit the “Kappa Bridge” (a suspension bridge) over the crystal clear waters. All you will see is perfect postcard-like scenery. Later head to Okuhida and charming Mountain Resort Hotel surrounded by beautiful nature. Good chance to warm-up the body and relax in the Hot Spring Bath or try the Open Air Bath (Roten Buro). Private Onsen is also available (1 room only){At Your Own Expanse}.

MAY 16 (MONDAY) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
In the morning, ride the Shin Hotaka Rope Way, “One of the Highest Elevation Gains in Japan” as it goes up to the Summit station (7,073 feet) at the side of the Hotaka Mountain Range. Enjoy the sensational ride with “Japan’s First Double Deck Ropeway Gondola” above the clouds. If the weather is fine, you can enjoy splendid and spectacular views of the snowy Japan’s Northern Alps Mountains such as Mt. Yarigatake (10,430 feet) and Mt. Hodaka (10,470 feet), “Japan’s Third Highest Peak”. Then proceed to our hotel located near the Toyama Station and connected to a Department Store with a ¥100 Yen Shop. Enjoy shopping after hotel check-in.

MAY 17 (TUESDAY) TOYAMA TOYAMA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Proceed to Mt. Tateyama (alt. 9,892 feet.) which has long been respected as being sacred mountain. Visit Murodo-daira, “One of the Heaviest Snow Fall Areas in the World”. If timing is right, we will enjoy driving through the Great Wall of Snow “Snow Corridor” (0.3 miles long) formed by expelling heavy snow. You will also get a chance to walk along the “Snow Wall” which annually becomes over 52 ft in height. “Enjoy this amazing experience of snow only available in this period”! Next visit the Owara Kaze-no Bon Dance Museum. See the elegant and graceful dance with unique melancholic melodies. And learn about “One of the most famous traditional Bon dance Festivals in Japan” dating back over 310 years.

MAY 18 (WEDNESDAY) INUYAMA MEITETSU INUYAMA HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit World Heritage site “Shirakawago” the secluded and small mountain village of Gassho-style (Traditional thatched roof) houses. The atmosphere of the village with traditional vernacular farmhouses standing looks like a Japanese fairy tale. Later proceed to Gujyo Hachiman City to visit the Plastic Food “Sample” Factory. The ubiquitous plastic food sample can be seen outside virtually most restaurants in Japan was invented in this town. We will see incredible food samples and enjoy shopping for it. Also get a chance to try making your own food sample. Then we will visit Hakurankan Museum exhibiting the History of the Gujyo Odori Dance Festival, known as “One of the Three Most Important Traditional Dance Festivals in Japan”. They have “Dance Lessons” where you can learn how to dance the famous Gujyo Dance. Later go to our hotel in Inuyama located in front of Kiso river with a garden that overlooks National treasure Inuyama castle. Enjoy your last Hot Spring Bath and the Open Air (Roten Buro) Bath on this tour.

MAY 19 (THURSDAY) NAGOYA ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
Visit Urakuen Japanese Garden with National Treasure Tea house “Joan” one of the three best teahouses in Japan. Enjoy strolling around beautiful Japanese garden in the morning. Then go to Monkey Park with its big collection of many different monkeys from all over the world, such as Gorilla, Squirrel Monkey, Japanese Macaque, Gibbon, etc. Then proceed to our hotel in Nagoya 4th largest city in Japan. The hotel is close to train station and shopping area with Daiei Supermarket. Good chance to enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

MAY 20 (FRIDAY) NAGOYA ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL GRAND COURT NAGOYA
Visit the Toyota Commemorative Museum of Industry and Technology, preserving and utilizing the old factory and industrial heritage at the birthplace of Toyota. Learn through big exhibitions the history of how Toyota established and has developed from very early period when it was a department of loom making company. Later enjoy shopping and lunch at AEON Shopping Center. Upon hotel arrival, “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 pack his or her gifts. (2 Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. The member will pay for any excess).

MAY 21 (SATURDAY) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check out time our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take baggage’s to be checked-in down. In the afternoon, proceed to Chubu (Centrair) Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, MAY 21, 2016 (SATURDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING TOHOKU TRAVEL’S “SNOW WALL” JAPAN ALPS TOUR #9. 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. Weekday returns will cost less per person. Please call our office if you are extending your stay in Japan for more details. MAHALO!

TOTAL LAND TOUR COST (13 DAYS) - $4,100.00* + ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $ 1,000.00
TOTAL LAND & AIRFARE: $5,100.00*
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD - $950.00 ¥100 YENS RATE * {¥8,640 YENS X 11 = ¥95,040YENS)}

*YENS / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: (¥ 410,00YENS)
*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. (536-8618 or 538-7854)
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PH: (045)311-1011 FAX: (045)311-1013

YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSEMENT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #8

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: APRIL 24,2016 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00PM
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 is normally 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) pieces at 50 pounds each 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

FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:

Date: MARCH 25, 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.