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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW DISCOVER JAPAN CIRCLE SHIKOKU
WITH SHODOSHIMA & AWAJISHIMA ISLAND TOUR #10 
MAY 28, 2016 (SATURDAY) - JUNE 09, 2016 (THURSDAY) GARY TSUMOTO 

MAY 28 (SAT) HONOLULU {08/10/15-cs}
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.

MAY 29 (SUN) KOBE KOBE BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Kansai Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to the hotel in the center of Rokko Island, Kobe. We will stay at sophisticated international hotel located close to convenience store.

MAY 30 (MON) SHODOSHIMA ISLAND BAY RESORT HOTEL SHODOSHIMA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, catch a ferry to Shodoshima sailing through the Seto Inland Sea. This island is a very attractive spot with a Mediterranean Atmosphere and is called "Island of Olives" because it is the "Birth Place of Olive Cultivation in Japan". First ride a Ropeway to go up to breathtaking Kankakei Gorge, which ranks Japan’s top three most beautiful gorges. The gorge is filled with rocks shaped into unusual formation. From upper station you can see nice panoramic view of islands and the Seto Inland Sea over the gorge. Later visit Island’s popular local speciality Somen (thin wheat noodle) Museum. Traditional methods of preparation continue unchanged since 400 years ago. Later visit the Tsukudani Factory producing the island's popular local specialty. Tsukudani is a simmered seafood, seaweed, etc. in soy sauce is a traditional Japanese food. This island's Tsukudani made with local soy sauce has a 400 year history. Our hotel is located in front of the Seto Inland sea. You can enjoy the Onsen Hot Spring & Open Air Bath with a beautiful view of the Kanrankei mountains and ocean.

MAY 31 (TUE) TAKAMATSU JR HOTEL CLEMENT TAKAMATSU
Shodoshima island is also well known as the filming location of popular movie “Twenty-four Eyes”, story of a school teacher and her first students of class in the lead up to WWII. We will visit Twenty-Four Eyes movie village, movie set used for the filming are preserved. Entire reconstructed village including a school house, old houses etc., convey a nostalgic atmosphere of past decades and is pleasant to explore. Visit Olive Park, home to century old groves of olive trees with overlooking many beautiful island of the Seto Inland Sea. Then catch a ferry to Takamatsu, central city in Shikoku. Our hotel is located close to the Takamatsu station and shopping area. After hotel check in, the tour guide will take you to "Holo Holo" around the hotel.

JUNE 1(WED) IMABARI IMABARI KOKUSAI HOTEL (ONSEN)♨
Visit Ritsurin park, absolutely one of the finest landscape gardens in Japan. This stroll-type landscape garden is exquisitely laid out with mounds, ponds, rocks and trees. Water lily, Azalea will be in season to bloom. After enjoying famous Sanukui Udon lunch, go to Besshi Copper mine, had operated for 283 years since 1691 and once was the world’s biggest copper producing mine. Visit its Museum praised as one of the most distinguished mine museums in Japan. Model of the surface facilities of the mine, a wide range of materials related to the mine etc., are exhibited. We will ride on miner train and walk inside of actual mine with dolls of miners showing how hard the work used to be. Then proceed to Imabari, known for production of world’s highest quality towels using only the highest quality raw material. It is highly praised as the comfort, reliability and safety towel. Visit Towel Museum and see the process of making towel and display of many types of towels with unique design. You can also purchase many different types of “High quality Imabari Towel” Then go to our hotel in Imabari, a nice city hotel with Open Air Onsen Hot Spring Bath. Enjoy a nice Japanese Kaiseki Dinner in the evening.

JUNE 2(THU) DOGO ONSEN HOTEL LUNA PARK (ONSEN) ♨
Enjoy driving on Shimanami Kaido (highway above the Seto Inland sea) with its spectacular island -to- island bridge, to enjoy the luxurious multi-isle beauty of Inland Sea. Visit Murakami Suigun (Feudal Navy) Museum which commemorates a Samurai who sailed the area some 500 years ago. It displays valuable literature and unearthed articles used by the Suigun Navy to give you a memorable insight to Samurai Navy history. Next visit Yoshiumi Rose Garden where you can see various kinds of roses collected from all over the world (if timing is right). Enjoy strolling in the garden filled with colorful roses. Later visit Iyo kasuri fabrics Museum and enjoy shopping. Iyo kasuri is famous traditional craft in Ehime and considered to be one of the three prominent splashed pattern textiles in Japan. It’s long been treasured for its simple texture, robust cotton, beautiful indigo color and carefully produced design. Then proceed to Dogo in Matsuyama, the oldest hot spring in Japan, dating back 3,000 years! After hotel check in, we will take you to Dogo Hot spring Main building, a proud symbol of the town which build in 1894. This historical edifice is the first hot springs facility designated as an Important Cultural Asset. Enjoy soaking and relaxing in Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open air bath of famous Dogo onsen.

JUNE 3(FRI) UWAJIMA HOTEL CLEMENT UWAJIMA
Go to Uchiko to visit its Old Town with beautiful streets lined with large stylish wealthy merchant houses from the 19th century Meiji Period. Feel a "Vestige of Traditional Rural Japan" while walking around the historical district. Later head to Uwajima, known as the biggest producer of Pearl. Stop at Pearl Center to enjoy shopping for fine quality Japanese pearls. Also visit Tenshaen Garden, a quaint lovely Japanese garden built in 1866 as a recreational venue by the ruling lord from the Date Clan. It is about season when Iris Flower will be fully bloomed (depending on the climate). We will stay at City hotel connecting to Uwajima station.

JUNE 4 (SAT) KOCHI CROWN PALAIS NEW HANKYU KOCHI
Visit Osakana-kan Aquarium which is home to a large variety of unique fishes that live in the Shimanto River that is famous as "Japan's Last Pristine River". Washi (traditional Japanese hand–made paper) has been catching world’s attention since the registration of UNESCO’s the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity lists in 2014. Kochi is one of Japan’s premier paper-making locations with a 1000 year history. We will challenge making our own traditional Tosa Washi paper. You can also learn the history and tradition of beautiful Tosa Washi paper and purchase it. Then proceed to our hotel in Kochi. After hotel check in tour guide will take "those who wish to" to the symbol of the city "Kochi Castle" built in the 17th century. {Within Easy Walking Distance}

JUNE 5 (SUN) KOCHI CROWN PALAIS NEW HANKYU KOCHI
Kochi City is home to "Japan's Oldest Outdoor Marketplace". In the morning go to the Sunday Market which is the most notable street market that has been held since 1690. More than 500 stalls selling Kochi's varied local products such as local crafts, antiques, fruits, vegetables, clothes, etc. Then visit Takagi Sake brewery, has over 120 years history. Kochi’s Sake is said to be good, dry and a treasure of Kochi. We will see place where sake is made and taste their Sake has refined taste. Kochi is well known for the TV Drama "Ryoma-den" the story about Sakamoto Ryoma who was a Samurai born in Kochi and has always been "One of Japan's Favorite Historical Figures". We will visit the Sakamoto Ryoma Museum to learn his history, works and the turbulent times before the Meiji Restoration in 1868. We will also see his notable statue at Katsura hama Beach. At lunch time taste "Katsuo (Bonito) Tataki" which is a famous local food in Kochi. Those who wish to can "Try Toasting Your Own Katsuo (Bonito)".

JUNE 6 (MON) NARUTO, TOKUSHIMA RENAISSANCE RESORT NARUTO (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Yasaka Shrine to see the "Oldest Cedar Tree in Japan" which is estimated to be over 3,000 years old and designated as a "National Special Natural Monument". A tombstone with a portrait of Misora Hibari and a monument of her songs including "Kawa-no Nagare-no Youni" are close by. Then drive along Oboke Great Valleys with magnificent scenery of the rapids rushing through the gorge with sheer rocks. Then visit Kazura (Vine) Bridge one of 3 oddly shaped bridges in Japan along with Kintaikyo Bridge & Saruhashi Bridge. This 148 feet long bridge made of vine is suspended 50 feet high above a stream. Later go to a nice resort hotel located in the Seto Inland Sea National Park in front of the Naruto Strait. Enjoy Soaking and Relaxing in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath with a beautiful ocean view. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the evening featuring local seafood, vegetables, etc., including Naruto Tai (Snapper), Naruto sweet potato.

JUNE 7 (TUE) KOBE HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
Head to Awajishima Island the largest island in the Seto Inland Sea with a unique atmosphere different from Japan's mainland. In the morning enjoy a Uzushio (Whirling Tides) Viewing Cruise. Enjoy a fantastic experience while viewing the world-level whirlpool right up close on a large yacht type pleasure boat. Later visit Tako Senbei no Sato, a shop making famous Octopus Chips. You can taste lots of different flavored chips at the factory store. Also enjoy shopping for Incense, Aroma Senko etc., Awajishima incense is a local specialty which uses natural scents to bring an authentic Japanese ambience. Then drive over the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge known as the "World's Longest Suspension Bridge (2.4 Miles Long)" to Kobe. Our hotel is conveniently located close to a popular Water front Shopping area.

JUNE 8 (WED) KOBE HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
Head to Mt. Rokko and visit Hall of Halls Rokko an exhibit of music boxes and automatic musical instruments including "One of the World's Largest Dance Organs". We will enjoy a fabulous music performance through the use of these instruments. Later visit Kobe Animal Kingdom, a theme park featuring lovely birds, animals, and beautiful flowers. Enjoy walking around huge greenhouse filled with fully bloomed colorful flowers and birds, fish etc. And stop at Tsukemono (pickles) store carrying Konanzuke which is made with famous Nada sake lees. Later enjoy Lunch and Shopping at the AEON Shopping Center before going back to the hotel. (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).

JUNE 9 (THU) 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 Kansai (Osaka) Int'l Airport to catch a Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu arriving the same morning, JUNE 09 (THURSDAY). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW DISCOVER JAPAN CIRCLE SHIKOKU WITH SHODOSHIMA & AWAJISHIMA ISLAND TOUR #10! 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!

TOUR LAND COST (13 DAYS) - $4,010.00 * PLUS (+) AIRFARE $1,100.00 (ESTIMATED):
TOTAL COST OF TOUR AND ESTIMATED AIR - $5,110.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD - $ 832.00* {¥7,560 X 11 = ¥83,160 YENS}

{YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥401,000 YENS} (AIRFARE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
*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.
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YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSEMENT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #10

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: MAY 15, 2016 (subject to change) (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 12:00PM (NOON) (SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
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 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!

FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:

Date: APRIL 13, 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.