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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808) 536-8618/538-7854 TA #486
TOLL FREE PH: 1-888-966-3666

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN HOKKAIDO MOMIJI BOCHA BOCHA TOUR #17
OCTOBER 2, 2016 (SUNDAY) – OCTOBER 14, 2016 (FRIDAY) ROSS & JOHN 

OCT. 2 (SUN) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES & DRINKS.

OCT. 3 (MON) CHITOSE ANA CROWNE PLAZA CHITOSE
Arrive at Narita International Airport, and after Government entry formalities, transfer to your connecting flight to Chitose Airport in Hokkaido. Upon arrival, go directly to our hotel (10 minutes by bus from the airport).

OCT. 4 (TUE) MT. ASAHIDAKE ASAHIDAKE MANSEIKAKU HOTEL BEARMONTE (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Furano, an attractive destination known for its pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes. Visit its famous Farm Tomita to see Marigold and Salvia will be in season to bloom. Enjoy magnificent view of the huge field that looks as if covered by colorful carpet. Then head to Daisetsuzan National Park, Japan’s largest national park which preserves a mountainous area of virtually unspoiled wilderness. Our hotel is located at the halfway up of Mt. Asahidake with altitude 3,600 feet high and surrounded by glorious mountain scenery. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot spring bath and Open Air Roten Buro Bath. Also Private Onsen is available at your own expense.

OCT. 5 (WED) SOUNKYO GORGE CHOYO RESORT HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, catch Asahidake Ropeway to go up to 5th station of Mt. Asahidake (5,250 Ft High). Enjoy superb view of great nature in highest mountain in Hokkaido with magnificent Autumn color that is Japan’s earliest Autumn color change. Then head to Asahikawa, 2nd largest city in Hokkaido. Visit Asahiyama Zoo, a very popular zoological garden which draws the highest number of visitors because of its unique viewing facilities in observing the amazing abilities of animals in an environment of wilderness which is designed to be as close to their natural habit as possible. Many of which are unique to Asahiyama Zoo. And visit Otokoyama Sake Brewery which makes the “Best Sake in Hokkaido”, to learn its history and taste their Fresh Sake which you can purchase. Then go to Sounkyo Gorge in the center of Daisetsuzan National Park. Our hotel is located in foot of Mt. Daisetsu. Magnificent views can be seen from your room. Enjoy Soaking and Relaxing in Onsen Hot spring bath and Open Air Roten Buro Bath filled with the white water.

OCT. 6 (THU) LAKE SAROMA LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN) ♨
Enjoy driving along Sounkyo Gorge, a giant gorge consisting of 300 Ft cliffs stretches over 15 Miles. We will view the unusual rock formations and the gorge will be filled with Autumn Color which is expected to be right timing. And visit its highlight Ryusei (Shooting Star) and Ginga (Galaxy) Water Fall. Water falls directly over the 390 Ft-high cliff, giving you a sense of power of nature. Later go to Fresh Water Aquarium newly popular tourist attraction in Hokkaido. It’s amazing to see Japan’s biggest freshwater fish “Ito (Japanese Huchen)” swimming and forming groups. Its Basin water tank is Japan’s first water dome tank where you can see the world under the waterfall. Then proceed to Lake Saroma, known for a beautiful sunset and water of the lake called “Saroma Blue”. Our accommodation is nice resort hotel on the picturesque shores of Lake. Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner featuring local sea foods etc. and relaxing another warm Onsen Hot spring bath and Open Air Bath with a beautiful lake view.

OCT. 7 (FRI) SHIRETOKO SHIRETOKO DAIICHI HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Abashiri Prison Museum where you can learn about the socio-political history of Japan. It served as a real prison until 1984 and was Japan's most notorious and most feared prison. Buildings and structures of the old prison, how daily life of the prisoners was can be seen. Then head to World Natural Heritage site, Shiretoko Peninsula, considered to be the last pristine wilderness remaining in Japan. Visit Oshin-Koshin Waterfalls, chosen as one of best 100 waterfalls in Japan. You can see spectacular waterfall close by. Visit Shiretoko 5 Lakes, small, quiet, picturesque lakes surrounded by wild forest. It is a great place to experience Shiretoko's unspoiled nature in an easy walking. Enjoy another Big Buffet Dinner with Local Seafood, Crab, Scallop, Sushi, Tempura, etc. and soaking in Onsen Hot spring bath and Open Air Roten buro Bath where you can enjoy panoramic view of Shiretoko. Also Private Onsen is available at your own expense.

OCT. 8 (SAT) LAKE AKAN TSURUGA RESORT HANAYUKA (ONSEN) ♨
Drive up to the beautiful Shiretoko Pass to get to Rausu side of Shiretoko peninsula where Kunashiri Island (Russian Held Island) can be seen on a clear day. It is expected that the pass will be filled with beautiful Autumn color. It offers a magnificent journey through the outstanding Autumn Foliage. Then visit Salmon Science Museum, contains more than 20 kinds of salmon from all over the world. This is the right season that Salmon come back from ocean to the river to lay eggs. We will see wild salmon swimming in the river. Then proceed to Lake Akan and our excellent hotel located lake side. After dinner, Torch Parade Festival going on at the lake side right behind our hotel. Ainu people (Aborigine in Hokkaido) will parade with holing torch on their hands. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot spring bath.

OCT. 9 (SUN) KUSHIRO ANA CROWNE PLAZA KUSHIRO
Enjoy Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Akan. See unspoiled primitive forest that shows natural beauty with Autumn color (Expected to be right timing). Later visit Ainu village, the biggest Ainu settlement in Hokkaido and home to 130 Ainu. See Ainu Dance & Ritual Show which is registered as UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. And enjoy strolling along the street lined by souvenir shops specializing in Ainu handicrafts. Then go to Crane National Park to see Tancho (Japanese Red-headed Crane) officially designated as a living Japanese monument and its habitat is only around this area. It is a biggest and magnificent bird in Japan. Then head to Kushiro and pass the symbolic Nusamai Bridge. Four bronze images of the maiden of the four seasons which four typical Japanese engravers manufactured are set on the railing. Hotel is located near the MOO’s Fisherman’s Wharf where you can purchase Hokkaido Souvenirs and Pupu’s!

OCT. 10 (MON) OBIHIRO HOTEL NIKKO NORTH LAND OBIHIRO
Go to historic and lively Washo Ichiba Market where over 60 stores carrying local sea products, etc. Enjoy shopping of Hokkaido’s dried sea foods. If you like, you can try its famous “Katte don” (your own expense). First purchase a bowl of rice, then walk the rows of shops selecting your favorite seafood items as toppings. Good chance to taste local fresh sea foods with easy way. Then visit Okame-do Beans shop carrying Local beans, Ama-Natto (beans covered with refined sugar), Flavored dried beans, etc. Enjoy shopping of famous Tokachi beans! Later visit Obihiro Banba Horse Racetrack. Banba is a dynamic horserace that originated from horse power contests in the Pioneer days of Hokkaido. We will see actual Horse Racing at there. Also you can visit gift shop and horse museum exhibits information about farm horses and agricultural tools, etc. Our hotel is located right next to train station and its shopping building. And easy walking distance to supermarket. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

OCT. 11 (TUE) OBIHIRO HOTEL NIKKO NORTH LAND OBIHIRO
In the morning, enjoy peaceful walk through Manabe Garden, a beautiful garden mixed with Japanese and European style. It would be right season we can see beautiful Autumn color. You can immerse yourself in extraordinary beauty while strolling the delightful garden. Later visit Boya Farm to see their Sheep dog show. This farm is the biggest Sheep farm in Japan. Enjoy an impressive working sheep dog demonstration in the vast farmland. Also stop at Ryugetsu Sweet Pia Garden to sample and purchase one of the most popular souvenirs in Obihiro “Sanporoku” a type of Baumkuchen (German style Role cake) a kind of layered cake covered with chocolate.

OCT. 12 (WED) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL

Walk to Obihiro station and Catch an Express Train “Super Ozora” (2 hours ride). This train is a popular for tourists who travel around Hokkaido. Upon arrival, transfer by bus to Sapporo, largest city in Hokkaido. Visit Asahi Beer Brewery (HIC!). View the process of making Asahi Super Dry and taste the freshly brewed Beer! Later visit the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium which was the stage for the “large hill" competition at the 1972 Winter Olympics which was held in Sapporo. For those who wish to you can ascend to the mountain peak by the lift. From there, you can see the unimaginable steep approach and spectacular scenery. Our hotel is located next to Sapporo station with Department Store and Underground Shopping Mall. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you Holo holo around the hotel.

OCT. 13 (THU) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Visit Hoheikyo Dam filled with Autumn color (Expected to be right timing). This area is famous for the beautiful autumn color. In season, the whole ravine becomes a canvas of colorful Autumn leaves. Then visit AEON Shopping Center for lunch and shopping. Upon hotel arrival, Free time to continue Shopping, Packing etc. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense.)

OCT. 14 (FRI) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST Is Included This Day / LUNCH On Your Own / DINNER On The Plane)
Our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. Leave Hotel by bus to Chitose Airport to catch domestic flight to Narita, Chubu or Kansai Airport. Upon arrival, transfer to international flight to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu, the same morning Oct 14, 2016 (Fri), and after clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense.) THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2016 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN HOKKAIDO MOMIJI BOCHA BOCHA TOUR #17! 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. Please call our office for more details if you are extending your stay in Japan. MAHALO!

TOTAL LAND TOUR COST (13 DAYS) ---------------------------$4,090.00* 
PLUS (+) AIRFARE (ESTIMATED): $1,500.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD------------------$ 844.00* {¥7,668 X 11 = ¥84,348 YENS}

{YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥409,000 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.
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
YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSTMENT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #17

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: SEPTEMBER 18, 2016 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: EMPRESS CHINESE RESTAURANT 
ADDRESS: CHINESE CULTURAL CENTER 2ND FLOOR
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.

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!

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, 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!


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!

FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:
Date: AUGUST 19, 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.