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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 NORTHERN JAPAN "SHINRYOKU" FLOWER VIEWING TOUR # 8
MAY 08, 2017 (Monday) - MAY 20, 2017 (Saturday) Clarence Sato 07/14/16-TOTO
MAY 08 (MON) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via a Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.

MAY 09 (TUE) IKEBUKURO, TOKYO HOTEL METROPOLITAN
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, by bus to Ikebukuro, one of Tokyo's multiple city centers and a major commercial and entertainment district in west Tokyo. Our Hotel is located within easy walking distance to Shopping district. Upon arrival, free time to enjoy shopping, meet your relatives, friends or just rest. Your tour guide will take you to shopping area near the hotel.

MAY 10 (WED) LAKE INAWASHIRO HOTEL LISTEL INAWASHIRO (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Ashikaga Flower Park to see Wisteria blooming around this season (Blooming level depends on climate of the year). This park is praised as the best place to view Wisteria in Japan. Beautiful Purple, White and Yellow Wisterias are blooming continuously from April to May. Then go to Sano where famous for its Ramen consist of deep flavored simple Shoyu soup and bouncing noodle. We will eat Sano Ramen for lunch. Later, head to beautiful Lake Inawashiro, called heaven's mirror lake renowned as having one of the world's highest degree of clearness. We will stay resort hotel offers magnificent views of the lake from your room. Soaking and Relaxing in Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath with a beautiful lake view.

MAY 11 (THU) SENDAI HOTEL METROPOLITAN SENDAI
Head to Aizu wakamatsu, popularly known by the TV drama “Yae no Sakura”. Heroine “Yae Niijima” was born here. We will visit Aizu village to see Azalea blooming in the park (If timing is right). This huge park has 187 ft high Kannon Statue, Magariya old Japanese style House, etc. Enjoy strolling around the park filled with seasonal flowers. Visit Tsurugajo castle, called the greatest castle in Northern Japan. The castle gained fame as an impregnable fortress when it withstood heavy attacks during the Boshin War (in 1868). It is the only castle in Japan today restored with red tile roofs. Along with the historical atmosphere surrounding the castle, you can sense the changes that have occurred throughout Japanese history. Then proceed to Sendai, largest city in the Tohoku region and known as a modern city in harmony with nature. Hotel is located next to Sendai station and its shopping area. After hotel check in, you can enjoy shopping of local souvenirs, etc.

MAY 12 (FRI) MORIOKA HOTEL METROPOLITAN MORIOKA
Head to Hiraizumi, first World Heritage Site in the Tohoku region. Visit National treasure ”Konjikido (Golden Hall)” within Chusonji Temple, which attempts to recreate an ideal Buddhist "Pure Land (Jodo)" Paradise in this world. It is host an ensemble of Buddhist Culture of Gold developed independently in the Tohoku region. After enjoying a local Mochi dish for lunch, visit Esashi Fujiwara Heritage Park, a theme park retracing the history of the Oshu Fujiwara clan in 12th century. The magnificent Castle fortifications, Palace structures, Government offices, etc., are faithfully recreated. The park has been used as a shooting location for many Samurai movies and TV dramas. It enables you to immerse yourself in the history and culture of a magnificent dream tale of the Heian period. Our hotel is close to Morioka Station and shopping area where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

MAY 13 (SAT) AOMORI HOTEL JAL CITY AOMORI
Head to Hachimantai National Park. We will enjoy driving on the Aspite Line, one of Japan’s best roads for a scenic drive with beautiful mountain views. If timing is right, we will enjoy driving through Great Wall of Snow called “Snow corridor”. Impressively high walls of snow on either side of the road form a long corridor of snow. Enjoy this amazing experience of snow only available in this period! Then proceed to Aomori and visit Warasse Nebuta Festival Museum dedicated to all aspects of the most energetic event in Aomori, “Nebuta Festival”. You will see Huge and Colorful floats actually used for festival. Feel the lively and exciting atmosphere of one of Japan’s best known and biggest Summer events that attracts 3 million visitors annually. Then go to the hotel located at the center of the city. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you to Holo holo around the hotel.

MAY 14 (SUN) ONUMA HAKODATE ONUMA PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, go to Aomori station to ride the newly opened (March 2016) Hokkaido Shinkansen bullet train to cross to Hakodate, southern Hokkaido via the Seikan Undersea Tunnel (33.5 miles long and world’s second longest undersea tunnel). Upon arrival at Hakodate visit famous Hakodate Morning market to buy dried seafood etc. Then go to Goryokaku park, Japan’s first western style fort and now functioning as a park with its 5 pointed star-shape. We will look it over from the Observatory Tower (351ft height). Enjoy marvelous view of a huge star rimmed park and a whole Hakodate city. We will stay at popular resort hotel located in a National park surrounded by a beautiful virgin forest of white birches and oaks. Enjoy relaxing in the Onsen Hot Spring bath and Open-air bath where you can view the beautiful forest over the pond while soaking in the hot spring bath.

MAY 15 (MON) CHITOSE ANA CROWNE PLAZA HOTEL CHITOSE
Stop at Morimachi to see Cherry blossoms (Sakura). If timing is right, 1,000 Sakura trees will be in seasonal bloom. Then proceed to Lake Toya, praised as one of Hokkaido's three most impressive landscapes and known as the venue of the G8 Summit in 2008. See the still active Showa New volcano, one of Japan's youngest mountains created between 1944 and 1945 and designated as a Special National Monument. It still vents sulfurous fumes today. And go to the Bear farm where you can try feeding the Japanese bears (6.5 feet on average) here. Then head to Chitose City. Our hotel is located close to AEON supermarket. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you shopping.

MAY 16 (TUE) MAKUBETSU ONSEN TOKACHI MAKUBETSU GRANDVRIO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit the Salmon Museum renewed and opened in July 2015. Watch the movie in English showing a life of Salmon and see the huge water tank with Salmon, Sturgeon and other river fishes. Also we will try to release baby salmon into the river which is available only during this season. Then proceed to Tokachi where once called “Real Hokkaido is here”. Visit Shichiku Garden, one of Tokachi's most renowned sites. It features a large area with various kinds of seasonal flowers and commanding view of the Hidaka mountain range, providing spectacular and impressive scenes. This garden has been created for over 25 years by one family. Then go to the hotel located in Makubetsu Onsen, one of only two hot spring resorts in the world that use Moor hot spring water. It is good for beauty, neuralgia, muscle pains and dermatitis. Soak and Relax in the famous Moor Onsen Hot spring bath and Open Air Bath. *Private Onsen is available (own expense)!!

MAY 17 (WED) LAKE KUSSHARO KUSSHARO PRINCE HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Visit Ainu village in Lake Akan to see “Ainu ritual Dance and Sing”. Ainu are the aborigines of the Northern part of Japan. These dance rites have been listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. Later visit Lake Mashu, considered by many to be Japan's most beautiful lake because of its solemn beauty. On clear day, you can view picture-postcard perfect natural scenery. Next, visit Taiho Sumo Museum. Taiho was the 48th Yokozuna Sumo wrestler and kept the rank of Yokozuna for 10 years with 32 times Grand Champion. Emperor's Cup, diploma, sash, sword, etc are exhibited. Then go to our hotel located by the lake Kussharo which is one of the top resort hotels in eastern Hokkaido. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot spring bath and Open Air Bath that helps maintain beautiful skin and lower blood pressure.

MAY 18 (THU) SOUNKYO GORGE CHOYO RESORT HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Higashimokoto to enjoy its very impressive view of the hill covered by the pretty pink carpet of flowers, “Shibazakura (moss phlox)” (Blooming level depends on climate of the year). Enjoy strolling around the park with a magnificent panorama of moss phlox resemble Sakura (Cherry) flowers which create wonderful landscapes. Then visit Yama-no 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 head to Sounkyo Gorge in a Daisetsuzan National Park with its unusual rock formations and beautiful greenery. Steep cliffs reaching 530 feet in height are especially impressive. See one of the best 100 waterfalls in Japan, beautiful Ryusei (shooting star) and Ginga (galaxy) Waterfalls, cascades down through columnar joints on the sheer cliff. We will stay at Resort hotel located in Sounkyo Hot spring. Enjoy your last Onsen Hot spring bath and Open Air Bath on this tour.

MAY 19 (FRI) SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Head to Sapporo, largest city in Hokkaido. On the way, visit AEON shopping center for lunch and shopping. And stop at Sunagawa Highway Oasis to enjoy shopping of Hokkaido’s Local specialties. Our hotel is located next to Sapporo station with Department Store and Underground Shopping mall. After hotel check in, Free time to finish Shopping, Packing, etc. (Lunch/Dinner will be at your own expense)

MAY 20 (SAT) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At checkout time, our agents will come 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 Int’l Airport. Upon arrival at Narita, transfer to international flight to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu, the same morning May, 20 (SAT). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense.)

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NORTHERN JAPAN "SHINRYOKU" FLOWER VIEWING TOUR #8! 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 for more details. MAHALO!

TOTAL LAND TOUR COST (13 DAYS) - $ 4,050.00* + PLUS {ESTIMATED} AIRFARE: $ 1,200.00
TOTAL COST WITH AIR = $5,250.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD------------------$ 855.00* (¥7,776 YENS X 11 = ¥85,536 YENS)

{YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥405,000 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.
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YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSTMENT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #8

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: APRIL 23, 2017 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM
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 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.

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!


AIR SURCHARGE WAIVED FOR YEAR 2017: 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, As soon as possible, 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: MARCH 25, 2017

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.