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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
PH: (808)-536-8618/538-7854 TA #486
FAX: (808)-524-1053
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW MOUNTAIN RESORT MOMIJI TOUR
SEPTEMBER 23, 2017 (SATURDAY) – OCTOBER 04, 2017 (WEDNESDAY) ROSS & TOMOYUKI

SEP. 23 (SAT) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a snack will be served aboard the flight. Free Movies and Drinks.

SEP. 24 (SUN) SHIN URAYASU ORIENTAL HOTEL TOKYO BAY
Arrive at Narita Airport and after clearing government formalities. By bus to the hotel in Shin Urayasu, Chiba prefecture. Hotel is located within easy walking distance to train station & Big shopping complex with supermarket, 100 YEN shop, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you to station area where you can have fun shopping.

SEP. 25 (MON) MUSASHI HILL, SAITAMA HERITAGE RESORT (ONSEN) ♨
Proceed to Soka city, known as the most famous brand of Rice crackers in Japan. We will visit Senbei (rice cracker) Factory to enjoy Grilling your own Senbei and shopping. Then to Omiya, one of Japan's biggest centers for Bonsai which is a fascinating traditional Japanese art of unique natural representation. Visit Omiya Bonsai Art Museum exhibit an array of Bonsai masterpieces and outstanding works that you will take delight in the world of bonsai. Head to Gyoda to see amazing Rice Paddy Art. The huge pictures in rice paddies are created by carefully planting different varieties of rice. From ground level, the designs are invisible. However, if you go up to the observatory you can get entire image of amazing art work with Rice Paddy Crops. Our hotel is located in National park surrounded by natural forest. There are lots of Onsen such as Jacuzzi, Zashiki (Tatami) Buro, etc. Enjoy your first Onsen Hot Spring of the tour!

SEP. 26 (TUE) KARUIZAWA KARUIZAWA PRINCE HOTEL WEST
Head to Nagatoro surrounded by the beauty of nature which is designated as National Place of scenic beauty. Enjoy River boating which is one of major attractions in town. View the gorgeous valley that is a Natural Monuments while cruising down powerful rapids and gentle currents. And visit Iwadatami. The rocks look like successive layers of tatami overlapping each other. Enjoy viewing the deep-blue water surrounded by the scenic beauty that the strangely shaped rocks provide. Then proceed to Tomioka Silk Mill, registered as a World Heritage Site in 2014 as Japan's oldest modern model silk reeling factory established in 1872. We will look inside of well preserved brick building which had been operating until 1987. This historic factory is a starting point of Japan’s modernization. Next proceed to Karuizawa, thrived as Japan’s most popular upmarket mountain resort area. Hotel is located right next to Prince Shopping Plaza, a huge outlet mall which offers a wide range of shopping opportunities. After hotel check-in, enjoy Holo holo and shopping.

SEP. 27 (WED) KUSATSU KUSATSU NOW RESORT HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, visit Shiraito Waterfall, a lovely waterfall of 10ft high and 230ft wide. The sight of water falling down in slender streaks looking like so many white threads is indeed magnificent. Later visit Karuizawa Ginza Shopping Street, the main center of town. It has a pleasant atmosphere with venerable old stores, Souvenir shop, Bakery, etc. stand side by side. Visit Onioshidashi Park, features a landscape of volcanic lava formed by a big eruption of Mt. Asama in 1783. Take a closer look at the volcanic rocks of various curious shapes and impressive panoramic site created by mother nature. Then head to Kusatsu, one of Japan's most famous hot spring resorts because of its high quality hot spring water said to cure every illness. Upon arrival, for those who wish to, catch hotel bus to Yubatake (hot spring field), “the symbol-existence of Kusatsu”. We will see Yumomi Show, enjoy traditional Kusatsu folk song and dance while stirring the bathwater with large wooden paddles. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot spring bath and Open Air Bath of “One of the best three Onsens in Japan”. Also private onsen is available (own expense).

SEP. 28 (THU) MIYOKO HIGHLAND APA RESORT JOETSU MIYOKO (ONSEN) ♨
Drive the Shiga-Kusatsu Scenic Road runs through a series of volcanic peaks while enjoying magnificent panoramic mountain scenery. The route is richly endowed with nature with highest point (7125ft) among the National Routes in Japan. Autumn colors can be spotted fairly early around here. Then to Mayumi Takahashi Doll Museum. Life in the Japanese countryside is faithfully recreated with elaborate dolls. Heartwarming dolls take you into quaint rural world in Nagano. Then go to Kurohime Heights. If timing is right, we will see cosmos blooming in the huge ski ground. (Blooming level depends on climate of the year). Our hotel sits on a highland where overlooking the magnificent view of the stunning and impressive mountain scenery. Happiness Illumination festival is held during this season. In the night, you can enjoy one of the World’s largest light displays covers huge ground in front of the hotel.

SEP. 29 (FRI) MT. HAKUBA SIERRA RESORT HAKUBA (ONSEN) ) ♨
Head to Matsushiro, a pleasant and relaxing former castle town of Sanada clan, attracting public attention because of NHK’s TV Drama “SANADAMARU”. First visit Sanada Treasure Museum exhibits beautiful samurai swords, armor and artifacts, etc., related to Sanada Clan. Also visit the Former Sanada Residence with its beautiful Japanese garden. Then to Nagano city to visit its main attraction “Zenkoji temple” revered for over 1400 years as Japan’s primary center of Buddhist faith. Its National Treasure Main hall is nicely ornamented and praised as the masterpiece of Buddhist architecture. Later proceed to Hakuba, situated in the heart of breathtakingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps thus considered Japan's premier alpine resort destination. We will stay excellent mountain resort hotel surrounded by forest. Enjoy Hot Spring Bath where can see Japan alps beyond the forest. Your room has own JACUZZI Bath.

SEP. 30 (SAT) MATSUMOTO MATSUMOTO HOTEL KAGETSU
Hakuba was chosen as one of Japan’s 31 most beautiful places by CNN. We will stop at good photo spot where you can see beautiful view of the Northern Japan alps. Then ride a gondola lift to get a breathtaking views of the Northern Japan Alps. Then visit Azumino Art-hills Museum boasts the largest public collection of local and international glassware. You can find a great souvenir at huge gift shop of various pieces of glass. Visit Daisekkei Sake Brewery producing high quality Sake using pure water from Japan Alps and locally grown rice. Enjoy shopping at Swiss Village, caries variety of souvenirs in Nagano including local wine, Nozawana pickles and Shinshu Soba, the most popular Soba in Japan.
Then head to Matsumoto, tranquil old castle town nestled by the Japan Alps. We will stay lovely hotel located just a couple blocks from the Castle and shopping street. You will get a chance to visit Nawate-dori shopping street by walk. It gives the feeling of old castle town lined with around 50 shops including antique shops, candy stores, Senbei Rice cracker shop, etc..

OCT. 01 (SUN) MATSUMOTO MATSUMOTO HOTEL KAGETSU
Head to Kamikochi, selected as one of the most scenic spots in Japan which is surrounded by lofty peaks of 10,000Ft high mountains. Pass by Taisho Pond to visit the “Kappa Bridge” (a suspension bridge) over the crystal clear water. It is best example of how naturally blessed Japan is. Nagano is also famous for its Shinshu Miso. We will visit Ishii Miso Factory producing miso by a unique traditional natural method since 1868. See the process of making local Shinshu Miso, taste Miso soup and purchase them. For those who wish to, we will take you to Matsumoto Castle, designated as National Treasure. The oldest castle donjon remaining in Japan has been praised as the one of the most complete and beautiful among Japan’s original castles.

OCT. 02 (MON) KOMAGANE HIGHLAND KOMAGANE RESORT LINX (ONSEN) ♨
We will have fun Picking Apple. Nagano is 2nd largest producer of Apple. Taste Fresh and sweet Nagano Apple right in season! Later visit Narai juku old town, a picture perfect small town registered as one of the most important traditional building conservation area in Japan. Strolling delightful main street almost resembling an historic film set contains a variety of wooden plasters and Old Edo-style buildings with the surrounding by forested mountains as a spectacular backdrop. And visit Hombo Mars Distillery. Recently Japan’s luscious and silky whisky has been very popular in the world. Their whisky has a full and balanced flavor. You can sample whisky and purchase it. Our hotel is secluded and lovely mountain resort hotel surrounded by forest. Soak and relax in Onsen hot spring bath.

OCT. 03 (TUE) HAMAMATSU OKURA ACT CITY HOTEL HAMAMATSU
In the morning, ride the Komagane ropeway, carries you 3,117 ft high into the sky. From an altitude of 8,570 Ft, You can enjoy the superb panoramic view of Southern and Northern Japan Alps, Mt. Fuji (Weather permitting). It will be season of Autumn color. If timing is right, a slope at a height of over 8,000ft becomes a colorful tapestry interwoven with the red leaves of the mountain ash trees. And visit the fruit farm to enjoy berry Daifuku-mochi making. Make your own Berry Daifuku (Soft tender mochi with sweet anko wrapped around strawberry and blueberry) and taste with tea. Then go to Hamamatsu and our hotel within walking distance to train station, Supermarket, Restaurants, etc. After hotel arrival enjoy holo-holo around the hotel.

OCT. 04 (WED) HAMAMATSU OKURA ACT CITY HOTEL HAMAMATSU
Enjoy strolling in a huge lush city park, Hamanako Garden Park where you can relax and enjoy the seasonal scenery along the shores of Lake Hamana. From the observation tower, the vivid scenery of the Park and beautiful shining lake is stretching out below. It is a great place for relaxing and looking at flowers and taking a walk. Also visit famous Eel pie factory. Lake Hamana is famous for the eel farming. The eel-pie is the most popular souvenir in this area. Enjoy lunch and shopping at AEON Shopping Center before going back to the hotel. Upon arrival, Free time to enjoy shopping, packing, etc.

OCT. 05 (THU) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check-out time our agent will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. In the afternoon go to Chubu Centrair airport to catch flight in the evening to Honolulu. Arrive in the same morning, October 5 2017 (Thu). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch /dinner will be your own expense.) THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW MOUNTAIN RESORT TOUR #16
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. MAHALO!

COST OF TOUR (13 DAYS)-$ 4,170.00 + PLUS AIRFARE: $1,200.00* (ESTIMATED)
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD-$903.00* @ ¥100 Yens Rate (¥8,208 X 11 = ¥90,288 YENS)
YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON: (¥417,000 YENS) @ ¥ 100 YENS RATE
*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 DEPOSIT 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 #18
¥100 – BASED ON ¥100 YENS TO A U.S. DOLLAR RATE
PLUS/MINUS ON YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL AT TIME OF PAYMENT (PLEASE CALL BEFORE PAYMENT)

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00AM
PLACE: TO BE DETERMINED LATER
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL-MUUMUU, ALOHA SHIRT - (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!

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.

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: August 09, 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.