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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.

1741 NUUANU AVENUE, 2ND FLOOR
HONOLULU, HAWAII 96817
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN HOKKAIDO MOMIJI BOCHA BOCHA TOUR #17
OCTOBER 1, 2017 (SUNDAY) – OCTOBER 13, 2017 (FRIDAY) GARY & TOMO 

OCT. 1 (FRI) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES & DRINKS.

OCT. 2 (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 in Chitose. (10 minutes by bus from the airport.)

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

OCT. 4 (WED) SOUNKYO GORGE CHOYO RESORT HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, catch the Asahidake Ropeway to go up to 5th Station of Mt. Asahidake (5,250 Ft High). Enjoy a 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, the 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. 137 species of animals can be seen including Polar bear, Wolf, etc. Later visit Otokoyama Sake Brewery which makes the “Best Sake in Hokkaido”. 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. 5 (THU) LAKE SAROMA LAKE SAROMA TSURUGA RESORT (ONSEN) ♨
Enjoy driving along Sounkyo Gorge, a giant gorge consisting of 300 Ft cliffs stretching over 15 Miles. View the unusual rock formations and the timing is expected to be to right to see the gorge filled with Autumn Color. Visit its highlight Ryusei (Shooting Star) and Ginga (Galaxy) Water Fall. The water falls directly over the 390 Ft-high Cliff giving you a "sense of the power of nature". Go to the Fresh Water Aquarium, a 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 a nice resort hotel on the picturesque shores of Lake Saroma. 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. 6 (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 and what the daily life of the prisoners was like can be seen. Then to Shiretoko Peninsula, a "World Natural Heritage Site", considered to be the "Last Pristine Wilderness" remaining in Japan."Visit Oshin-Koshin Waterfalls chosen as "One of Best 100 Waterfalls in Japan". Get a close-up view of this spectacular waterfall. Also visit the Shiretoko 5 Lakes, small, quiet, picturesque lakes surrounded by a wild forest. It is a great place to experience "Shiretoko's Unspoiled Nature" within easy walking distance. Our hotel is located in Utoru Hot Spring Town. Enjoy another Big Buffet Dinner with Local Seafood, Crab, Scallop, Sushi, Tempura, etc. and Soaking in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Roten Buro Bath where you can enjoy a panoramic view of Shiretoko. A Private Onsen is also available at your own expense.

OCT. 7 (SAT) LAKE AKAN TSURUGA RESORT HANAYUKA (ONSEN) ♨
Drive up to the beautiful Shiretoko Pass to get to the 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 the Salmon Science Museum, containing more than "20 kinds of salmon from all over the world". This is the right season when Salmon come back from ocean to the river to lay their eggs. We will see wild salmon swimming in the river. Then go to our resort hotel located by Lake Akan. After dinner, the Torch Parade Festival goes on at lake side right behind the hotel. Ainu people (Aborigine in Hokkaido) will parade with holing a torch in their hands. You will get a chance to see the traditional rituals of these indigenous people by the shores of a quiet lake. Soak and Relax in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath.

OCT. 8 (SUN) KUSHIRO ANA CROWNE PLAZA KUSHIRO
Enjoy a Sightseeing Cruise on Lake Akan. See the unspoiled primitive forest showing natural beauty with Autumn Color (Expected to be right timing). Later visit the Ainu Village to see a Ainu Dance & Ritual Show registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Enjoy strolling along the street lined with souvenir shops specializing in Ainu Handicrafts. Then go to Tanchozuru Nature Park to see Tancho (Japanese Red-headed Crane) officially designated as a "Living Japanese Monument" and its habitat is only around the area. It is the "Biggest and Most Magnificent Bird in Japan". Then head to Kushiro and 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. 9 (MON) OBIHIRO HOTEL NIKKO NORTH LAND OBIHIRO
Go to historic Washo Ichiba Market with over 60 stores carrying local sea products, etc. Enjoy shopping for Hokkaido’s dried sea foods. If you like, you can try its famous “Katte Don” (at 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 the easy way. Later visit the Okame-do Beans Shop carrying Local Beans, Ama-natto (beans covered with refined sugar), Flavored Dried Beans etc. Enjoy shopping for the famous Tokachi Beans! Next 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 an exciting "Horse Racing Contest" there. You can also visit a gift shop and a horse museum exhibits information about farm horses and agricultural tools, etc. Our hotel is located right next to the Train Station and its Shopping Building. And easy walking distance to the Supermarket. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

OCT. 10 (TUE) OBIHIRO HOTEL NIKKO NORTH LAND OBIHIRO
In the morning, enjoy a peaceful walk through Manabe Garden, a beautiful garden with a mixture Japanese and European Style. It is the right season when we can see beautiful Autumn Color. Immerse yourself in extraordinary beauty while strolling through 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 which won the "Gold Medal at World Sweets Expo".

OCT. 11 (WED) SAPPORO SAPPORO CENTURY ROYAL HOTEL
Head to Sapporo "Hokkaido's Largest City" often called wonderfully beautiful and exciting city. Visit the Asahi Beer Brewery (HIC!). View the process of making Asahi Super Dry and "Taste the Freshly Brewed Beer"! Visit the Okurayama Ski Jump Stadium which was the stage for the “Large Hill" competition at the 1972 Winter Olympics. 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. Then to our hotel is located next to Sapporo Station with Department Store and Underground Shopping Mall. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you to the shopping area.

OCT. 12 (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 leaves. Then go to the AEON Shopping Center and Sapporo Wholesale Market for Lunch and Shopping. Upon hotel arrival, FREE TIME to continue shopping, packing etc. {LUNCH & DINNER will be at your own expense.}

OCT. 13 (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. Leave Hotel by bus to Chitose Airport to catch domestic flight to (???) Airport. Upon arrival, transfer to international flight to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu, the same morning OCTOBER 13, 2017 (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)-$4,125.00* PLUS (+) AIRFARE (ESTIMATED): $1,500.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD-$ 867.00* {¥7,884 X 11 = ¥86,724 YENS}

{YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥412,500 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.
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PLUS/MINUS ON YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL AT TIME OF PAYMENT (PLEASE CALL BEFORE PAYMENT)

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: SEPTEMBER 3, 2017 (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 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!

FINAL PAYMENT 45 days before departure:

Date: AUGUST 18, 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.