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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S AUTUMN LEAVES & WINTER ILLUMINATION TOUR #21

NOVEMBER 26, 2017( Sunday) - December 08, 2017 (Friday) – WAYNE TERANISHI (03/02/17-toto) 

NOV. 26 (SUN) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES & DRINKS.

NOV. 27 (MON) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita International Airport and after government formalities go directly to the hotel in Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. After hotel check in Free time to enjoy shopping, meet your relatives, friends, or just rest. Hotel is connecting to underground shopping mall and within easy walking distance to department stores, big electronics store,100 yen shop, etc. Tour guide will take you around the hotel.

NOV. 28 (TUE) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Go to Kamakura a very popular historical town which was once “Old capital of Japan”. Visit Kamakura’s most famous and significant shrine “Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine”. It became the center of politics and culture during the Kamakura Period (1183-1333). It will be season of the fabulous Autumn colors. Red and Yellow colored trees cooperate remarkably with shrine buildings making it pure soul-nurturing beauty. And enjoy strolling Komachi-Dori street lined with Japanese-style sweet shops, Traditional souvenir shops, etc., unique to the ancient city with an old historic atmosphere. Then go to see Great Buddha of Kamakura. Japan’s second largest (43.8 ft. tall) monumental bronze Buddha statue is the symbol of Kamakura. It was cast in 1252 and has been designated a National Treasure.

NOV. 29 (WED) AKISHIMA, TOKYO FOREST INN SHOWAKAN
Head to Tokyo to enjoy Autumn Leaves that should be right season. Enjoy driving around Tokyo metropolitan area to see the Superb fall colors Scenery. Drive by Meiji shrine Outer Precinct, one of the most beautiful Autumn foliage spots in Tokyo. If timing is right, the rows of uniquely trimmed Ginkgo trees turn into stunning golden color. Then drive to National Diet Building. Road leading to the building is also famous spot has a superb view of beautiful Ginkgo trees along the roadway. Then proceed to Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum, an open air museum with the relocated or reconstructed 30 historic buildings from early Edo period to post World War II period. See how the cityscape and buildings have changed throughout history in Japan. It is expected to be right season for Autumn color. Then head to Showa memorial park, huge park boasts a variety of natural spaces. Ginkgo and maple trees exhibit especially beautiful autumn color. We will stay quiet urban resort hotel located western Tokyo close to Yokota air base and vast forest is in the background (247 acre).

NOV. 30 (THU) ISAWA HOT SPRING KAI RESORT HOTEL (ONSEN)

Go to Mt. Takao, specified for the maximum of three star sightseeing spot in Japan by French travel guidebook because of its magnificent beauty. Ride the Japan’s steepest Cable Car with 889 ft deference of elevation to enjoy beautiful Autumn color (depending on climate of the year). On clear day, you can observe a superb view of Kanto plain, skyscrapers of Downtown Tokyo etc. Visit Saru Hashi (monkey bridge), one of 3 oddly shaped bridges in Japan and designated as National Place of Scenic beauty. The bridge is formed by layering bridge girders without using any pier. Then visit Maglev Exhibition Center. The World’s fastest bullet train (310mph!!) based on Maglev technology will start operation in 2027. We will learn about superconductive linear mechanisms in detail. Enjoy Onsen Hot spring and Open air bath.

DEC. 01 (FRI) LAKE YAMANAKA HOTEL MOUNT FUJI (ONSEN)
The rites of winter in this area is making elaborate traditional dried persimmons. Visit Iwanami farm to see photogenic Dried Persimmons hanging from eaves. You can also purchase this Japanese delicacy in winter. Later visit Herb Garden Tabi Nikki to see herbal flowers and taste herb tea. Also enjoy shopping for many collection of herb products. Then go to experience newest attraction at the foot of Mt. Fuji “FUJI Airways” called a “Next generation movie theater”. Take virtual flight that give you stunning aerial views of Mt. Fuji with a full sensory experience. Then go to our hotel, located in highland look over Lake Yamanaka and Mt. Fuji. Relax in Onsen Hot Spring and Open Air bath with view of Mt. Fuji. For those who wish to we will take you to Lake Yamanaka Art Illumination Festival. About 100 different illumination displays over vast grounds, wrapping the wintery lake in a warm scene of lights.

DEC. 02 (SAT) IZU HATAKE ONSEN DAISENYA (ONSEN)
Visit Chichibunomiya Memorial Park, originally the Gotemba imperial villa where former Prince and Princess stayed during and after World War II. You can stroll around the garden with Autumn leaves from which Mt. Fuji can be overlooked (if weather is fine). Then go to Atami famous for its scenic beauty with seasonal aspects surrounded by the sea and mountains. Visit Kiunkaku, well preserved former villa built in 1919. Building is designed with combination of Japanese and Western style with beautiful Japanese garden. It praised as historical and cultural asset having the elegant atmosphere in Taisho period. Then enjoy browsing around Atami Baien garden, known as the latest Autumn color to change in Japan where Maple Festival is being held this time of season. You will see picturesque sceneries while strolling along the pathway in the beautiful garden. Then proceed to Onsen resort hotel where Mt. Fuji can be seen on a clear day. Enjoy delicious Japanese kaiseki dinner in the evening. Soak and relax in Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Roten Buro bath. This is only one hot spring in Shizuoka prefecture that designated as Hot Spring with Recuperative Properties by Japan’s Ministry of the Environment.

DEC. 03 (SUN) NIHONDAIRA PLATEAU NIHONDAIRA HOTEL

In the morning having fun with Mikan (Tangerine) picking in season. Izu Mikan has the perfect balance of tart & Sweetness. Later proceed to Shuzenji Maple Forest a very popular place to see the Autumn color. You can walk around the Maple forest with crimson leaves. If weather is good Mt. Fuji can be seen from top of the hill. Then visit Izunokuni Panorama Park to ride Rope Way to get to mountain top (5,906 ft. high) where you can enjoy stunningly beautiful landscape with Mt. Fuji on clear day. And visit the longest pedestrian-only suspension bridge in Japan. (1,312 ft. long) “Mishima Skywalk”. Here, you can see “3 of Japan’s Bests” at once. The bridge is the longest in Japan. Mt. Fuji is the highest in Japan and Suruga Bay is the deepest bay in Japan. We will stay Deluxe Resort hotel located on the top of Nihondaira Plateau which is No. 1 in the “Plains” category of the list of Japan’s top 100 sightseeing destinations. Your room has picture window face to Mt. Fuji. Moreover, you can enjoy Mt. Fuji while laying down on bed. (Wishing for good weather!!)

DEC. 04 (MON) HAMAMATSU HOTEL CONCORDE HAMAMATSU

Enjoy shopping and strolling at the Yaizu fish center. About 70 shops selling seafood and processed sea product caught from Japan’s leading fish port “Yaizu Port”. Then proceed to Fujieda noted as one of the best 3 producers of high quality premium Japanese tea called “Gyokuro”. Visit Gyokuro-no Sato to enjoy Tea experience. Taste highest quality Gyokuro tea which has subtle sweetness with a refreshing aroma. Then go to Hamamatsu attracting public attention because of the Newest NHK TV Drama “NAOTORA”. Visit NAOTORA Drama Museum open only for a limited period during the drama is showing. You can see Drama set. Historical costume, Video the making of Naotora etc.

DEC. 05 (TUE) NAGASHIMA RESORT HOTEL NAGASHIMA (ONSEN)
In the morning walk to Hamamatsu Castle where the founding shogun of the Edo Period, Tokugawa Ieyasu lived in his young days. It is a good place to strolling in Autumn. Later visit Shrimp chips shop. It is famous local specialty in this area. You can sample many varieties of flavor and buy fresh Shrimp chips. And visit Nagoya City Science Museum where famous for the world’s biggest planetarium with a diameter of 115 feet. See a highly realistic starry sky being projected on the huge spherical screen. Then go to the hotel located in Nagashima resort, a major vacation destination near Nagoya. After dinner we will take those who wish to its outstanding Winter Illuminations with about 9 million lights is one of Japan’s largest illumination events. Enjoy 13 different Onsen Hot Spring bath and huge Open Air bath!

DEC. 06 (WED) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Catch Shinkansen Bullet train from Nagoya to Shin Yokohama. If weather is fine you can enjoy the view of Mt. Fuji while moving at high speed reaching up to 198 M.P.H.!! Upon arrival transfer to bus to visit Ramen Museum. The world’s first “food amusement park” has 9 ramen eateries. You can enjoy famous local ramen from all over Japan. Later Driving through Yamashita Park Avenue. If timing is right, street covering in a golden carpet of gingko leaves. After arrival at the hotel, Free time for shopping or relax. In the evening, we plan to have a Party with Yokohama Travel Staffs. Get a chance to talk to them to relive those good old memories and make a night of memories to behold.

DEC. 07 (THU) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Go to Yokohama Wholesale Market to buy Japanese traditional foods such as Tsukemono, Umeboshi, etc., at wholesale price. Later visit Orbi Yokohama, a new nature-themed high-tech museum which you can encounter the amazing power of nature and enjoy the ultimate immersive experiences. The theater has a great 3D sound system and technology that creates wind, fog, and other vibrations in time with the film that really immerses you in the experience. Then go to Ameyoko in Tokyo, one of Japan’s most popular shopping streets, filled with many shops dealing discounts on all kinds of goods including seafood, sweets, snack, shirts, shoes, etc. After going back to the hotel, it will be Free time for Shopping, Packing etc. Your rooms are paid for, but LUNCH will be at your own expense to let you eat your favorite foods before returning home. We will give everyone a carton box for packing their gifts. (2-Pieces Per Person Baggage Allowance. Any excess will be paid for by the member).

DEC. 08 (FRI) 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 Narita Int’l Airport to catch Japan Airlines flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, December 08, 2017 (Friday). After clearing U.S. Customs proceed home. THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR AUTUMN LEAVES & WINTER ILLUMINATIONS TOUR #21. 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. MAHALO!

TOTAL LAND TOUR COST ONLY (13 DAYS)-------------------$ 4,280.00 ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $ 1,100.00
TOTAL LAND TOUR AND ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $ 5,380.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD------------------$ 1,057.00
{YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥ 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 ADJUSEMENT 1 MONTH PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #20
¥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: NOVEMBER TBA 
TIME: 11:00AM
PLACE: TBA
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!

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, 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: OCTOBER 12, 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 ADMISSION TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVANCE, 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.