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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

TOHOKU TRAVEL’S SPRING NIIGATA / SADO FLOWER VIEWING "OHANAMI" TOUR # 7 
APRIL 11, 2018 (Wednesday) – APRIL 23, 2018 (Monday) ROSS TERANISHI & JOHN 

APRIL 11 (WED) HONOLULU

Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE MOVIES and DRINKS.

APRIL 12 (THU) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Arrive at Narita Int’l Airport and after clearing government formalities, By bus to hotel in Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. Hotel is connected to underground shopping mall with department store, 100 yen shop, Big Electronics Store, Super Market, etc. After hotel check-in, tour guide will take you Holo Holo around the hotel.

APRIL 13 (FRI) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
Visit Sankeien Garden, a spacious Japanese style garden with historic buildings, pond, Seasonal flowers, wonderful walking trails that make you feel like you are in Kyoto. Enjoy peaceful walk in the Best Japanese garden in Yokohama. Then head to Tokyo and visit Shinjuku Gyoen park, home to as many as 1,300 Sakura trees of 65 varieties. This urban park is Tokyo's most popular place to see Yaezakura (double-flowered cherry blossom). It will be the season to admire enchanting varieties of Yaezakura (Blooming level depends on climate). And visit Ameyoko, one of Japan's most popular shopping streets, filled with many shops dealing discounts on all kinds of products including seafood, candies, T-shirts, snacks, etc. Then go back to the hotel. Upon arrival, enjoy shopping or just rest.

APRIL 14 (SAT) HACHIOJI KEIO PLAZA HOTEL HACHIOJI
Visit Yokohama Central Wholesale Market to enjoy shopping of Japanese traditional food items, such as Umeboshi, Tsukemono (pickles), etc at a wholesale price. Later go to Mt. Takao, awarded the maximum of three stars as highly recommended sightseeing spot in Japan by European guide book. Ride the Japan’s steepest Cable Car with 889 ft deference of elevation while viewing Cherry blossom blooming along the way (Blooming level depends on climate condition of the year). After arrival at Mt. Takao station, you can observe a superb view of Kanto plain, skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo, etc (depending on weather). We also visit Monkey Park where you can see 60 monkeys up close. Then head to our hotel in Hachioji in West Tokyo. Train station and department store is only short walk from the hotel. Enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

APRIL 15 (SUN) MINAKAMI GENSEN YUNO YADO MATSUNOI (ONSEN) ♨
Go to Chichibu, embraced by mountains with dramatic landscape of precipitous cliffs and beautiful rock beds. Enjoy driving through a National park filled with beautiful nature. Visit Chichibu Festival Museum, exhibits actual festival floats that are used for famous Chichibu Night Festival. You can experience the climax of the festival through a Hi-Vision movie. Then proceed to Nagatoro “one of the 100 most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Japan” to see Sakura (Cherry blossoms). If timing is right, a tunnel of flowers made by the Cherry trees on both sides, creating an utterly spectacular sight. (Blooming level depends on climate of the year). Our hotel is Traditional Japanese Ryokan style hotel (Your room has bed) located along Tone River and surrounded by nature. This hotel has a “Large 8 Acre Japanese Landscape Garden” where you can enjoy a peaceful walk in the morning. Soak and Relax in Onsen Hot Spring Bath uses “100% Pure Hot Spring Water”

APRIL 16 (MON) NIIGATA HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA

In the morning, Ride Mt. Tanigawa Ropeway go up to Tenjindaira (4359ft height), known for deep and long period snow. Enjoy dynamic scenery of nature of snow land. And visit the Shirone Kite Museum with its exhibits of huge kite (size of 24 tatami mats!) which is actually used in a Giant kite battle festival together with 700 rare kites from across Japan and the world. We will also see dynamic 3-D movie of Giant kite battle. Then proceed to Niigata city and our hotel located along the longest river in Japan, Shinano River. After hotel check in, guide will take you to Holo holo near the hotel.

APRIL 17 (TUE) SADO ISLAND (**NO WESTERN ROOMS) FAMILIO SADO AIKAWA (ONSEN) ♨
Board the JETFOIL to Sado Island, filled with a lot of picturesque scenery, an interesting history, unique culture, traditional arts and entertainments. Upon arrival, visit Obata Sake Brewery, Enjoy the fine taste of the famous Sado sake and see a short movie about Sake in English. Later go to Sado Gold Mine opened in 1601 and had been operating for 388 years. Go inside the mine with its display of robots recreating scenes from the old gold mining days. For those who have been here before, you can try Doyuko Course with actual haulage audit tunnel which had been used until 1989. You will see Doyu-no Wareto (split mountain) at the end of this route. Next visit Senkaku Bay Scenic with its steep cliffs stretches over 1 mile. View fantastic scenery of Sado Island. Our hotel is a pleasant beachside resort that offers a grand view of the East Sea from your room. Soak and Relax in Onsen hot spring bath.

APRIL 18 (WED) NIIGATA HOTEL OKURA NIIGATA
Continue to visit highlight attractions on Sado Island. Visit the Meoto (husband and wife) Rocks. Two rocks lined-up close each other like a couple. You can buy famous local salt here. And visit Mano Park praised as the best Sakura viewing place in Sado. (If timing is right) the park will be filled with cherry blossoms should be blooming this time of season. And stop at Toki (Crested Ibis) no Mori Park to see symbolic bird of Sado Island “Toki (Crested Ibis)” See a real living Toki, an internationally protected species with your own eyes. Then catch a Jetfoil to go back to Niigata city. After arrival at hotel, free time to enjoy shopping, meet your relatives or just rest.

APRIL 19 (THU) AKAKURA HEIGHTS AKAKURA KANKO HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Niigata is known as the Rice capital of Japan and its rice and rice products receives a high evaluation as Best in Japan. Visit Senbei (rice cracker) Kingdom to enjoy “grilling your own Senbei”. You can buy fresh Senbei at the factory store. Next visit Niigata Furusato Village to see the history and culture of Niigata and enjoy shopping for local specialties such as Sake, Seafood, etc. And having fun Strawberry Picking in season. Taste fresh and sweet Japanese strawberry as much as you like. Then proceed to Akakura Heights. We will stay at the Classic Japanese Mountain Resort hotel nestled high on the slopes of majestic Mt. Myoko. Enjoy ultimate Japanese Mountain Resort experience with Hot Spring Bath and Open Air Bath with beautiful Mountain scenery. private Onsen bath (1 room) is available (free of charge).

APRIL 20 (FRI) KOMAGANE HEIGHTS KOMAGANE RESORT LINX (ONSEN) ♨
Head to Obuse, renowned for its charming streets with historic sites where loved by Japanese tourists as "Little Kyoto in Nagano". Visit Katsushika Hokusai Museum. Hokusai is an artist of Edo Period (1760~1849) and leading practitioner of Ukiyoe wood block print. See exhibits of his celebrated beautiful masterpieces. Obuse is also famous for its delicious Chestnuts. Good chance to buy variety of products made from locally grown chestnuts such as Chestnuts Yokan, Kuri paste, etc. And visit Floral Garden Obuse, a symbol of the flower town. Green house containing 5000 tropical plants and a giant flower bed, planted with colorful pansies etc. It creates beautiful scenery. Later go to Ina Baien Garden. If timing is right, we will see Ume blossom, Narcissus, Forsythia blooming at same time. Our hotel is secluded and lovely mountain resort hotel surrounded by forest. Soak and relax in Onsen hot spring bath.

APRIL 21 (SAT) HAMAMATSU HOTEL CROWN PALAIS HAMAMATSU
In the morning, see Hanamomo (Hana Peach) Blossom. This is unusual type of peach tree with 3 deferent pink colored flowers booming from 1 tree. If timing is right, a whole village will be filled with pink color. This beautiful scenery is called Shangri-La in Japan. Later visit Magomejuku Old town well preserved post station during the Edo period (17th~19thcentury). Strolling through delightful stone paved street containing a variety of wooden & plaster Edo style houses built using unique local techniques. Then to Hamamatsu called “City of Music” because the city is internationally known as a center of musical instrument manufacturing. Our Hotel is located within easy walking distance to train station and its shopping district.

APRIL 22 (SUN) HAMAMATSU HOTEL CROWN PALAIS HAMAMATSU
Visit Okazaki Castle where one of the most influential men in Japanese history, Tokugawa Ieyasu was born. He was “Shogun”, the highest rank of samurai and founded his own Shogunate. Wisteria is expected to bloom in castle ground (depends on climate). Stop at Aeon Shopping Mall for shopping and lunch. Also enjoy shopping at Laguna Ten bosch, big shopping place carries variety of local specialties include dried seafood, Tsukemono pickles, local snacks, etc. Main feature in this area is Shrimp chips. You can sample lots of flavors and buy it. (Lunch & dinner will be your own expense).

APRIL 23 (MON) 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. In the afternoon head to Chubu Int’l Airport to catch flight to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu same morning, April 23 2018 (MON). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch & dinner will be at your own expense) THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR SPRING NIIGATA/ SADO FLOWER VIEWING OHANAMI TOUR #7. 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!

LAND TOUR COST (13 DAYS) - $4,310.00* Plus Airfare $1,200.00 (ESTIMATED AIRFARE)*
TOTAL TOUR COST WITH ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $5,510.00*
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD - $ 968.00 {Yens 8,800 x 11= Yens 96,800 @ 100=$968.00}


{YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥417.000 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 ADJUSEMENT 45 DAYS PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #6

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: MARCH 18, 2018 
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: WILL NOTIFY YOU ON PLACE
COST: NO COST TO TOUR MEMBERS
ATTIRE: VERY INFORMAL - CASUAL WEAR (LUNCHEON TAKES ABOUT 1 ½ HOURS)

TOUR CONDITIONS:
AIR TRANSPORTATION: AIRFARE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND MAY BE CHEAPER AT TIME OF PURCHASE.

Minimum stay is 3-Days and maximum stay is 3 Months. $225.00 Cancellation Fee.

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) pieces 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 2018: 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.

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: FEBRUARY 23, 2018

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.