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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN TOUR #20
NOVEMBER 10, 2018 (Saturday) – NOVEMBER 22, 2018 (Thursday) Ross Teranishi & Kuni Minakata

NOV. 10 (SAT) HONOLULU
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch & a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE DRINKS & MOVIES.

NOV. 11 (SUN) KYOTO NEW HANKYU HOTEL
Arrive at Kansai Airport. After clearing entry formalities, by bus to Kyoto, carries a reputation as “Most Beautiful City in Japan”. Hotel is located in front of Kyoto Station with its Underground Shopping Mall.

NOV. 12 (MON) KYOTO NEW HANKYU HOTEL
All day Kyoto city tour! Enjoy the most historical city in Japan with a 1200-year history which awarded the “World’s best city to travel” in 2014, 2015 by the U.S magazine Travel + Leisure. Visit Arashiyama, a major sightseeing area in western Kyoto. Pleasant scenery combined with its landmark Togetsu Bridge, river flow and forested mountain in the back ground is breathtaking. Later visit World cultural heritage Site, Nijo Castle with its beautiful Japanese garden. It is an excellent example of traditional castle defensive structures built in 1603 and noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance and gorgeous interiors boasting delicate transom woodcarvings and fabulous paintings. Visit Nishijin Textile Museum to enjoy shopping and seeing Kimono Show. It’s a good place to take in the beauty of gorgeous Nishijin textiles has a long history date back to 16th century. After going back to the hotel, tour guide will take you to Holo Holo around the hotel.

NOV. 13 (TUE) TAKAYAMA HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN) ♨
In the morning, taste seasonal Autumn fruit in Japan, enjoy Picking Sweet Japanese Persimmon in season. Later while viewing the magnificent Autumn scenery turned red and yellow (depending on climate of the year) from the bus on the way to Takayama, boasts one of Japan's most atmospheric townscapes which has maintained an original landscape of Japan. It makes this town “Japan’s Must visit sightseeing spot” for tourists from overseas.
After hotel check-in, Good chance to soak and relax in the Onsen Hot Spring Bath & Open Air Jacuzzi. Enjoy delicious Japanese Kaiseki dinner in the evening.

NOV. 14 (WED) TAKAYAMA HIDA HOTEL PLAZA (ONSEN) ♨
All day Takayama city tour! First, visit Historical Government House, built over 300 years ago and served as the Edo government's administrative building for 177 years. It is only one remaining building of its kind in Japan. Also visit interesting Takayama Morning Open Market in front of the Government house. It’s Takayama’s best known sight. Lots of stands sell local crafts, farm products, etc. Later enjoy browsing around the Old Town District, which beautifully preserves quaint atmosphere of old castle town in Edo period with antique merchant’s houses and age-old specialty shops carrying famous Local sake, Hida lacquer ware which has long history dating back to 1606! Then go to Matsuri-no Mori Festival Museum, showcases the key aspects of the Takayama Festival with gorgeous and splendid floats. See and feel the one of three most beautiful festivals in Japan.

NOV. 15 (THU) KANAZAWA KANAZAWA TOKYU HOTEL
Visit a World Heritage Site, beautiful “Gassho-Zukuri Village” in Gokayama. This mountain village is famed for its unique architecture, "Gassyo style farmhouses" (steep sloping gable roof), which was developed to survive severe weather with heavy snowfall. Enjoy strolling around the village which was chosen as one of the 10 greatest towns for architecture buffs in the world by CNN. Later challenge yourself in making your own traditional Gokayama Washi paper. You can also learn the history and tradition of beautiful Gokayama washi paper which is registered as a Traditional Japanese Handicraft. Then go to the historic castle town Kanazawa which has been registered as a UNESCO’s Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art. Kanazawa produces 99 % of Japan's gold leaf. Visit Hakuza (Gold foil shop). Its golden tea ceremony room used about 40,000 pieces of pure gold leaf is pleasure to see. Hotel is located close to greatest shopping quarter “Korinbo”. After hotel check-in, Go shopping around the hotel.

NOV. 16 (FRI) NOTO PENINSULA NOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Kanazawa is a city full of charm where a lot of old neighborhoods have been kept intact thus called One of the best-preserved cities in Japan.
Go to Nagamachi Old Samurai Town to take a pleasant walk around old Samurai town and visit elegant Nomura’s Samurai House with its beautiful Japanese garden. This graceful garden is highly praised by the Japanese Garden Journal (USA) as one of very best Japanese gardens. Visit Kenrokuen Garden, considered to be one of Japan's three best landscape gardens which has the typical features of a large treed garden with plentiful water landscaped. Every step and turn in the garden brings a new view to stop and admire. After enjoy shopping and lunch at AEON Shopping Center, go to Noto peninsula, holding unparalleled beauty with many magnificent sights, via Chirihama Seaside Drive Way. This beach forms 5 miles-long natural driveway of packed, fine sand, so hard that any kind of vehicle can drive on it. This is the only place in Japan where we can enjoy a drive on the edge of the surf. (depending on weather and condition). We will stay at a popular resort hotel surrounded by nature. Soak and Relax in big Hot Spring Bath and Open air Rock bath!

NOV. 17 (SAT) WAJIMA / NOTO PENINSULA NOTO ROYAL HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
All day Noto peninsula tour! Proceed to Wajima and visit the famous Asaichi Morning Market, one of Japan’s three biggest morning markets.
About 200 stalls lining the main street offers various products like folk crafts, primarily fresh seafood landed daily at Wajima Port, including delicious “Steamed Abalone.” And visit Kiriko Art Museum exhibit impressive 31 Kiriko Lantern Floats to express the atmosphere of exciting festival unique to Noto Peninsula. Also see beautiful Wajima-nuri Lacquerware, designated as National Intangible Cultural Property. See the precious works and highly refined skills that have passed down over 1000 years. Later go to a main attraction in Noto Peninsula, Noto Kongo scenic coast with sheer cliffs and unusual rock formations that considered the most dramatic section of the Noto Peninsula. Also visit Senmaida (One Thousand Rice Paddies), infinite terraced small rice paddies spread like stairways to ocean on a slope which designated National cultural asset. Enjoy exquisitely beautiful sceneries in Noto. Then go back to the hotel. Soak in the Hot Spring Bath and Open air Rock bath!

NOV. 18 (SUN) HAKUBA SIERRA RESORT HAKUBA (ONSEN)♨

Enjoy shopping at Toyama Seafood Market specializing in seafood from Toyama Bay as well as local specialties such as White shrimp chips, etc. And visit Uozu Buried Forest Museum, located at the actual site where a 500-year-old virgin cedar forests were buried and preserved. It’s really breathtaking to see giant roots and stumps that lay inundated for some 2,000 years that is designated as Special National monument. Then head to Hakuba, situated in the heart of stunningly beautiful Northern Japan Alps thus considered Japan's premier alpine resort destination. We will stay excellent mountain resort hotel which ranked #10 of Most popular hotels in Japan by TripAdviser in 2017. Enjoy Hot Spring Bath where can see Japan alps beyond the forest.

NOV. 19 (MON) KIYOSATO HEIGHTS KIYOSATO KOGEN HOTEL (ONSEN) ♨
Going to a picturesque mountain resort area Azumino, while viewing the magnificent scenery of the strikingly beautiful Northern Japan Alps on the way. First, visit Swiss Village caries variety of souvenirs in Nagano including local wine, pickles and Shinshu Soba, Japan’s most popular Soba noodle. Nagano is one of Japan's top apple-producing prefectures. Enjoy Picking and Tasting Nagano Apple. Try fresh and sweet Nagano Apples in season.
Nagano is also famous for its Shinshu Miso which is widely loved throughout Japan. Visit Miso Factory to see the process of making local Shinshu Miso & purchase them. Our hotel is located in the Highland Resort Area in Kiyosato Heights (4,900ft). On a clear day, you can overlook the Southern Japan Alps in the distance from your room. Soak and Relax in the Big Bath and Open Air Hot Spring Bath with beautiful mountain scenery.

NOV. 20 (TUE) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS
In the morning visit Music Box Museum to see its surprising “Dynamic Music Show” played by antique music boxes automatically playing real instruments such as Piano, Cymbal, Violin, etc. Later head to Lake Kawaguchi, very popular resort area located at the foot of Mt Fuji. If the weather is fine a magnificent view of the Symbol of Japan "Mt. Fuji" can be seen on the way. We enjoy Saru Mawashi (Monkey performance) Show, featuring familiar acrobatics and comic skits by talented and adorable monkeys. If timing is right, this area will be filled with beautiful Autumn leaves with Mt. Fuji as a back drop. Then go to Yokohama, 2nd largest city in Japan. Hotel is connecting to underground shopping mall and within easy walking distance to department store, 100 Yen shop, big electronic store, etc. After hotel check in, tour guide will take you to Holo Holo around the hotel.

NOV. 21 (WED) YOKOHAMA YOKOHAMA BAY SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS

Visit Tokyo Sky Tree. New symbol of Tokyo is the world’s highest stand-alone tower boasting a height of 2,080 ft. From its observation deck, you can enjoy the best 360-degree panoramic spectacular views out over the Japan’s giant metropolis. You also get a chance to visit its shopping complex (Tokyo Solamachi). Many shops are highly specialized and offer a variety of Japanese traditional crafts and pop-culture goods. Later enjoy shopping and lunch at Ario Shopping Mall with supermarket, 100-yen shop etc. Then go to Ameyoko, one of Japan’s most popular shopping streets, filled with many shops dealing discounts on all kinds of items which includes seafood, sweets, shirts, snacks, etc. After going back to the hotel, Free Time to continue Shopping, Packing, etc. (Lunch/dinner will be at your own expense).

NOV. 22 (THU) HONOLULU (ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY)
At checkout time, our agents will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage to be checked-in down. In the afternoon, proceed to Narita Airport to catch flight in the evening to Honolulu, arriving the same morning, NOV. 22 2018 (Thu) after clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. (Lunch/dinner will be your own expense.) THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOINING OUR 2018 TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NOMBIRI CENTRAL JAPAN TOUR #20! 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. Yokohama Travel, Inc. will charge you if you need their assistance in returning home individually, and around $90.00 from Yokohama. Please call our office for more details. MAHALO!

LAND TOUR COST (13 DAYS)----- $4,300.00 
* PLUS ESTIMATED AIRFARE: $ 1,300.00** {**Subject to change}
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD-----------$1,069.00 (Y9,720 x 11 days =Y106,920}
*YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON (¥430,000 YENS) TOTAL LAND & ESTIMATED AIR: $5,600.00*

*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.
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 1 MONTH PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #19
YENS MINUS YENS MINUS YENS PLUS
110 -$391.00 105 -$205.00 99 +$ 43.00
109 -$356.00 104 -$166.00 98 +$ 87.00
108 -$319.00 103 -$126.00 97 +$132.00
107 -$282.00 102 -$ 85.00 96 +$179.00
106 -$244.00 101 -$ 43.00 95 +$226.00
¥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 04, 2018 
TIME - 11:00AM - (subject to change)
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG – 477 KAPAHULU AVE. 
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 (OPTIONAL).

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}

FINAL PAYMENT 45 DAYS BEFORE DEPARTURE:
Date: Sept. 27, 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.

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!