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TOHOKU TRAVEL SERVICE, INC.
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TOHOKU TRAVEL’S NEW WEST JAPAN CRAFT TOUR WITH YAMAGUCHI, HIROSHIMA, SHIKOKU #12
JUNE 12, 2019 (WEDNESDAY) – JUNE 24, 2019 (MONDAY) ROSS / TOMO 

JUN 12 (WED) HONOLULU (Revised 09/21/18 toto)
Leave Honolulu Int’l Airport via Japan Airlines flight. Lunch and a Snack will be served aboard the flight. FREE Movies and Drinks.

JUN 13 (THU) HAKATA, HAKATA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
Arrive at Narita Int'l Airport and after clearance of government formalities, transfer to domestic flight to Fukuoka, biggest city in Kyushu. Hotel is located near down town Nakasu area, good location for shopping and strolling, etc.

JUN 14 (FRI) HAKATA, HAKATA EXCEL HOTEL TOKYU
In the morning, having fun Hakata Doll Painting Experience. Fukuoka’s most famous traditional arts and crafts is “Hakata Ningyo (doll)”,  handed down for over 500 years by local craftsmen. You can paint your own Hakata doll for souvenir. Then go to Kurume Kasuri Museum. Kurume Kasuri is a method of textile dyeing considered one of the most famous woven fabrics for work clothes and designated as National Traditional Craftwork. We will see exhibition of delicate splashed pattern fabric that has been created for over 230 years. Also enjoy shopping for their products. Then visit Yame Traditional Craftwork Center, displaying the traditional handicrafts in the area. We will see craftsman making traditional craftworks such as Japanese paper lantern, Bamboo craft, etc. You can purchase a fine selection of crafts that are quite original and make excellent presents. After going back to the hotel tour guide will take you Holo-Holo to Kawabata Shopping Arcade filled with around 130 shops carrying Japanese tea, Hakata doll, Kimono wear etc.

JUN 15 (SAT) YAMAGUCHI, HOTEL KAMEFUKU (ONSEN)
Go to Ashiyagama-no Sato to experience Japanese Tea Ceremony. We get served Matcha green tea and Wagashi (traditional Japanese confection). And taste it while viewing beautiful Japanese garden. Then cross Kanmon Straits, a well-known beauty site which separate the Honshu (Main island of Japan) and Kyushu island. Visit famous Karato fish Market for some fun shopping for Dried Sea foods, Seaweed, etc., with lively atmosphere. It will be precious chance to eat fresh Sushi at the famous fish market (You can try it from 1 piece at your own expense). Then visit Natural market in Shimonoseki, a Craft market held only 3 times a year. About 30 stalls sells handmade jewelry, clothes, wood crafts, ornaments, etc. Then head to Yuda in Yamaguchi prefecture. A hot spring town called“Kyoto in the West” because of its long history dating back to 12th century. Soaking in Onsen Hot Spring bath known for Bijinno yu (Hot spring for beauty).

JUN 16 (SUN) YAMAGUCHI HOTEL KAMEFUKU (ONSEN)
Head to Hagi, a former castle town since 1604. Recently it becomes sensational place for the stage of NHK's historical drama “Hanamoyu”. Hagi produced many capable men who played leading roles in the construction of modern Japan. We visit Shoka Sonjyuku Academy, registered as a World Heritage Site as one of the sights of Japan’s Meiji Industrial Revolution. Shoin Yoshida directed many revolutionaries who played important roles in the Meiji Restoration. Hagi is also best known for Hagi-yaki pottery. It has been ranking among Japan's finest and highly prized as most beautiful tea wares for nearly 400 years. It is said the more it is used, the glaze becomes more transitory. We will get a chance to buy famous Hagi-yaki pottery. Then go to Motonosumi Inari Shrine, picked as one of the "31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan" by CNN. The shrine's remarkable location makes for a striking contrast between the red 123 shrine gates and the blue ocean below. This shrine is also known for Japan's most challenging offertory box to throw money into. Box is located on top of the shrine gate (16 ft high). You can try!

JUN 17 (MON) HIROSHIMA, RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA
Visit Ruriko-ji Temple with its National treasure Five-storied pagoda. This stately pagoda is considered "One of Japan’s three most outstanding pagodas". It is about right season when Hydrangea filling throughout its garden (Blooming level depending on the climate of the year). Then go to Tsuwano often called "little Kyoto" where you can see the original scenery of Japan. We will visit former Samurai district, particularly nicely preserved with earthen walls, historic buildings and a water canal filled with carps, and white and purple irises in full bloom spreads. You can also visit quite unique Tsuwano Catholic Church. It features tatami mats instead of chairs. Also try your hand on making traditional Washi Paper (Japanese hand-made paper). Once Tsuwano had been making big prosperity with its “Sekishu Washi” during Edo period and has designated as Unesco's Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2009. Then head to Hiroshima. Hotel is located in the center of down town Hiroshima and next to Sogo department store. After hotel check-in, enjoy shopping, meeting your relatives or just rest.

JUN 18 (TUE) HIROSHIMA, RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL HIROSHIMA
Go to Kumano, the "Capital of brushes" producing 80% of the Made in Japan brushes. We will visit Fude-no Sato Kobo to see exhibition and demonstration of craftsman making Kumano Brush which is a favorite of Hollywood Stars! This high-quality makeup brush makes a significant difference. You will not get that softness of the bristles and the roundness of the tip any other way. Enjoy shopping for their products for ones for calligraphy and ones for cosmetics. Then enjoy Okonomiyaki-making Experience. Okonomiyaki is a savory pancake packed full of vegetables and the specialty food of Hiroshima.You can learn about making Okonomiyaki and taste it for your lunch. For those who wish to we will take you to Hondori Shopping Arcade, the main shopping street in a bustling downtown Hiroshima. Strolling along the street lined with shops and restaurants including local product shops, 100 yen shop, etc.

JUN 19 (WED) NIIHAMA, RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL NIIHAMA
Enjoy peaceful cruise through Seto Inland Sea, one of the most fascinating oceans of Japan with over 700 islands and islets floating in its tranquil water. It makes a highly popular scenic place. Upon arrival at Matsuyama in Shikoku island, visit Iyo Kasuri Folk Craft Hall. Iyo Kasuri is famous traditional craft in Ehime prefecture and considered to be "One of the three prominent splashed pattern textiles in Japan". It’s long been treasured for its simple texture, robust cotton, beautiful indigo color and carefully produced design. Then proceed to Imabari, known for production of world’s highest quality towels using only the highest quality raw materials. It is highly praised as the comfort, reliability and safety towel. We will visit Imabari Towel Flagship Store. You can see the knitting machines used to make the towels and observe the production process up close here. You can find the best products suited for your needs from over 100 deferent types of “high quality Imabari Towel”. Our hotel is located close to big Aeon Shopping Mall where you can enjoy shopping after hotel check in.

JUN 20 (THU) NIIHAMA, RIHGA ROYAL HOTEL NIIHAMA
Proceed to Marugame, biggest Uchiwa (rounded paper fans) producing area in Japan. It's designated as a National Traditional Craft that have over 400 year history. You can try your hand at Making your own Japanese fan with your design. Choose your favorite paper and make your own "One of a kind Uchiwa fan". You can also buy a traditional handcrafted fans that highly praised as light, fit the hand well and comfortable to use. After enjoying lunch of famous Sanuki Udon which is considered to be one of the top three udon noodles in Japan, visit Mannou Park the biggest Government-Owned Park in Shikoku. It will be season that 40 species of Hydrangea blooming.

JUN 21 (FRI) FUKUYAMA, FUKUYAMA NEW CASTLE HOTEL
Visit Sakurai Lacquerware Hall. Imabari is home to some of Japan’s top lacquerware. You can see various beautiful lacquerware pieces on display and for sale. Those have been received numerous awards for traditional arts and crafts. Later enjoy driving on Shimanami Kaido (Island-Wave-Sea Route). A spectacular 37 mile road and bridge network connecting Hiroshima and Ehime prefectures. It's offering sublime views of the Seto Inland Sea National Park. Visit Tomonoura, the picturesque port town with more than 1000 years of history. In recent years, it has been picked as a filming location for several movies, such as "The Wolverine" starring Hugh Jackman, etc. Because the town features endearing old-fashioned fishing townscape creating a calm and laid-back atmosphere. We will see a symbolic structure of Tomonoura, Joyato Lighthouse built in 1859. And a museum exhibiting Irohamaru, a trading ship that sank in 1867, prominent because the important historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma was on board. Hotel is located close to Fukuyama train station and easy walking distance to Fukuyama castle, etc.

JUN 22 (SAT) KOBE, HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
In the morning walk to Fukuyama station to catch Shinkansen Bullet train. Upon arrival at Himeji station, transfer to bus to Miki, a major production area of blades since ancient times. You will get a chance to buy Miki’s durable and incredibly sharp knives, scissors, nail clippers, etc., at Miki Cutlery Center. Then head to Minatogawa Park in Kobe where monthly Handcraft market is held. About 160 stalls carrying handmade crafts, art, food, etc. It is very fascinating open air market. Then go to our hotel that conveniently located close to Kobe’s popular shopping and amusement area where you can enjoy shopping as well as the beautiful sights and tastes of Kobe. Tour guide will take you Holo Holo to Shopping mall after hotel check in.

JUN 23 (SUN) KOBE, HOTEL CROWN PALAIS KOBE
Go to Kobe Nunobiki Herb Garden and ride a Ropeway. Enjoy an airy ride in the sky up to the mountaintop and see the panoramic view of Kobe. Those who want, walk half way back down to the middle station through the garden while enjoying seasonal flower blooming such as Herbs, Lavender, etc. And visit Kiyoshikojin Seicho-ji Temple, the seat of Japan’s most prominent temple to god of the hearth founded in 896. This temple is one of famous "Power Spot" that can have better luck accumulating money. You can also pray for safety of your family. Later enjoy shopping and lunch at Aeon Shopping Mall before going back to our hotel. (Lunch and Dinner will be at your own expense)

JUN 24 (MON) HONOLULU {ONLY BREAKFAST IS INCLUDED THIS DAY}
At check-out time we will come around to tape and tie-up the boxes and take the baggage’s to be checked-in down. Then go to Kansai Int'l Airport to catch a flight in the night to Honolulu. Arrive in Honolulu the same morning, JUN,24. 2019 (Mon). After clearing U.S. Customs, proceed home. Lunch and dinner will be at your own expense. Clients remaining back will be assisted in obtaining plane, train 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 LAND TOUR: (13 DAYS) - $4,450.00* PLUS (+) AIRFARE (ESTIMATED): $1,300.00
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT, PLEASE ADD - $ 1,034.00* {¥9,396 X 11 = ¥103,356YENS}
TOTAL TOUR COST: $ 5,750.00
{YEN / DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL BASED ON ¥419,000 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

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YEN/DOLLAR RATE GROUND TOUR ADJUSEMENT 1 MONTH PRIOR TO DEPARTURE DATE OR EARLIER TOUR #14
PLUS / MINUS ON YEN/DOLLAR DIFFERENTIAL AT TIME OF PAYMENT (PLEASE CALL BEFORE PAYMENT)

TOUR GET-TOGETHER LUNCHEON
DATE: MAY 26, 2019 (SUNDAY) 
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: HOUSE OF WONG 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 2019: 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}

PLEASE WHILE PURCHASING OMIYAGE THINK OF OTHER CUSTOMER ON TOUR AND SHARE

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: APRIL 26, 2019

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.