Escorted Tour

8Days Summer Tohoku Festival Tour (Tokyo, Nagaoka Fireworks Festival, Akita Kanto Festival & Aomori Nebuta Festival)

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Package includes the following * Roundtrip international airfare, tax and fuel surcharge - *tax and fuel subject to change * English speaking guide from 8/03-8/07 * English speaking assistance on 8/02 * 6 nights hotel accommodations in Tokyo, Nagaoka, Akita & Aomori * Sightseeing in Japan * Daily breakfast, 3 lunch, and 3 dinners * Train ride from Tokyo – Nagaoka – Akita – Aomori – Tokyo * Shipping suitcase mentioned in itinerary (1pc p.p. included/2nd pc can be sent with additional fees) * All reserved seating for the festivals * Tour Escort from Honolulu by JTB * Pre-departure briefing with lunch

Day 1: AUG 1 (TUE) HONOLULU-NARITA AIRPORT


Depart Honolulu for Narita Airport by China Airline

*Lunch and snack will be served on the flight

Day 2: AUG 02 (WED) NARITA AIRPORT - TOKYO


 Arrive at Narita Airport and transfer to hotel by chartered bus

Check in at the hotel    

Dinner on your own – will be guided by tour escort       

Accommodations at Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar

Day 3: AUG 03 (THU) TOKYO - NAGAOKA


Breakfast at the hotel

 *Suitcase will be sent to Aomori, just take overnight bag for Nagaoka 2nts stay

Meet English Speaking Guide (ESG) at hotel lobby

Walk over to Shinagawa station with ESG

Leave for Tokyo Station on JR local train *non reserved seating

Leave for Nagaoka station by JR Super Express Train “Toki” *reserved seating

*Don’t forget to buy ekiben “bento box” in Tokyo station and enjoy during train ride

Walk over to the hotel

Dinner at local restaurant (Menu-T.B.A)

Evening                

Walk over to special fireworks viewing spot (About 20min.)

Enjoy spectacular “Nagaoka Grand Fireworks”  - Rreserved seating

-Known as one of the best fireworks in Japan! Enjoy Fireworks over the Shinano River

Walk back to the hotel after fireworks                                          

Accommodations at Hotel New Green Plaza or similar  

Day 4: AUG 04 (FRI) NAGAOKA -SHORAI - NAGAOKA


Breakfast at the hotel

Depart for Shorai with ESG by chartered bus

Visit Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto Museum.- He had major role in WWII

Visit Sake Brewery  “Asahi Shuzo”  *Makes Kubota series sake

Lunch at local restaurant (Menu –T.B.A.)                    

Visit Setta, Soy Sauce factory-“Koshino Murasaki”

- Small charming town where it’s known for good sake, miso and soy sauce making. You will see many old style warehouses                              

Visit Sake Brewery “Hisako-tei

Visit Kina Saffron Sake Honpo wearhouse – wearhouse building has lavish decorations

Return to the hotel

Dinner on your own – will be guided by the tour escort

Accommodations at Hotel New Green Plaza or similar 

Day 5: AUG 05 (SAT) NAGAOKA - AKITA


Breakfast at the hotel    

Leave for Nagaoka station on foot with ESG (About 3min. walk)    

Enjoy train ride!

Catch JR Super express train “Toki” to Omiya  *reserved seating

Transit in Omiya catch JR Super express train “Komachi” to Akita Station *reserved seating

Arrive in Akita Station

Check in at the hotel – your suitcase will be delivered this day 

Dinner at the hotel (menu T.B.A.)

Walk to the site (about 10 to 15min)

Enjoy Akita Kanto Festival   *Reserved seating

– Lantern festival, long pole with lighted lantern is held by a man. Acrobatic movement is what they are known for. Enjoy parade of these skilled performances

Accommodations at Akita Castle Hotel or similar

Day 6: AUG 06 (SUN) AKITA - KAKUNODATE - LAKE TAZAWA - AOMORI


Breakfast at the hotel

 *Please take overnight bag for Aomori, suitcase will be sent to Tokyo

Leave for sightseeing with ESG by bus

Visit Kakunodate Aoyagi Samurai Manor Houses

Drive by Statue of Tatsuko in Lake Tazawa

Lunch at local restaurant (Pork Shabu sahbu set menu)       

Arrive at hotel

Dinner at hotel (Kiritanpo set menu – local speciality)

7:00pm-9:00pm  

Enjoy “Aomori Nebuta Festival” - *Reserved seating        

Accommodations at Towada Hotel (Onsen) or similar                    

Day 7: AUG 07 (MON) AOMORI - OIRASE - KALE tOWADA - MORIOKA - TOKYO


Breakfast at the hotel

Leave for sightseeing with ESG by chartered bus 

Visit Oirase Gorge (*might be excluded depend on train schedule)

Enjoy Lake Towada Cruise – Nenokuchi to Yasumiya route)

Lunch at local restaurant (menu T.B.A.)

Arrive at Morioka Station

Leave for Tokyo by JR super express train “Yamabiko” or “Hayabus” *reserved seating

Arrive at Tokyo Station

Leave for Shinagawa Station by JR local train *non reserved seating

 Walk over to hotel – your suitcase will be there

Accommodations at Shinagawa Prince Hotel or similar

Day 8: AUG 08 (TUE) TOKYO - NARITA AIRPORT - HONOLULU


Breakfast at the hotel

11:00am            

Check out of the room – leave your suitcase at the bell desk until departure time

Free at leisure –  Our escort is able to create excursion based on majority’s choice

03:00pm            

Leave for Narita airport by chartered bus

Leave for Honolulu

     ** Arrive back in Honolulu on same day AM**  

 Note: Air and land itinerary are subject to change.

 

CONTACT HONOLULU OFFICE FOR INQUIRY: 808-979-0111


1.

 Deposit and Final Payment:

A $300.00 non-refundable deposit per person will be required at the time of booking.

The remaining balance is due 100 days prior to departure.

If reservation is made less than 100 days prior to departure, full payment is due at time of booking.

If remaining balance of payment is not made within the above-required period of time, JTB USA, Inc. reserves the right to cancel reservations.

In case of voluntary cancellation, the deposit remains nonrefundable, but may be applied to any other tours.

2.

 Cancellations and Changing Fees:  (Please read very carefully)

Regardless of reason, cancellations result in costly charges from travel and hotel providers covering penalties and fees incurred by canceling confirmed bookings. Therefore, the following fees will apply:

 

Cancellation or any changes within:

* Up to 101days of departure                  $300deposit

* 100– 65days of departure                    30% of the total tour fee

*  64 –31 days prior to departure:          50% of the total tour fee

* Within 15 days prior to departure:     100% of the total tour fee

*Any additional individual arrangement may not be refundable. Please check with our travel agents.

3.

Participation:

For the benefit of everyone in your tour group, JTB USA, Inc. reserves the right to accept or reject any person as a tour participant, and to remove from the tour any participant whose conduct is deemed incompatible with the interests of the other participants.

 

We require a minimum of 20 participants to guarantee a tour.

JTB USA, Inc. will notify participants of any changes 100 days prior to departure.

We regret that our escorted tours will operate only when booked by a sufficient number of participants. We reserve the right to cancel any departure date that has insufficient demand.  

 

** There may be a possibility to operate tours with less than 20 participants.

     However, it may require changes from each original tour itinerary and price.

4.

Responsibility:

The tour participant agrees that neither JTB USA, Inc. nor its affiliates shall be liable for any damage, loss (including personal injury, death, and property loss) or expense occasioned by any act or omission of any supplier providing services, or any insurer or insurance administrator under the Travel Protection Plan, or of any other person, or any other situations beyond the control of JTB USA, Inc., including weather, natural disaster, war, civil unrest, and order of government or immigration regulations.

5.

We strongly advise that tour participants purchase the Optional Travel Insuranceplans.

Please ask one of our travel consultants for more information or contact:

                           ** Optional Travel Insurance is Recommended **

                               Travelex Insurance: http://www.travelexinsurance.com/

                                 Or call   1-800-228-9792 – location number 11-0052

6.

Rules and Restrictions

* Passengers with foreign passports (excluding U.S passports) may need to obtain visa from

   Japan Consulate

* Please call Japan Consulate at 808-543-3111 for visa information

* Seats are limited; please call at 808-979-0111 for reservations

* Price/Schedule is subject to change by Vendor

* Minimum 20 people are required to guarantee the departure.

Please contact JTB Reservation Center for the pickup service to assembly place.
JTB Reservation Center : Tel 1(800) 223-6104, email reservation@jtbusa.com

Date & Price Tour Start Tour End Departure Single Supplement
Cancellation rates will apply to the tour fare. If notice of cancellation is received on tour starting date, or in case of failure to show without notice、100% of the tour fare. days or more days prior, no charge Cancellation period is based on United State PST time.. Notice must be received during JTB USA office hours. Mon. - Fri., 9:00AM-5:30PM PST Except National Holidays.

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