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6 days 4 nights Basic Volunteer Opportunity + Air Package (VIJ-B)
  8 days 6 nights Volunteer & Recovery Support TOHOKU Japan 2012
It has been 1 year since a devastating 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit off TOHOKU, the coast of northeastern Japan. We don't see the disastrous situation on TV as often as before, but people living in the affected areas are still a long away from “normal life.” With their economies devastated; hotels, restaurants, and most businesses are struggling to stay afloat. The people themselves are struggling, isolated and alone.
Destination Japan managed by H.I.S. International Tours is putting together a trip to TOHOKU area to try and help the people move forward and remain strong. This Spring, we are planning to take groups to Kesennuma, Rikuzen-Takata, and Ofunato, where the earthquake and tsunami were affected.
We will visit there to help reenergize not only the people but also the economy. We plan on having opportunities to meet the local people, do volunteer work, stay in the hotels and ryokan, and buy locally produced items.
Spending time and money to support economy is what the towns and people need the most now. We also plan to visit Genbikei Gorge for its spectacular view, experience the famous Kakko Dango (Flying Dumplings) spectacles, see the World Heritage Site Hiraizumi, as well as spend one night at the hot-springs of Hanamaki, and more.
An extended option will be available to stay in Tokyo, Kyoto, and more as your schedule and vacation permits.
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 PERIOD:  May 26 (Sat) - June 2 (Sat), 2012

Price departing from Los Angeles:
From $2,795.00* per peson based on double occupancy (PLAN A)
* Fuel surcharge, applicable taxes and fees of approx. $661 included.
Land Only** Price:
Available at $1,995.00 per peson based on double occupancy (PLAN A)
** Airfare NOT included.
- For those who depart from cities other than Los Angeles, contact us to make arrangements for your air travel needs. We’ll find the best way for you to join this package!
Single Room Supplement: $195.00

 ITINERARY DEPARTING FROM LOS ANGELES:  

DAY1: May 26 (Sat)  LOS ANGELES - TOKYO

12:40 am - Leave Los Angeles for Haneda, Tokyo via Delta Air Lines #635 (Midnight Flight)


Cross the International Date Line (Day changes to the next day)

- We strongly recommend to get to the Los Angeles International Airport 2.5 - 3 hour before your departure time, especially if you have connecting flights to the airport.

DAY2: May 27 (Sun)  TOKYO - MIYAGI - IWATE

4:55 am - Arrive at Haneda International Airport (Early Morning)
Transfer to Iwate Prefecture upon arrival

(Haneda Airport == [monorail] == [JR] == Tokyo Station == [bullet train] == Ichinoseki == [local train] == Kesennuma == [charter bus] == Rikuzen-Takata == [charter bus] == Ofunato)
See the city of Kesennuma, Rikuzen-Takata and Ofunato
Lunch at Kesennuma Yatai Village on your own

3:00 pm - Check-in at your hotel upon arrival in Ofunato

Free time at your leisure


DAY3: May 28 (Mon)  IWATE

Volunteer and other activities (TBA)
Prior to this tour, we will have an orientation meeting to discuss the physical capability of the volunteers and the activities we individually can perform as well as other ways we can support Tohoku.







DAY4: May 29 (Tue)  IWATE

Volunteer and other activities (TBA)
Prior to this tour, we will have an orientation meeting to discuss the physical capability of the volunteers and the activities we individually can perform as well as other ways we can support Tohoku.

HOTEL: Hotel Goishi






DAY5: May 30 (Wed)  IWATE

Volunteer and other activities (TBA)
Prior to this tour, we will have an orientation meeting to discuss the physical capability of the volunteers and the activities we individually can perform as well as other ways we can support Tohoku.

HOTEL: Hotel Goishi






DAY6: May 31 (Thu)  IWATE

7:30 am - Sightseeing by charter bus
(Genbikei Gorge, World Heritage Site Hiraizumi, Lunch at Hiraizumi Center on your own)


4:30 pm - Check-in at your hotel upon arrival in Hanamaki
Free time at your leisure


- Relax and soothe yourself in Onsen (hot-spring baths) as well as enjoying its local Japanese-style dining experience in Hanamaki Hot-spring Spa.








DAY7: Jun 1 (Fri)  IWATE - TOKYO

AM - Transfer to Tokyo
(Shin-Hanamaki Station == [bullet train] == Tokyo == [local train] == Ikebukuro)

3:00 pm - Check-in at your hotel upon arrival in Tokyo
Free time at your leisure


[PLAN B] 1 day Early Return to Los Angeles (not staying in Tokyo)
If you don’t have to stay at Tokyo and want to head back to the U.S. as soon as returning from Tohoku, you can choose this option. In this case, the length of a tour will be from May 25 - June 1.
Tour Price: $2,695* per person based on double occupancy

* Fuel surcharge, applicable taxes and fees of approx. $661 included.

[PLAN C] Tokyo Extention Plan
Yor are free to extend your trip to Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa and Hokkaido, or other parts of Japan. Please contact us for an arrangement.


DAY8: Jun 2 (Sat)  TOKYO

Freetime at your leisure until your departure time
Transfer to Haneda Airport on your own
- Airport Limousine Bus Coupon is available at discounted price. Please contact us for an arrangement.

10:00 pm - Meet at the Delta Air Lines counter for Checking-in
12:30 am (Jun 3) - Leave Tokyo for Los Angeles via Delta Air Lines #636 (Midnight Flight)


Cross the International Date Line (Arrival date back 1 day)

6:55 pm (Jun 2) - Arrive at Los Angeles Airport

 ROUTE MAP:


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 INCLUDED:

  • Round-trip air transportation from Los Angeles to Haneda, Tokyo via Delta Air Lines. (Coach Class)
  • Airline fuel surcharge, applicable taxes and fees of approx. $661.00 for an air ticket. (as of Mar. 1)
  • Round-trip ground transportation between Tokyo and Tohoku area as specified in the itinerary above.
  • Four (4) nights accommodation at Hotel Goishi in Ofunato City, based on double occupancy.
  • One (1) night accommodation at Hotel Hanamaki in Hanamaki City, based on double occupancy.
  • One (1) night accommodation at Hotel Metropolitan Tokyo in Ikebukuro, based on double occupancy.
  • Six (6) breakfasts and three (3) dinners as specified in the itinerary above.
  • Volunteer & other activities - To be announced (DAY 3 / DAY 4 / DAY 5)
  • Sightseeing tour in Iwate Prefecture (DAY 6)
  • English speaking staff throughout the tour and an English-speaking guide during Hiraizumi sightseeing on DAY 6.

 NOT INCLUDED:

  • U.S. Domestic transportation to/from Los Angeles Internatioal Airport
  • Ground transportation other than those specified above or notified by your agent
  • Meals unless specified above or notified by your agent
  • Individual expenses

 REMARKS:

  • Please read the terms and conditions carefully.
  • Minimum Participant(s): 15 persons
  • Single Supplement: $195.00
  • Due to the changing needs within the affected area, there may be a chance that we need to cancel or make changes to the planned volunteer activity and other activities.
  • You are free to extend your trip to Osaka, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Okinawa and Hokkaido or other parts of Japan. Even beyond Japan can be arranged.
  • We can also arrange your Hotel, Japan Rail Pass, Japan Air Pass, and Day Tours.
  • Insurance is not included but highly recommended to purchase.
  • Prices are as of 4/18/12, and are subject to change due to currency fluctuations.
  • Schedule is subject to change due to traffic, weather or any unforeseen circumstances.
  • Please ask your agent for more information or details.

 
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