Protected: Autumn in Japan (Private Tour)

Protected: Autumn in Japan (Private Tour)

When: Sep 28th ~ Oct 7th, 2019

Where: Yokohama, Kamakura, & Nagano

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Tour Package

Cost

$2850 PP Double Occupancy | $3250 PP Double Occupancy

Included

  • 9 nights of accommodation with complimentary breakfasts
  • All dinners and most lunches
  • All activities including tours, entrance & guide fees, pickleball clinics, transportation, etc.

Not Included

 

Itinerary

Day 1 – Sat, September 28th | Arrival at Narita Int’l Airport (NRT)

Plan your trip to arrive in Tokyo on this day*. We will be staying at the Radisson Hotel Narita this evening and will have our welcome dinner. There is a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel that takes about 20 to 25 minutes, please ask at an information desk about the shuttle times and departure platform. We will meet in the lobby of the hotel at 7:30 PM for a ‘Welcome to Japan’ dinner.

Day 2 – Sun, September 29th | Narita ~ Yokohama

After breakfast, we take the shuttle back to Narita Int’l Airport (NRT) and 2 trains to Yokohama on the outskirts of Tokyo. Once there, we have some famous Yokohama Ramen for lunch before going to the pickleball courts for play with the Yokohama-Machida Pickleball Club. There will be time for free rec play and organized ‘USA vs Japan’ matches. Dinner is with members of the pickleball club at a local restaurant.

Day 3 – Mon, September 30th | Pickleball in Yokohama & Kamakura Tour

This morning we have our first private clinic with instruction from Daniel Moore. After time for lunch in Yokohama, we take the train 45 minutes to Kamakura to visit a famous Buddhist statue and walk around the old town. Kamakura was the ancient capital of Japan for a period of 200 years and much of the architecture has remained intact. We return to Hachioji for dinner with our group at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Tue, October 1st | Yokohama ~ Kiso Fukushima

This morning we take the train 3 hours from Shin Yokohama to Kiso Fukushima. (Please note, this is not the same Fukushima as where the nuclear leak occurred!) Before arriving, we will have lunch in Nagoya Station, famous for it’s Miso Katsu, fried chicken wings and Unagi. Upon arrival in Kiso Fukushima, we head to the pickleball courts for our second private clinic with Daniel. Dinner is a kaiseki style banquet meal in the ryokan.

  • Hotel: Onyado Tsutaya
  • Contact: +81 264-22-2010
  • Facilities: Japanese-style Accommodation**

Day 5 – Wed, October 2nd | Walking the Nakasendo Trail

This morning we take a train 30 minutes to Nagiso, where we will start walking on the historic Nakasendo Trail. An hour walk brings us into Tsumago, one of the best preserved Japanese style post towns in the whole country. We have their famous dried persimmon and grilled mochi here, before continuing another 7 km to Magome, where we have a late lunch. A bus and train takes us back to Kiso Fukushima. On the walk home, we go to a sake brewery for tasting and a tour. Dinner is a sumo-style hot pot called Chankonabe.

  • Hotel: Onyado Tsutaya
  • Contact: +81 264-22-2010
  • Facilities: Japanese-style Accommodation**

Day 6 – Thu, October 3rd | Kaida Kogen & Pickleball

Today we take a taxi to Kaida Kogen, where we walk over the beautiful Jizō Pass. A lovely couple hosts us for a Japanese/Western fusion lunch, before we continue walking through blueberry fields and a dairy farm. Their freshly made ice cream is our reward for walking. On a clear day, we can catch spectacular views of the nearby Mt. Ontake, an active volcano. We take a bus back to Kiso Fukushima, and join local pickleball players for a game in the evening. Dinner is in a local izakaya style restaurant.

  • Hotel: Onyado Tsutaya
  • Contact: +81 264-22-2010
  • Facilities: Japanese-style Accommodation**

Day 7 – Fri, October 4th | Kiso Fukushima ~ Shibu Onsen

Today we travel around 3 hours from Kiso Fukushima to Shibu Onsen, where we will be staying until the end of the tour. Before that though, we make a stop at the post town of Naraijuku for a famous soba lunch and some time to explore/shop. When we arrive in Shibu Onsen, we have some time to walk around the 1,300 year old hot spring village and finish the day with a kaiseki style banquet at our Japanese style ryokan with other members of the pickleball tour.

  • Hotel: Sakaeya Ryokan
  • Contact: +81 269-33-2531
  • Facilities: Japanese-Style Accommodation**

Day 8 – Sat, October 5th | The Japan Open Pickleball Championships

Today is the first day of the inaugural Japan Open Pickleball Championships held in Yamanouchi, Japan. This will be the mixed doubles day and we will be at the courts most of the day, with options to take a shuttle back to the hotel if you are finished playing and would like to relax. Dinner will be in a local restaurant with other players in the tournament.

  • Hotel: Sakaeya Ryokan
  • Contact: +81 269-33-2531
  • Facilities: Japanese-Style Accommodation**

Day 9 – Sun, October 6th | The Japan Open Pickleball Championships

Today is the second day of the inaugural Japan Open Pickleball Championships held in Yamanouchi, Japan. This will be the men’s and women’s doubles day and we will be at the courts most of the day, with options to take a shuttle back to the hotel if you are finished playing and would like to relax. Dinner will be in a local sushi restaurant to say thank you to all the participants in the tournament.

  • Hotel: Sakaeya Ryokan
  • Contact: +81 269-33-2531
  • Facilities: Japanese-Style Accommodation**

Day 10 – Mon, October 7th | Yudanaka Station ~ Narita Int’l Airport (NRT)

We take the final leg back to Tokyo and on to the airport. Please do not book your ticket earlier than 2:00 PM as the journey from Yudanaka Station to Narita Int’l Airport will take around 4 hours.


Please keep in mind that this itinerary is subject to change and should not be considered final.

*You will likely have to depart North America the previous day to arrive in Japan on September 28th.

**Japanese style accommodation means sleeping on a comfortable futon mattress laid on top of a tatami mat floor. All the rooms will have showers but this inn has hot springs if you want to try soaking in them.

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Additional Information

Cancellation Policy

  • 60 ~ 31 Days Prior to Arrival: 20% of the Total Costs
  • 30 ~ 4 Days Prior to Arrival: 50% of the Total Costs
  • 72 Hours or Less Prior to Arrival: 100% of the Total Costs

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travelers to invest in travel insurance to both minimize your financial risks of traveling and provide you with peace of mind to fully enjoy the your trip. Travel insurance can provide many helpful resources including refunds or assistance for any of the following situations that may arise before or during a trip:

  • You need to cancel your participation on the tour
  • You need to cancel or change a flight
  • Lost baggage during the trip
  • Stolen items during the trip
  • Medical costs during the trip

We suggest you talk to your insurance provider to ask about the travel insurance plans available to you. You can also compare policies online. Here are two well-known travel insurance providers to consider:

Please contact us at connect@pickleballtrips.com if you have any additional questions regarding our cancellation policy or travel insurance.

Past Reviews

“Spreading interest and love for pickleball is something Les and I enjoy doing. Traveling in Japan with Daniel allows us to do that. Daniel’s trip was well organized. It gave us the opportunity to meet people from another culture and do so with a guide who has made Japan his home. We were able to experience “real Japan” as well as see some tourist highlights. Daniel took great care of everyone on the trip. He makes the trip fun, exciting and comfortable for his entire group. We highly recommend this trip!” – Cookie D.


“I never thought I’d ever get a chance to go to Japan. But because I met Scott and I knew I was gonna be with good people who knew the language and we would get along… I enjoyed myself so much!” – Maurice P.


“A trip to Japan with Pickleball included with top flight instruction and an opportunity to introduce the sport to a new country. Well beyond the normal tourist experience! Daniel is a wonderful tour guide – he is very knowledgeable, very calm, and very caring  – and a rare American who is truly fluent in Japanese.  Be excited for a new experience!” – Barbara J.


“Who would have thought – pickleball in Japan – amazing! We met Japanese players, visited cultural sites, and because of Daniel’s fluency in the Japanese language, got to visit many non-touristy places.  The people were so receptive of the sport and what it has to offer.  I await the Japanese impact on the sport. Thanks for this experience!” – Angie S.


“I said to my husband, ‘this is a once in a lifetime trip,’ and it has been.” – Hillary M.