Autumn in Japan

Autumn in Japan

When: Sep 28th ~ Oct 7th, 2019

Where: Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, & Nagano

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Description

Join pickleball national champion Scott Moore and his son Jon for a cultural exchange to one of the world’s oldest civilizations as we continue to promote pickleball in Japan! Savor the fresh sushi, explore ancient temples, and witness breathtaking natural landscapes, all while interacting with locals and teaching them about the game of pickleball. This will be a true insider experience as Scott & Jon, who have lived in Japan for most than 20 years combined, will take you to all their favorite spots!

Itinerary

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

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 ~ Hachioji

After breakfast, we take the shuttle back to Narita Int’l Airport and a bus 2.5 hours to Hachioji on the outskirts of Tokyo. Once here, we have some lunch before heading to the pickleball courts for play with the Hachioji Pickleball Club including time for free rec play and organized ‘North America vs Japan’ matches. Dinner is with members of the pickleball club at a local restaurant.

Day 3 – Mon, September 30th | Pickleball in Hachioji & Tokyo Tour

This morning we have our first private clinic with instruction from Scott and Jon Moore. After time for lunch in Hachioji, we take the train 45 minutes to Shinjuku Station in Tokyo where we will visit sights such as the Meiji Shrine, Shibuya’s Scramble Crossing and the Samurai Museum. We return to Hachioji for dinner with our group at a local restaurant.

Day 4 – Tue, October 1st | Hachioji ~ Osaka

Today we travel from Hachioji to Osaka, about a 4 hour train journey on the bullet train. Upon arrival, we visit the city’s historic landmark, Osaka Castle. Dinner is a savory pancake dish called Okonomiyaki in Dotonbori, Osaka’s nightlife district.

  • Hotel: Hotel Nikko Osaka
  • Contact: +81 662-44-1111
  • Facilities: Western-Style Accommodation

Day 5 – Wed, October 2nd | Kyoto Tour

Today we will take a day trip to Kyoto, about 45 minutes away from Osaka. Kyoto is the ancient capital of Japan with many UNESCO World Heritage sites. We will see shrines, temples and Japanese gardens, as well as many other sights along the way. Please be prepared to walk a lot this day. Dinner is with employees of Daikichi Coverall, the company that has started pickleball in Osaka and who we will play with tomorrow. Have your karaoke song of choice prepared because having to sing is a distinct possibility.

  • Hotel: Hotel Nikko Osaka
  • Contact: +81 662-44-1111
  • Facilities: Western-Style Accommodation

Day 6 – Thu, October 3rd | Pickleball in Osaka

This morning we have another private pickleball session with Scott and Jon in Kobe or Osaka. You have a free afternoon before we play again tonight with the Osaka pickleball club.

  • Hotel: Hotel Nikko Osaka
  • Contact: +81 662-44-1111
  • Facilities: Western-Style Accommodation

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

Today we travel around 5:30 hours from Osaka to Shibu Onsen, where we will be staying until the end of the tour. When we arrive, we have some time to walk around the 1,300 year old town before having a kaiseki style banquet at our Japanese-style inn (ryokan).

  • 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

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.

Tour Package

Included

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

Not Included

  • Airfare to/from Narita Int’l Airport (NRT)
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • JR Rail Pass

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

Please contact us at pickleballtrips@gmail.com if you have any additional questions regarding our cancellation policy.

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

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Please contact us at pickleballtrips@gmail.comif you have any additional questions regarding 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.