Journey Through Japan

Journey Through Japan

Location:

Nagano, Osaka, Kyoto, & Tokyo!

Dates:

May 16th - 28th, 2020

Cost:

$950 – $4900

Join pickleball national champion Daniel Moore 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 tour leader Daniel, who has lived in Japan for most of his life, takes you to all his favorite spots!

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Trip Details

What’s Included

  • 9 nights of accommodation with complimentary breakfasts
  • All meals except 1 dinner and 2 lunches
  • All activities including tours, entrance & guide fees, pickleball clinics, transportation within Japan (excluding JR Rail Pass), etc.

What’s Not Included

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

Group Size  20

Activity Level  3/10

Accommodations

Rotating Accomodations
  • See itinerary below for hotel information

Trip instructors

Itinerary

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Day 1
05/16/2020

Arrival at Narita Int’l Airport (NRT)

Plan your trip to arrive in Tokyo on this day (this means you will need to leave the US on May 8th). We will be staying at a hotel near Narita Int’l Airport (NRT) this evening and will have our welcome dinner. There is a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel that takes about 20-25 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.

  • Hotel: Radisson Hotel Narita
  • Contact: +81 476-93-1234
  • Website: https://www.radisson.com/narita-hotel-jp-286-0221/jpnarita
  • Facilities: Western-Style Accommodation
Day 2
05/17/2020

Narita ~ Hachioji

After breakfast, we take the shuttle back to Narita Int’l Airport (NRT) and take a bus to Tokyo Station. From here, we spend the day sightseeing in Tokyo’s Meiji ShrineHarajuku area and the famous Scramble Crossing. In the late afternoon, we ride the metro 45 minutes to Hachioji, where we have dinner with members of the Hachioji Pickleball Club.

  • Hotel: Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji
  • Contact: +81 42-656-3111
  • Website: http://www.keioplaza.com/hachioji/
  • Facilities: Western Style Accommodation
Day 3
05/18/2020

Pickleball in Hachioji

Today is an all-day pickleball event with the Hachioji Pickleball Club. The morning is a private coaching session with Daniel and Jon. We will take a couple of hours to relax and rest before returning at 3:00 pm for a tournament with the Hachioji Pickleball Club.

  • Hotel: Keio Plaza Hotel Hachioji
  • Contact: +81 42-656-3111
  • Website: http://www.keioplaza.com/hachioji/
  • Facilities: Western Style Accommodation
Day 4
05/19/2020

Hachioji ~ Saku

This morning we get up early and take the train 3 hours from Hachioji to Saku. In Saku we have a pickleball extravaganza planned with food, USA vs Japan matches and lots of time for free rec play. In the evening, we go out to dinner with members of the Saku Pickleball Club.

  • Hotel: AQA Hotel Sakudaira Station
  • Contact: +81 267-68-9900
  • Website: http://www.aqa-hotel.com/
  • Facilities: Western Style Business Hotel
Day 5
05/20/2020

Saku ~ Shibu Onsen

This morning we travel from Saku to Shibu Onsen, about 2 hours by train. After lunch, we walk to the world famous Jigokudani Snow Monkey Park. It’s about a 30-minute walk to the monkeys on a beautiful forest trail. The walk is not difficult but please bring good walking shoes. In the evening, we have a kaiseki (banquet) style dinner in our traditional Japanese inn. A hot spring bath at the end of the day here is just the thing after a long day.
*Note: 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.

  • Hotel: Sakaeya Ryokan
  • Contact: +81 269-33-2531
  • Website: http://www.e-sakaeya.jp/
  • Facilities: Japanese-style Accommodation*
Day 6
05/21/2020

Pickleball in Shibu Onsen

This morning we have a pickleball session amongst ourselves, with instruction from Daniel and Jon. In the afternoon, you have some free time to walk around the 1300 year-old Onsen town of Shibu Onsen. In the evening, we go to Nagano City to play with members of the Nagano Pickleball Club.

  • Hotel: Sakaeya Ryokan
  • Contact: +81 269-33-2531
  • Website: http://www.e-sakaeya.jp/
  • Facilities: Japanese-style Accommodation
Day 7
05/22/2020

Shibu Onsen ~ Osaka

We have another short, early morning pickleball session this morning, before we take the train from Nagano to Osaka, about a 5-hour journey in total. Dinner is hosted by Daikichi Coverall, an Osaka-based company leading the efforts to start pickleball in the city. Prepare your karaoke song of choice because having to sing is a distinct possibility.

  • Hotel: Hotel Nikko Osaka
  • Contact: +81 662-44-1111
  • Website: http://www.hno.co.jp/english/
  • Facilities: Western-Style Accommodation
Day 8
05/23/2020

Pickleball in Osaka

This morning we visit Osaka Castle, a huge monument and museum overlooking the center of the city. In the afternoon, we play pickleball with members from Kobe and Daikichi Coverall, the company starting pickleball in the city. You are free to explore Osaka for dinner tonight, or have some more familiar American food.

  • Hotel: Hotel Nikko Osaka
  • Contact: +81 662-44-1111
  • Website: http://www.hno.co.jp/english/
  • Facilities: Western-Style Accommodation
Day 9
05/24/2020

Kyoto Tour

Today we will take a day trip to Kyoto, about 45 minutes away. 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. After returning to Osaka, we have a Japanese savory pancake called okonomiyaki for our farewell dinner.

  • Hotel: Hotel Nikko Osaka
  • Contact: +81 662-44-1111
  • Website: http://www.hno.co.jp/english/
  • Facilities: Western-Style Accommodation
Day 10
05/25/2020

Osaka ~ 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 Narita Int’l Airport (NRT) will take around 4 hours.

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:

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You can also use www.InsureMyTrip.com to compare multiple companies’ plans.