Japan In Depth - 2015
The Party Train To Takayama
Denver Takayama Sister Cities


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Welcome to our place ...

... where we will plan our trip from Denver to Japan in 2015!


These webpages are for everyone involved in our adventure to find out more about this trip, and to keep informed as we get closer to our departure.

The focus of this trip is riding the newest shinkansen line, the Hokuriku line, to Kanazawa and stops in between and around this route, including a very special stop at Sado Island. 'Hokuriku' is a region on Honshu. So we sub-title this trip as 'Hokuriku Travels'.

Our final night in Takayama we will have a party to celebrate the 55th anniversary of the Denver / Takayama relationship, so we also call this trip 'The Party Train To Takayama'.

In the box at left are links for you to find out:

  • who else is taking this trip
  • some ideas about the foods you might encounter and enjoy - or want to avoid
  • information about the people who are helping make this trip happen (travel agents, contacts in our destination cities and so on)
  • events going on that you might be interested in because they provide opportunities to prepare and learn for this journey
  • itinerary details
  • pricing information
  • some hints and tools to make the trip easier


You will also find links to provide information about the cities we will be visiting, resources you might find useful / helpful, and email addresses for your primary contacts.


Our trip is affiliated with Denver Sister Cities International (DSCI) and the Denver Takayama Sister City Committee (DTSCC). This means: to participate in the trip you must join DSCI. This is primarily for insurance purposes.


What's new on this website?

We are regularly adding and updating pages on the website. To help you keep up with changes, below is a list of the changes in reverse chronological order (most recent at the top).

  • 13 October - Set up photo page for trip, ready to recieve pics!
  • 11 October - Finalized itinerary details for Takayama portion.
  •   7 October - Updated itinerary details for October 25.
  • 24 September - Updated itinerary details for October 16.
  •   8 September - Closed registrations for trip.
  • 15 August - Updated 'Check list'.
  • 13 July - Began rebranding trip as 'The Party Train To Takayama'.
  • 12 August - Added Kathy Johnson to 'travelers'; updated target dates.
  • 11 August - Added Robin Post and Jim Tait to 'travelers'; updated 'Prices'.
  • 13 July - Began rebranding trip as 'The Party Train To Takayama'.
  • 10 July - Updated Itinerary, added Nagano and Kanazawa pages.
  • 30 June - Updated Checklist, Getting read, and support pages.
  • 29 June - Added Donna Altieri to travelers.
  • 23 June - Updated Price and Checklist pages.
  • 22 June - Built Kanazawa pages.
  • 16 June - Updated pages on calling Japan, packing, weather.
  • 11 June - Updated various support pages.
  • 10 June - Build Sado island pages.
  •   8 June - Added Robin Post to travelers.
  • 30 May - Substantial updates to itinerary page, small updates to prices and checklist pages. Added page on shopping for air travel.
  • 28 May - Updated Nagano, itinerary, and prices pages.
  • 26 May - Website made public.
  • 10 May - Website first available.