Japan In Depth - 2015: Prices

Prices and options

Our current pricing figures are below; until we actually purchase all the parts of the trip, prices are subject to change. So these prices are a best estimate.

Nagano, Sado island, Kanazawa, and Takayama

Price: Land portion only: about $3,200 per person; we expect airfare on the suggested route to run around $1,400 - $1,700 per person.

Here's what's included:

  • 10 days and 9 nights in Japan
  • Standard class (3 star) hotels or ryokans, double occupancy in Nagano, Sado Island, and Kanazawa
  • Stay in Open Heart Pension in Takayama
  • Transportation to and from hotels
  • Transportation between cities by bus or rail
  • Seven segments on shinkansen (bullet trains) including four segments on Hokuriku shinkansen (newest bullet train line)
  • Admissions to various venues (museums, temples, etc.)
  • Nine breakfasts and five dinners
  • Membership in and donation to Denver Takayama Sister City Committee (tax deductible)
    Note that emergency medical evacuation is included in the trip package!
    (Still, you may want to consider an inexpensive short term travel medical insurance policy)

  • Creation and maintenance of this website as an information source and communication tool
    • Information about the trip (Prices, Itinerary)
    • Information about the travelers
    • Information about each destination
    • Discussions of issues that concern trip members
    • Tips and tools (currency conversion, weather, time zones, etc.)
    • Information about other resources, either on the web or locally available (public library, personal libraries of trip members, etc.)


  • Services of a Japanese speaking tour escort, Matt Weller
    • Pre-trip
    • Interface with travel agent to coordinate itinerary requirements and negotiate best prices comensurate with desired quality
    • Run one or two meetings to discuss detailed tailored itineraries and provide language and cultural background
    • Provide information about local events that may be of interest to members of the trip
    • Spearhead promotion of trip
    • Provide focal point for completing paperwork

      During trip
    • Lead group through all connections from original departure through final return
    • Provide support (communication, direction, other assitance) throughout the trip

      Post trip
    • Provide focal point for coordinating exchange of digital pictures in a common trip digital photo album


  • Note: there is no tipping in Japan


Other options:

  • Single supplement (if you don't want to share a hotel room) is additional: $700.00
  • Trip extensions at front or back: contact our travel agent
  • Air cabin upgrade (fly on same flights but business class - if available): check with your carrier or our travel agent

Critical dates:

  • Latest date to sign up for trip: Tuesday, August 25 - but sooner is better
  • Note: There is a 4% surcharge on payments made using credit card
  • Payments should be made by checks made out to "DSCI" with a memo field of "Japan in Depth"
  • Deposit of $2,100.00 on or before August 28
  • Second payment of $1,100.00 on or before September 29
  • ** Final payment of airfare cost on or before September 30.

** - if you are coming from outside Colorado, or arranging your own air travel, we modify this, of course, to reflect your reality

Cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation on or before September 28: $70 of initial payment and $500 of second payment are refundable
  • Cancellation after October 1: only $300 is refundable