Japan - April, 2017: Prices

Prices and options

For this complex trip (12 travelers, from Colorado, Alaska, Italy, and Japan, not all following the complete itinerary), pricing is complicated. Each traveler has received an email stating the price for their part of the journey.

Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Takayama

Price: Land portion only: ranges from $1,875 to $3,950; we expect airfare on the suggested route to run around $1,200 - $1,708 per person.

Here's what's included for those on the standard itinerary:

  • 13 days and 12 nights in Japan
  • Standard class (3 star) hotels or ryokans
  • Transportation to and from hotels
  • Transportation between cities by bus or rail
  • A SUICA card for local transportation in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Hiroshima
  • Four segments on shinkansen (bullet trains)
  • Admissions to various venues (museums, temples, etc.)
  • Viewing of Takayama's world famous matsuri (spring celebration) parade, floats, more
  • All breakfasts and nine dinners, most lunches
  • 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 one or two Japanese speaking tour escort(s) (depending on group size)
    • 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 (Denver area) 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: $530
  • 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: Thursday, January 12 - but sooner is better. We expect this trip to fill quickly.
  • 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 "2017 Spring to Japan"
  • You can bring payments to any group orientation session or mail to:

       2650 E. 40th Ave.
       Denver, CO 80205

  • Deposit of $1,700 on or before January 28
  • Second payment of $1,700 on or before February 28
  • ** Final payment of airfare cost and any single supplement cost on or before March 15.

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