Japan - April, 2017
Chasing Cherry Blossoms
Denver Takayama Sister Cities


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Welcome to our place ...

... where we will plan our trip from Denver to Japan in 2017!


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 two-fold: enjoying cherry blossom time in Japan, and attending the Takayama spring matsuri (festival).

There is no guarantee we will hit the cherry blossoms at their peak. But there is a guarantee we will be warmly treated and graciously hosted in 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).

  • 31 March, 2017 - Updated Events page; removed street addresses for all travelers
  • 27 February, 2017 - Updated Events page: added orientation event; added pics for Ted F. and Reggie
  • 16 February, 2017 - Updated Events page: added orientation event
  • 26 January, 2017 - Updated Prices, Checklist, added SUICA information (off Prices page)
  • 19 January, 2017 - Added Gay Gillespie's picture on the site.
  • 11 January, 2017 - Added Gay Gillespie to travelers.
  • 07 January, 2017 - Website updates to: events, Takayama hotel. Added Erica, Connie, and Marci to travelers.
  • 05 January, 2017 - Added Carlos to travelers; added pics of support people.
  • 22 December, 2016 - Added Reggie and Ted to travelers.
  • 21 December, 2016 - Added Dottie to travelers.
  • 20 December, 2016 - Website made public; added Cathy and Ted to travelers.
  • 07 December, 2016 - Website first available.