Introduction To Japan
October 3-15, 2020
60th Anniversary Celebration
Denver Takayama Sister Cities


commute Hida no sato


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Welcome to our place ...

... where we will plan our trip, with your input, from Denver to Japan in October, 2020! Note: you don't have to start in Denver, you can join us in Japan and continue on; we have had travelers join us from New York, Massachusetts, even Italy. So if the itinerary appeals to you, just go ahead and sign up.

The elephant in the room: coronavirus


Note that the "official itinerary" runs October 3 through October 15. However, we can arrange for a subset fo this for those whose schedule does not permit this long a time. We are happy to discuss options that work for you.


Note also we are offering a pre-trip extension to visit Hiroshima and then join the group in Kyoto. There is more information on this option on the Prices page.


We pride ourselves that our trips delve deeper: below the tourist façade. Of course, we visit many of the common attractions, but we also have some differences:

  • We usually use public transportation like the locals do
  • While breakfasts are planned to be in our hotels, lunch is an opportunity to seek out unusual eateries
  • Similarly, some dinners are on your own, for you to explore and find places offering either comfort food or more exotic food (note: the trip leaders always are open to your joining their dinner plans)
  • In Takayama, Denver's Japanese sister city, we get up close to the matsuri (festival) and meet with locals
  • In Takayama, you will meet the Mayor of Takayama, and there's a good chance Denver's Mayor will also be in town


Whether this is your first time to Japan, or you are re-acquainting yourself to this charming, mysterious country, you will love visiting Kyoto, Takayama, and Tokyo.

Hiroshima (only for those electing to take the pre-trip excursion), although it is still most famous for being the first city to have an atomic bomb dropped on it, this dynamic city has become a busy manufacturing and shipping center, with lots to see and do.

Kyoto is the classic Japanese city, with dozens of World Heritage Sites (temples, shrines, gardens, and more) as well as smaller, pleasant paths hidden inside the hustle and bustle of a modern city.

Takayama, Denver's Japanese sister city, maintains much of the charm of old Japan; sometimes called "little Kyoto", this tourist friendly city always welcomes visitors from Denver warmly and generously.

Tokyo is the capital city of Japan, and the most populous metropolitan area in the world. This dynamic city is an exciting mix of the traditional and the ultra-modern. Stylish and sophisticated, you'll find the past and the future blended together here.


Introduction to this tripsite

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 to explore Japan and, as often as possible, to go a little deeper than the usual trip.

We will meet this second objective by using public transportation, finding little-known venues, and, in Takayama, by possibly visiting the households of ordinary Japanese families.

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 locally 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 information about the cities we will be visiting, resources you might find useful / helpful, and contact information for your fellow travelers.


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. If you are not a member, we require you sign up for at least a one-year membership. (Visit this web page)


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).

  • 27 February, 2020 - Added information about the possible impact of the coronavirus
  • 19 January, 2020 - Final pricing in place, trip formally announced, trip site available.
  • 15 January, 2020 - Added Hiroshima pre-trip option.
  • 01 January, 2020 - Revised itinerary.
  • 18 December, 2019 - Website first available, although not publicized.