Introduction To Japan - 2020
60th Anniversary Celebration


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.

For this trip, with travelers coming from multiple starting points and some arriving early or staying longer, one size does not fit all. Still, the prices listed here should be accurate for most travelers.


[Hiroshima,] Kyoto, Takayama, Tokyo

Price: Land portion only: $3,950. We expect airfare on the suggested route to run around $1,200 - $2,500 per person, depending on how and when you book. (See our page on Shopping for air travel.) (We call this the "official itinerary".)


Price for adding the pre-trip extension to Hiroshima (depart Denver on September 30, arrive in Hiroshima October 1, join the rest of the trip in Kyoto on October 4, land portion only): $750. When you request this option, we communicate with you to tailor your trip as much as possible, so this price may be a bit higher or a bit lower. For information about Hiroshima click here.


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

  • 13 days and 11 nights in Japan
  • Standard class (3 star) or better hotels
  • For those on the standard flights, transportation between lodging and airport
  • In country transportation to and from lodgings (for all traveling on the standard itinerary)
  • 14 day JR (Japan Rail) pass
  • A SUICA card for local transportation in Kyoto and Tokyo
  • Three or more segments on shinkansen (bullet trains)
  • Admissions to various venues (museums, temples, etc.)
  • All breakfasts and eight dinners
  • Tax deductible donations to support high school student exchanges and to Denver Sister Cities International to support the organization itself
  • 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 two tour escorts from Denver
    • Interface with travel agent to coordinate itinerary requirements and negotiate best prices comensurate with desired quality
    • Run two or three orientation 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

    Here's what's not included for those on the standard itinerary:

    • Membership in Denver Takayama Sister City Committee (tax deductible)
      if you are not already a member, we require you to join the committee;
      to join Denver Sister Cities International, click here then scroll down
      to see the options and fill in necessary information; be sure to check the Takayama committee
      Note that emergency medical evacuation for this trip is included with your membership!
      (Still, you may want to consider an inexpensive short term travel medical insurance policy)
    • Insurance other than emergency medical evacuation - check out our FAQ about insurance
    • Lunches
    • Five dinners
    • Personal items (snacks, souvenirs, etc.)
    • Transportation between airports and your lodging, if you are not on the official flight


    Here's what's included for those choosing the Hiroshima pre-trip extension:

    • Three additional nights in Japan
    • Lodging in Hiroshima
    • Ground transportation to hotels and in city
    • Site seeing in Hiroshima
    • Site seeing in Miyajima
    • Three breakfasts
    • Two dinners


    Note: there is no tipping in Japan


    Other options:

    • Single supplement (if you don't want to share a hotel room) is additional:
         * for the core trip: $850
         * for the Hiroshima extension: $250
    • We may arrange optional day trips, which would carry an added charge
    • Additional trip extensions at front or back: contact Kay Fahlberg, our travel advisor
    • 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: June 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 "2020 Introduction To Japan"
    • You can bring payments to any group orientation session or mail to:

         2650 E. 40th Ave.
         Denver, CO 80205

    • 50% deposit on or before June 26
    • Balance due on or before August 20
    • ** Final payment of any single supplement or other cost on or before September 4.

    ** - 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 up to 45 days before departure date: land portion fully refundable
    • Cancellation 45 days or less before departure, only $300 is refundable