High School Students to Japan



Prices and what's included

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.

Takayama, Kyoto, and Tokyo

Total price: $3,400 per person

* Plus, each traveler must join Denver Sister Cities International.

* We hope to provide a $400 scholarship to each student, resulting in a net price of $3,000. Done! as of 2/13/2018, we will award the scholarship by reducing the price by $400

* We anticipate running at least one fund raising event the students are expected to participate in.

Here's what's included:

  • Round trip airfare, Denver to Tokyo and return
  • 12 days and 13 nights in Japan
  • Standard hotels in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Homestay in Takayama
  • Transportation to and from hotels
  • Transportation between cities by bus or rail
  • At least three segments on shinkansen (bullet train)
  • PASMO IC card for transportation and more in Tokyo and Kyoto
  • Admissions to various venues (museums, temples, etc.)
  • All meals in Takayama plus all breakfasts, four lunches, and five dinners in Tokyo and Kyoto

  • Creation and maintenance of this tripsite as an information source and communication tool
    • Information about the trip (Prices, Itinerary)
    • Information about the travelers (students and chaperones)
    • 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: Wendy Barile and Kevin Lance (see"The Travelers" page)
    • Pre-trip
    • Interface with travel agent to coordinate itinerary requirements and negotiate best prices comensurate with desired quality
    • Run orientation meetings to create detailed tailored itineraries and provide language and cultural background
    • Provide information about local events that may be of interest to members of the trip
    • Provide focal point for completing paperwork and making payments
      During trip
    • Lead group through all connections from original departure through final return
    • Provide support (communication, direction, other assitance) throughout the trip
    • Connect with local contacts for enhanced experiences (guides, drivers, etc.)
      Post trip
    • Provide focal point for coordinating exchange of digital pictures in a common trip album
    • Run a welcome-back potluck party for returning travelers


  • Note: there is no tipping in Japan


Critical dates:

  • 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 "2018 Japan Exchange Trip"
  • You can bring payments to any group orientation session or mail to:

       2650 E. 40th Ave.
       Denver, CO 80205

  • $1,400 due on or before March 11
  • $1,200 due on or before April 15
  • $400 on or before May 20

Cancellation policy:

  • Once purchased, airline tickets are non-refundable
  • Cancellation on or before April 6: $200 fee for travel agency withheld; rest of non-airline ticket money is refundable
  • No refund for cancellation after April 6