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Tour to Japan

Tour to Japan

Q & A with Sasha - Summer 2024 Trip to Japan

Presentation (in English)

Video recording (in Russian)

We’re happy to invite you to yet another travel opportunity – this time, to Japan! Our trip is for 7 nights/8 days and will include transfers to and from the airport (1 transfer a day for all), the hotel, the English-speaking guide, the bus, all admissions and park entries, as per itinerary, 7 breakfasts, three lunches, and 1 Dinner (well… maybe be more dinners, but we’ll see). This will be a private trip, only for us. We will not be joining various joint tours with strangers but rather enjoy everything to ourselves. This trip is recommended for Families with Teenagers, College Students, and Young Adults. You will need to purchase airplane tickets on your own. The tour starts in Tokyo – this is where you want to arrive, and finishes in Osaka – this is from where you want to depart from. For those who are flying from Boston, MA, our dedicated travel agent, Galina Barry (see info below), will help you find the best rate if you allow her to do so. You will need to purchase Travel insurance for your trip, as well.

The trip is divided into 3 parts:

  • The Main part is the actual 7 nights/8 day tour. Everything in the table below in BLACK is about the main tour. We will visit 3 major cities, Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, and enjoy learning about various points of interest, food, culture, and history, especially the Holocaust History that can indirectly be linked to Jookender and our vibrant community. Before any discounts, the tour costs $2600 per adult and $2340 per child under 12. The minimum # of people we need for the tour is 13. If we get 26 participants on the trip, we can return another $200 for each participant upon completion of the tour.
  • There is a possibility to arrive a day earlier (on July 6th, 2024) and enjoy either some time off or a trip to the Cat Island. Look at Day 0/1 (in RED) in the table for a description (before the main tour). If you chose Cat Island, note that the tour price includes an airport transfer, an extra night in the hotel, breakfast, a bullet train ticket, and everything mentioned in Days 0 and 1 (in RED) in the description. The price is calculated as if only 3-5 people registered for this tour. If we get more, the price will be lowered, and the excess money will be returned to you. But before any discounts, the extra day with the trip to Cat Island is $690 for adults and $621 for children under 12. Alternatively, if you don’t want a Cat Island tour but want to come a day earlier, you may pay for the extra night at the hotel at $70 per person, based on twin/triple occupancy. This is also true for those family members who come together with another family member who wants to go on the Cat Island tour.
  • There is also a possibility of staying a day longer at Osaka on the way back and undertaking a tour to Hiroshima. Please find the description of this tour at the end of the table. day 8/9. In this case, you will be provided with an extra night hotel stay (extra breakfast), the tour, transportation, and a private transfer to the airport a day after. You’re flying back home on July 15th, 2024. As in the pre-stay situation, you may also choose not to go on the tour but enjoy another day in Osaka before returning to your home destination. In this case, your hotel for an extra night will cost $90 p/p (double/twin occupancy).

What else is available on that trip?

  • A possibility (mentioned in the table) for a Room Upgrade. The upgrade costs only $75 p/p (for all three possible nights together, based on double/triple occupancy).
  • A single supplement is available, as well. The price of the single supplement for the main tour is $550. For the pre-stay, it’s $60; for the post-tour, it’s 80. The single supplement is only needed for travelers who travel alone and without a companion.
  • Optional workshops
    • Sushi lesson ($80 p/p)
    • Kimono wearing experience ($80 p/p)

What discounts are available?

  • The first five families receive a Jookender discount automatically, as follows:
    • One person in the family registers for the trip - $300 off total registration
    • Two family members register for the trip - $600 off total registration
    • Three or more people in the family register for the trip - $1000 off total registration
  • Club Chaverim members (current or future, paid for this entire year, for Spring only, or the following year (2024-2025) - receive automatically $100 off the trip.
  • If we get to the point that we have 26+ participants (30 is the maximum), then every participant will receive another $200 off upon completion of the tour.
  • We might lower the cost of the optional tours (Cat Island and Hiroshima) if we get more than five people on these tours.

What hotels are included in the trip? Can we choose our hotels instead?

  • The hotels are mentioned in the table, day by day. It also says if that hotel has an upgrade option or not. The hotels are 3-4 star hotels. All hotels are in neat, safe areas; all private rooms have their private baths.
  • With this tour, everything land-related is included in the price. You cannot choose a hotel on your own. We cannot separate the tour price from the hotel price and keep the same low rates for everything.

If we all want to come a day earlier (or leave a day later), but only some family members want to undertake the trip – do we all need to pay for the hotel for our stay as well?

Yes, in this case, a person who wants to go to the trip pays for the trip (the hotel room is included, based on double/triple occupancy), but you have to pay your part for the hotel room only.

What is the maximum number of people per family to stay at the same room?

We’ve been asked for a max of 4 (quadruple occupancy). The price p/p remains the same, 2, 3, or 4 participants. The only difference is if you’re traveling alone and want to have room for your own.

What is the refund policy for this trip?

  • Until April 28th, 2024 (registration deadline) – 100 % refund
  • No refund after April 28th, 2024

We do not offer Travel Insurance. We highly recommend you take insurance for the entire trip – including the Jookender cost and the cost of airfare. The same person, Galina Barry, may help you with it, or you may purchase one on your own. Just make sure it covers “for any reason.”

Travel agent Info (for the airplane tickets and overall trip insurance):

Galina Barry: (617) 816-2849,

Any more questions? Email them to Sasha

And start registering!

Land Tour Package Includes

7 nights hotel accommodation, English speaking tour guide, meals & amission fees listed in the itinerary. Tour package prices are per person based on twin/double/triple room occupancy.


Day Date Transport Itinerary Hotel
0 7/6/2024 Shared Shuttle Airport - Tokyo Welcome to Japan! Meet your driver at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Tokyo Hotel Villa-Fontaine Tokyo-Kayabacho (Pre-Stay)
1 7/7/2024 Train & Ferry with Private Guide Tokyo - Tashiro-jima Island - Tokyo (Breakfast)(Optional Tour) Transfer to Ishimaki by bullet train and local train (3 hours 35 minutes), then take the ferry to Tashiro-jima Island (12:30-13:24) Return by ferry (15:30-16:40) to Ishimaki and transfer back to Tokyo by bullet train and local train. Ordinary class train tickets included. Hotel Villa-Fontaine Tokyo-Kayabacho (No Room Upgrade Available)
Private Coach with Private Guide Airport - Tokyo Welcome to Japan! Meet your tour guide at the airport and transfer to your hotel in Tokyo (The price included one arrival transfer only)
2 7/8/2024 Private Coach with Private Guide Tokyo (Breakfast) Tokyo (Tsukiji Outer Market / Imperial Palace / Akihabara / Asakusa Sensoji Temple & Nakamise District) Hotel Villa-Fontaine Tokyo-Kayabacho (No Room Upgrade Available)
3 7/9/2024 Private Coach with Private Guide Tokyo - Kamakura - Hakone (Breakfast / Dinner) Kamakura (Great Buddha of Kamakura / Hase Temple / Tsurugaoka Hachimangu / Komachi-dori shopping street) Tonight enjoy onsen and kaiseki dinner at the ryokan. Hotel Okuyumoto (Japanese Style Room)(No Room Upgrade Available)
4 7/10/2024 Private Coach with Private Guide Hakone - Mt Fuji - Tajimi (Breakfast / Lunch) Hakone (Hakone Ropeway - Mt Fuji Viewing / Owakudani), Mt Fuji (5th Station - depending on the weather condition), Oustat International Hotel Tajimi (Upgrade Deluxe Twin)
5 7/11/2024 Private Coach with Private Guide Tajimi - Yaotsu - Tsuruga - Kyoto (Breakfast / Lunch) Yaotsu (Chiune Sugihara Memorial Hall / Jindonooka Park), Tsuruga (Port of Humanity Tsuruga Museum) Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Gojo (Upgrade from 19m2 to 25m2)
6 7/12/2024 Private Coach with Private Guide Kyoto (Breakfast) Kyoto (Kiyomizu Temple / Golden Pavilion / Sagano Bamboo Forest / Iwatayama Monkey Park / Green Tea Ceremony with Maiko / Gion Geisha District) Vessel Hotel Campana Kyoto Gojo (Upgrade from 19m2 to 25m2)
7 7/13/2024 Private Coach with Private Guide Kyoto - Nara - Osaka (Breakfast / Lunch) Kyoto (Fushimi-Inari Shrine), Nara (Todaiji Temple / Deer Park), Osaka (Osaka Castle / Dotonbori) Hotel Elsereine Osaka (No Room Upgrade Available)
8 7/14/2024 Private Coach with Private Guide Osaka (Breakfast) Visit places on your interest until transfer to the airport for departure.
Train & Ferry with Private Guide Osaka - Hiroshima - Osaka (Breakfast)(Optional Tour) Transfer to Shin-Osaka by local train and board the bullet train to Hiroshima. Hiroshima (Peace Memorial Park / A-Bomb Museum / Miyajima Island - Itsukushima Shrine) Evening transfer back to Osaka by bullet train. Ordinary class train tickets included. Hotel Elsereine Osaka (Post-Stay)
9 7/15/2024 Private Van (No Guide) Osaka (Breakfast) Free for leisure until transfer to the airport for departure.

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