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Tour to Japan

Tour to Japan

The Official Registration is closed. If you still want to join the tour, contact Sasha first to find out if it's still possible to add you to the same hotel, as others and get all the necessary tickets to you. If we get a confirmation that this all is still possible, then, Sasha will figure out how to get your payment and include you to the group. Contact Sasha via Facebook or email

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 (The transfer is free to those who come as a group, before the tour on 07/04, however, a paid transfer is offered for those who arrive separately from the main group, and the same is true for the transfers to the airport after the trip), 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 – but we recommend you to stay with us for the optional part. Return with us to Tokyo, and fly back from Tokyo. This will make your ticket much less expensive and the price difference could be spent on the optional tours after the main tour. 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:

  • Pre-Stay. The majority of the group is coming on July 4th and therefore, we're offering a pre-stay program. The program is optional, even if you come with that group, and it includes visiting various onsens, them parks, and museums not included in the main tour. In the table below, you'll be able to find in the Table below, or/and, when you book the main tour and will be included into the facebook chat for our travelers.
  • 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.
  • Post-Stay. If you're staying after the main trip, you have an option to join us for Hiroshima - Miyajima Island tour on July 14th, and take with us a scenic train back to Kyoto/bullet train back to Tokyo on July 15th. Stay overnight at TBD Tokyo Hotel, and transfer to the airport on July 16th. All of these is being nailed and discussed in our Facebook chat for travelers, as we speak. To join this chat, you need to book the main tour first.

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)
  • Other attractions will be added later

What discounts are available?

  • The first eight 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 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.

The Main tour in this table is represented in black.


Day Date Transport Itinerary Hotel
0 7/4/2024 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)
7/5/2024 Shared Shuttle Tokyo (Breakfast) Tokyo on your own or join us for: Skytree observation desk, teamLab Planets, Ghibli Museum (Optional), local Onsen, etc.
7/6/2024 Shared Shuttle Tokyo (Breakfast) Free time or join us for Edo Wonderland Samurai and Ninja Cultural Theme Park
1 7/7/2024 Train with Private Guide Tokyo (Breakfast)Nikko - UNESCO Site Toshogu Shrine, Lake Chuzenji and Kegon Waterfall. Hotel Villa-Fontaine Tokyo-Kayabacho (No Room Upgrade Available)
Private Coach with Private Guide Airport - Tokyo Welcome to Japan! Transfer is for an additional fee - TBD, or on your own. The transfer included only for those who come in the group, before the tour, on July 4th. Those who come just for the main tour - at various times - the transfer is not included, but can be offered at an additional fee.
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) The main part of the tour is ended. You're free to do anything if you're not join the others for the additional tours. 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) Scenic Train to Kyoto, Bullet Train to Tokyo. Hotel in Tokyo - TBD

Registration to Tour to Japan closed