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POSTPONED – Japan Tour Fall 2020

Japan Tour Fall 2020 will be postponed due to the increasing global coronavirus cases. March 1st and 5th orientation is canceled.

We will update information about new Fall travel schedule and orientation dates when we are ready.

Visit Tokyo, Yokohama, Kyoto, Hiroshima, Nara, Takayama and Shirakawa-go

Sept 28 – Oct 10, 2020 (13 Days / 11 Nights)

Since 2010, the North American Post and Hokubei Hochi Foundation have offered an
annual cultural tour to Japan. The tour includes travel to Tokyo, Takayama, Shirakawa-go, Kyoto, Nara, and Hiroshima and gives members unique local experiences and low tour rates for travelers.

Contact: japantour@napost.com.

  • Availability is limited. We accept 24 maximum tourists for this tour.
  • This tour is led by two tour guides including at least one JPN/ENG bilingual tour guide
  • This tour uses public transportation for entire ground transportation. Tour members need to be able to comfortably walk long distances and move up and down stairs at subway stations.
*Information for 2020 Spring Tour – (Shikoku Island Discovery Tour) is here:

Tour Fee

  • $4680/person with double occupancy hotel rates
  • $4530/person with triple occupancy hotel rates
  • $5540/person with single occupancy hotel rates

Rate includes

  • International round-trip flights Seattle – Tokyo and Osaka – Seattle
  • 13 nights Hotel stay with complimentary breakfast every day. (Other meals on your own, except the ryokan dinner in Takayama at Takayama Oan on October 4th.)
  • One fantastic “Ryokan Kaiseki” dinner at Takayama Oan
  • Ground transportation and entrance fees for destinations included in the itinerary below

Payment Schedule

  •   $200 at the time of reservation
  •   $1500 down-payment is due on April 30th, 2020
  •   Remaining amount is due on June 30th, 2020

*3% additional fee if you pay by credit card.

Cancellation Policy

  • $200/person is non-refundable at the time of reservation
  • After April 30th, $1700/person is non-refundable
  • After June 30th, $3000/person is non-refundable
  • After August 10th, entire travel fee is non-refundable

Hotel Information:

  • 4 nights in Tokyo

Shinagawa Prince Hotel, 4 Chome-10-30 Takanawa, Minato City, Tokyo 108-8611, Japan (https://www.princehotels.com/shinagawa/) *Tokyo hotel stays include complimentary 4 breakfast

  • 2 nights in Takayama

Takayama Ouan, 4 Chome – 313 Hanasatomachi, Takayama, Gifu 506-0026, Japan (https://www.hotespa.net/hotels/takayama/)*Takayama hotel stays include complimentary 2 breakfast and 1 dinner

  • 5 nights in Kyoto

New Miyako Hotel, 17 Nishikujo Inmachi, Minami Ward, Kyoto, 601-8412, Japan (https://www.miyakohotels.ne.jp/kyoto-hachijo/english/) *Kyoto hotel stays include complimentary 4 breakfast

2020 Fall Tour Orientation – CANCELED

Please join our orientation on to meet our two bilingual tour guides and learn more about this year’s North American Post Japan Tour. We will go through tour destinations, ground transportation, tour fees and more. Q&A session will be followed. The orientation is free and open to public.

If you are interested in our tour or just in joining the orientation, please contact: japantour@napost.com

  • Sunday, March 1st 2:30 pm – 4 pm >> CANCELED

Venue: The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW), 1414 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144 (Room #202 – 2nd floor)

  • Thursday, March 5th 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm >> CANCELED

Venue: The Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Washington (JCCCW), 1414 S Weller St, Seattle, WA 98144 Room #2020 (Main meeting room – 1st floor)


Day 1

Sept 28

Seattle Meet at Sea-Tac for flight to Japan
Day 2

Sept 29

Tokyo Arrive in Narita
JR Rail Pass Sign Up & Seat Reservation
Airport Limousine Bus to Hotel
Day 3

Sept 30

9am Tokyo

West-side and Central

Depart for Harajuku Station
9:30am Explore Meiji Shrine
12pm Lunch at Shibuya
2:00pm Explore Shibuya Crossing and Hachiko Dog Statue
3:00pm Take Subway to Nijyubashi-Mae station
3:30pm Walk Imperial Palace
5:00pm Walk to Tokyo Station
Return to hotel at leisure on your own
Day 4

Oct 1

9am Tokyo East-side Depart for Hamamatsu-cho Station
10am Take Waterbus to Asakusa
11am Explore Asakusa Nakamise and Sensoji Temple
12:30pm Depart for Shibamata
1pm Lunch

Free time to explore Shibamata and Taishakuten Temple

3pm Depart for Tokyo Skytree
4pm Tokyo Skytree Observation Deck and Soramachi Shopping Mall
Return to hotel at leisure on your own
Day 5

Oct 2

(JR rail pass Day 1)

9am Tokyo &


Depart for Yokohama
10:30am Arrive at Yokohama Japanese Overseas Migration Museum
12:00pm Bus to Yokohama Chinatown
12:30pm Lunch and free time on your own in Chinatown
2pm Meet & Walk to Hikawamaru at Yokohama Harbor
2:30pm Explore Hikawamaru
3:45pm Depart for Tokyo Station
5:15 pm Explore Yurakucho and Ginza Area on your own
Return to hotel at leisure on your own
Day 6

Oct 3

(JR rail pass Day 2)

8am Takayama Depart hotel
8:30am Shinkansen Bullet Train to Nagoya
11am Express Train from Nagoya to Takayama
1:30pm Arrive in Takayama
Free time to explore Takayama
Dinner at Hotel
Day 7

Oct 4

(JR rail pass Day 3)

8:00am Takayama Depart for Shirakawa-Go town by bus (arrive around 10am)
4pm Return to Takayama
Free time to explore Takayama
Day 8

Oct 5

(JR rail pass Day 4)

9am Kyoto Express Train to Nagoya
12pm Free time in Nagoya for Lunch/Break
2pm Shinkansen Bullet Train to Kyoto
3pm Arrive in Kyoto
Free time to explore Kyoto
Day 9

Oct 6

(JR rail pass Day 5)

8am Kyoto Half Day Tour of Kyoto
10:30am Lunch around Kyoto Station
2pm Depart for Fushimi Station
2:30pm Visit Fushimi Inari Shrine (known for the torii gates)
4:00pm Return to Kyoto Station
Free time to explore Kyoto
Day 10

Oct 7

(JR rail pass Day 6)


8am Kyoto Depart Hotel
11am Arrive in Hiroshima / Ferry to Miyajima
Explore Itsukushima Shrine & Miyajima
2pm Ferry/Train to Hiroshima
3pm Explore Hiroshima Peace Park & Museum
6pm Quick Dinner at Hiroshima Station before getting on Shinkansen
9pm Return to Kyoto
Day 11

Oct 8

(JR rail pass Day 7)

9am Kyoto Train to Nara
Visit Kasuga Shrine
1pm Lunch
2:30pm Visit Todaiji Temple
4pm Return to Kyoto
5pm Free time to explore Kyoto
Day 12

Oct 9

9am Kyoto Depart Kyoto for Gekkeikan Ozeki Sake Museum
10am Gekkeikan Ozeki Sake Museum
11:30am Lunch at Fushimi Momoyama Shotengai
1:00pm Return to Kyoto
Free time to explore Kyoto
Day 13

Oct 10

11:30 am Depart for Itami Airport
Kyoto Station 12:05 pm – Itami Airport 1:10 pm
Depart Itami Airport 2:40 pm / Arrive Narita 4:00 pm
Depart Narita Airport 6:05 pm
Return to Seattle 11:05 am

*Schedule may change due to weather, traffic, transportation availability, our walking speed, waiting time etc.


Q. Why is your rate so reasonable?

A. We have been offering relatively lower rates as we have been running this tour as part of Hokubei Hochi Foundation non-profit programs with its mission promoting Japanese culture in the Seattle area. Tour guides are volunteer. We also keep this rate possible by NOT using private bus. The tour use public transportations. We have been working with Nippon Express Travel (https://www.tabi22.com/), who provide us with discounted group rates for flights and hotels.

Q. Do you sell travel insurance?

A. Neither the North American Post Publishing (Hokubei Hochi Flundation) or the travel agency Nippon Express Travel sell travel insurance. Optional travel insurance needs to be prepared individually.

Here is recommended travel insurance:


You can see coverage details, premier, and apply online.

Q. Can I upgrade flights?

A. If you want to upgrade your flight, we will arrange by charging you actual upgrade fee from the air company. Availability may be limited. Contact us for more details

2020 Fall Tour Orientation – Coming Soon

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