Japan - April, 2017
How To Use This site


Tips on using this website

This is a living, changing, growing site

  • Check it regularly, at least once a week
  • On the home page, scroll down to see the section "What's new on this website?" - significant changes are documented there.
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Getting around

  • Use the links in the top box at left to quickly navigate to major sections. This box appears on every page. We refer to this as the "links box" below.

  • On some pages, there is a second box of links, below the first one, to link to related sub-topics.

  • If you are familiar with tabbed browsing or know how to open multiple windows, you can have multiple pages open at the same time.

Handling Japanese characters

  • There are several places on this site where we use Japanese characters. They might not show up properly; if this is the case, Windows XP users can probably solve the problem by installing the Asian character sets:

    Start -> Settings -> Control Panel
    choose 'Regional and Language Options'
    select 'Languages' tab
    under 'Supplemental languages support', check 'Install files for'
    click OK

    Windows 8.1, 10, and 10.1 users, go to Control Panel
    choose 'Language'
    select 'Add a Language'
    From the list of supported languages, click 'Japanese'
    click Add
    close window. exit Control Panel

    you may then need to restart your computer.

    The details may vary from version to version of Windows, so take the above as a general approach and modify it for your system if necessary.


Here's how to get tasks done:

  • To get to Home page for this trip from anywhere on the site - Click on "Home page" in the links box
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  • To look at your personal webpage on the site - Click on "Our travelers" then click on your picture (or the words "No Photo" if you don't have a picture uploaded)
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  • To change information your personal webpage on the site - Send your primary contact an email
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  • To look at any traveler's webpage on the site - Click on "Our travelers" then click on their picture (or the words "No Photo" if they don't have a picture uploaded)
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  • To send an email to a particular traveler in the group - Click on "Our travelers" then click on the link on their email address in the Email column
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  • To send an email to every traveler in the group - Click on "Our travelers" then click on the link at the bottom of the page
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  • To check on your status for documents, payments, etc. - Click on "Check list" then find your name on this page and check it matches your understanding
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  • To find out about insurance options - click on "Frequently asked questions" then select "Do I need trip insurance?"
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  • To figure out how to pack - click on "Frequently asked questions" then select "What kind of clothes should I pack", and "Do you have any tips on packing for this trip?", and "Can I do laundry on this trip?"
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  • To figure out how to get the best rate of exchange for dollars - click on "Frequently asked questions" then select "How do I change my dollars into Japanese yen?"
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  • To convert between Denver time and Japan time - Click on "Frequently asked questions" then select "How do I figure out the time in Japan?"
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  • To convert between Centigrade and Fahrenheit - Click on "Frequently asked questions" then select "How do I convert temperatures?"
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  • To convert between US Dollars and Japanese Yen - Click on "Frequently asked questions" then select "How do I figure the dollar value of a Japanese yen amount?"; use the currency converter on the lower left side of the page: enter the dollars given, the yen recievied, and click on "Calculate rate"
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  • To phone Japan from Denver, or to call Denver from Japan - Click on "Frequently asked questions" then select "How do I call Japan, and how can I call the States from Japan?"
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  • To find out about the expected weather - Click on "Frequently asked questions" then select "What kind of weather can we expect?"
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  • To contact our travel agent directly - Click on the link "Support people" under "Resources", then click on the link to our agent
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  • To contact or check out other people working with us on this trip - Click on the link "Support people" under "Resources"
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  • To keep up on local events related to your trip - Click on the link "Related events"
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  • To inform the group about a local event that may be of interest to Our travelers Send us an email
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  • To get the details of our itinerary - Click on the link "Itinerary"
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  • To find out what's included in the cost of the trip - Click on the link "Prices"
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  • To find out the payment schedule and cancellation policies - Click on the link "Prices"
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  • To get ideas for preparing for the trip - Click on the link Getting ready
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  • To find out about any of the cities we will be visiting - Click on the link for a city and at the bottom of the page are some useful links
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  • To find out about the current weather in any of the cities we will be visiting - Click on the link for the city and at the bottom of the page is a link labeled "Current Local Information": click on this link to see current weather, along with demographic information
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  • To find out about our lodging in any of the cities we will be visiting - Click on the link for the city and at the top of the page is a link labeled "here": click on this link; this will have a link for the lodging
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  • To find out about things to do in any of the cities we will be visiting - Click on the link for the city and at the top of the page is a link labeled "here": click on this link; after the hotel information is a list of possible things to do while there
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  • To find out what's available in the way of books, Videos, CDs, etc. relating to the trip - Click on the link "Books, CDs, Videos"
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  • To find information relevant to our trip on the Web - Click on the link "Japan related links"
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  • To learn some basic Japanese - Click on the link "Japanese language"; this has links to some lessons on our site as well as links to other places on the Web related to Japanese language