High School Students to Japan: Itinerary


Our travel plan

Below is a table with the broad picture of our itinerary. Below that is a more detailed day-by-day description of the plan as of the date at the bottom of the page.

An itinerary is a plan as of a particular point in time of where to go, when, and how. But plans change, sometimes even from moment to moment. So our plans may change based on weather, surprise opportunities, changing interests, and factors beyond our control.

Takayama, Kyoto, and Tokyo

 

Days, Dates, Cities and Notes
Day Date Itinerary
Tue 5 June Leave Denver 7:00 a.m. to SEA then to NRT
Wed 6 June Arrive Tokyo Narita (NRT); hotel shuttle bus to our hotel Shinjuku Prince Hotel
Thu 7 June To Takayama Hiway bus
Fri 8 June In Takayama Takayama touring
Sat 9 June In Takayama Takayama touring
Sun 10 June In Takayama Takayama touring
Mon 11 June In Takayama Takayama touring
Tue 12 June In Takayama Takayama touring
Wed 13 June To Kyoto
Thu 14 June In Kyoto Kyoto touring
Fri 15 June In Kyoto Kyoto touring
Sat 16 June To Tokyo
Sun 17 June In Tokyo
Mon 18 June In Tokyo
Tue 19 June Morning free, then Narita Express ("N'EX") to airport
Depart for Denver; arrive afternoon of same day(!)

 

 


Tue., June 5

We're taking off
* Meet at DIA at 4:30 a.m.(!!), look for group check in counter for Delta Airlines
* Depart DIA on flight DL 2709 at 7:00 a.m.
* Arrive Seattle at 8:56 a.m.
* Depart Seattle on flight DL 167 at 10:43 a.m.



Wed., June 6

We arrive in Japan
* Arrive Narita International Airport, Terminal 1, at 2:30 p.m.
* Quarantine, Immigration (passport)
* Pick up bags, Customs
* Exchange currency
* Set JR passes to activate on Wednesday, June 13
* Shuttle bus to our hotel, the Shinjuku Prince Hotel
* Check in, explore neighborhood
* Dinner in Shinjuku station (or just crash!)



Thu., June 7

To Takayama
* 09:00 a.m. Meet in hotel lobby for breakfast
* 10:00 a.m. Walk to Shinjuku Bus Terminal
* 11:05 a.m. Board bus to Takayama
* 04:35 p.m. Arrive in Takayama
* Meet host family, they take you home



Fri., June 8

In Takayama
* 08:30 Meet at first floor of Takayama City Hall
* 05:00 Return to city hall, pick up by host family



Sat., June 9

In Takayama:
* Host family time



Sun., June 10

In Takayama:
* Host family time



Mon., June 11

In Takayama:
* 08:30 Meet at first floor of Takayama City Hall
* 06:00 Meet host family at city hall



Tue., June 12

In Takayama:
* 08:30 Meet at first floor of Takayama City Hall
* 05:00 Return to city hall, pick up by host family



Wed., June 13

To Kyoto:
* 08:30 a.m., hosts take students to Takayama statioin
* Depart from Takayama at 09:38 on Hida Express 6
* Arrive Nagoya at 12:02 on track 3

* Depart Nagoya at 12:09 from track 16 on Shinkansen Hikari 467
* Arrive Kyoto at 12:45 on track 14
* -- or --
* Depart Nagoya at 02:11 from track 16 on Shinkansen Hikari 471
* Arrive Kyoto at 02:47 on track 14

* Walk to hotel
* Check in to New Miyako Hotel
* Choose from various options such as:
   + Train to Marutamachi Station, visit Nijo Castle
   + Visit Higashi Hongashi Temple
   + Visit GEAR Theatre
* Free time and dinnner



Thu., June 14

In Kyoto:
* 08:30 a.m. meet in lobby to go to breakfast
* 09:30 a.m. walk to Kyoto station
* JR Nara line to Joyo (track 9) or JR Nara line for Nara (track 10)
* (trains leave frequently) get off at Inari (5 minute ride)
* 09:45 Walk to Fushimi Inari Taisha
* 11:30 return to Kyoto station and lunch
* 01:15 p.m. from Kyoto station bus terminal:
   + Bus 206 to Kitaoji or 100 for Kinkaku-ji via Kiyomizu-dera
   + Get off at Gojozaka and walk 10 min. to Kiyomizu-dera
* Rest of day at Kiyomizu-dera, then back to hotel for dinner and free time



Fri., June 15

In Kyoto:
* 08:30 a.m. breakfast
* 09:30 a.m. walk to Kyoto station
* 10:03 a.m. JR Nara Line Rapid Service for NARA (from track 8)
* 10:45 a.m. Arrive Nara, walk to Todai-ji
* Noon-ish: Lunch (okonmiyaki restaurants on way back to station?)
* Possibly walk to Nara park and Kasuga-taisha
* 04:23 or 05:00 JR Nara line return to Kyoto
* Free time / dinner TBD



Sat., June 16

To Tokyo:
* 08:00 a.m. breakfast
* Depart Kyoto eki at 08:32 on shinkansen hikari 512 (JR), track 12, arriving Shinagawa at 11:03
* Depart Shinagawa at 11:25 on Ltd. Express Narita Express, arriving Shinjuku track 6 at 11:39
* Walk to hotel (12 min)
* Return to Shinjuku Prince Hotel, check in
* 01:00 p.m. from Shinjuku eki, take JR Chuo/Sobu Line Local Service for CHIBA (track 13)
* 01:16 p.m. arrive in Akihabara
* Akihabara explore
* Return to hotel for dinner - TBA



Sun., June 17

In Tokyo:
* 08:30 a.m. Meet in lobby to go to breakfast
* 09:30 Walk to Shinjuku Station
* 09:40 Train to Asakusa
* 10:06 Arrive @ Asakusa
* 10:10 - 12:10 Spend time in Asakusa (Senso-ji Temple)
* 12:14 Train to Harajuku (Meiji-jingumae)
* 12:50 Arrive @ Harajuku
* 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
* 14:00 - 15:30 Spend time in Harajuku
* Exploring options:
   + Bowling at Shibuya
   + Visiting Studio Ghibli Museum
   + Tokyo Joypolis (amusement park) at Odaiba
   + Karaoke Japanese style
* Dinner TBD



Mon., June 18

In Tokyo:
Tokyo touring
* Exploring options:
   + Day trip to Kamakura
   + Day trip to Hakone
   + other
* Last dinner in Japan!
* Return to hotel



Tue., June 19

Homeward bound:
* 08:00 a.m. Breakfast near hotel
* Free time
* 02:45 p.m. - Gather in hotel, then walk to Shinjuku station
* 03:10 p.m. Narita Express 37 to airport
* 04:31 p.m. Arrive Narita terminal 1
* Depart at 19:15 (7:15 p.m.) on flight DL 166 to Seattle
* Arrive in Seattle at 9:32 a.m., same day
* Depart Seattle at 11:91 a.m. on flight DL 1191 to Denver
* Arrive Denver at 03:02 p.m.