Exclusive, Unique Tour with Daily Hatha Yoga
October 30 (Welcome dinner)- November 12, 2017 (Return date)
Come experience Japan and enjoy the rich colors of autumn! Welcome to a land of ancient traditions, exciting modernity, exquisite arts, bustling cities and markets, quiet Zen monasteries, beautiful gardens and temples, samurai and castles, kimonos and bullet trains, sushi and culinary dishes that, for a moment, look too delicate and beautiful to consume!
Beginning in 1988, Fran lived in Japan for three years, where she worked as an English teacher. Last year, she led her first tour in Japan after not having been to Japan in 25 years. She is excited to return to Japan for a second tour and is excited to share this journey with you. With IACE travel agent and consultant Yukiko Sakamoto, and thanks to the expertise and experience of many others, Fran has designed a unique and enticing itinerary for a trip of a lifetime!
This exclusive tour with daily yoga promises a true cultural immersion into Japanese traditions, hospitality, and history. The size of our group will enable us to use public transportation, eat in smaller, intimate restaurants, and experience traditional Japanese inns (ryokan) on our journey.
Tokyo, Japan’s financial, commercial, and political capital:
Kyoto, formerly Japan’s Imperial Capital and now the country’s cultural and artistic center, an historic city spared destruction during World War II:
Nara (half day trip from Kyoto)
Hiroshima, City of Peace, reborn from the atomic destruction of WWII, a modern and cosmopolitan urban center (on our way to Miyajima)
Miyajima (this portion of the trip pending, waiting for confirmation)
Himeji (day trip)
Mt. Koya (Koyasan)
Tour Cost Includes:
Tour Does Not Include:
Hotels (4 and 5 star hotels and traditional inns):
Dining Experiences (vegetarian options available for all meals and we are able to accommodate gluten free diets):
Your travel experts:
IACE Travel: Since 1970, IACE Travel has offered first class, custom-made travel programs designed for individuals or groups of any size. IACE Travel was established in New York as an International Association for Cultural Exchange: www.iace-usa.com
Yukiko Sakamoto Lee, IACE Travel Agent and Consultant for IACE Travel (Seattle office), and Fran Gallo have been working together closely on this unique and exclusive trip. Yukiko is from Shiga, Japan. She came to Seattle in 1998 as a student and became a travel agent in 2001 at IACE Travel. She describes herself as a “couch coach” for NFL in fall and winter, and a hiker in spring and summer.
Ms. Sakamoto will be handling all payments via IACE Travel.
Contact Information for Ms. Sakamoto:
Phone: T 206-464-1100
Fran Gallo: Yoga Instructor in Seattle since 1996, Fran celebrated 20 years of teaching yoga April 2016! A former English instructor and current owner of Little Renaissance Sanctuary in Ocean Shores, Washington, Fran teaches Hatha Yoga classes and workshops and leads yoga retreats in the States and abroad. Fran is a blogger and world traveling yogini who loves to practice yoga, teach, cook, hike, and get out in nature. Fran lived and taught English in Japan from January 1988-April 1991.
Chiaki Aoki: We are excited to announce that Chiaki will be our tour guide in Japan. Chiaki was the guide for last year’s Japan Tour with Daily Yoga. She is delightful, has excellent English, is a natural leader, and has so much knowledge to share! This year marks Chiaki’s 20th year as a certified tour guide. She studied English at UC Berkeley in 1996. Chiaki also attended a summer program at North Seattle College in 1992. She enjoys sharing her love of Japan with people from all over the world.
16 participants are required to register to make this trip happen. Important Note: Please wait for the trip to fill up before booking your flights.
Fee: $6980 per person, room shared with one other person. Single room supplement is $1215.
To reserve your trip, a $1000 deposit is due by MAY 31, 2017. Deposit is non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled due to lack of participants. We encourage you to pay your deposit as soon as possible so we, as a group, can reach our required number of 16 participants and proceed with booking flights! TRIP LIMITED TO 16 PARTICIPANTS. (Balance due August 15, 2017. Balance is non refundable after August 31, 2017.)
Three payment options below:
1) Payment by Check:
A check in US Dollars may be made payable to IACE Travel and sent to:
Attention: Yukiko Sakamoto Lee
1215 4th Ave, Suite 1325
Seattle, WA 98161
Please specify the name of our trip on your check: Japan Tour with Daily Yoga.
2) For those living outside the USA, an International Wire/Transfer may be sent to the bank below. In addition, please email Ms. Sakamoto to let her know the money has been wired for the Japan Tour with Daily Yoga:
Bank Name: Union Bank of California – Gardena Branch
Account #: 1030069516
Name of Account: World Joint Corp – D.B.A. IACE Travel
Bank Address: 15800 S. Western Avenue, Gardena, CA 90247
Routing #: 122000496
Swift Code: BOFCUS33MPK
3) Credit Card option for payment is also available. However, if paying by credit card, there is an additional 3% charge.
Booking your flight (Arrive Tokyo/Depart Osaka):
We are required to have 16 participants in order to proceed with the Japan Tour with Daily Yoga. Once we have 16 participants registered, Fran will notify you and you can then proceed to book your flight. IACE’s Seattle Travel Agent Ms. Yukiko Sakamoto is available to help you book your flight (optional). She can be contacted at:
Email: Yukiko Sakamoto
Phone: T 206-464-1100
Departure from USA or Canada on or by 10/29.
Arrive Narita, Tokyo by 10/30. Our adventure begins at 6 pm with an Orientation followed by Dinner at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa. You will go through customs at the airport upon arrival, and the trip from the airport to the hotel can take up to 2 hours.
Depart Osaka on November 12. Hotel checkout in Osaka (Swiss Hotel Nankai) is 11 am. No activities planned this day. It is very nice if you allow for a leisurely breakfast at the Swiss Hotel Nankai on the morning of November 12. The breakfast (included in the tour) is superb and in a gorgeous top floor location with stunning views of the city.
Modes of Transportation: