International Study Mission
Kyoto * Hakone * Tokyo
October 24 - November 1, 2009
Optional Extension to
Takayama & Kanazawa
Dear NECA Members:
This year’s International Study Mission highlights the essence of Japan; its’ temples, shrines,
feudal castles and preserved villages. Kyoto exemplifies classical Japan, Hakone is the
gateway to Japan’s famous Mt. Fuji and Tokyo represents the old and the new. Tokyo is also
alive with new construction, and we’ll meet with local contractors and visit active construction
Those with more time can join the extension extend to Takayama and Kanazawa. Takayma
is “old Japan” hosting quaint village streets and Edo-period merchant shops. Kanazawa is on
Japan’s west coast, a charmer with cobblestone streets, samurai residences, geisha houses
and an open-air market.
Japan offers a destination with comfort and security, and you will enjoy experiencing their
culture. You’ll particularly love Kyoto and Tokyo will exceed your expectations; it’s an exciting
Please Join Us!
24 Oct. Sat. Departure From Home
- Individual departures for Osaka (OSA).
25 Oct. Sun. Arrival in Kyoto
R Cross the International Dateline.
On arrival we are met and transferred to the Westin Miyako Hotel.
One of the world’s “jewels” Kyoto is considered the spiritual heart of Japanese
Welcome Reception at the Westin.
Note: The tour spends 3 nights in Kyoto, you are encouraged to arrive earlier to help
recover from traveling.
26 Oct. Mon. Kyoto
B Kyoto, filled with artistic and architectural treasures, was Japan’s capital from 794
until 1868. Our city tour visits the Kinka-Ku-ji (or Golden Pavilion), the Heian Shrine,
a model of Kyoto's Imperial Palace, and the Nijo Castle.
This afternoon we’ll meet with local contractors and visit an active construction site.
For those not attending the meetings, the afternoon and evening are open.
27 Oct. Tue. Kyoto
B,L Full day of touring today beginning with the Sanjusangendo Temple, featuring 1,001
life-size wooden statues of Kannon-Bosatsu. Going back to the 13th-century. From
here we continue to Nara, Japan’s first capital, where we see old Japan. At Todai-ji
Temple we see the bronze Great Buddha, which is housed in a building over 50 feet
tall. We’ll have time to walk the grounds of Kasuga Grand Shrine, where thousands
of ancient stone and bronze lanterns dot the landscape.
The evening is open to enjoy Kyoto.
28 Oct. Wed. Kyoto to Hakone
B Today we ride the Shinkansen (Bullet Train) to visit the hot-spring town of Hakone in
Fuji-Hakone National Park.
Overnight Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort.
Oct. 29 Thu. Hakone to Tokyo
B,L The first stop on our tour is the Open-Air Museum, world famous for it’s large
collection of post-Rodin sculptures including works by Picasso, Renoir and Miro. Our
travel experiences then include a cruise across lake Ashi and a gondola ride. Of
course, we’re hoping for good weather so we can see Mount Fuji.
This afternoon we continue to Tokyo by coach.
Arrival in Tokyo and transfer to the Hotel Seiyo Ginza.
30 Oct. Fri. Tokyo
B Today is devoted to meeting with local contractors and visiting active construction
sites. We’ll talk about government regulations, bidding, training, materials and wage
Those not participating in the meetings will have the day open. Tokyo is a city with
varying neighborhoods to explore.
31 Oct. Sat. Tokyo
B,D Morning city tour includes the Tokyo Tower Observatory, Tokyo, Askausa Temple
with its Nakamise Shopping Arcade, the Imperial Palace Plaza and Gardens, Ueno
Park, and the famous Ginza area.
Balance of the afternoon is open.
Farewell dinner tonight.
01 Nov. Sun. Tokyo - Home
B We’ll make one coach transfer to Narita for your flights home; otherwise please
make your own arrangements. Or, join the optional extension (see blow)
(B = breakfast, L = lunch, R = reception, D = dinner, included in tour)
* Seven nights deluxe hotel accommodations:
- three nights at the Westin Miyako, Kyoto
- one-night Hyatt Regency Hakone Resort
- three nights Hotel Seiyo Ginza, Tokyo
* Tours of Kyoto, Nara, Hakone and Tokyo by deluxe motorcoach with local English speaking guides
* Site visits to active construction sites and meetings with electrical contractors in Kyoto and Tokyo
* Transfer from Osaka Airport to Westin Miyako in Kyoto
* Coach transfer from the Seiyo Ginza to Tokyo’s Narita Airport. We’ll do one transfer with the idea of
being most convenient to everyone’s flights; otherwise you’re on your own arrangements
* Bullet train from Kyoto to Hakone, first class
* Buffet breakfast daily
* Lunches in Nara and Hakone
* Dinners in Kyoto and Tokyo
* Fodor's Japan Guide
* Final Advice Memo containing information on airport procedures, clothing currency and more
* English-speaking Japanese National Guide
* American Travel Tour escort throughout
Tour Package Price: $3,397 per person based on double occupancy
$4,977 single occupancy
Features not included: items of a personal nature, such as laundry, telephone calls, meals not
specified, international departure tax collected at Narita Airport
Takayama & Kanazawa
01 Nov. Sun. Tokyo Tokyo/Matsumoto/Takayama
B,D By train we travel to Matsumoto, the gateway to the Japanese Alps. We’ll visit the
oldest fully developed castle in Japan before continuing to Takayama by coach.
Takayma was isolated from Japan by the towering mountains which surround it and
is today is a center of unique craftsmanship, architecture and regional cuisine.
On arrival in Takayama, proceed to Hida Hotel Plaza where dinner is served.
Enjoy dinner at our hotel.
01 Nov. Sun. Takayama
B Takayama is not on the popular tourist routes and has retained much of its traditional
charm. It’s a small city with Japanese inns, shops and sake breweries. Your guide
takes you Sanno-machi-Suji, the old merchant quarters where stores craftsmen’s
workshops, inns and breweries line narrow streets. You then visit a museum
dedicated to yatai, beautiful festival carts that are amongst Japan’s finest.
The evening is open.
02 Nov. Mon. Takayama/Kanzawa
B Transfer to Takayama Station for the train to Kanazawa. On arrival, proceed to the
ANA Crown Plaza.
03 Nov. Tue. Kanzawa Tokyo
B Morning sightseeing today includes a visit to Nomura Samurai House, Yuzen Silk
Center where you see the silk dying process and the star attraction of Kanazawa,
Afternoon return to the Hilton at Tokyo’s Narita Airport.
04 Nov. Wed. Tokyo to Home
B Everyone is on their own to transfer to Narita for their flights.
Tour Package Price: $1,597 per person based on double occupancy
$2,210 single occupancy
1. Please book your air into Osaka (OSA) and home from Tokyo’s Narita (NRT).
Our Japan operator, Visits-Plus, has special rates (business and economy)
with ANA – 800-321-3235.
2. Room Upgrades – will be available and sent with the welcome letter.
Reservations and Payment: Reservations are confirmed by American Travel Association (ATA),
upon receipt of the Reservation Form and deposit. Reservations require a $350 per person deposit to
accompany the Coupon. Receipt of final payment is due in the office of ATA no later than August 25th,
2009. For reservations received after August 25th, full payment is due with the Reservation Form. All
payments must be made by check payable to American Travel Association or by Visa, MasterCard or
American Express or by wire transfer.
Land Package: A $250 per person administrative fee will be charged regardless of the reason for
cancellation. Penalty on cancellations received 59-30 days 50% of the tour price; 29 days or less
100% of the tour price. There will be no refunds once the tour has begun.
Cancellations must be made in writing to ATA. To avoid discrepancies, ATA will not act on information
given over the phone until written notice has been received.
Health: The Participants represents that neither he nor she nor anyone traveling with him or her has
any physical or other condition or disability that could create a hazard to himself or herself or other
members of the tour. This program involves walking over uneven surfaces and climbing stairs at
locations that are not handicap accessible. A letter of explanation of any physical or mental condition
which may require medical attention or special equipment (wheelchair, for example) must be enclosed
with the Reservation Form.
Airline Contract: The usual passage contract when the ticket is issued shall constitute the sole
contract between the airline and the tour participant. ATA shall not be liable for airline cancellation
penalties incurred by purchasing non-refundable tickets.
Insurance: Trip cancellation, baggage and medical insurance coverage is available for purchase
through a form sent to you by ATA or your local insurance representative. We encourage everyone to
consider some form of insurance. Last minute emergencies and illnesses do occur, and the
insurance helps offset non-refundable air, hotel, and operator charges. You should also check with
your local insurance agent to see what is covered under your homeowner’s policy. There is a pre-
existing condition waiver if Access America (the form sent by ATA) receives the form within 2 weeks
from the date of departure. If you use another policy, please check the pre-existing conditions clause.
For Information contact:
American Travel Association
2126 Piedmont Lake Road
Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Responsibility: American Travel Association (ATA), the National Electrical Contractors Association
(NECA) and/or their agents, act only on behalf of the owners and contractors providing means of
transportation or other services to purchasers of this tour and their travel companions (Participants),
subject to any and all items and conditions under which any transportation or any other services
whatsoever are provided by such owners and contractors. ATA and NECA, their affiliates and their
employees and agents (collectively ATA and NECA) shall not be liable or responsible to Participants
for the acts or omissions of the aforesaid owners and contractors supplying transportation or other
services hereunder, including but not limited to breach of contract, intentional or negligent delay or
bodily or property loss, injury or damages. ATA and NECA shall not be liable or responsible to
Participants for any loss, injury or death, or other damages caused by or resulting from acts of God,
fire, breakdown of machinery or equipment, acts of governments and other authorities, wars, strikes,
riots, thefts, epidemics or quarantines, monetary crisis, diseases, terrorism or novel conditions.
Participants shall have the responsibility to be aware of and determine the validity of any travel
advisories, which may exist. Unless the term "guaranteed" is specifically stated in writing on any
invoice or reservation itinerary, ATA and NECA do not guarantee any of such suppliers' rates,
bookings or reservations. The Participants' retention of air tickets, reservations or bookings after
issuance shall constitute consent to the above terms and conditions. In addition, Participants shall be
responsible for conveying the terms and conditions hereunder to travel companions. If, due to
weather, flight schedules or other uncontrollable factors, you are required to spend additional nights
before or after the tour, participants will be responsible for your own hotel, transfers, meals and
Travel Advisories/Warnings: None exist for Japan at this time; however, it’s the responsibility of the
Participant to become informed about the most current travel advisories and warnings by referring to the U.
S. State Department’s travel website at www.travel.state.gov/ or by phone at 1-888-407- 4747. In the event
of an active State Department Travel Warning against travel to the specific destination location(s) of the
trip, should The Traveler still choose to travel, notwithstanding any travel advisory or warning, the
Participant assumes all risk of personal injury, death or property damage that Oct. arise out of the events
like those advised or warned against.
Prices: The tour price is subject to change due to airfares, land cost increases and foreign exchange
fluctuation. ATA reserves the right to change the price for such reasons or changes in the number of
participants (34) upon which the tour cost is based. All prices are based on rates and tariffs in effect
on March 23, 2009.
Proof of Citizenship and Visa Requirements: A valid passport is required for travel. You can now
apply for a passport at your local post office or the U.S. Passport Agency nearest you. Visas are not
necessary for American citizens traveling to Japan.
Weather: Tokyo is on the same latitude as New York City. The average high temperature in Tokyo in
late October is 66, the low 50 and 7 day of the month average some rain
Tax Deductibility: Current U.S. tax regulations allow deductibility for travel and subsistence
expenses incurred in travel related to trade or business. It is the responsibility of the traveler to
become familiar with and adhere to the specific reporting requirements imposed.
NECA International Study Mission to Japan - Reservation Form
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Hotel Rooms (preferences will be requested, but cannot be guaranteed)
__ Double Occupancy __ Single Occupancy
Note: Most rooms in Japan are two-bedded
Early Arrival I/we plan to arrive in Kyoto October ______________________
Takayama Extension ___ Yes I/we plan to extend.
Deposit A deposit of $350 per person is due with the Reservation Form. Payments can be
by check, Visa, MasterCard or American Express credit card. Enclosed is a check (or bank
draft) payable to American Travel Association in the amount of _______________.
** If you wish to wish to use Visa, MasterCard or American Express card:
Expiration date __________
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I have read and understand the conditions set forth in this brochure. Reservations will
not be accepted without signature here __________________________________________.
Return form to: American Travel Association, 2126 Piedmont Lake Road, Pine Mountain,
GA 31822, Fax: 706-663-2445