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Korin_Mari
11-15-2012, 02:52 PM
So despite me saying that I will have everything planned within a month, it didn't happen. I know, it's annoying, I'm sorry... But let me explain. As a few have warned April is an extremely busy time in Japan, especially Sakai city (apparently). I talked to travel agents and several other people, but could not find room in Sakai city for the life of me. After weeks of checking daily in hopes for cancellations I found a few.

This is a land only tour and we ask for everyone to provide for themselves in terms of accommodation and other expenses. I have arranged hotel rooms in Kyoto and Tokyo for 11 (Keith Neal will be in Kyoto and joining us).

Bi-lingual Tour Guides: Mari, Saori (founder of Korin), Rui (web manager)

When: April 07 ~ 14, 2013

Duration of Tour: 7 days including arrival day

Destinations: Sakai city, Kyoto, and Tokyo

Max number of people: 9 + 3 Guides

Hotel Accommodations [Estimate with 79 yen exchange rate):

Comfort Hotel Sakai - 5 single rooms available (6000 yen per night, estimate $153 per person for 2 night)
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Shijo (http://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/eng/kyoto/) - 8 Rooms available (560.49 per person for 3 nights)

If you already have plans to be in Japan at the time and would like to join us without staying in one of the rooms, please let me know.

Traveling:
Sakai to Kyoto is pending.
Kyoto to Tokyo via bullet train, which will be 13,220 yen... Roughly $167.

Tokyo is not set yet. So I pose a question for everyone interested... Would you like to stay in a ryokan with Japanese style rooms or a hotel? The hotels that I have booked have been business hotels, I can try to upgrade the hotel in Kyoto to a bigger nicer hotel or ryokan (would be about $200+ a night). Please let me know what you're comfortable with. I will also be happy to have you join and leave whenever you would like. Please just let me know when you'll be joining us and when you will be leaving. :)

Places I have in mind for Tokyo with estimate rates:

http://www.shigetsu.com/e/index.html ($420 for 2 nights)
http://www.tokyuhotelsjapan.com/en/TI/TI_ATAGO/index.html ($250 for 2 nights)
http://ginza.gracery.com ($398.75 for 2 nights)


*All hotels are near Tsukiji Market or Kappabashi. If you have any other recommendations please feel free to post.

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ecchef
11-15-2012, 08:09 PM
I've stayed at the Hotel Gracery Ginza. It's very nice and secure. Easy walk to lots of good stuff and close to public transportation.
Just don't order a sangria at the bar. :biggrin:

Korin_Mari
11-16-2012, 03:09 PM
Ooo! Thanks, thats actually great to know. I've never stayed in any of these hotels so I've been hoping for the best.