MVBT Sangha Members,

We are working with Nippon Travel Agency (NTA) to organize the tour to Japan in 2023 to attend:

  • The Joint Celebration of the 850th Anniversary of Shinran Shonin’s Birth and the 800th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Jodo Shinshu Teaching
  • The 17th World Buddhist Women’s Convention (WBWC)


The dates for the tour are May 8, 2023 to May 21, 2023. 

The tour is filled. 

Attendees MUST be Mountain View Buddhist Temple members and COVID-19 vaccinated.

If you have questions, please send email to: JAPAN2023@mvbuddhisttemple.org

If you have signed up for the tour/joint celebration/convention:

  • check passport expiration dates (it must be valid for 6 months after travel dates),
  • save up, and
  • start exercise/walking!
 
More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.
 
Each tour attendee must fill out the form found by selecting the button below.

For those of you who have already filled out the Tour Attendee Information and just need to provide your Known Traveler/Global Entry Number, please fill out the form found by selecting the button below.

NOTE: If you have entered your Known Traveler/Global Entry Number in the Tour Attendee Information form you do NOT have to enter it again in the form associated with the button below.

Cost

Travel Insurance

NTA will offer cancellation insurance through travelsafe.com.

You can apply for travel insurance in mid-June, after our first deposit is sent to NTA.

If there are any questions, travelers should contact the insurance provider directly.
Their contact information can be found at this website:  https://travelsafe.com/ts/contact/
or call them at: 1-888-885-7233
 

Itinerary for the Tour

Map of Tour

Times are approximate.

In bold letters on the far right side of each day heading, the meals which are included are indicated:
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

For example: B/L/D = Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are included on that day

Day 0
08-May
(Mon)

Day 1
09-May
(Tue)

Hotel: Hotel Granvia Kyoto 京都 グランヴィア京都

Day 2
10-May
(Wed)

Hotel: Hotel Granvia Kyoto 京都 グランヴィア京都

Hotel to Nishi Honganji: 1 mile – 6 minute drive, approximately 20 minute walk

Day 3
11-May
(Thu)

Hotel: Hotel Granvia Kyoto 京都 グランヴィア京都

Kyoto International Conference Center (approx. 6.5 miles from hotel)

Day 4
12-May
(Fri)

Hotel: Hotel Granvia Kyoto 京都 グランヴィア京都

Day 5
13-May
(Sat)

Hotel: Wakasa No Yado Hotel Sekumiya 小浜 せくみ屋

Sotomo Cruise

Day 6
14-May
(Sun)

Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa 金沢 ANAクラウンプラザホテル金沢

Places We Will Visit

Day 7
15-May
(Mon)

Hotel: Kurobe・Unazuki Onsen Yamanoha 宇奈月 やまのは

Places We Will Visit

Day 8
16-May
(Tue)

Hotel: Hotel New Otani Nagaoka 長岡 ニューオータニ長岡

Places We Will Visit

Day 9
17-May
(Wed)

Hotel: ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Niigata 新潟 ANAクラウンプラザホテル新潟

Places We Will Visit

Day 10
18-May
(Thu)

Hotel: Sunshine City Prince Hotel 東京 サンシャインシティプリンスホテル

Niigata Station

Day 11
19-May
(Fri)

Day 12
20-May
(Sat)

Hotel: Sunshine City Prince Hotel 東京 サンシャインシティプリンスホテル

Places to See in Tokyo

Day 13
21-May
(Sun)

Hotels

Here are links to the hotels (NOTE: the hotel names listed for each day are also links to the hotels):

Hotel Granvia Kyoto 京都 グランヴィア京都
Wakasa No Yado Hotel Sekumiya 小浜 せくみ屋
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Kanazawa 金沢 ANAクラウンプラザホテル金沢
Kurobe・Unazuki Onsen Yamanoha 宇奈月 やまのは
Hotel New Otani Nagaoka 長岡 ニューオータニ長岡
ANA Crowne Plaza Hotel Niigata 新潟 ANAクラウンプラザホテル新潟
Sunshine City Prince Hotel 東京 サンシャインシティプリンスホテル

More information and pictures of the hotels:

Airline Information

Luggage
Luggage allowance JAL: Up to two pieces of baggage check in free, HOWEVER, Please limit yourselves to just one(1) checked baggage.

Please note the following luggage guidelines. 

Baggage Information -on the JAL flight rule

Please go to the website below for details on baggage limitations and restrictions.

https://www.jal.co.jp/jp/en/inter/baggage/checked/

*Maximum weight is 50 pounds and maximum size is 80 inches (length + width + height) per check piece of luggage.

*Overweight items from 51 to 70 pounds costs $USD100 and 71 to 100 pounds cost $600.

*Oversized items in excess of 80 inches but not more than 115 inches will be accepted with an oversize fee of $200 per item.

*Baggage weight over 100 pounds or size over 157 inches, or height over 59inches, will not be accepted as checked baggage.

Pictures from the 2017 MVBT Japan Trip

Nishi Hongwanji in Kyoto

This is where the Shinran Shonin and Jodo Shinshu Joint Celebration will take place.

It is the headquarters of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism and is the home temple of the Gomonshu (head priest).

Pictures are from the 2017 MVBT Japan Trip.

Obama City

This is where Rev. Mukojima’s family’s home temple is located. It will be a special treat to visit this temple and meet Sensei’s family.

It is located north of Kyoto and you can see the Sea of Japan from this town.

Pictures are from the 2017 MVBT Japan Trip.

Kanazawa

Kanazawa Castle (see picture below).

Kenrokuen (兼六園) Garden is classified as one of Japan’s “three most beautiful landscape gardens” (see pictures to the left).

The Higashi Chaya District is a well-preserved geisha district with quite a few old buildings that have been refurbished into restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops (see picture below).

Pictures are from the 2017 MVBT Japan Trip.

Tokyo

Tokyo will be our last stop before the tour ends.

Pictures are from the 2017 MVBT Japan Trip.