Remarkable experiences. extraordinary value.

Journey to Japan and China

26-Days featuring Tokyo, Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing

Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, transfers, and more!

ONE DEPARTURE ONLY:
October 1, 2017

About This Journey

From ancient city walls and thousands of years of storied history, to a futuristic city-scape that gives even the biggest of cities a run for their money, this unforgettable Enrichment Journey gives you an extraordinary opportunity to experience both. Visit Japan and China on an all-inclusive land tour designed to complement an extraordinary cruise visiting some of the most beautiful ports in Japan and South Korea. You’ll begin with a three-night stay in impressive Tokyo. Enjoy included panoramic tours and spend some time exploring Tokyo’s vast array of sights on your own. Then transfer to Celebrity Millennium in the port of Yokahama. Your cruise visits Shimizu for Mt. Fuji, overnights in Kobe for an opportunity to visit historic Kyoto, and then ventures to Hiroshima, Kagoshima, and Nagasaki in Japan. Next, you’ll visit South Korea, Jeju Island and Busan, before disembarking in Shanghai, where your land tour continues. Shanghai beckons for three nights with its combination of history and modern architecture. You’ll thrill to an acrobatic show and visit picturesque Suzhou and a charming water village. Continue on with a three-night stay in Xian, where you’ll be mesmerized by the mysterious Terracotta Warriors and entranced by the history of this walled city. Then journey to Beijing for three nights and discover the Forbidden City, the iconic Great Wall and the Summer Palace. Visits: Tokyo, Yokohama, Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Kobe, Kagoshima and Nagasaki, Japan; Jeju Island and Busan, South Korea; and Shanghai, Xian and Beijing, China

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Itinerary
Day Port Arrival Departure
1 Depart USA
2 Arrive Tokyo – Transfer to Hotel
3 Tokyo, Japan
4 Tokyo, Japan
5 Transfer to Yokohama – Board Ship
6 Yokohama, Japan 5:00 PM
7 Mt. Fuji (Shimizu), Japan  7:00 AM  3:00 PM
8 Kobe, Japan  11:00 AM
9 Kobe, Japan  10:00 PM
10 At Sea
11 Hiroshima, Japan  7:00 AM  4:00 PM
12 Kagoshima, Japan  10:00 AM 8:00 PM
13 Nagasaki, Japan  9:00 AM  6:00 PM
14 Jeju Island, South Korea  8:00 AM 5: 00 PM
15 Busan, South Korea  8:00 AM 5:00 PM
16 At Sea
17 Shanghai – Disembark and Check into Hotel  7:00 AM
18 Shanghai, China
19 Shanghai, China
20 Transfer to Xian
21 Xian, China
22 Xian, China
23 Transfer to Beijing
24 Beijing, China
25 Beijing, China
26 Return to USA

Land Highlights

  • Day 1 – Depart USA
  • Day 2 – Arrive Tokyo: Transfer to Tokyo hotel.
  • Day 3 – Tokyo: Discover the highlights of Tokyo on a full-day guided tour, the perfect introduction to the city. Visit Meiji Shrine, Japan’s most famous Shinto shrine, stroll the gardens of the Imperial Palace, and spend time at Asakusa Kannon Temple (Senso-ji), Tokyo’s oldest Buddhist temple. See shopping areas like Nakamise Shopping Street and the Ginza district, then enjoy a boat cruise on the Sumida River. Your experienced guide shares the history and culture of Tokyo as you explore the ancient and modern aspects of this bustling city.
  • Day 4 – Tokyo: Today, explore Tokyo at your leisure. Tonight, be our guest as you see spectacular panoramic views of Tokyo at twilight with entry to the Roppongi Hills Observatory atop Mori Tower, and enjoy an authentic Japanese-style seven-course meal afterward. This Tokyo nightlife experience includes a Japanese course meal with shabu-shabu – popular hot pot dishes prepared with thin slices of beef (vegetarian option available) – at an old-fashioned Japanese eatery styled after ancient traditions. Immerse yourself in Japanese food culture for an evening to remember!
  • Day 5 – Tokyo to Yokohama: Transfer to ship.
  • Day 6-16 – Cruise aboard Celebrity Millennium.
  • Day 17 – Shanghai: Disembark and transfer to hotel. Spend day at leisure. Walk the Bund or explore on your own.
  • Day 18 – Shanghai: Full day visit to the Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, Nanjing Road and Bund. Evening performance of Chinese Acrobatic show. Chinese table lunch & dinner included. Evening Acrobatic Show. (B,L,D)
  • Day 19 – Shanghai: Travel to Suzhou by bus. Explore the Garden of Master of Nets & Silk Spinning Factory in Suzhou, and the canal/village in peaceful Jinxi. Bus transfer back to Shanghai.  (B,L,D)
  • Day 20 – Shanghai – Xian: Transfer to Pudong Airport and fly to Xi’an. Transfer to the 4.5 star Grand Mecure on Renmin Square Xi’an. (B,L,D)
  • Day 21 – Xian: The morning will start with a surprise visit that will delight you. Then spend the balance of the day visiting the Shaanxi Provincial Museum, City Wall, and Muslim Street.  This evening enjoy a special Tang Dynasty show. (B,L,D)
  • Day 22 – Xian: Full day with a visit to a local ceramic factory followed by a tour to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the afternoon. (B,L,D)
  • Day 23 – XianBeijing: After a mid-morning flight to Beijing, enjoy lunch on arrival in the Capital City. After hotel check-in, experience the Hutong by rickshaw and the Summer Palace. (B,L,D)
  • Day 24 – Beijing: Visit the Temple of Heaven, which acted as the place for Chinese ancient emperors to pray for good harvest of the empire and is famous for its elegance and symmetry. Then visit Tian’anmen Square to stroll around and take pictures. Following lunch, explore the sprawling Forbidden City, home to 24 Ming and Qing emperors and now a repository of precious art and antiques. This evening enjoy a special Peking Duck Dinner. (B,L,D)
  • Day 25 – Beijing: Full day visit to the Sacred Way and Badaling Great Wall. Stop at a Jade carving factory. Chinese table lunch & Peking Duck Dinner included; (B,L,D)
  • Day 26  Return to USA

Port Highlights

Tokyo, Japan: Yokohama and Edo began life as sleepy fishing villages. That changed in the early 17th century after Tokugawa Ieyasu became Shogun. Edo became the center of political power in Japan, a position the city retained even after the restoration of Imperial rule in 1866. Contemporary Tokyo may be the most astonishing city on earth. It’s a paradoxical mix of ancient tradition and postmodern culture. The Ginza – an international shopping mecca – stands near the serene grounds of the Imperial Palace, and the hyper-speed of 21st century consumerism is mysteriously reconciled with the elegance and serenity of traditional culture. Tokyo provides the traveler with a dizzying experience. With the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Edo was renamed Tokyo, the “Eastern Capital,” to distinguish it from the old imperial capital at Kyoto, the “Western Capital.”

Make sure to take in the impressive view from Tokyo Tower or enjoy a soak in a local “sento” (public bath). Go to an amusement park such as Tokyo Disneyland or Tokyo DisneySea (Asia’s two most visited theme parks), or the more Japanese Sanrio Puroland, home to more Hello Kitties than you can imagine. Be sure to check out the hip and young crowd at Harajuku’s Takeshita-Dori (Takeshita Street). And no trip to Tokyo is complete without taking the bullet train to visit the iconic Mt. Fuji. With three nights in Tokyo, you will get to experience much of what this unique city has to offer.

Shimizu, Japan: Shimizu is gateway to Japan’s famed Hakone National Park, a wonderland of forests, mountains and hot springs. Board an aerial tram for a tour of the Owakudani Valley, a geothermal wonderland of boiling mineral springs. Cruise Lake Ashi aboard a unique, Viking-style vessel for serene views of Mt. Fuji.

Kobe, Japan: Kobe is the fifth-largest city in Japan and is the capital city of Hyogo Prefecture on the southern side of the main island of Honshu. Its name comes from “kanbe”, an archaic title for supporters of the city’s Ikuta Shrine. The earliest written records regarding the region come from the Nihon Shoki, which describes the founding of the Ikuta Shrine by Empress Jing in AD 201. For most of its history the area was never a single political entity, even during the Tokugawa Period, when the port was controlled directly by the Tokugawa Shogunate. Kobe did not exist in its current form until its founding in 1889. Kobe was one of the cities to open for trade with the West following the end of the policy of seclusion and has since been known as a cosmopolitan port city. While the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake diminished much of Kobe’s prominence as a port city, it remains Japan’s fourth busiest container port. The city is the point of origin and namesake of Kobe beef as well as the site of one of Japan’s most famous hot spring resorts, Arima Onsen. Kobe is also your gateway to Kyoto, Japan’s ancient imperial capital and the nation’s cultural and spiritual center.

Hiroshima, Japan: Cruise to Hiroshima, Japan, with Celebrity Cruises. Visit Itsukushima Shrine, established approximately 1400 years ago, which includes more than 20 buildings and see the “Grand Gate” monument that looks as if it’s floating on the sea.

Kagoshima, Japan: Kagoshima is the southernmost city on Japan’s bullet train network and the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture. The city is often compared with its Italian sister city, Naples, due to a similarly mild climate, streets lined with palm trees, and Sakurajima, Kagoshima’s version of Vesuvius. Near port, you’ll find the fascinating Kagoshima aquarium, traditional Senganen Japanese gardens, museums, the Shiroyama mountain-top park with a view over the city, and Yakushima Island, a registered world heritage site. Plus, an abundance of hot springs, mud bath, and spas to promote serenity and relaxation.

Nagasaki, Japan: For most travelers, Nagasaki is a symbol of the horror and the inhumanity of war. An estimated 75,000 people perished in 1945 when the city became the second target of a nuclear attack. Today, Nagasaki’s Peace Park and Atomic Bomb Museum draw visitors from around the world. Often described as the San Francisco of Japan, the city occupies verdant hills surrounded by a deep-water bay. For three centuries, Nagasaki was Japan’s sole window on the world. The city is also celebrated as the setting for Puccini’s opera “Madame Butterfly.”

Jeju Island, South Korea: South Korea’s tropical island paradise will enchant you with its sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and amazing volcanic landscape. Need a break from your beach towel? Waterfalls, museums, folk villages, scuba diving, hiking and festivals galore will keep you busy. Explore the colorful coral and sea life with a scuba dive off the coast of laid-back Seogwipo. Take an underground stroll through the world’s longest lava-tube cave at Manjanggul.

Busan, South Korea: It is Busan’s premier trading port, adjacent to the Korean Straits and Japan, that makes it an international metropolis but its beautiful sea vistas that make it a charming place to unwind. Experience the serenity of Beomeo-sa Temple, climb the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park and rejuvenate at Hushimchung Spa.

Shanghai, China: One of seven treaty ports inflicted by the West on Imperial China, the city was famed for the Bund, an elegant section of riverbank lined with European mercantile houses and elegant mansions. Shanghai is also one of the most fascinating cities on the face of the earth. Its streets are packed with individuals, cars and bicycles, weaving an extraordinary tapestry of humanity. Yet serenity and beauty are always present, be it a class practicing early morning tai chi or the serene repose of the city’s jade Buddha.

 

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Included Features

  • Included airfare, transfers, and baggage handling
  • Three nights at a four-star hotel in Tokyo (Grand Pacific Le Daiba or similar)
  • Nine nights at four-star hotels in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai (Beijing International Hotel, Grand Mercure Xian, and Courtyard Shanghai Puxi or similar)
  • Local tour hosts and National Guide during Mainland China Tour
  • All included sightseeing and admissions while on Mainland China tour
  • Two included tours in Tokyo
  • 12-nights cruise aboard Celebrity Millennium
    • With $75 Onboard Credit
  • Most meals while on Mainland China tour and all meals while onboard
  • Choose 2 of the following for your cruise: Classic Beverage Package, Pre-paid Gratuities, Unlimited Internet, $300 Onboard Credit

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What to Expect on Your Trip

Pacing

During your 26-day Journey, you will stay in Tokyo and enjoy three nights getting to know this fascinating city. Next, you will board the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship for a 12-night Journey through Japan, South Korea and China, visiting far off places like Nagasaki and Busan. After disembarking in Shanghai, you’ll spend nine nights in China venturing through the cities of Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing by land and by air. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. The land portion of the trip should be considered as moderately to highly active involving walking to numerous historical sites, including the Great Wall.

Physical Activity

Walking on different types of land, roads, and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in China. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses when applicable. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up narrow stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.

Cultural Focus

China’s natural landmass makes for a massive, complex and diverse environment that holds true to tradition and faith around every corner. Immerse in the wonders of Chinese architecture and design, found everywhere from bustling cities to sprawling green landscapes dotted with fortresses and temples. Chinese pride connected with an underlying humility is ever present in its memorials to the past royal families and brave soldiers of the Qin Dynasty. The trip of a lifetime through China and Japan will be unforgettable and very different. Enrichment Journeys encourages you to keep an open mind when in unique situations and meeting people abroad. Sometimes attractions and the cities themselves can be crowded, especially during holidays, so we will proceed with caution.

New cuisine can be the biggest difference. Dishes are prepared fresh and can often be modified to your tastes. The local host, tour manager as well as any staff would be happy to recommend new types of cuisine for you to sample and are willing to explain the flavorful components.

Unique Factors

If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check with a Personal Vacation Manager before booking a trip. Take note of some Asian culture and pack modest clothing. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals.

Recommended Reading List

Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:

Fiction/Personal Accounts

Farewell the Dragon: Lee Barckmann

American Shogun: General MacArthur, Emperor Hirohito and the Drama of Modern Japan Paperback: Robert Harvey

Travel Guides

Frommer’s Chinese PhraseFinder

DK Eyewitness Guide: China

Lonely Planet’s Guide to Discover Japan

Blogs

Stein Family China Travel Blog: http://steinsinchina.blogspot.com/

China Adventurer Travel Blog: http://www.chinadventurer.com/

Videos

National Geographic’s China videos: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/places/countries-places/china/

The Last Samurai (2003), directed by Edward Zwick, starring Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe

Lost in Translation (2003), directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson

Transportation

Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.

Routing Transportation Approximate Travel Time
Los Angeles – Tokyo Airline 12-19 Hours
Shanghai – Suzhou Motorcoach 2.5 Hours
Shanghai – Xian Airline 2 Hours
Xian – Beijing Airline 2 Hours
Beijing – Los Angeles Airline 12 Hours

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Special Offers

Celebrity’s go! Big Better Best – Enhance your cruise with onboard amenities
(Applicable to bookings with 2 guests per stateroom and in an Oceanview or higher)

Applicable Bookings PICK 2:

  • Classic Beverage Package for two guests
  • Pre-paid Gratuities for two guests
  • Unlimited internet for two guests
  • $300 Onboard Credit per stateroom

Interested in more? You can upgrade to a Suite and receive all 4 extras!
Guests in the same staterooms must select the same option(s). Click here to view Celebrity Terms and Conditions ». NOTE: Offer expires 10/2/17. Additional terms and conditions apply, call for more information.

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Dates & Prices
10/1/2017 Retail Value EJ Price Savings Per Person Single Rates
12 (Inside) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
8 (Oceanview) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
2B (Veranda) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT
C3 (Concierge) SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT SOLD OUT

Our 2017 departure is sold out, but our 2018 Journey will be released soon. Stay tuned!

Air Add-Ons
City Add-On City Add-On City Add-On
Atlanta $450 Houston Intercontinental $450 Philadelphia $500
Boston $500 John F. Kennedy $500 Phoenix $400
Denver $400 Los Angeles $0 San Diego $300
Dallas-Ft. Worth $400 Orlando $500 Seattle $300
Newark $500 Miami $450 San Francisco $200
Washington – Dulles $500 Chicago $400 Tampa $500
– Business Class Air Available on Request
– Additional Gateways Available on Request
– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without noticeWhile we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.

All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.

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The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.

Accommodations
Grand Pacific Le Daiba

2-6-1 Daiba, Minato, Tokyo 135-8701, Japan

+81 3-5500-6711

Ideally located in the central business area, Grand Pacific LE DAIBA is the perfect place to stay whether your trip is for business or leisure.
Visit the most celebrated sites or the biggest convention center (Tokyo Big Sight) in Tokyo – just minutes away. Feel the sophisticated service and enjoy the artistic views of the cityscape. Enjoy Complimentary Wi-Fi, a selection of restaurants, comfortable rooms designed in a European style and spectacular views at the Grand Pacific le Daiba.

Courtyard Shanghai Puxi

338 Heng Feng Road, Shanghai, China, 200070

Telephone:  +86 21 2215 3888

The Courtyard Shanghai Puxi is located in the center of the Shanghai Jingan District, an ideal destination for business and leisure! Within minutes of The Courtyard Shanghai Puxi, guests will find the Shanghai Railway Station, Visa Center, Nanjing Road West, Jing An Temple, and People’s Square. Guests will enjoy spacious accommodations featuring well-lit desks, high-speed Internet, in-room safes and mini-bars, as well as a 30th-floor Executive Lounge with panoramic skyline views!

Grand Mercure Xi’an

Tel.: +86 29 87928888
319 Dongxin Street, Shaanxi Province 710004, Xi’an

The Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square is surrounded by serene courtyards and enchanting gardens which encapsulate the historic riches of the region. Fifty years of Renmin Square history is reflected on the magnificent décor of the hotel’s 194 guestrooms and suites. Combining chic Chinese design with modern touches, the rooms are fully equipped for comfort and convenience: room safe, satellite television and Wi-Fi access.

Beijing International Hotel

No.9 Jiangguo Mennei Street, Beijing China. Zip:100005

Telephone (86-10) 65126688

Email:rsvn@bih.com.cn

Beijing International Hotel is located on east Chang’ an Avenue. The center of Beijing, which is close to many historic sites including the Forbidden City (the former royal palace of the Ming and Qing dynasties) Tian’ anmen Square and Wang Fu Jing Business Street. In addition, the hotel is within walking distance to CBD, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China Customs and Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The hotel is 28 Kilometers from the Capital International Airport. It is surrounded by Bei Hai Park, Zhong Shan Park and efcs. The location of the hotel is very convenient for visitors, and is favorably located within multiple points of public transportation.

Celebrity Millennium

Cruise Line: Celebrity

Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.

Ship: Millennium

A favorite of many vacationers, Celebrity Millennium® includes many award-winning Solstice® Class features. She’s been renewed with spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites. There is no better way to experience the exotic beauty of Asia and the South Pacific than aboard Celebrity Millennium. Out of the ordinary? Definitely.

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Before You Go

Money Matters

How you handle your currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.

ATM Machines

These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.

Foreign Banks

Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby currency converter, or bank, that is open.

Credit Cards

Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.

Incidentals

Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.

Packing Guidelines

Pack as simply as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier for their rules and regulations regarding baggage allowance, which may mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer before flights and boarding the cruise ship.

Luggage Screening Process

To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines with weight and size.

Labeling

Have your bags labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.

Carry-on items

In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.

What to pack

Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. There are always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case. Here are a few key items to take on your trip:

  • Raincoat/poncho
  • Hooded jacket/fleece pullover
  • Pants with pockets
  • Skirt with pockets
  • Hat with visor & sunscreen/bug spray
  • Warm socks
  • Practical shoes for walking/easy hiking
  • Extra pair of prescription sunglasses and/or glasses (if needed)

Cameras

Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.

Cell phones

Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free.

Your Health and Comfort

Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment

Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime. This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.

Medical Issues and Handicaps

As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on uneven streets and navigating through busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.

Please check with your Personal Vacation Manager to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.

Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.

If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.

While on Tour

Airport transfers

Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.

Briefing sessions

A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.

Hotels

All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.

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Regional Information

Travel Documentation

Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Japan and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out. It is advisable that you e-mail these documents to yourself and someone back home, in the event anything is misplaced. It may also be worth bringing an international ID or license.

Passport and Visa

Your passport must be in good condition and expire no less than 6 months following your departure date for the trip. China requires a multiple entry tourist visa, which you can apply for before arrival. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into China and Japan.

Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, you will need traveler visas for China prior to departure.

The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.

Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available.

You may also use a third-party visa service, such as CIBT. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations are not required by law in places such as China, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion and consider your personal medical history when deciding what vaccinations to have. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this journey:

  • China – Short-term travel shots for Typhoid and Hepatitis A
  • Japan – Short-term travel shots for Hepatitis A

If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.

Electric Current

Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure your electronics stay charged. China runs on 220v, and Japan runs on 100v. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.

Time Differences

You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip, but never more than one hour differences. These are the zones of each checkpoint:

  • Beijing – CST (China Standard Time)
  • Tokyo – JST (Japan Standard Time)

Money Matters

Since you will be visiting multiple countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.

Here are current exchange rates for China and Japan.

China – Yuan Renminbi, or Chinese dollar

Banknotes in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100

There are small change paper and coin amounts, called yijiao

Exchange – $1 USD to 6.57 Chinese dollar

Japan – Japanese Yen

Banknotes in ¥1000, ¥5000, ¥10000, ¥2000 (rarely used)

Coins used: ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100, ¥500

Exchange – $1 USD to 98.1406 JPY

South Korea – South Korean Won

Banknotes in ₩1000, ₩5000, ₩10000, ₩50000

Coins used: ₩1, ₩5, ₩10, ₩50, ₩100, ₩500

Exchange – $1 USD to 1192.44 KRW

Tipping Guidelines

Tipping is always appreciated but not required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Asia that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Avoiding coins may be advisable, as it can be a cultural faux-pas to use these as tips.

Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides/drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.

Climate

With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with cold, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Beijing, Tokyo, etc.). The summer months of July and August are warmest, while winter months of November-March will be cold.

JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
High/Low in Fahrenheit
Bejing 34/17 39/22 52/33 67/47 78/57 85/66 86/72 85/69 78/59 66/47 49/32 37/22
Tokyo 50/36 51/37 57/42 66/51 73/59 78/66 85/73 88/76 82/70 72/59 63/50 55/41
Busan 45/30 49/32 57/39 67/49 74/57 78/65 84/73 87/74 81/66 72/55 61/43 50/33

Altitude (above sea level, in feet)

China:

Beijing – 143

Xi’an – 1,312

Shanghai – 14

Japan:

Tokyo – 131

Yokohama – 19

 

Practice the Local Language

Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are the top ten fun phrases.

China – Mandarin

nǐ hǎo (Knee how): Hello

Xiè  xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you

Búyòng kèqì (Boo yong sheh): You’re welcome

Shì (Shr): Yes

Búshì (Boo shr): No

Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me

zài jiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye

duō shǎo qián (Dor sheow chen): How much?

Wǒ tīng bù dǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand

kuài zǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstic

Japan – Japanese

やあ。(Yaa): Hi!

おはようございます。(Ohayou gozaimasu) : Good morning!

こんばんは。(Konbanw): Good evening!

ようこそいらっしゃいました。(Youkoso irasshai mashita): Welcome! (to greet someone)

お元気ですか?(Ogenki desuka?): How are you?

わたしは元気です。ありがとう。(Watashi wa genki desu. Arigato!): I’m fine, thanks!

あなたは?(Anatawa?): And you?

元気です。/ まあまあです。(Genki desu. / maa-maa desu.): Good/ So-So.

ありがとう!(Arigatou!): Thank you!

どういたしまして。(Dou itashi mashite.): You’re welcome! (for “thank you”)

Facts and Figures

Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about China and the Far East before you embark on your Journey.

China

  • China has the biggest population in the world, with 1.34 billion people. The capital city of Beijing has 20 million people.
  • One in every five people in the world is Chinese. China’s population is four times that of the United States.
  • The Chinese invented paper, the compass, gunpowder, and printing.
  • According to the city’s official census in 2006, the most common surname in Beijing is Wang, a name shared by 10.35% of the population.
  • The city of Beijing is very old and dates back to about 3,000 years.

Japan

  • Raw horse meat is a popular food in Japan.
  • Sometimes the trains are so crowded railway staff are employed to cram passengers inside.
  • Many couples in Japan celebrate Christmas like Valentine’s Day.  It is definitely more of a “lovers” holiday in Japan.
  • Poorly written English can be found everywhere, including T-shirts and other fashion items.
  • More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, including more than 200 volcanoes.
  • Mt. Fuji, the tallest mountain in Japan, is an active volcano (although scientists have not reached a consensus on what defines “active”).
  • Religion does not play a big role in the lives of most Japanese and many do not understand the difference between Shintoism and Buddhism.
  • A nice musk melon, similar to a cantaloupe, may sell for over $300US. For example, a nice specimen of Yubari melon are often physically perfect, not like their American counterparts with dark smudges and scars.
  • There are four different writing systems in Japan; Romaji, Katakana, Hiragana, and Kanji.
  • Coffee is very popular and Japan imports approximately 85% of Jamaica’s annual coffee production.
  • Japan’s literacy rate is almost 100%.

South Korea

  • Koreans take their kimchi very seriously: it is a staple in the Korean diet, and a side of kimchi is always expected when having a meal. There are 250 kinds of kimchi, the most popular of which are cabbage, diced raddish, cucumber, and water kimchis.
  • Koreans celebrate a person’s very first birthday in the most festive manner. On ‘Doljanchi’, the birthday baby wears a hanbok, Korea’s traditional garment and a traditional hat. No birthday cake involved, but expect a full table of traditional food for the occasion, including seaweed soup, fruits (an expensive delicacy in Korea), panjeon (Korean pancakes), and rice cakes. The food serves a higher purpose than just feeding the guests – that of helping determine the birthday baby’s fortune. Parents place several objects on the table and let the child pick his/her favorite. For example, if the child picks up a brush or book, he/she is destined to be smart. If he/she picks up money he/she will be wealthy; if he/she picks up food that means he/she will not be hungry. If the child picks up the thread, it is believed he/she will live a long life.
  • People with the same surname cannot marry each other.
  • Most restaurants will deliver straight to your apartment via motorcycle drivers—who are notorious for speeding through traffic to deliver the food on time. And after you’re done eating, you can just put your dirty dishes outside your door because the delivery guy will come for them later!
  • People in South Korea are automatically stereotyped thanks to their blood type. While this belief originated in Japan, it has taken a firm hold in South Korean culture, and it might even make a difference in who marries whom.

 

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