Spring Break 2018

Japan: House of the Rising Sun

11 days: WEDNESDAY March 21, 2018 - SATURDAY March 31, 2018

Here is our flight information! We are flying on Air Canada.
We depart on Wednesday March 21at 6:30 am, which means we need to be at the airport (MIA) by 4:00 am, yes 0400!!
Air Canada flight #1641 to Toronto, arrive 9:38am; then we board flight #0005 for a departure at 2:35pm, arriving Tokyo at 4:55pm the next day on March 22 (we cross the International Dateline)
We return home from Osaka to Tokyo via All Nippon Airways flight #0990, departing at 3:15pm on Saturday March 31, arriving Tokyo at 4:25pm; then on Air Canada flight #0006 departing Tokyo at 5:40pm arriving Toronto at 4:45pm (the same day - seems like magic when you cross the International Dateline!); we then depart Toronto at 8:20pm arriving Miami at 11:37pm Saturday March 31. So you'll have Sunday to rest and get back into Eastern Standard Time and school is Monday April 2 at 8:00 am sharp!!

!!! Check this website often because Travel Information will be updated as often as I get it!!!

Final Organizational Meetings Tuesday March 6
6pm at Casola's SW 17th Avenue, just N of US 1

We had our first Informational Meetings both Tuesday/Thursday October 3/5
6pm at Casola's SW 17th Avenue, just N of US 1

A little info about me

all-inclusive travel & medical insurance package...
Payments are made directly to EF Tours: EFTours.com
The tour number for this trip is 1826562

Here is the list of students going on our trip:
Zach Subire Araujo, Emma Bennett, Sophia Betancourt, Mario Calvo, Santiago Cordovez, Victoria Cordovez, Faith Crabtree, George Dotzler. Alexia Frydman, Adriana Gavilanes, Gabriella Gomez, Adriana Griot, Ramy Hanna, Thea Hartley, Tomas Lopez, Shireen Mckay, Danielle Peraza, Fabricio Perez, Katarina Samper, Reed Seckinger, Massimo Tarridas, Martin Velez, Landon Watford
You can still invite your friend(s) to join us, but hurry. Already the cost has increased by $250 and soon it will be too late to sign on!

EF Packing List

To cover the costs of lunches, beverages, small souvenirs, and costs for additional optional activities, EF Tours recommends bringing an additional $60/day.
To cover TIPS for our on-tour Tour Director, Bus Driver, and local guides please bring Dr. Hood cash of check in the amount of $135, asap. I will need to carry all of the cash with me on tour!

Hot Tips:
Using your cell phone abroad
Voltage and outlet requirements, by country

Don't forget:
*Prepare for rain!
*Bring your student ID
*Bring a Money Belt: the type that hangs around your neck is ideal - beware of pickpockets!
*Notify your bank that you plan to use your credit card abroad. Give them the dates AND the countries (Greece AND Switzerland)
*Don't forget to bring your credit card pin #
*Write down the phone number of your credit card company! Just in case, then you'll be able to call and report it lost/stolen

Things to bring on the plane, according to Forbes:
Noise-canceling headphones or earplugs, USB cable, Battery pack, camera, extra layer(s), travel pillow, eye mask, pen, passport, addresses where you're staying

Things NOT to bring:
fruits/nuts/seeds, water/beverages, anything that smells

EF Tours info specific to travel in Asia

euroExchange at 50 Biscayne Tower, 25 NE 3rd Ave in downtown Miami 305-377-2536
As of January 24, 2018 there are approximately 109 Japanese Yen per one US dollar

Information from our US State Department about travel in Japan.

The good news is, most of us don't need to get a Visa to go to Japan. The following is a list of countries that have “Reciprocal Visa Exemption Arrangements” with Japan as long as travel is for a period of 90 days or less:
Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria(*7), Bahamas, Barbados(*6), Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, France, Germany(*7), Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong(*3), Hungary, Iceland, Ireland(*7), Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lesotho(*6), Liechtenstein(*7), Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macao(*4), Malaysia(*1), Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, San Marino, Serbia(*2), Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Surinam, Sweden, Switzerland(*7), Taiwan(*5), Tunisia, Turkey(*6), United Kingdom(*7), United States and Uruguay. If you want to know what all the asterisks represent please follow the hot link to the Japan Visa website I've provided above.

The cost was initially $4525*, which includes all airfares, hotels and transportation, breakfasts and dinners, full-time professional tour director and local licensed tour guides, all entrance fees to exhibits and museums, all-inclusive travel & medical insurance, as well as excursions to the Meiji Shinto Shrine, Asakusa Kannon Temple, Hachimangu Shrine, Lake Hakone cruise, Mount Komagatake cable car, Nijo Castle, Gold Pavilion, Kimono Show, Inari Taisha Shrine, and with our extension we will also get to see and experience the Istukushima Shrine, Peace Memorial Museum and Himeji Castle… and so much more! Check out our awesome itinerary As of January 11, 2018 the cost is now to join is $4755, but if you are willing to pay the $230 late fee. But do this fast as EF Tours is currently purchasing tickets and if you join too late you might not be on the same flights! But there is some room, so JOIN US!

This trip will be carefully chaperoned by Tour Leader: Dr. Julie Hood, as well as other experienced educational professionals, including Mr. Fernando Carasusan, Ms. Jones-Roberts and Ms. Ashli Wright.

Here is a link to our Spring Break 2017 China pictures!
Here is a link to our Spring Break 2016 Grecian Odyssey pictures!
Here is a link to our Spring Break 2015 Europe's Mediterranean Coast pictures!
Here is a link to our Spring Break 2014 Eastern Europe pictures!
Here is a link to our Spring Break 2013 Spain pictures!
Also check out my student trips to Hawaii

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