All our programs are tailor-made to suit the needs of your group, but here are several examples of some programs and their approximate cost.
Bushwalking Club | 10 days stay in Nagano
The customer and their requirements: a group of 8 middle-aged bushwalkers (4 married couples) who want to do mainly day walks of 2-6 hours and one or two overnight walks with light packs; they want to do some cultural sightseeing and eat mainly the local cuisine. They are happy to stay in bed & breakfast style accommodation in shared rooms. They are flexible as to timing and would like a bilingual guide to be with them throughout.
The location and timing: ShumiStay Japan recommends that the group come to Japan during the autumn, from September to November, as this is when the weather is best for walking and the autumn colours are superb. The recommended location for the stay is Haramura, a small town located at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountain range and nearby to the Southern Alps and Mt Fuji, which provide a huge diversity of walking trails and scenery.
The accommodation: Haramura is Japan’s first ‘pension village” and offers western style mountain lodge style accommodation with 3 course dinners and breakfasts included. Each lodge specializes in a Shumi, and this group would, of course, stay in a B&B run by a couple who are keen hikers.
The daily program: the group would do a mixture of half day and one or two day walks into the nearby Yatsugatake mountain range and the Southern Alps. Some of these walks would be done with local hikers and followed by a meal together. The highlight would be a climb up to the top of Mt Aka, at 2,900 meters, the highest peak in the Yatsugatake range and an overnight stay at a mountain lodge near the peak to watch the sunrise over Mt Fuji. The group would also visit local tourist sites such as Matsumoto, with its famous perfectly intact medieval castle, and enjoy local foods, such as the hoto noodles. Click on the attached daily program at the top of this section.
The cost: Approximate cost per person (twin share) for the 10 days stay in Japan is Yen 250,000 including our fee for arranging the program and providing the leader, 3 meals a day and local transport (but not including air fares to Japan, transport to Haramura, drinks etc.) Haramura is 2 hours by train from Tokyo and costs about Yen 5,000 one way).
Photography Club: two week stay in Kyoto, Inland Sea and Kyushu
The customer and their requirements: a group of 10 amateur photographers, young and old, who want to photograph the essence of traditional Japan and who want a leisurely pace to their day and want a variety of scenery and people to photograph. They are happy to stay in B&B style accommodation in shared Japanese tatami rooms. They would like a bilingual leader to be with them throughout.
The location and timing: ShumiStay Japan recommends that the group come to Japan during the spring as this is when the cherry blossoms and new green shoots are coming out, and the temperatures are mild.
The accommodation: the group would stay in a mixture of Japanese style inns and B&B accommodation, depending on what’s suitable in each location.
The daily program: would be designed to suit the pace and interests of the group. It would include 5 days staying in a traditional area of downtown Kyoto to enable the group to walk around and take photos of this beautiful UNESCO world heritage city. They would spend at least one day with the local camera club who would show them their favourite locations and followed by a meal together. Moving on by train and ferry, the group would spend 4 days at a village on a small island in the Inland Sea, where they would experience the slower pace of rural Japan. They would then explore Hiroshima and Fukuoka, meeting and photographing with local camera club members, before going to a hot spring town in Kyushu, where they would spend several days exploring the thermal and volcanic wonders of the Aso-Kuju national park, before finishing the tour in Beppu and taking a ferry through the Inland Sea back to Osaka.
The cost: Approximate cost per person (twin share) for the 14 days stay in Japan is Yen 400,000 including our fee for arranging the program and providing a leader, 3 meals and local ground, train and ferry transport from the starting point at Kansai Airport in Osaka, but not including air fares to Japan, drinks and miscellaneous expenses.
Pottery Class: two weeks stay in Mashiko, Chino and Arita
The customer and their requirements: a group of 6 amateur potters, led by their teacher, seek to have a 2 week holiday in Japan to learn and practice Japanese pottery techniques, as well as to visit potters, pottery museums and the like. They are happy to stay in B&B style accommodation in shared Japanese tatami rooms. They would like a bilingual guide to be with them throughout.
The location and timing: ShumiStay Japan recommends that the group come to Japan during the Spring or Autumn as this is when the weather is ideal and they can experience the Spring flowers or the autumn colours at their best.
The accommodation: the group would stay in a mixture of Japanese style inns and bed and breakfast accommodation, depending on what’s suitable in each location.
The daily program: would be a combination of learning from and doing pottery with local potters. The group would meet in Tokyo and spend a day visiting national and private museum’s pottery collections, before going to Mashiko, a pottery town 2 hours north of Tokyo by train, which has produced some of Japan’s best modern potters. The group would spend 5 days doing pottery, sightseeing to Nikko and other nearby spots and enjoying life in a Japanese artists’ village. The group would then go by train to Chino in Nagano Prefecture, which was the center of Japan’s Stone Age civilization and famous for Jomon pottery. They would spend 2 days making Jomon style pottery and visiting nearby scenic spots, including views of Mt Fuji. The final leg of the journey would be by train or air to Arita in Kyushu. Arita porcelain, also known as Imari porcelain, became very popular in the West from the 17th century and is still regarded as one of Japan’s leading styles of porcelain. The group would spend 5 days based in Arita learning and making pottery with the local potters, enjoying local sites and pottery museums and eating the local Kyushu delicacies before going to Fukuoka to take a flight back to Tokyo.
The cost: Approximate cost per person (twin share) for the 14 days stay in Japan is Yen 400,000 including our fee for arranging the program and providing the leader, accommodation and 3 meals a day and local ground and train transport, but not including air fares to Japan and transport to the starting point in Tokyo, and not including any pottery making and tuition fees which would depend on the number of people and time devoted to this.