Japan Trip 2018

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March 10-18, 2018

IB Project World & Northstar International Program

See the daily itinerary for details

about each day’s adventures!


Before we go:  You WILL need a passport to get on the plane.

If you already have one, make sure the expiration date is more than six months after our return date, so it should be valid through September 18, 2018.  Please follow the instructions carefully at:

US Government Passport Info

While you’re at it, I recommend getting the US Passport Card in addition to the book.  The card can be used as supplemental ID for credit card purchases while traveling, allowing you to leave your passport book in the hotel safe.

US citizens do NOT need a visa to go to Japan.  Details about traveling to Japan can be found here:

US Government Japan Info

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes,

but in having new eyes.”
― Marcel Proust

Questions about Money?

Where possible, we can use ATM cash machines–but not all of them will work for us.  7-11 convenience stores and post offices are the most likely place where our cards will work.  You will get the local currency at the best exchange rate with minimal fees.

A good preparation is to have your local bank to get some Yen for you and take that instead of dollars. It usually takes 1-2 days, and you’ll get a good rate there, too.

Suggested Budget:

How_Much_Money_Do_I_Need  ?  (Coming soon)

Exchange Rate: $1.00 = 113 Yen

Check today’s exchange rate: xe.com 

Remember that the official exchange rate is what the banks give each other.  Mere mortals like us will pay a bit more.  Every credit or debit card will charge something for international purchases.  If you can keep your fees around 3%, then you’ve got a good deal.

Other Helpful Websites:

Japan: Endless Discoveries

Why we travel with ACIS:

Quality, Reliability, Adventure

An Experienced Partner for Safe Travel

An open letter from ACIS President:



“I think you travel to search and you come back home to find yourself there.”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie