Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tokyo Mon Amour

We've just put together the basics of our next Born to Shop Asia trip, so wrap up in your favorite kimono and c'mon down. As usual, the trip is co-ordinated by InterContinental Hotels...although there is no InterConti in Kyoto, so you'll just have to trust me that you will not be sleeping in the shrines in Kyoto and that Sarah and I have found a totally suitable Japanese, luxury, 5-star hotel.

Like all Born to Shop tours, this one includes breakfast in the club lounge and a Shop & Show lecture (with the usual giveaways) daily. The first night of the tour is November 4, so you will have to leave the US either November 2 or 3 depending on flight times and date line crossings. You may also want to go in a little early, just to get over jetlag.

November 4-11 (7 nights) Japan, 2010
November 11-14 (3 nights) Hong Kong, 2010

Having jetlag wont be a problem since we'll all get up at dawn on our first day to go to the famous fish market and auctions and then have sushi for breakfast in the stalls alongside the market. During the first three days in Tokyo we will roll pearls til your wrists grow weak, have a kimono wrapping lesson, go to the paper and wrapping district, visit a temple sale, shop at the shrines and still take in Harajuku and Ginza.

Meals will be casual-- whether at the Muji Cafe or at a yakatori stand under the main railroad tracks. And speaking of trains, how else would we get to Kyoto but on the famed bullet train?

Roundtrip tickets are included in the tour price; we spend three nights in Kyoto before returning to Tokyo for our final night at the InterConti Akasaka. You will be able to leave the bulk of your luggage in Tokyo and travel more lightly to Kyoto. Our farewell shopping spree will be at the Akasaka Shrine.

If you want to continue shopping after seven nights in Japan, you can add on a three night Hong Kong package at, of course, the Hong Kong InterContinental Hotel (formerly The Regent Hotel).

The tour does not include airfare to Asia, or travel between Japan and Hong Kong, but includes seven nights deluxe hotel with lounge amenities, breakfast, internet, Shop & Show lecture and r/t bullet train to Kyoto. Airport transfers are not included.

The per person price for the Japan portion of the trip is $2800 (USD). For single occupancy, the price is $4300 USD. The three night add-on to HKG, with harbour view room and lounge amenities, is $1500 per person or $2500 single occupancy.

The tour group is limited to 12 guests. A deposit of $250 is required by September of this year (2010)...if you want to use your credit card, you may pay by Pay Pal. Contact Sarah at srlahey@gmail.com. The balance of the payment will be due on October 1,2010.

Sayanora for now, my cherry blossoms.

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