JTB Western Japan Corp has been appointed as the official travel agent for AOCR 2014 and will handle all related arrangements including excursion. For more tour package options or personalized arrangements, please contact the AOCR2014 Official Travel Agent: JTB Western Japan Corp.
Online Excursion booking will be available until September 10, 2014.

Kobe and Arima

Kobe City Half Day Tour

Tour price: 6,700 yen per person (Minimum number required is 30 persons)
12:30 Depart from convention center by bus
13:00 Japanese Sake Brewery Museum
The Hakutsuru Brewery was established in 1743 and this wooden structure has been restored as a museum. It is in this old brewery that the traditional methods for sake brewing unfold and the spirit of old Japan come alive right before your eyes. The centuries-old method of sake brewing is recreated here with life-like models and real tools just as they were in the olden days.
14:30 Nunobiki Herb Garden
Ride an aerial cableway up and down Nunobiki Hearb Garden for a sweeping view of celebrated Kobe city. The 40-acre Nunobiki Herb Garden is located in Nunobiki Park, which is nestled in the rich natural setting of the Rokko Mountains. The garden features over 75,000 herbs and 150 varieties, plus a greenhouse, restaurant, cafe, museums, exhibits, and gift shops.
17:00 Return to convention center

Kobe City 1Day Tour

Tour price: 9,300 yen per person (Minimum number required is 30 persons)
9:30 Depart from convention center by bus
10:00-11:30 Kobe City Museum
11:45-13:15 Nankin-machi (China Town) (Lunch)
The only China Town in Kansai. Abundant places to see including a splendid public rest room, Chinese cuisine, ingredients, etc.
13:30-14:15 Ikuta Shrine
It is an old and traditional shrine with a history of Kobe's protective god, which was written in "Chronicles of Japan". It is also known as a god of marriage, as well as a god of victory and lucky in games, where the professional sport teams pray for victory.
14:30-15:30 Soraku-en Japanese Garden
Japanese-style garden, and important cultural properties e.g. former Hassam House, former Kodera Barn, Boat House. Azalea and Chrysanthemum Exhibition worth seeing.
16:00 Return to convention center

Arima Hot Spring and Mt. Rokko Tour

Tour price: 12,400 yen per person (Minimum number required is 30 persons)
8:30 Depart from convention center by bus
10:00-11:00 Kobe City Forest Botanical Garden
One of the largest botanical gardens in Japan. 1,200 kinds of trees from Japan and all over the world. Hydrangeas in early summer, and the fall colors are excellent.
11:30-12:00 Top of Mt. Rokko (Rokko Garden Terrace)  
12:30-14:00 Arima Hot Spring (Lunch)
One of the oldest hot spring resorts in Japan.
14:15-15:30 Taiko No Yudonokan
A part of the bath tab of “Yuyama Palace”, which was built under Hideyoshi Taiko’s order, the remnants of the garden, roofing tiles and tea sets were rediscovered 400 years later behind the Gokurakuji temple when it was crushed by the disaster occurred in January 1995. Taiko-no Yudonokan is an archives center introducing the history and culture of Arima Hot Spring beloved by Hideyoshi Taiko as well as the remnants of the bath tab and excavated articles.
17:00 Return to convention center

Awaji & Naruto and Osaka

Awaji and Naruto 1 Day Tour

Tour price: 12,400 yen per person (Minimum number required is 30 persons )
8:30 Depart from convention center by bus
10:00-11:30 Awaji Puppet Theater Museum
The Awaji Puppet Theater is a combination of three skills; puppet manipulations, joruri recitation and samisen music, each of which requires many years of training to master.
11:50-13:00 Lunch
13:40 Naruto whirlpool viewing on the boat
The Naruto whirlpool is a tidal whirlpool in the Naruto Strait, a channel between Naruto in Tokushima and Awaji Island in Hyogo.
16:00 Awaji Greenhouse
This greenhouse is the second largest in Japan.
17:30 Return to convention center (Schedule will be subject to change )

Osaka and Universal Studio Japan Tour

Tour price: 16,500 yen per person (Minimum number required is 30 persons )
9:00 Depart from convention center by bus
10:00 Osaka Castle
The land around Osaka Castle is maintained as a park.
12:00 Aerial Garden Observatory and lunch
The observatory is in an area between the two buildings. It is on the 39th and 40th floors and looks as if it is floating in the sky, commanding a panoramic view. On the 40th floor, various events and exhibitions are held, and on the 39th floor, original items are sold. There is also a cafe.
14:00 Universal Studio Japan
The world's greatest theme park inspired by blockbuster Hollywood Movies. Exciting attractions that realistically reproduce movie masterpieces, popular characters and entertainment. Step into fantastical worlds portrayed on the silver screen.
20:00 Return to convention center

Aqua Liner and Osaka South Area Tour

Tour price: 10,800 yen per person (Minimum number required is 30 persons )
9:00 Depart from convention center by bus
10:00 Aqua Liner(Liver Cruise)
Aqua-Liner, an aqua-bus touring Osaka's Okawa River, the Water Capital.
Enjoy yourself while viewing Japanese ethnic scenery reflected on the surface of Okawa Rever .
12:00 Shinsaibashi /Ebisubashi and lunch
Starting with Dotombori, the southern area of Osaka city “Minami” is a town of “eat till you drop”and entertainment where the air of “Osaka-ness” is concentrated. Say ‘cheese’ in front of the familiar Glico signboard! The sight of neon signs reflected on the river is another facet of Osaka beauty.
16:00 Return to convention center

Kyoto and Nara

Kyoto l Day Tour

Tour price: 12,400 yen per person (Minimum number required is 30 persons)
8:00 Depart from convention center by bus
10:00-11:20 Kinkakuji Temple
The most authentic and exquisite Japanese-style garden in the world, plus the celebrated Golden Pavilion.
11:45-12:45 Nijo Castle
The Kyoto Residence of the Tokugawa Shogun built in 1603, Nijo Castle is noted for the contrast of its solemn appearance.
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:10 Heian Shrine (from bus window)
Graceful old court life is reflected in the brightly colored shrine with its vermilion pillars and green roof, and in its enchanting inner gardens and ponds.
14:30-16:00 Kiyomizu Temple
A quaint old lane lined with pottery shops leads to the temple. Enjoy a sweeping view of the entire city from its lofty terrace.
17:30 Return to convention center

Nara 1 Day Tour

Tour price: 12,400 yen per person (Minimum number required is 30 persons)
8:00 Depart from convention center by bus
10:00-12:30 Todaiji Temple and Kasuga Shrine
Todaiji-Temple was founded by the Emperor Shomu (701 A.D.-756 A.D.). The construction of the giant Buddha, a huge project which required a lot of funds and manpower, was completed in 752 A.D. After being repeatedly burnt down, its buildings were arranged in the current layout in the middle of the Edo-era (1603-1867). On the huge site, there are buildings designated as national treasures, such as the Nandaimon, Daibutsuden, Shoro, Sangatsudo, Nigatsudo, and Tegaimon.
12:30-13:30 Lunch
Japanese style lunch will be provided(tentative).
14:00-15:00 Horyuji Temple
The grounds of Horyuji (Horyu Temple) house the world's oldest surviving wooden structures, conveying images of Japan as it existed more than 1,300 years ago, during the Asuka Period (A.D.mid 6th-beginning of 8th c.).
17:00 Return to convention center

AOCR2014 Official Travel Agent

JTB Western Japan Corp
11F Hommachi cross bldg., 3-1-8,Minami Kyuhoji-cho,Chuo-ku,Osaka 541- 0058,Japan