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  Optional Tours  
 
A variety of tours are offered to give participants a chance to experience the history and culture of Kobe and the surrounding areas including Kyoto, Nara and Himeji. Participants can choose from three different types of tours: full-day, half-day and night-time.
Please note that tour prices are not included in meeting registration fee.
 
IMA Desk for Accommodation and Optional Tours
  Kinki Nippon Tourist Co., Ltd.  
  Event & Convention, Kansai  
  Daiko Imabashi Bldg. 3F,  
  2-4-10, Imabashi, Chuo-ku, Osaka 541-0042, Japan  
  Tel:+81-6-6202-0224    Fax:+81-6-6202-7921    E-mail:eckansai11@or.knt.co.jp  
JPY =Japanese Yen   1US$= JPY 110 (As of June, 2005)
Date
Time
Tour Name
Code
Price (JPY)
Mon., July 24 08:00-18:00 Tour of the Ancient Capital of Kyoto T01 11,000
08:00-13:00 Tour of Himeji Castle T02 7,000
Tue., July 25 10:00-12:00 Tea Ceremony T03 1,000
09:00-18:00 Temples and Shrines in the Ancient Capital of Nara T04 10,000
14:20-17:45 Port of Kobe and Sake Brewery in Nada T05 7,500
Wed., July 26 10:00-12:00 Walking Tour to Pearl Gallery T06 Free
08:00-13:00 Tour of Himeji Castle T07 7,000
Thu., July 27 10:00-12:00 Tea Ceremony T08 1,000
09:00-18:00 Tour of Awaji Island T09 10,000
09:00-17:30 Traditional Arts and Crafts in Kyoto T10 11,500
18:30-21:30 Dinner Cruise around Akashi Channel Bridge T11 10,000
Fri., July 28 08:00-15:00 1995 Kobe Earthquake Study Tour T12 9,500
13:00-18:00 Tour to SPring-8 T13 6,400
18:30-21:40 Dinner at Rokkosan Hotel with a Night View of Kobe T14 4,800
 
OPTIONAL TOUR RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENT
To reserve your space in a tour, fill out the relevant section of the electronic reservation form for accommodation and optional tours on the website, http://www.congre.co.jp/ima2006/, or fax the hard copy Reservation Form enclosed with this circular. Note that some tours require a minimum number of participants. All payments must be made in Japanese Yen no later than June 23, 2006.
 
TOUR CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY
Cancellation or change of tour reservations should be made in writing to IMA Desk, Kinki Nippon Tourist. In case of cancellation, your deposit will be refunded after deducting the bank charge, commission, and a cancellation fee as shown below.
 
If the cancellation notice is received during office hours (Monday - Friday, 09:15-18:00)
8 days or more prior to the date of arrival: No cancellation fee
7 to 2 days prior: 30% of the tour price
1 day prior: 50% of the tour price
On the date of arrival, or no notice given: 100% of the tour price
 
Mon., July 24  
08:00-18:00  
Tour of the Ancient Capital of Kyoto  
Price: JPY 11,000 (Minimum number of participants: 25). Lunch is included. This tour will visit Nijo Castle, built by the first Tokugawa Shogun as his residence in Kyoto, and will then visit Kinkakuji Temple featuring the brilliant Golden Pavilion and its grand mirror pond. The next stop is Heian Jingu Shrine, built in 1895 to commemorate the 1100th anniversary of the foundation of the Heian capital. The final destination of this tour will be Kiyomizu Temple, set on a steep hill commanding a panoramic view of Kyoto.
 
Mon., July 24  
08:00-13:00  
Tour of Himeji Castle 1  
Price: JPY 7,000 (Minimum number of participants: 25)
The highlights of this tour include visits to Himeji Castle, also known as White Heron Castle, the first Japanese historical building designated as a World Heritage Site, and nearby Kouko-en Japanese garden featuring landscaped ponds and streams with the castle visible in the background.
 
Tue., July 25
10:00-12:00
Tea Ceremony 1
Price: JPY 1,000 (Minimum number of participants: 25)
To give participants a chance to experience Japanese culture, a traditional tea ceremony will be demonstrated and special green tea with Japanese sweets will be served by students of Kobe University (held in the Conference Center).
 
Tue., July 25  
09:00-18:00  
Temples and Shrines in the Ancient Capital of Nara  
Price: JPY 10,000 (Minimum number of participants: 25). Lunch is included. This tour will take participants to Nara, the 1,300-year old capital of Japan. The group will pay a visit to Kofukuji Temple, famed for its fivestoried pagoda, and then to Todaiji Temple, which houses Japan's largest statue of the Buddha, and Kasuga Shrine, famous for its many stone lanterns lining in the shrine's approach. The final destination of this tour will be Horyuji Temple, the world's
oldest surviving wooden structure, giving visitors a glimpse of Japan as it existed more than 1,300 years ago.
 
Tue., July 25  
14:20-17:45  
Port of Kobe and Sake Brewery in Nada  
Price: JPY 7,500  
This is a seat-in-coach tour from/to Sannomiya Bus Terminal guided in Japanese. An additional English-speaking guide will accompany the group. This tour will visit the Sake Brewery Museum owned by Sawanotsuru Co. Ltd. in Kobe's Nada district, renowned as one of the finest sake-producing areas in Japan thanks to the water from Rokko granitic mountains and high quality sake rice. In this museum you will learn about the history of sake and can enjoy tasting sake. The group will then visit Kobe Port Tower and enjoy cruising in the port of Kobe.
 
Wed., July 26
10:00-12:00
Walking Tour to Pearl Gallery
This tour will visit the Pearl Gallery owned by Tasaki Pearl Co. Ltd., only a 5 minute walk from the Conference Center.
 
Wed., July 26
08:00-13:00
Tour of Himeji Castle 2
Price: JPY 7,000 (Minimum number of participants: 25)
(see changes above) The highlights of this tour include a visit to Himeji Castle also known as White Heron Castle, the first Japanese historical building designated as a World Heritage Site, and then to Kouko-en Japanese garden featuring ponds and springs against the backdrop of the castle.
 
Thu., July 27
10:00-12:00
Tea Ceremony 2
Price: JPY 1,000 (Minimum number of participants: 25)
(see changes above)Traditional tea ceremony will be demonstrated and special green tea with Japanese sweets will be served by the students of Kobe University in the conference center to give participants a chance to experience Japanese culture.
 
Thu., July 27
09:00-18:00
Tour of Awaji Island
Price: JPY 10,000 (Minimum number of participants: 25). Lunch is included.
In this full-day tour the group will first cross Akashi Channel Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge (3,910 meters long overall), and visit Awaji Hokudan Fault Museum, which has preserved a 150-meter portion of the 10km Nojima fault that emerged during the 1995 Kobe Earthquake. The tour will then leave for Naruto in the southern part of the Island, where participants will see Awaji Joruri (puppet dramas), designated as a National Important Cultural Treasure. The fascinating puppet dramas depict the happiness and sadness of humanity.
 
Thu., July 27  
09:00-17:30  
Traditional Arts and Crafts in Kyoto
Price: JPY 11,500 (Minimum number of participants: 25). Lunch is included.
This tour will first visit Kodai Yuzen-en where participants will see a gorgeous collection of Yuzen-dyed kimonos. Participants can also experience dyeing a handkerchief with stencils as a souvenir. The tour will then visit a traditional confectionary and participants will experience making Japanese sweets (wagashi).
 
Thu., July 27
18:30-21:30
Dinner Cruise around Akashi Channel Bridge
Price: JPY 10,000. Dinner is included.
A night cruise to Akashi Channel Bridge while enjoying Mediterranean style French cuisine on board the luxury restaurant ship "Luminous."
Please note that the participants will assemble and disband at the Nakafuto pier where the ship departs and returns.
 
Fri., July 28  
08:00-15:00  
1995 Kobe Earthquake Study Tour  
Price: JPY 9,500 (Minimum number of participants: 25). Lunch is included. In this full-day tour the group will first cross Akashi Channel Bridge, the world's longest suspension bridge (3,910 meters long overall), and visit Awaji Hokudan Fault Museum, which has preserved a 150-meter portion of the 10km Nojima fault that emerged during the 1995 Kobe Earthquake. The tour will then return to Kobe to visit Kobe Meriken Park, where a damaged waterfront section has been preserved as a reminder of the Earthquake. The final destination of this tour will be the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, a facility to pass on the experiences and lessons from the 1995 Earthquake to future generations, and to contribute to reducing damage caused by disasters both in Japan and abroad.
 
Thu., July 28
13:00-18:00
Tour to SPring-8
Price: 6,400 (Minimum number of participants: 25)
This tour will visit SPring-8, the world's largest third-generation synchrotron radiation facility. SPring-8 provides the most powerful synchrotron radiation currently available. Its ultra-brilliant synchrotron radiation gives researchers exciting opportunities for advanced research in materials science, physics and chemistry, earth science, environmental science, industrial applications and so forth.
The Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI) is responsible for the management, operation and development of the facility.
 
Fri., July 28  
18:00-21:40  
Dinner at Rokkosan Hotel with a Night View of Kobe
Price: JPY 4,800. Barbecue dinner is included.
Enjoy a barbecue dinner at Rokkosan Hotel. Built on a hillside of Mt. Rokko, the hotel restaurant commands a panoramic night view of Kobe City and Osaka Bay. Round-trip transfer from/to Sannomiya Bus Terminal is included.
 
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