Visit The 8th World Bonsai Convention
in Japan 2017
with Bonsai Focus magazine International



The world's greatest and most prestigious exhibition, offering the best of
the Japanese bonsai and Suiseki will be held in 2017 in Saitama Japan.
Bonsai Focus Magazine International offers a special Bonsai Tour to Japan and
the World Bonsai Convention(WBC).

Tour Price: € 2,590.- / per person


The 8th World Bonsai Convention

The WBC will be held in Omiya, Saitama City - Saitama Super Arena, north of Tokyo, Japan from 28 - 30 April 2017. / Opening hours: 09:30 – 18:00
Every 4 years the World Bonsai Friendship Federation holds a World Bonsai Convention somewhere in the world. The 1st WBC was held in 1989 in Omiya (now Saitama city), Saitama, Japan hosted by the Nippon Bonsai Association.
After 28 years, the World Bonsai Convention will return to its birthplace and the Mecca of bonsai, known as Omiya Bonsai. Over 200 Bonsai, Satsuki, Shohin, and Suiseki masterpieces will be on display. An extensive sales area with professionals in Bonsai, stands, tools and pots.
Demonstrations by: Masahiko Kimura, Hiroshi Takeyama, Kunio Kobayashi and Shinji Suzuki. A great number of international bonsai artists are now confirmed.

Bonsai Convention Official Program 2017
Bonsai Convention Event Summary


Bonsai Focus Magazine International Japan Trip Itinerary

Day 1 / Saturday April 22


Departure Flight from USA, Europe, Canada etc. to Osaka - Japan
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Day 2 / Sunday April 23

Arrival Kansai (Osaka)International Airport | Agora Regency Sakai**** Sakai,Osaka
Assemble all participants at Bonsai Focus tour desk in the hotel lobby.
hotel check in will be allowed from 14:00~
transportation from Kansai(Osaka) airport to hotel must be arranged by yourself
Access from Kansai(Osaka) Airport to Agora Regency Sakai(Osaka)
<Rapi:t> Limited Express Train Time Tabel
※we will offer the layout map Kansai airport: how to sccess the train station & how to get the train ticket; information including final tour document
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Day 3 / Monday April 24

Breakfast | Visit to Bonsai Garden / Fujikawa Kokaen|

Lunch at local restaurant |Transfer to Kyoto -

Sightseeing tour in Kyoto | Transfer to **** Kyoto Royal Hotel & Spa
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Day 4 / Tuesday April 25


Breakfast | Visit Kyoto Golden Pavilion| Royan-ji Bonsai temple | Koju-En Bonsai garden
| Lunch at local restaurant l Transfer to the hotel
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Day 5 / Wednesday April 26


Breakfast | Shinkansen (bullet train) to Tokyo | Lunch | Kobayashi Bonsai Garden |
Transfer to **** Sun Shine City Prince Hotel Tokyo
※lunch/ Japanese style "Bento"in the Shinkansen
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Day 6 / Thursday April 27

Breakfast | Transfer to Masahiko Kimura Bonsai Garden Omiya | Lunch(sandwich with juice) |
World Bonsai Convention Opening-ceremony | Bonsai Focus welcome cocktail(Palace Hotel Omiya)
|Transfer to hotel End of service
※hotel will departure around 11:30, lunch in the bus to Omiya
※transfer to the hotel around 21:30
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Day 7 / Friday April 28


Breakfast | World Bonsai Convention Exhibition
※Move to Saitama Super Arena by your own with SUICA travel card
※It will takes about 25 minutes from Ikebukuro to Omiya by JR line
※our assistant will escort the group
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Day 8 / Saturday April 29

Breakfast | World Bonsai Convention Exhibition
※Move to Saitama Super Arena by your own with SUICA travel card
※It will takes about 25 minutes from Ikebukuro to Omiya by JR line
※our assistant will escort the group
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Day 9 / Sunday April 30


Breakfast | Flight back
※hotel check out until 11:00 (am)
※from hotel in Tokyo to Haneda & Narita Airport /
transportation from hotel to Haneda & Narita airport must be arranged by yourself
Airport Limousine Bus schedule to Haneda Airport
Airport Limousine Bus schedule to Narita Airport

-Program as of May 01, 2016 and subject to be changed-

Tour Price: € 2,590.- / per person

Included:


- Hotel****accommodation with breakfast. Based on shared double or twin bed room

- Transportation between hotels and events in the program by train or coach.

- English speaking tour guide. We offer German, French, Spanish and Italian guides for groups of minimum 15 participants

- Entrance fees for gardens and sightseeing tours

- Tour desk in Osaka and Tokyo at Hotel lobby (English speaking assistant)
Osaka / 09:00-12:00,17:00-20:00
Tokyo / 09:00-11:00, 15:00-17:00 (except Day 6, April 27)

- Suica travel card (\4,000) for JR-line trains from Tokyo to Omiya
※JR Ikebukuro St. to Omiya St. it is cost \390 for one-way/you can use 4-times during stay in Tokyo =\1,560. Rest of amount (\2,440) can use to go another place if you want during stay in Tokyo.

- Registration fee (including package price)
Passe partout for the World Bonsai Convention..... ¥ 40,000.-
If booked the tour before September 20...... ¥5,000.- discount
This includes all admissions to the show and demonstrations.
※when you booked the tour and receive your Deposit payment before September 20, we will reduct ¥5,000 from final invoce.
【Registration Cancellation Policy/Amsterdam date】
Cancellation made by September 30, 2016: 10%,
October 1 - 31, 2016: 30%,
November 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017: 50%,
February 1, 2017 and after: 100%

Note: if you wish to cancel the registaration, your registaration fee will be back after the event following their cancellation policy

Not included:

- Flight to Japan
Nippon Express can check cheeper fare through airline booking system. KLM/LH/AF/OS/ANA/JAL/CI/CX/BA/AZ
please refer to How to get flight ticket and Flight Schedule

- Single room supplement € 485 (7 nights)

- Meals/beverages which are not mentioned in the program.

- Individual tours to Omiya Bonsai Gardens etc.

- Personal expenses like; laundry, telephone, tax and service charges, excess baggage, extra tariffs and charges for transportation.

- Optional tour

- Transportation from Kansai(Osaka) airport to hotel

- Transportation from hotel in Tokyo to Haneda & Narita Airport

- Travel insurance
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Short program – Tour Price € 1,650.- / per person /Single Supplement € 290.-(4 nights)


- April 25 - Departure flight from USA/Europe

- April 26 - Arrival Tokyo – Japan | Transportation by yourself
Assemble all participants at Bonsai Focus tour desk in the hotel lobby.
hotel check in will be allowed from 14:00~
transportation from airport to hotel must be arranged by yourself

- April 27 - Same program
Breakfast | Transfer to Masahiko Kimura Bonsai Garden Omiya | Lunch(sandwich with juice) |
World Bonsai Convention Opening-ceremony | Bonsai Focus welcome cocktail(Palace Hotel Omiya)
|Transfer to hotel End of service
※hotel will departure around 11:30, lunch in the bus to Omiya
※transfer to the hotel around 21:30
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- April 28 - Same program
Breakfast | World Bonsai Convention Exhibition
※Move to Saitama Super Arena by your own with SUICA travel card
※It will takes about 25 minutes from Ikebukuro to Omiya by JR line
※our assistant will escort the group
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- April 29 - Same program
Breakfast | World Bonsai Convention Exhibition
※Move to Saitama Super Arena by your own with SUICA travel card
※It will takes about 25 minutes from Ikebukuro to Omiya by JR line
※our assistant will escort the group

- April 30 – Departure Tokyo | Transportation by yourself

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How to get flight ticket

1. Individual booking
Nippon Express check more attractive air fare from your country
※with your passport name and departure date is necessary

2.Group booking
starting more than 10-15 participants with same flight schedule , we will offer the group flight fare.
※with number of participants and departure date is necessary, then we will send you the group fare estimation
※More flight information,please refer to"Flight Schedule"

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Before make your reservation.....please read more

◆Tour Price and Reservation

1. Tour Price / we will be calculated according to the May1, 2016 local supplier current rate.
If the tariff and change of the transportation providers used for the tour are revised considerably out of the range of those ordinary expected due to drastic changes in economic conditions, Nippon Express may revise its tour price in accordance with increases and charges for the tour accordingly. If the tour price is increase, NIPPON EXPRESS shall notify clients on no later than second week of October,2016.
※Comsumption Tax in Japan will be change from 8% to 10% on April 1, 2017. But it is not fixed yet. Our tour price calculation is now 8%(May 1, 2016), after fix the exact %, we will let you know soon.
2. Individual flight reservation and group reservation will be starting from June 2
in 2016.
3. If you wish to cancel the tour ......see Cancellation rules
4. Application form ....fill in Block letter with pass port copy
LinkIcon(PDF ver.) Application form
LinkIcon(WORD ver.) Application form

◆Deadline of Tour Reservation

The last day of this application will be on Wednesday, March 8,2017 at 16:00 Amsterdam time.

◆Terms of Tour Conduction

This tour will not be operated if the minimum 15 participants of this package tour which not reached by the due date = March 8 2017, Wednesday (Amsterdam time)

◆Termes of the Payment

1) Deposit payment €500.-
Nippon Express charges a deposit payment or full amount at the time of booking, depending on a booking is made.

3) Flight ticket payment:depend on the airline regulation
※Note: package tour in Japan and flight ticket are different terms of payment

◆Bank transfer and Credit card

-Bank Transfer payment
Bankers: Account No.: BIC Code: IBAN Code:
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ 63.56.02.024 BOTKNL2X NL90 BOTK0635602024
ABN-AMRO BANK 48.67.34.315 ABNANL2A NL39 ABNA0486734315
MIZUHO BANK 26.55.00.664 MHCBNL2A NL04 MHCB0265500664

-Credit Card payment
Credit card(AMEX,Master,VISA) we accept / Credit card payment will be added 3% of the total amount as service charge of credit card company.

◆Excange Rate

Nippon Express will offer current exchange rate

◆Cancellation Rules

1. 45 days (March 09/ Thu.) or more days prior to the tour date
No Charge
2. 44 days(March 10/Fri.) to 30 days(March 24/Fri.) prior to the tour date
30% of the tour fare
3. 29 days(March 25/Sat.)to 15 days(April 8/Sat.) prior to the tour date
50% of the tour fare
4. 14 days(April 9/ Sun.) to one day(April 22/Sat.) prior to the tour fare
80% of the tour fare
5. Departure date or No show 100% of the tour fare
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Fight Schedule from major city (May 1,2016 current flight schedule)

To Kansai(Osaka) Airport / April 22, 2017


Amsterdam KL867 14:40/08:35+1 (direct flight)
AF1341/292 10:40/08:30+1 (1 stop/PAR)

Brussels KL1724/867 10:35/08:35+1 (1 stop/AMS)

Frankfurt LH740 13:30/07:20+1 (derect flight)
KL1766/867 11:45/08:35+1 (1 stop AMS)

Munich LH103/740 11:00/07:20+1 (1 stop FRA)
KL1794/867 11:00/08:35+1 (1 stop AMS)

London AY832/77 10:20/08:55+1 (1 stop HEL) ※BA
JL44/229 19:15/22:15+1 (1Stop HND)

Birmingam KL1424/867 11:25/08:35+1 (1 stop AMS)

Roma AF1205/292 10:15/08:30+1 (1 stop PAR)
KL1602/867 12:55/08:50+1 (1 stop AMS)

Madrid AF1401/292 07:05/08:30+1 (1 stop PAR)
KL1700/867 10:20/08:35+1 (1 stop AMS)
※Ibelia airline will operate direct flight to Narita on October 19,2016

Los Angelas JL69 13:45/18:15+1 (direct flight)
UA788/35 08:35/15:00+1 (1 stop SFO)
Chicago UA761/35 08:10/15:00+1 (1 stop SFO)

Honolulu DL581/473 11:00/17:40+1 (1 stop NRT)
HA449 14:10/18:15+1 (direct flight)
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Fight Schedule to major city (May 1,2016 current flight schedule)

From Tokyo(Haneda or Narita) Airport / April 30, 2017


Amsterdam Haneda/ AF293/1240 22:55/08:840+1 (1stop PAR)
Narita/ KL862 10:30/15:10 (direct flight)

Brussels Haneda/ AF293/7181 22:55/09:43+1 (1 stop PAR)
Narita/ KL862/KL1773 10:30/22:10 (1 stop AMS)

Frankfult Haneda/ LH717 14:05/18:45 (direct flight)
Narita/ KL862/1771 10:30/17:05 (1 stop AMS)

Munich Haneda/ LH715 12:50/17:00 (direct flight)

London Narita/ AF275/1080 11:00/18:30 (1 stop PAR)
Narita/ BA6 12:35/17:10 (direct flight)

Birmingam Narita/ KL862/1431 10:30/16:40 (1 stop AMS)

Roma Haneda/ AF293/1204 22:55/09:20+1 (1stop PAR)
Narita/ KL862/3403 10:30/19:20 (derect flight)

Madrid Narita/ KL862/1705 10:30/19:25 (1 stop AMS)
Narita/ AF275/5070 11:00/22:00 (1 stop PAR)

Los Angelas Narita/ UA33 17:00/11:00 (direct flight)

Chicago Narita/ UA7939 10:45/08:25 (direct flight)

Honolulu Haneda/ HA458 23:55/12:25 (direct flight)
Narita/ DL578 20:00/08:17 (direct flight)
※Note:KL/KLM,AF/Air France,LH/Lufthansa,BA/British Airways,AY/Fin Air,
JL/Japan Air Line,DL/Delta Airline,UA/United Airlines,HA/Hawaiian


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◆ Passport and Entry Visa 

◆ Currency

◆ Tax Free

◆ Omiya Bonsai Park
The Art of Bonsai LinkIconhttp://www.bonsai-art-museum.jp/en/about/art/
Bonsai Collection LinkIconhttp://www.bonsai-art-museum.jp/en/collection/
Omiya Bonsaai Art Museum LinkIconhttp://www.bonsai-art-museum.jp/en/facilities/service/#facilitiesColl

Your tour commences in Kyoto – the cultural heartland of Japan where you will see the best of Kyoto’s many sights including the most beautiful temples and shrines each with their own associated gardens. During your stay we’ll visit the glorious Temple of the Golden Pavilion and its lovely gardens and stunning Kiyomizu Temple perched on a hillside with beautiful views over Kyoto. We’ll also visit a series of exquisite rock gardens at the Ryoan-ji Temple complex.

As well as all the sights and inclusions mentioned on the itinerary, your Guide will take you to a variety of delicious places to eat in the evenings (or you can, of course, do your own thing). With regard to Japanese cuisine, your senses will be pleasantly bombarded by delicious sights, smells and tastes and every meal will contribute more happy memories that make this a wonderful tour. As one well-known UK Bonsai expert said of this tour: “Such a memorable tour. It was nothing less than great, and blatantly obvious that everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves”.

Kyoto Tourist information: Japanese cuisine