2-days cultural trip to Okayama, Himeji and Kobe


Stone Go table in Yakage Yakage town is said to be the origin of Go in Japan. Kibi no Makibi, a famous scholar in the Nara period, visited China (Tang dynasty) and brought lots of cultural goods to Japan. The game of Go and the art of embroidery were the most notable ones.
Kurashiki is a historic city known for its importance as rice distribution center in the Edo period. The name Kurashiki can be roughly translated as "town of warehouses", which refers to the warehouses where the rice was kept. Today many of these former warehouses have been converted into museums, boutiques and cafes. Kurashiki warehouses
Himeji Castle Himeji Castle is also known as the White Heron Castle due to its brilliant white exterior and its resemblance to a bird taking flight. Originally built in the 14th century, the castle complex was significantly expanded during Sengoku period (16th century). Himeji Castle is one of the very few castles in Japan that remained intact for more than 400 years.
Kobe beef is a world-famous delicacy from Japan. Premium quality cattles are raised in a special way, resulting in an unique marbled texture and extreme tenderness.

Our last stop of the trip will be in Kobe where everyone can either enjoy a Kobe steak dinner or the beautiful harbor city.
Kobe Beef

Program and schedule

Sun, July 8th
 - 09:00: Departure from the U-Community Hotel
 - 12:30: Arrival at Kibi no Makibi park
 - 13:00: Visit Yakage town
 - 14:30: Friendship tournament with Okayama Go players
 - 18:00: Welcome banquet organized by Okayama Go Accociation

Mon, July 9th
 - 10:00: Departure from the hotel reception
 - 11:00: Arrival at Kurashiki and sightseeing
 - 14:30: Arrival at Himeji Castle
 - 17:30: Arrival at Kobe, free time
 - 20:30: Return to Osaka

Note: This is a preliminary program, therefore the schedule are not accurate. The schedule might also change slightly.

Price and payment

 - 19.000 JPY per person in a twin bed room
 - 20.000 JPY per person in a single room

Note: Camp participants staying at the U-Community Hotel have the option to check out for one night and get a refund of 7.000 JPY (single room) or 5.700 JPY (twin room).
No refund is possible for TTS though since the TTS only offers a flat rate.

The price includes:
 - Transportation via bus
 - Hotel accommodation
 - All entrance fees
 - Welcome banquet in Okayama

Not included:
 - Other meals

You can pay it together with the remaining amount for the camp via bank transfer or Paypal latest by June 10 (two weeks before the camp).