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Scoliosis Research Society
555 E. Wells Street, Suite 1100
Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-289-9107


JTB Western Japan, Corp. (JTB) has been appointed as the official travel agent for the meeting and will handle arrangements for all optional tours. Book your tours here.

Deadline: Tour reservations must be made no later than17:00 on August 31, 2010, Japan Standard Time (GMT+9)
Note: If tours do not reach the required minimum number of participants, the tour will be canceled and a full refund will be returned to you. Tour registrations will close once the maximum number of participants is reached. All tours are rain or shine. Please plan accordingly.

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Inquiries for Optional Tours:
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45th Annual SRS Meeting Desk
TEL : +81-6-6260-5076
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Office hours : 9:30-17:30 (weekdays only)

Optional Tours & Activities
Additional fees are required for optional tours and activities. Accompanying persons, including children over the age of 10 must be registered in order to participate.

Nishiki Market and Japanese Cooking Class
Tuesday, September 21 • 09:45 – 15:00 • JPY 8,000
30 Person Minimum, 50 Person Maximum

The La carriére Cooking School has an 80 year history in Kyoto, with up-to-date modern facilities. A qualifed cooking instructor will demonstrate the making of Japanese cuisine. Following the cooking class and lunch, you will visit the Kyoto Nishiki market. Shopkeepers at the Food Market sometimes known as the “Kitchen of Kyoto” rise early to sell fish, meat, dried foods, side dishes, yuba (tofu skin), and Kyoto vegetables on the 400 meter path from Teramachi to Takakura.

Kyoto World Heritage Tour
Tuesday, September 21 • 12:00 – 17:00 • JPY 6,500
Thursday, September 23 • 12:00 – 17:00 • JPY 6,500
30 Person Minimum, 50 Person Maximum

This world heritage course will take participants to beautiful Mt. Hiei’s Enryaku-ji Temple. Enraku-ji Temple is said to be one of the main spiritual centers of Japanese culture. An ancient monastery complex atop Mt. Hiei-zan, it is a richly atmospheric place with old temples and artifacts, misty ravines and towering cedars, and a long, fascinating history. It is a marvelous place to visit, combining choice hiking (and great views) with a chance to explore an important site of Japanese history. The tour will then proceed to Ginkaku-ji Temple, a temple belonging to the Buddhist Shokoku School of the Rinzai Zen sect. Ginkaku-ji Temple (The Silver Pavilion) is an elegant temple set in beautiful grounds at the foot of Kyoto’s eastern mountains. Its grounds are an outstanding example of Japanese landscape architecture. Whether one is sitting on the landing beside the unique sand garden with its 2-metre silver cone, or walking the trail and catching glimpses of the Pavilion from different vantage points, one is constantly aware of the lovely details which move the heart. This tour does not include lunch, please plan accordingly.

Arashiyama & Saga Walking Tour
Wednesday, September 22 • 08:30 – 16:30 • JPY 8,000
Thursday, September 23 • 08:30 – 16:30 • JPY 8,000
30 Person Minimum, 50 Person Maximum

This walking tour will take you to various Temples, through the Sagano Bamboo Grove, and over the Togetsukyo Bridge.
Jakko-in Temple is a convent with a long history. Located north of Kyoto near the village of Ohara, the temple is secluded and the grounds are very quiet. Tenyru-ji is a major temple of the Rinzai School. It was built in 1339 on the former site of Emperor Go-Daigo’s villa after a priest dreamt of a dragon rising from the nearby river. The main attraction of Tenryu-ji Temple is the Zen garden dating back to the 14th century. A triumph of design, the garden features a large pond which catches the reflection of the maple trees and large rough-cut rocks on the periphery. The garden has a way of calming one’s spirit and it was designed partly for this reason. A visit to Toji Temple will show the 5-story 57 meter high pagoda which has long served as a city landmark and a vibrant center for spiritual and community life. Lunch is included in this tour.

Kyoto One Day Tour
Wednesday, September 22 • 09:00 – 18:00 • JPY 9,500
30 Person Minimum, 50 Person Maximum

This full day tour (which includes lunch) will visit: Nijo Castle, Kinkakuji Temple, Heian-jinguShrine, Sanjusangendo and
Kiyomizudera Temples. Kinkakuji Temple or the “Golden Pavilion”, a temple richly adorned in gold leaf, reflects beautifully in the water of Kyokochi, the mirror pond. It is perhaps the most widely recognized image of Kyoto. Sanjusangendo temple name means literally “Hall with thirty three spaces between the columns”, describing the architecture of the 125-meter long main hall of the temple. The longest wooden building in the world at a length of 118 meters, Sanjusangen-do Temple houses one of the most impressive assemblies of statues in the world as well. Graceful statues carved out of cypress and covered with gold leaf, each has over twenty pairs of arms and is responsible for saving many worlds. One hundred and twenty-four of these statues, saved from the  fire which claimed the original temple in 1249, date from the temple’s founding in 1164. Kiyomizudera Temple - The expression “to jump off the stage at Kiyomizu” is the Japanese equivalent of the English expression “to take the plunge”. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is perhaps the most beloved of Kyoto’s temples and is a fixture in the minds of the Japanese people. Several waterfalls dot the grounds, thus people come to the temple to drink water from the falls by collecting it in tin cups; the
water is said to have therapeutic properties, and drinking from the three different streams is said to confer health, longevity, and success in studies. There is also a shrine on the grounds, and praying there is said to help one succeed in finding an appropriate love match.

Japanese Gardens Tour
Wednesday, September 22 • 12:00 – 16:00 • JPY 4,500
15 Person Minimum, 25 Person Maximum

This Garden tour will reveal in the stunning simplicity and harmony of the principles of Zen meditation. A visit to the Ryoanji Temple; Japan’s most famous “hiraniwa” (at garden void of hills or ponds) and is famous for its mysterious rock garden, the most celebrated in Japan, which de es attempts at explanation. After sitting and pondering the garden’s “sermon in stone,” you can stretch your legs by touring the extensive grounds of Ryoan-ji Temple, which includes larger gardens with trees and moss, and the Kyoyo-chi pond, which is particularly striking in autumn. Once refreshed, you can move to the Heian Jingu Shrine; a relatively recent addition to Kyoto’s collection of sacred places. This tour does not include lunch, please plan accordingly.

Japanese Fushimi Sake Tour
Thursday, September 23 • 12:00 – 17:30 • JPY 6,000
30 Person Minimum, 50 Person Maximum

This tour will take participants to enjoy the Tofuku-ji Temple then on to the Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum. Tofuku-ji Temple is well known as one of the most popular spots for admiring Kyoto’s beautiful autumn foliage. The maple trees beside the Tsuten Bridge in the temple are its centerpiece. Tofuku-ji Temple is also noted for its many excellent landscape gardens arranged with a  fine blend of moss and stones. Throughout its history, it has been one of the largest and most important Kyoto Zen temples and gave rise to many famous monks. Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum - Though Japanese rice wine is often referred to as sake in English, sake in Japanese refers to alcohol in general. In Japan, the preferred word for rice wine is “Nihonshu.” There are approximately 2,000 nihonshu breweries in Japan producing more than 10,000 products. If you would like to find out more about nihonshu and brewing, the museum may interest you. This tour does not include lunch, please plan accordingly.

Nara Tour
Friday, September 24 • 09:00 – 17:30 • JPY 10,000
30 Person Minimum, 50 Person Maximum

In 2010 Nara is celebrating its 1300th anniversary as the previous capital of Japan. The Nara City offers people, nature and a history of over 1,300 years. This tour, which includes lunch, will take participants to Nara with a visit at two temples. The world famous Todaiji Temple, designated as a world heritage site, contains various pavilions and halls, including many designated as national treasures of Japan. Horyuji Temple, Established in 607 A.D. by Prince Shotoku, a vigorous supporter of Buddhism, Horyuji Temple was inscribed on the world heritage list in 1993 as the oldest wooden structure in the world. Various national treasures representing Japanese Buddhist art are displayed, such as the statue of “Kudara Kannon” in the treasure house.

JTB Sunrise Tours
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