A Napa Institute Experience in Japan

November 6-13, 2021

Due to COVID-19 and the current travel restrictions, we have postponed our trip until November 2021. The new dates will be posted soon!


Join the Napa Institute as we delve into the incredible story of the Catholic Church in Japan. Beginning in Nagasaki, we will visit the churches built in memory of the 16th century missionaries and martyrs, and learn about the struggle of the faithful when Christianity was banned for 250 years.

We will also reflect on the lives of both St. Maximilian Kolbe, who spent time in Nagasaki before World War II, and Servant of God Takashi Nagai, the Catholic physician who survived the atomic bomb and wrote The Bells of Nagasaki. We will end the trip in the Tokyo, taking time to enjoy the cultural activities the region has to offer.



  • Daily Mass & opportunities for prayer, confession and spiritual direction
  • Private tours of Nagasaki heritage museums and memorials
  • An excursion to the beautiful Goto Islands, which lie off the western coast of Nagasaki
  • A day trip to Kanazawa to visit Kenroku-en, considered one of the three best traditional gardens in Japan, and the historic Higashi Chaya District, which features well preserved tea houses from the 19th century
  • Participate in a tea ceremony in Tokyo, where you will learn to make Matcha green tea in keeping with the 400 year old tradition



We will be sharing the itinerary for the new 2021 dates soon. The itinerary that was planned for the 2020 trip can be viewed here: 2020 Itinerary



  • Seven (7) nights’ accommodations at high end hotels (3 nights at Garden Terrace Nagasaki, 1 night at Kyushu Hotel in Unzen, & 3 nights at Shangri La Hotel  in Tokyo)
  • All Meals and beverages
  • Motor coach & bullet train tickets for specified sightseeing
  • Flight from Nagasaki to Tokyo, according to the itinerary
  • Tour manager
  • Local guides according to the itinerary
  • Special and customized sightseeing and entrance fees according to the itinerary
  • Daily Mass in  historic churches (all locations are tentative and subject to confirmation)
  • Round-trip private airport transfers
  • Hotel & city taxes



Tour price is $12,900 per person. (There is a single supplement of $2,500  for solo travelers.) The trip is sold land only.



For questions regarding registration or to receive a registration form, please email us at events@napa-institute.org.

conference SPEAKERS

The Most Reverend Joseph L. Coffey

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA