November 6-13, 2021

A Napa Institute Experience in Japan

November 6-13, 2021


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 and heritage sites 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 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



Please click this link to view the  2021 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. For more information or to access online registration, please click on the “Register” button below.


COVID Travel Update

We are monitoring the COVID situation and entry requirements for Japan and will communicate the necessary information to attendees in the months leading up to the trip. Please note that it is very likely that Japan will require all tourists entering the country to be vaccinated. In addition there may be certain COVID testing requirements.

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Conference SPEAKERS

The Most Reverend Joseph L. Coffey

Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA