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  • Saturday 29 May 2021

  • From 07h00 until 02h30 (long day)

  • Düsseldorf, Germany

  • Transportation by 4* luxury coach

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Düsseldorf is home to Germany’s largest Japanese population (6.500). Over 400 Japanese companies are registered here, which shows the strong ties between Düsseldorf and Japan. To celebrate this fact an annual Japan Day is organised. In 2021, this festival takes place on Saturday 29 May, with countless performances, presentations, costumes and an amazingly large and colourful Japanese Fireworks. And on top of that you also get Düsseldorf itself, one of Germany’s nicest cities with amazing shopping opportunities.

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Overview

What is included in the trip fee?

  • Trip by 4* luxury coach with reclining seats
  • Bottled water during the outbound journey
  • Visit to Japanese Temple & Gardens
  • Entrance fees Rheinturm panoramic tower
  • Boat trip over the Rhein river
  • One of Europe’s most spectacular fireworks shows
  • Great group of international people
  • A lifetime expat memory

What is optional?

Delicious Japanese lunch in 5* Japanese Nikko Hotel Bekan

Coach pick-up point

Place Schuman (bus stop next to KBC Bank on roundabout)

Who can join this trip?

Expat Club is known for welcoming a wide variety of international people on its trips. This creates a special, open-minded, safe and friendly environment in which everyone should feel comfortable.

  • Members & non-members
  • Expats & (international) Belgians
  • All ages, including children
  • Singles / couples / retirees / friends / colleagues / families

How to add a child ticket?

Expat Club loves welcoming young expats, too! If you want to bring your child(ren) up until 18 years, please first add the regular adult ticket(s) to the cart and then go to the cart page. On the cart page, there is a child ticket available for €50 (excluding lunch).

Program

As with any Expat Club trip our schedule is carefully designed so you can enjoy all the places and have enough time for lunch, a coffee and some free time. Still, all times below are tentative and depend also on external circumstances, such as weather and traffic conditions. Together with the bus driver, restaurant and other welcoming destinations we will do our best to give you the most optimal experience. FYI, Expat Club loves being on time and we are very often spot on when it comes to keeping track of the schedule.

09h30 – Latest  departure to Düsseldorf
11h00 – Highway stop
12h30 – Arrival Düsseldorf & Visit EKO-House
13h45 – Lunch at Nikko Hotel Bekan (optional)
15h00 – Walk to Rheinturm (observation tower)
16h30 – Rheinriver Cruise
17h30 – Free time
23h00 – Fireworks
23h45 – Departure to Brussels
02h15 – Arrival in Brussels

 

 

 

Düsseldorf

Let’s go on a daytrip to one of Germany’s nicest cities, Düsseldorf. The history of the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia goes back to the 7th and 8th century when some settlements were built along the Rhine river, right where the Düssel river ends. The other half of its name “dorf” means “village”, but nowadays it’s one of the largest and also most prosperous cities in the country with a population of 600,000 and over 1 million in the metropolitan area.

 

© Mikhail Markovskiy – Fotolia.com

 

For Japan, Düsseldorf is the number one city in Germany. Traders were the trailblazers for this development that has taken place over the last six decades. The traders were followed by their families and gradually a typical infrastructure grew up: retail trade, banks, doctors, bookshops, forwarding agents, insurers, a Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Consulate-General. A Japanese school and Japanese kindergartens were established. Since 2014, the Japanese airline ANA has been offering a direct flight connection between Düsseldorf and Tokyo. All of this allows one to speak of “Japan’s capital” on the Rhine when the subject of Düsseldorf comes up. (source www.japantag-duesseldorf-nrw.de).

 

Lyzzy (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Lyzzy (own work, CC BY-SA 3.0), via Wikimedia Commons

 

Gakuro (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

Gakuro (own work), via Wikimedia Commons

 

We begin our special “Japan Day” Düsseldorf trip with a visit to the beautiful Japan EKÔ-House. This is about as Japanese as it can get in Europe with beautiful Japanese buildings and gardens. This institution was established by Yehan Numata, the founder of the Mitutyo Society and of the “Society for Buddhist Understanding”. The EKÔ Center of Japanese Culture offers courses and introductions into the traditional Japanese culture, which is rooted in Buddhism, it presents the Japanese lifestyle, explains Buddhism as a foundation of Eastern thought and promotes the cultural exchange. (source EKÔ-House website)

 

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The famous Königsallee with its beautiful trees and luxury shops

 

After lunch (see a next section) you will have plenty of free time to explore the city. Düsseldorf is a shopping paradise with many large stores as well as many luxurious shops. In fact, the city is known for Germany’s most expensive shopping street, the famous and beautiful green Königsallée. The city also boasts several top museums, including the Kunsthalle Düsseldorf and Kunst im Tunnel museums.

 

© Svetlana Gryankina – Fotolia.com

 

Another area worth exploring is the Medienhafen district, with several architectural masterpieces. The modernisation of the harbour area and its many old dilapidated warehouses were done by famous architects such as Frank O. Ghery and Claude Vasconi. Currently it is a hot place to be and therefore hundreds of companies have moved into the new and renovated buildings. As you can see on the picture, you could also go up the 240 meter high Rheinturm to get a spectacular view of the city below. Entrance fees are included in the ticket, so you are more than welcome to join us.

 

 

Japan Day

For Japan, Düsseldorf is the number one city in Germany. Traders were the trailblazers for this development that has taken place over the last six decades. The traders were followed by their families and gradually a typical infrastructure grew up: retail trade, banks, doctors, bookshops, forwarding agents, insurers, a Chamber of Commerce and Industry and a Consulate-General. A Japanese school and Japanese kindergartens were established. Since 2014, the Japanese airline ANA has been offering a direct flight connection between Düsseldorf and Tokyo. All of this allows one to speak of “Japan’s capital” on the Rhine when the subject of Düsseldorf comes up. (source www.japantag-duesseldorf-nrw.de).

 

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The boulevard will be filled with countless stands and stages with unlimited Japanese entertainment.

The main reason for going to Düsseldorf on this date is its annual Japan Day. As stated above, the city is home to the largest Japanese population in Germany (and Europe!). To celebrate this fantastic festival, virtually the entire Rheinufer (the promenade along the river) is transformed into a Japanese world. “Fantastic” also because many people dress up for the occasion as their favourite Japanese fantasy figure. During the festival you can attend special demonstrations of Japanese (martial) arts and music, pop culture, as well as spectacular performances of dancers, drummers and artists.

 

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The day ends with a spectacular Japanese firework show over the Rhein river. With its typically bright colours and as-perfect-as-possible shapes, this is one of Europe’s most admired shows. We depart  back to Brussels directly after the show ends. Needless to say we arrive rather late, but rest assured that we will make some additional stops to get you as close to your home as possible, including Merode and Montgomery. Also we try to coordinate shared rides.

 

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Lunch

After visiting the EKO-House we will immediately have lunch in the well-known Benkay restaurant in the famous Japanese Nikko Hotel Bekan. There are many Japanese restaurants in the city, and the quality is generally very high, but we think we should go to one of the very best places in the top Japanse 5* hotel. We will enjoy a nice festive menu. The below menu is from a few years ago, so this information will be updated whenever we know more.

 


シェフおすすめ御膳 – GOZEN LUNCH MENU

枝豆
Boiled Green Soy Beans with Sea Salt

小鉢
Appetizer

細巻き寿司
Maki Sushi

豚肉の照り焼き
Grilled Pork with Teriyaki Sauce

ミニ野菜かきあげうどん
Udon Noodle Soup with Vegetable Tempura

 

 

 

Transportation

We will be travelling with a comfortable 4* luxury coach. The seats are configured in Princess Class, which means you will have extra leg space and can recline your seat. This way you can get some extra rest. All seats have footrests as well. There is a (small) toilet on-board and a DVD system with three flat screens, so we can show you an interesting documentary about expats living in Japan the lovely movie Lost in Translation on the inbound trip.

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