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Is your idea of a great vacation spending 11 days riding 63 coasters at 18 different amusement parks? Well, we have just the trip for you. WELCOME to East Meets ACE, American Coaster Enthusiasts' 2018 international trip to Japan!

The tour of Japan begins on Saturday, September 22, and continues to Wednesday, October 3. A one-week option ending earlier and including all of the parks in the Tokyo area will also be available for those who may not have as much travel time available.

For those joining an ACE international trip for the first time, you picked a good one! The trip package includes transportation via motor coach from the host hotels to all of the host parks, admission to the parks and hotel accommodations. Daily breakfasts at the hotels and some meals and ERTs at parks also will be provided.

For the second payment lodging form click here


Kawasemi - Tobu Zoo

 September 22 to October 3, 2018

Deposit Amounts:

Full Trip - Double Occupancy   $1,600
Full Trip - Single Occupancy   $2,100



Registration has reached trip capacity.

All slots on the Japan trip are currently full.
If space becomes available via cancellations or
other changes, only those on the waiting list
will have a chance to be added to the trip.

Click here to be placed on a waiting list 



Admission to 18 parks!

Lodging for 12 nights

Daily transportation

Breakfast each morning

Some park meals and ERT, where provided

 One-Week Option: September 22 to 28, 2018 Tokyo Portion Only - Double   $900
Tokyo Portion Only - Single   $1,200


 Event Information


The full trip will be September 22, 2018, through October 3, 2018, visiting numerous parks in the Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka areas. The last day that involves visiting parks is October 3, with final hotel accommodations provided that night. Most attendees will then depart Osaka on October 4. Attendees may also elect to attend only the first week Tokyo area portion, which concludes park visits on September 28 with final hotel accommodations provided that night. 


Trip registration will cover three- or four-star hotel accommodations, coach transportation during the trip, park admissions, ERTs and park meals (where provided), a trip shirt and a trip guide. Lodging information is provided below. Breakfast will be included at each hotel.



Estimated costs for the East Meets ACE trip are $3,400; for those only traveling the first week to the Tokyo area parks, $1,900.


Prices are per person, double occupancy. An additional fee of $1,200 or $700 applies for single occupancy depending on the length of the trip. Airfare is not included.

A $1,600 deposit for double occupancy or a $2,100 deposit for single occupancy is due April 6, 2018. (Note: Registration is closed.) The remaining balance will be announced by early May, and second payments will be due June 11, 2018. An amount similar to or a little bit higher than the deposit is expected for the second payment. If needed, a third, smaller make-up payment may be due in August 2018, based on exchange rate fluctuation.






Attendance is limited and you are encouraged to register as soon as possible to ensure your place on the trip. Registration is on a “first registered, first seated” basis, and only registrations with a paid deposit will be included. Once the maximum number of attendees is reached, registration will close. Members may contact the ACE management office at 469.278.6223 to discuss being placed on a waiting list.



 The Parks - listed in order of expected visit



Tobu Zoo

  • Kawasemi
  • Regina
  • Tentomushi
  • Diggy & Daggy’s Tram Coaster (P)
 Roller Coaster


  • Roller Coaster
 Thunder Dolphin

Tokyo Dome City

  • Thunder Dolphin (A)


  • Corkscrew
  • Cyclone
  • Mini Cyclone
  • Blauer Enzian (P)


  • Bandit
  • Momonga Standing + Loop Coaster
  • Spin Runway
  • Wan Wan Coaster Wandit

Fuji-Q Highland

  • Do-Dodonpa (A)
  • Eejanaika (A)
  • Fujiyama (A)
  • Mad Mouse (A)
  • Rock 'N Roll Duncan
  • Takabisha (A)
  •  Voyage Dans Le Ciel
 Big Thunder Mountain

Tokyo Disneyland

  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Gadget's Go Coaster
  • Space Mountain
 Raging Spirits

Tokyo DisneySea

  • Flounder’s Flying Fish Coaster
  • Raging Spirits
 Gekion Live Coaster

Tokyo Joypolis

  • Gekion Live Coaster
 Diving Coaster: Vanish

Yokohama Cosmoworld

  • Diving Coaster: Vanish
  • Family Banana Coaster
  • Spinning Coaster
 Surf Coaster Leviathan

Sea Paradise

  • Surf Coaster Leviathan

-- Tokyo only portion of the trip ends here --

Slope Shooter

Higashiyama Zoo

  • Jet Coaster
  • Slope Shooter
  • Bear Coaster (P)
 Rocky Coaster

Suzuka Circuit

  • Adventure Drive
  • Rocky Coaster
 Steampunk Coaster Iron Bull

Parque Espana-Shima Spain Village

  • Gran Montserrat
  • Kiddie Montserrat
  • Pyrenees
  • Steampunk Coaster Iron Bull
 Steel Dragon 2000

Nagashima Spa Land

  • Acrobat
  • Arashi
  • Children Coaster
  • Corkscrew
  • Jet Coaster
  • Looping Coaster
  • Shuttle Loop
  • Steel Dragon 2000 (A)
  • Ultra Twister
  • Wild Mouse X 2
  • Peter Rabbit Coaster (P)

Himeji Central Park

  • Camelback Jetcoaster
  • Diavlo
  • Hurricane
  • Imorinth
  • Labyrinth

Hirakata Park

  • Crazy Mouse
  • Elf
  • Fantastic Coaster Rowdy
  • Peekaoo Town
  • Red Falcon
 Hollywood Dream: The Ride

Universal Studios Japan

  • Flight of the Hippogriff
  • Flying Dinosaur
  • Hollywood Dream: The Ride
  • Snoopy’s Great Race
  • Space Fantasy the Ride

(P)  Powered coaster

(A)  Age restrictions may apply

Additional coaster info may be found on the trip forum.

 General Information

Trip Details
Every consideration should be taken when registering for this trip. It is a physically demanding journey. As you embark on this trip, you are making a commitment to keep a level head, exhibit patience and understanding and represent ACE in a positive manner.

Punctuality in the trip schedule is imperative. The main focus of this organized journey will be to enjoy the parks and coasters, though limited sightseeing will be possible.

It should be mentioned that cultures and customs may be different in terms of hotels, smoking regulations, meals, operating policies and everyday life. These differences can cause challenging opportunities: embrace them as the details that enrich your travels.


You must arrive in Tokyo on or before September 22, 2018. Event check-in will take place at the host hotel (Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo) on Saturday evening, September 22. Accommodations for the night of September 22 are included for all attendees. You need to arrange your own transportation from the airport to the host hotel and back to the airport at the end of your stay. If you cannot arrive on September 22, you will need to arrange your own transportation to the appropriate host park or hotel.


Your airfare is NOT included in the registration fee.  Participants are responsible for making their own air travel arrangements to and from Japan. Most attendees will arrive at either the Narita International Airport or Tokyo/Haneda International Airport. Both have several transportation options, including rail and bus service, to get to the host hotel.


Our hotels in Japan typically will accommodate only one or two people. Larger parties will need to plan accordingly. You will need to indicate your preference for one or two beds when you register. Twin beds should be available in all double occupancy rooms, so bed sharing with your travel partner may not be necessary. When availability is limited, requests for particular room types will be honored in the order the registrations are received.

A lodging/second payment form will be provided to you at a later date. It must be completed by the lodging deadline (June 11). If you do not have internet access, call ACE’s office at 469.278.6233, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time and a paper form will be mailed to you.


The full trip includes Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka and ends the evening of October 3, 2018. A final night at the host hotel (Hilton Osaka) is included in your fees. Members may return to Tokyo or depart from one of the Osaka airports. For those only attending the Tokyo portion of the trip, the trip will end the evening of September 28 and will include a final night at the host hotel (Keio Plaza Hotel Tokyo) with your fees. 


NOTE:  ACE is attempting to arrange discounted rates at the first and last host hotels for those wishing to extend their trip up to three days at the same hotel.


Registration fees are based on double occupancy. If you wish to have a single occupancy room, an estimated additional $1,200 charge will be assessed ($700 for the Tokyo only option).

Please note: ACE will not be matching roommates. When booking for double occupancy rooms on the second payment/lodging info form, you will need to provide the name and ACE member number of your roommate.

If you need to find a roommate for the trip, please visit the eCRIBB page at my.aceonline.org. Also, please register your own information to indicate you are looking for a roommate.

Important Park Restrictions

In Japan, tattoos have long been stigmatized for their association with organized crime gangs. The host hotels forbid visible tattoos. Some of the parks also have strict policies banning visible tattoos. At some amusement parks it is common to see “no tattoos allowed” signs. These signs may also appear at public pools, gyms, spas and resorts. If you have tattoos visible, you may not be allowed entrance. We recommend if you have a tattoo(s), be prepared to cover them not only for entrance to scheduled parks but throughout the duration of the visits.

Some parks on the trip have age restrictions on select rides. These vary by ride and by park. The age limits generally start at 50 years or older. The majority of the restrictions are at Fuji-Q Highland and Nagashima Spa Land. If you are not qualified to participate in a ride because of your age, the ride operator may request that you not ride. If this happens, please select another attraction. There may also be a few rides with size restrictions, similar to the restrictions in the United States. The coasters with known age restrictions are indicated in the list of parks and coasters. There could be additional coasters that are also restricted.


Please send any questions regarding ACE trips to trips@aceonline.org. Also, keep up to date on trip information on the Facebook event page “East Meets ACE” or join the trip forum at my.aceonline.org/group/Japan2018.


Thank You!

ACE trips would not be possible without the often invisible efforts and dedication of those who volunteer their time and talents: trip planners Alex Rigsby and Cheri Armstrong, Jerry Willard, David and Reiko Rager, Katelyn Kaneshiro, Mat Wangrow and Ken Arnold from Experient.


 Registration Information

CONTACT INFORMATION:  A phone number is required to process your registration. A confirmation will be sent to the email address on file with my.aceonline.org. If you provide a different email address, your profile will be updated with that address. If confirmation is not received by April 6, 2018, please call 469.278.6223, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time or send an email to info@aceonline.org.

PASSPORT:  All members of your party must have a passport valid for the entire length of your stay in Japan. You are not able to fly internationally without a passport. A passport ID card will not be sufficient. You must have a valid passport and an onward/return ticket for tourist stays of up to 90 days. If you intend to travel to other countries before or after the trip, such as China or South Korea, there may be additional requirements. Please refer to travel.state.gov for additional travel information.

DEPOSIT:  An event deposit of $1,600 per person for the full East Meets ACE trip, or $900 per person for the Tokyo portion only, is due by April 6, 2018. (Note: Registration is closed.) Deposit amounts for single rooms are higher. The second payment will be due June 11, 2018. A third, smaller payment may be required in August, based on currency fluctuations. The amount of the payments will be announced prior to the due dates.

TRIP MATERIALS:  Approximately one month prior to the start of the trip, you will receive, via US mail, your trip shirt and additional items. You must bring the shirt and all other items with you on the trip. Name badges will be distributed at check-in. You will be informed of the day to wear your trip shirt. Shirts and other materials will be mailed to the address you provide during the registration process. If your address changes prior to the trip, be sure to notify the trip planners at trips@aceonline.org.

CHILDREN:  Children under the age of 12 are not permitted on the trip. Anyone aged 12-17 must travel with and be carefully supervised by a parent or legal guardian. Parents and guardians are cautioned to ensure any children aged 12-17 will be able to meet the demands of this trip.

PAYMENT:  Visa, Mastercard, Discover and PayPal are accepted when you register online at my.aceonline.org/event/Japan.

NON-MEMBERS:  The East Meets ACE trip is for ACE members only. Joining the world’s largest ride enthusiast organization is easy, and you’ll enjoy access to international trips and member rates to national and regional events. Non-members can register by joining ACE and registering online at my.aceonline.org.

CANCELLATIONS:  Refunds will be issued less a $100 cancellation fee per person if ACE is notified by June 11, 2018. Cancellations must be made by contacting ACE’s management office at 469.278.6223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time.

REGISTRATION:  Must be completed online by April 6, 2018. (Note: Registration is closed.) No registrations will be accepted after that date. Secure, fast online registration is available at my.aceonline.org/event/japan. If you cannot complete the online registration, please contact ACE’s management office at 469.278.6223, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Central time for assistance.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Is there medical, nutritional or special needs information that ACE should be aware of? Send an email with this information to trips@aceonline.org.


IMPORTANT NOTICE:  The payment of registration fees by, for or on behalf of participants releases and holds harmless American Coaster Enthusiasts, Inc., its officers, executive committee members and representatives from any and all liabilities related to those activities.

CODE OF CONDUCT:  Members should be especially aware that their behavior affects ACE’s reputation, and they are expected to abide by ACE’s Code of Conduct to ensure that ACE is always represented in a positive manner. Members found to be in violation of the code are subject to ACE’s disciplinary procedures, which may be in the form of, but not limited to, verbal or written warning or membership termination. Visit aceonline.org/conduct to learn more about the Code of Conduct.