Dates

October 14 to 26, 2020

Starting Price

$6,857 (Inc. Air from Detroit); Singles $8,252

Deposit per Person

$500

13 Days
Exclusive U-M Departure, Land
Odysseys Unlimited
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064

Trip Highlights

It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama, Kanazawa, and Nara.

Exclusive Departure: this departure is considered exclusive and the participants are U-M travelers, who consist of alums, family and friends.

Itinerary

Day 1

Departure

Depart U.S. for Tokyo, Japan

Day 2

Arrive in Tokyo

Upon arrival in Japan’s financial, commercial, and political capital, we transfer to our hotel. As guests’ arrival times may vary, we have no scheduled activities or meals planned.

Full Itinerary
Your Journey
Meet Your Trip Host

George Fulton

I am research professor emeritus at the University of Michigan, and director emeritus of both the forecasting and policy analysis unit in the Department of Economics and the Center for Labor Market Research in the Economic Growth Institute.

I am joined by my wife, Mary Townsend, who spent her career in the U-M library system as a professional librarian in the schools of Public Health and Information, as well as holding the position of librarian for rare medical books. We have two adult daughters, both of whom share in the five degrees earned by our family from the University. We also are lifetime members of the U-M Alumni Association.

I have forecast economic and fiscal activity at the national, state, and local levels for over 40 years. Until recently, I served as a principal advisor on the economy to the State of Michigan, providing testimonies on the economic and revenue outlooks to the Michigan legislature and administration twice a year since 1992. I delivered the keynote presentation at the Governor’s Economic Outlook Briefing annually from 1984 to 2016, for which I received the Distinguished Speaker Award. In 2015, I was appointed by the governor and state treasurer to a three-person panel to evaluate and approve the City of Detroit’s revenue forecasts that form the basis for the City’s yearly budgets. I continue to serve in that role as Chair of the panel.

I have received numerous recognitions for my work, including: the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Economic and Demographic Analysis—since named in my honor—from REMI, the nation’s most prominent regional forecasting and economic analysis organization; special tributes from Governor Snyder and the State of Michigan legislature; a letter of commendation from U-M President Schlissel; and proclamations from regional leaders. A goal of mine has been to portray the economy in user-friendly language to non-economists, including to alumni at Michigania’s faculty forum, to the U-M Retirees Association, to the Wolverine Caucus (alumni working in and around the State Capitol), and during the Road Scholars Tour in connecting faculty with residents in communities throughout Michigan.

The most passionate hobby for Mary and me is travel. We have visited all seven continents, our favorite being Antarctica. In Asia, we’ve toured Vietnam, Cambodia, Tibet, and China, the last including a keynote address at an international conference. We enjoy gardening; previously I was treasurer for Project Grow community gardens. I am a sports fan: a season ticket holder for U-M football, and formerly a playing manager for a very successful softball team for over three decades. I also am a past Board Chair of the U-M Children’s Centers. Our current ambition is to contribute as best we can to the learning and enjoyment promised by this fascinating journey inside Japan.

By participating in an Alumni Association of University of Michigan travel trip, you have stated that the Alumni Association has the exclusive right to use video and other visual/audio portrayals of You or Your likeness taken during Your trip in any medium of any nature whatsoever for any purpose, including advertising or promoting the services of the trip without any compensation being paid to You. Any such portrayal or likeness shall be the exclusive property of the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan.

Dates

October 14 to 26, 2020

Starting Price

$6,857 (Inc. Air from Detroit); Singles $8,252

Deposit per Person

$500

13 Days
Exclusive U-M Departure, Land
Odysseys Unlimited
Learn about Travel Insurance

Questions?

Call Alumni Travel at 855.764.0064