2019 Shorinji Kempo North American Study Session
in Monterey, California, U.S.A.
Date: TBA
Place: TBA
TRANSPORTATION:
  • Monterey Regional Airport (MRY): (831) 648-7000, montereyairport.com.
    Non-stop flights to and from Las Vegas (LAS), Los Angeles (LAX), Phoenix
    (PHX), San Diego (SAN), Denver (DEN) and San Francisco (SFO). There are
    more than 170 departing and arriving flights a week.
  • Monterey-Salinas Transit: (888) MST-BUS1, mst.org. MST provides bus
    service to the greater Monterey and Salinas areas as far south as Paso
    Robles and Big Sur and as far north as Santa Cruz and San Jose.
  • Monterey Airbus: (831) 373-7777, montereyairbus.com. Airport transport to
    San Francisco and San Jose from hotels and locations throughout the
    Monterey Peninsula.
  • Greyhound Bus Lines: (831) 424-4418, greyhound.com. Stops in Monterey,
    Salinas and Sand City.
  • Amtrak: (800) 872-7245, www.amtrak.com. 11 Station Place, Salinas.
  • Rent-a-car from San Francisco Airport or San Jose Airport.

LOCATION:
  • Monterey County is situated on California's Central Coast with its northern
    border approximately 100 miles south of San Francisco and about 50 miles
    from San Jose. Its southern border is approximately 240 miles north of Los
    Angeles.
  • The Monterey Bay and Santa Cruz County border to the north; the Pacific
    Ocean is to the west; San Benito County, Fresno County and Kings County
    border to the east; and San Luis Obispo County borders the south.
  • POPULATION / FACILITIES:
  • Total County Population: 435,232 (2016 Census)
  • Monterey County Visitation: 4.6 million visitors a year
  • Total Number of Lodging Facilities: 222 with 11,878 hotel rooms

CLIMATE:
  • Average summer temperatures range from 50º F to 70ºF
  • Average winter temperatures range from 44º F to 61º F
  • September is on average the warmest month, and January on average is
    the coolest month
  • Average yearly rainfall in Monterey is 21 inches and falls primarily between
    November and March
  • Source: U.S. Climate Data

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS:
  • 17-Mile Drive: pebblebeach.com. Scenic driving tour of Pebble Beach,
    scenic lookouts and famous golf courses. Entrance fee.
  • Big Sur: bigsurcalifornia.org. Scenic area of Monterey County encompassing
    a 90-mile stretch of breathtaking dramatic coastline from Carmel to Hearst
    Castle. Inns, restaurants, camping spots, beaches and hiking trails can be
    found along the iconic Highway 1.
  • Cannery Row: canneryrow.com. One of the most popular destinations in
    the Central Coast and named for Steinbeck’s novel, Cannery Row offers
    waterfront luxury hotels, boutiques, restaurants and the Monterey Bay
    Aquarium.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea: carmelcalifornia.com. Charming village with boutique
    shops and 110 art galleries. Quirky laws including no street addresses, live
    music, neon lights or high heels without a permit still exist.
  • Fisherman’s Wharf: montereywharf.com. Popular attraction with seafood
    and chowder vendors, unique shops, restaurants, whale watching tours and
    sailing and fishing.
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium: montereybayaquarium.org. Featuring daily shows,
    feedings, tours and a dozen exhibits including Monterey Bay Habitats and
    new for 2016 - ¡Viva Baja! Life on the Edge.
  • Monterey Wine Country: montereywines.org. Monterey County is home to
    more than 175 vineyards, nearly 60 wineries and tasting rooms, and 42
    varietals. There are wine tasting opportunities throughout the county
    including in Salinas, Carmel Valley, Carmel-by-the-Sea and Monterey.
  • National Steinbeck Center: steinbeck.org. Museum devoted to the life and
    works of John Steinbeck.
  • Pinnacles National Park: nps.gov/pinn. The national park is a popular spot
    for outdoor activities ranging from hiking to birdwatching to stargazing to
    rock climbing. It is also a perfect outdoor classroom for lessons in geology,
    botany and biology. Pinnacles Campground offers tent, group and RV sites.

ACTIVITIES:
  • Beaches: Many public areas for walking, picnicking, surfing, snorkeling, kite
    flying and tide pool and sand dune exploration.
  • Biking: From the rugged challenges of mountain biking at Fort Ord Public
    Lands to the cliffs of Big Sur to the gentle, paved coastal Monterey Bay
    Coastal Recreation Trail, there's a ride in Monterey County for every level
    of cyclist.
  • Camping: The Los Padres National Forest, Pinnacles and many state
    beaches and parks offer campsites throughout Monterey County. RV
    camping is also available at select sites.
  • Fishing: Deep sea, surf and freshwater fishing are popular activities.
    Fishing regulations and license information can be obtained from the
    California Department of Fish & Wildlife.
  • Flightseeing Tours: Explore scenic Monterey County from the sky by
    helicopter or plane.
  • Golf: Monterey County is a world class golf destination with 21 public and
    private golf courses playable year-round and in a variety of scenic settings.
  • Hiking: Monterey County’s parks and recreation areas feature various
    hiking trails for the day visitor and the backcountry traveler including
    trails along the coast and redwood forests.
  • Horseback Riding: Guided tours and beach and trail ride packages are
    available in Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Moss Landing and Pebble Beach. Those
    who have their own horses can also explore equestrian trails throughout
    Monterey County.
  • Kayaking and Stand-Up Paddle Boarding: Guided tours, lessons and rentals
    are available in Monterey, Moss Landing, Pacific Grove and Pebble Beach.  
  • Sailing: Tours and charters leave from Monterey Harbor, giving visitors the
    opportunity to take in local wildlife like whales, seals, sea lions and otters
    and enjoy coastal views.
  • Skydiving: Available in Marina at the Monterey Municipal Airport. Jump
    from 18,000ft with views of Monterey Bay.
  • Snorkeling and Scuba Diving: With more than 6,000 sq miles of water and
    276 miles of coastline, there are plenty of areas to snorkel or dive in the
    Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary including the Breakwater in
    Monterey, Lovers Point in Pacific Grove and Whaler's Cove in Point Lobos
    State Park.
  • Whale Watching: Many chartered whale watching tours are available from
    Fisherman’s Wharf and Moss Landing and can be enjoyed year-round.
    Sightings include: gray whales, humpbacks, blue whales, minke whales, fin
    whales, orcas, dolphins and more!

CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT:
  • Art Galleries: From Moss Landing to Monterey to Big Sur, galleries and art
    studios are located throughout Monterey County including 110 galleries in
    Carmel-by-the-Sea. Art festivals include the annual Carmel Art Festival
    and the Sand City West End Celebration.
  • Events: SeeMonterey.com. Nearly 300 special events take place in
    Monterey County annually including AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf
    Tournament, Concours d’Elegance and Monterey Classic Car Week,
    Monterey Jazz Festival, races at Laguna Seca Raceway, Big Sur Marathon
    and other food, wine, cultural and family festivals.
  • History: Discover Monterey’s rich historic heritage through guided and self-
    guided tours of 19th century buildings and landmarks, historic missions and
    museums.
  • Music and Theatre: Several live performance theaters offer a variety of
    productions year-round. Resident musical groups include the Monterey
    Symphony Orchestra, and the Carmel Bach Festival, California Roots Music
    and Art Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival are among popular music
    events. Monterey County will also be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of
    the Summer of Love in 2017.