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Impression of Japan 8 Days

From  $2099    W/Air

Code: NHFJP09             

Osaka - Kyoto -Nagoya- Mount Fuji - Tokyo



Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Nagoya, Mt. Fuji, Tokyo

Starting your tour of Japan in Osaka, you’ll visit Kyoto and Nara – famous for their well-preserved ancient castles, temples, and monuments. In Nagoya, visit Inuyama Castle, and explore the 1200 shops and restaurants of Osu Shopping Street. Japan’s stunning natural endowments are on the itinerary too, in the form of sacred Mount Fuji and the surrounding region. Your trip wraps up with time free in Tokyo, for sightseeing, shopping, or your choice of a diverse range of optional activities.

Highlights:

  • Discover Osaka, with a day free at leisure and a selection of optional activities
  • In Nara, visit the Great Eastern Temple with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building
  • Feed the gentle sika deer at Nara Park
  • Visit Nagoya’s Inuyama Castle, and explore Osu Shopping Street’s 1200 shops and restaurants
  • Drink from clear springs at the foothills of Mount Fuji
  • Enjoy optional activities or free time in Tokyo

 From June to August, it is the best time to view fresh spring greens and enjoy the warm climate.
 The end of Oct through early Nov is the best time to see crimson leaves in Autumn.
 Late March to early April is historically the best time to view cherry blossoms, but we can’t guarantee that they will flower on these dates as they are highly seasonal and subject to climatic conditions.





Price Guide

  • For other departure cities, please call to request.
  • Full tour payment is due during booking, tour payment is non-refundable, non- transferable. Trip insurance is highly recommended.
  • Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation.
  • Single Supplement: $799/person
  • No child discount, tips may be collected during booking.
  • Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please check with your travel agent or our website for the latest information
  • Nexus Holidays reserves the right to substitute hotels in similar standard if the hotels listed in the flyer/website are not available. Hotel rating base in local standard.
  • Package Price is based on airfare availability. Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice.


Price includes:

* Los Angeles International airport round trip airfare and land package from $2099/person;

* All transportation ( from Osaka to Tokyo, coach);

* All deluxe hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);

* Meals and fonal delicacies mentioned in the itinerary;

* All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary;

* English speaking guide;

Price does not include:

* Optional tours/meals, extension tours;

* Service charge & all gratuities: USD$90/person for the entire trip, may be collected in US offices;

* Travel insurance;

* Personal expenditures



Day 1: Departure

To start off your amazing Japan Tour, you will leave your departure city and fly to Osaka KIX. Meals and snacks will be provided on the plane.


Day 2: Arriving Osaka

Arrive in Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to the airport hotel.



Day 3: Osaka- Kyoto - Nara- Osaka (B)

This morning, travel to Kyoto and visit Fushimi Inari Shrine and Nijo Castle before heading to Nara. Visit Todaiji (Great Eastern Temple), with its Great Buddha Hall – the world’s largest wooden building. This impressive building houses the world’s largest (15m) bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free, before travelling back to Osaka.


  


Day 4: Osaka (B)

Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend the day visiting one of the most spectacular Japanese aquariums, Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan; or taking a day trip to Hyogo to visit Himeji Castle (pictured), an enormous and unique castle decorated in white. An optional day tour is available for some departure dates. Please see optional programs for more information.


  


Day 5: Osaka-Nagoya (B)

This morning, head to Nagoya and visit Inuyama Castle. Then, head to Atsuta Shinto Shrine(covering 200,000 square meters and established almost 2000 years ago) before enjoying some time for shopping it the Osu Kannon Shopping Quarter. Transfer to your hotel in the evening.


  


Day 6: Nagoya-Mount Fuji- Tokyo (B, D)

Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by locals. Afterwards, capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji and Hakone Shinto Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest. Finally, visit Owakudani – ‘Great Boiling Valley’ is a valley formed by the explosion of Hakone volcano more than 300 years ago, and contains hot springs and steaming sulphur vents – visitors usually eat eggs cooked in the boiling, sulphurous waters. At the end of the day we head to Tokyo.


  


Day 7: Tokyo (B)

Spend today free at leisure. You may wish to visit Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea (admission $120) or join the Nikko Day Tour ($250). Alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs; tea ceremony, pottery-making experience, ‘golden joinery’, kimono photo shoot, cooking class. NOTE: All activities are not guided and transportation is self-arranged.


  


Day 8: Tokyo- Next Destination (B)

Today, transfer to airport for your onward flight.


Tour is too short? Would like to stay in Tokyo or Osaka few more days? 

Extension Tours List:

Pre Tour-2 Days 1 Night HIROSHIMA self Guided tour $750/person base on double occupancy, single supplement $100, including round trip transportation.


Pre Tour- 4 Days 3 Nights Seoul South Korea Express Tour with DMZ Tour as optional $899/person base on double occupancy, Single Supplement $350, exclude round trip internal flights









Departure Dates   Price (double occupancy)USD P,P
Return Date Land Only Package Price
2018/09/02 2018/09/09 USD$1299.00 USD$2099.00
2018/10/10 2018/10/17 USD$1299.00 USD$2099.00
2018/10/17 2018/10/24 USD$1599.00 USD$2499.00
2018/11/07 2018/11/14 USD$1599.00 USD$2499.00
2018/11/14 2018/11/21 USD$1599.00 USD$2499.00
2019/03/20 2019/03/27 USD$1299.00 USD$2299.00
2019/03/27 2019/04/03 USD$1799.00 USD$2699.00
2019/04/03 2019/04/10 USD$1799.00 USD$2699.00
2019/04/17 2019/04/24 USD$1599.00 USD$2299.00
2019/05/08 2019/05/15 USD$1299.00 USD$2299.00
2019/05/22 2019/05/29 USD$1299.00 USD$2399.00
2019/06/05 2019/06/12 USD$1299.00 USD$2599.00
2019/06/19 2019/06/26 USD$1599.00 USD$2599.00
2019/07/10 2019/07/17 USD$1599.00 USD$2599.00
2019/07/24 2019/07/31 USD$1599.00 USD$2599.00
2019/08/07 2019/08/14 USD$1599.00 USD$2599.00
2019/08/21 2019/08/28 USD$1799.00 USD$2799.00
2019/08/28 2019/09/04 USD$1599.00 USD$2599.00
2019/09/04 2019/09/11 USD$1299.00 USD$2299.00
2019/11/06 2019/11/13 USD$1799.00 USD$2799.00
2019/11/13 2019/11/20 USD$1799.00 USD$2799.00
Single Supplements +USD$799

  • OSAKABellevue Garden Kansai Airport or similar

    Offering 15-minute free shuttles to/from Kansai International Airport, the Bellevue Garden Hotel Kansai Airport provides basic and comfortable guest rooms. Complimentary WiFi is available in all areas.

    All rooms come with a private bathroom which includes a hairdryer and toothbrushes. Other in-room facilities are a fridge and an electric kettle.

    Guests can take advantage of free parking up to one week, which is available upon request. Massages and room services are available with an extra charge.

    Restaurant Izumi is open daily and serves international meals prepared with seasonal ingredients. The café lounge offers fresh coffee, tea and soft drinks.

    The Izumisano Train Station is a 7-minute walk from Bellevue Garden Hotel. JR Shin-Osaka Shinkansen (bullet train) Station can be accessed by a 1-hour train ride. 

    598-0006 Osaka Prefecture, Izumi-Sano, 3-3-34 Ichibanishi, Japan

      

  • OSAKAHotel Alexander Namba or similar

    Conveniently located just a 2-minute walk from Namba Subway Station, Hotel Alexander Namba opened in September 2017. The hotel features free WiFi and an on-site restaurant. Every room at this hotel is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kettle in the room. Extras include free toiletries and a hairdryer. There is a 24-hour front desk at the property. The property offers a free rental service of beauty products. A complimentary breakfast is offered at Hotel Alexander Namba. Namba CITY shopping mall is 500 metres from Hotel Alexander Namba, while Glico Man Sign is 500 metres from the property. Osaka Itami Airport is 14 km away.

    Chuo-ku Namba 4-6-14, Namba, Osaka, Japan 

      

  • nagoyaLoisir hotel Toyohashi or similar

    The Loisir Hotel Toyohashi hotel has 3 restaurants, which provides massage and room service, and has a free shuttle bus at the JR Toyohashi Train Station (JR Toyohashi Train Station) with a 10 minute drive. The spacious rooms are equipped with flat-panel televisions, and many rooms have high view. The hotel offers free WiFi.
    The comfortable rooms of Toyohashi Loisir Hotel provide electric kettle, fridge, free cable network connection, heating and air-conditioning facilities. The independent bathroom is equipped with free bath products and slippers, and guests can have hot baths in the bathtub.
    Guests can take the Shinkansen bullet train near Toyohashi Station to reach Nagoya in 25 minutes. (Nagoya) In addition, the hotel has a distance of about 20 minutes from the beach and park in the area, 40 minutes from Laguna Gamagori and Toyokawa Inari Shrine in Feng Chuan. Free shuttle bus is between the hotel and the west exit of Toyohashi Station.

    441-8061 Aichi Prefecture, Fengqiao City, fujisawa-cho 141, Japan

      

  • TokyoHotel Rose Garden Shinjuku or similar

    Located next to Nishi Shinjuku Subway Station and a 10-minute walk from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building, Hotel Rose Garden offers rooms with free internet and 2 dining options.

    The Shinjuku Skyscraper District is just steps from the hotel. Isetan Department Store is a 15-minute walk, and Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden is 20 minutes away on foot. Shinjuku Train Station is a 10-minute walk away.

    Hotel Rose Garden Shinjuku's air-conditioned rooms offer a flat-screen TV, minibar and private bathroom. Guests can order room service and relax with a pay-per-view movie on the comfortable bed.

    160-0023 Tokyo Prefecture, Shinjuku-ku, Nishishinjuku 8-1-3, Japan

      

DAY 7 Nikko World Heritage City Tour with Ninja Show and Lunch Day Tour ($250).

  



Other Available Optional Programs- for pre and post extended stays ONLY


Tokyo - DisneySea Ticket (USD$120PP) (Must be prepaid in United States)




Spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea* at your own leisure on your free day in Tokyo.


*Transfers not included





Tokyo - Disneyland Ticket (USD$120) (Must be prepaid in United States)




Spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or DisneySea* at your own leisure on your free day in Tokyo.


*Transfers not included





Tokyo - Tea Ceremony USD55 (Must be prepaid in United States)


The Japanese tea ceremony is a traditional ritual influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism in which powdered green tea, or matcha, is prepared and served to a small group  in a quiet setting. 

Often traditional Japanese confectionary is served to balance out the bitter taste of the green tea. Transportation to the activity is not included and must be self-arranged.


Highlights
  • Learn the process of the Japanese tea ceremony from a qualified tea instructor.
  • Learn which utensils to use to prepare green tea in a traditional Japanese room (tatami).
  • Discover the customs, culture and hospitability of the Japanese people.
Optional: Wear traditional Japanese garment (kimono) and experience tea ceremony - $130



Tokyo - Pottery-making experience USD99 pp (Must be prepaid in United States)


Pottery is the oldest art form and earthenware traditions in Japan believed to have started around 12,000 years ago. 

Today, there are thousands of potters who make a living out of producing pottery-wares across the country. The pottery produced in each region varies in design because of the type of clay found there. 

Transportation to the activity is not included and must be self-arranged.


Highlights

  • Try your hand at making your own cup or bowl by using the spinning wheel and clay.
  • Receive a pre-made sake cup made by the instructors as a souvenir.


Tokyo - Golden Joinery USD109  pp (Must be prepaid in United States)


Learn the art of golden joinery (kintsugi or kintsukuroi), a technique of repairing broken cups, bowls, or plate using lacquer resin laced with gold powder.

 As a philosophy the mended flaws become part of the object’s design. 

The result is that the object looks more beautiful than the original after being broken and repaired.

Transportation to the activity is not included and must be self-arranged.



Highlights

  • Mend broken cups, bowls or plates using powdered gold. 
  • Take home the object you repaired as a unique souvenir.


Tokyo - Kimono Photo Shoot (Must be prepaid in United States) USD120

The kimono is the traditional dress of Japan and is representative of its culture and heritage. The dress consists of a long robe with wide sleeves that is usually made of various materials and patterns. Today the kimono is only worn sparingly on formal occasions, such as weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies or other special events.Transportation to the activity is not included and must be self-arranged.

Take part in a memorable photo  shoot at a studio where you can dress up in a kimono of your choice. You can take photos with your own camera or you may choose to purchase a photo  package plan from the photographers.

Highlights
  • Dress up in a kimono of your choice for the photo shoot.
  • Have your photo  taken for free with your own camera or purchase the photos from the professional photographers.


Tokyo - Cooking class USD129  pp (Must be prepaid in United States)

Japanese cuisine (washoku) is well known for its refined taste and elegant presentation. Take part in a Japanese cooking experience and learn from one of Tokyo’s most popular cooking instructors whose book has been published in English. 

Bring home with you a set of new cooking skills and culinary techniques that will leave your friends and family impressed.

Transportation to the activity is not inlcuded and must be self-arranged.

Highlights
  • Learn to cook different types of Japanese foods, such as sushi, soup and various side dishes.
  • Learn the ingredients, culinary techniques and methods used in creating homemade Japanese dishes.
  • Enjoy your own cooked dish for lunch.


Tokyo - Robot Restaurant USD100  pp (Must be prepaid in United States) for Show Ticket

Tokyo is full of unique Japanese cultures from traditional to modern. One of modern craziest culture is Robot  restaurant , offering drink bar, food bar and a robot dancing show! Dancers with costumes as robots will entertain you with loud sounds, colourful flashing lights and Japanese Drum ( Taiko).

Please choose the time of the show:
(* You need to show up at least 30 minutes before the show - show is approx 90mins)
17:55  ~, 19:50  ~, 21:45~
Please enquire about the meals if you wish to add.



Osaka - Kobe Sake Brewery Walking  Day Tour USD230 ( Must be prepaid in United States)


Kobe is one of the biggest cities in Japan with a beautiful port first opened for foreign trade in 1868.  This tour will take you to Kitano-Ijinkan district to see the elegant European-style mansions where former traders once lived. Also visit Meriken Park and relax at the waterfront park beside Kobe Port.  

 Last stop is Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum. Hakutsuru has a long history in brewing sake since 1743.  Explore and get a feel of how sake is made and its importance to the Japanese tradition and culture today.



Osaka - Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo  Bridge Walking; Day Tour USD250 (Must be prepaid in United States)

Himeji Castle is listed as a World Heritage site and is well-known for its elegant white decorations and magnificent appearance.

Unlike many of other Japanese castles, this early 17th century castle is an original castle; never been damaged by war, earthquakes or fires. Its complex structure designed as an advanced defence mechanism continues to draw in any visitors today.

After lunch, walk on the world’s longest suspension bridge - Akashi Kaikyo Bridge which is almost 4 kilometres long. Walk along the Maiko Marine Promenade underneath the bridge, which is 50m above the water.






Tokyo - Disneyland Package USD200  (Must be prepaid in United States)

Tokyo Disney Resort is the first Disney theme park outside of the United States. It consists of 2 theme parks: Tokyo  Disneyland: A ‘Magic Kingdom’ and DisneySea: ‘Where Adventure and Imagination Set Sail’.

Tokyo Disneyland has 7 themed areas – the World Bazaar and four classic themed areas: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland; and two mini lands: Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown. 

Tokyo DisneySea has 7 themed areas or ‘ports of call’ inspired by classics, such as ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘Aladdin’ and ’20,000 Leagues under the Sea’.


* Return transfers between Hotel and Tokyo Disney Resort are included




Remark:

Optional programs are subject to availability and must be booked more than 1 month before departure.

Pre Tour-2 days 1 night HIROSHIMA self guided tour $750/person base on double occupancy, single supplement $100.


  


Day 1 (B, L, D)

Take exciting bullet from Osaka to Hiroshima on your own, tour guide will greet you at train station, start Hiroshima tour. Although widely known as the city destroyed by the atomic bomb, Hiroshima is now a modern, cosmopolitan city. Visit Miyajima Island, home to the beautiful Itsukushima Shrine and its "floating" red torii gate. Take some free time to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of this island, mingle with the wild deer and sample some Japanese snack food. Return to central Hiroshima and visit the Peace Memorial Museum, an excellent museum dedicated to the events of World War II. Continue to the Peace Memorial Park and the eerie A-Bomb Dome, left standing in a ruinous state after more than 70 years.

Day 2 (B)

After breakfast, you can enjoy more free leisure time over Hiroshima, or take train ride on your own back to OSAKA.


Pre Tour Extended Stay-3 Days 2 Nights OSAKA pre-extended stay with hotel from $200/person base on double occupancy.

 

  


Pre Tour- 4 Days 3 Nights Seoul South Korea Express Tour with DMZ Tour as optional $899/person base on double occupancy, single supplement $350, INCLUDING internal flights


  

Day 1 Arrive at Seoul, free leisure day-pick up from airport then transfer to hotel

Day 2 Full Day Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour ( B, L)- SIT IN COACH TOUR

On this 8.5 hour small-group tour, you will get a taste of Korean traditional culture. Firstly, you will visit Jogyesa temple that represents Buddhism in Seoul and pass by Cheongwadae, the Presidential Blue House, move on to Gwanghwamun Gate to see royal guard changing ceremony. After the ceremony, you will explore Gyeongbokgung palace and visit the National Folklore Museum. In the afternoon, you will visit the Korean Folk Village to enjoy the lifestyle of the Joseon dynasty with over 270 old houses.On this small-group tour, you will first be picked up from your hotel, then move to Jogyesa to experience Zen Buddhism in Korea. You can see locust trees and baeksong trees in front of Jogyesa temple. 

Next, you will pass the Presidential Blue House and take photos at the Blue House Square and enjoy the beautiful harmony of Mt. Bukak behind of the blue-tiled house.Then, you will move to the Gwanghwamun Gate to see the Royal Guard changing ceremony that stars with an announcement that gate guards are changing and announcing the guards' identities. After the ceremony, you will explore the Gyeongbokgung palace which is located more towards the north also referred as northern palace, to learn how Royal families and Court attendant lived and worked in the palace. Also you will visit a museum called National Folklore Museum that you can imagine how people worked and dressed in few centuries ago. At the National Folk Museum, you can explore how Koreans lived from Goryeo dynasty (918-1392) to Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).After the palace tour, you will be stopped by Korean Ginseng center then have a lunch at the local restaurant.In the afternoon, you will move to the Korean Folk Village, located an hour south of Seoul.

The village is a living museum that showcases a Korean lifestyle from several centuries ago. There are potters, weavers, blacksmiths and other artisans who practice their trades in a traditional fashion. There are also about 270 traditional houses that are open to visitors.The village has Korean official's houses, regular citizen's houses, traditional schools, hospitals and government office. In the Korean Folk Village, many of historical-themed Korean dramas were filmed. Here, you can also enjoy lots of attractions like museums and traditional performances. After enjoying the Folk Village and your full-day tour, you will be dropped off where you were picked up.


Day 03 Free leisure day or DMZ Optional tour day with lunch $159/person( B) SIT IN COACH TOUR

Day 04 Depart from Seoul to your next destination- (B) AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION


  Post Tour -5 Days 4 Nights Japan In Depth-Hokkaido- $1199/person base on double occupancy, exclude internal flights.

      

Itinerary

Day 1

New Chitose Airport- Furano (View seasonal flowers./approx.60 min)-Biei patchwork road (View Hokkaido-like pictures from car window.)-Ginga Falls and Ryusei Falls (View the falls./approx.20 min)-Sounkyo Onsen (Stay overnight.) ※Enjoy the largest outdoor hot spring bath in Sounkyo with splendid views of gorge. Relish Japanese Kaiseki dinner with a whole horse crab!

Breakfast : 0 / Lunch : 0 / Dinner : 1

Accommodation : Sounkyo Kanko Hotel or a similar hotel

Day 2

Sounkyo Onsen-Okhotsk Ryuhyo Museum (Touch and feel ryu-hyo drift ice even in summer./approx.45 min)-Mt. Tento (View the Sea of Okhotsk and Shiretoko mountain range/approx.30 min)-Abashiri (Have a lunch of sashimi rice bowl/approx.50 min)-Koshimizu Gensei-kaen Wild Flower Preserve (See./approx.45 min)-Shiretoko Shari Station-Oshin-Koshin Falls (See./approx.40 min)-Shiretoko Goko Lakes (View the lake from the observatory./approx.45 min)-Shiretoko Utoro (Stay overnight.) -Enjoy a buffet dinner including snow crab.

Breakfast : 1 / Lunch : 1 / Dinner : 1

Accommodation : Hotel Shiretoko or a similar hotel

Day 3


Shiretoko Utoro Onsen-Shiretoko Pass (Stroll around and overlook Mt. Rausu./approx.30 min)-Notsuke Peninsula, Todowara (See./approx.30 min)-Shibetsu (Have lunch./approx.50 min)-Lake Furen (View the lake from the coach.)-Cape Nosappu (Visit the northernmost of the mainland of Japan./approx.30 min -Get a Certificate of Arrival as a present.)-Higashi Nemuro Station (Visit the station located at the easternmost of Japan.)-Ochiishi Station-Akkeshi (Relish top-grade oyster representing Hokkaido./approx.45 min)-Lake Akan Onsen (Stay overnight.)-Stay in the elegant onsen resort hotel located near the lake..

Breakfast : 1 / Lunch : 1 / Dinner : 1

Accommodation : Forest of Akan Tsuruga Resort Hanayuuka or a similar hotel

Day 4

Lake Akan Onsen (Depart [9:00] )-Lake Mashu (Visit one of the world's clearest lakes./approx.30 min)-Toro Station-Kushiro (Have a lunch box of "Taraba Sushi" with king crab, salmon and salmon roe over rice./approx.50 min)-Naitai Kogen Farm (Enjoy the great nature of Hokkaido./approx.45 min)-Tokachigawa Onsen (Stay overnight.)-Arrive to the hotel around 17:00! Relax in a unique moor hot spring designated as a Hokkaido Heritage.

Breakfast : 1 / Lunch : 1 (Box) / Dinner : 1

Accommodation : Kangetsuen

Day 5


Tokachigawa Onsen (Depart [9:30])-Kyu Kofuku Station (See./approx.20 min)-Cape Erimo (Have lunch of the freashest seafood./approx.90 min)-Horse Museum (Visit a museum where you can see archives of producing around 80% of all racehorses in Japan./approx.40 min)-New Chitose Airport-

Breakfast : 1 / Lunch : 1 / Dinner : 0

Accommodation :


Post Tour Haikkoda 9 Days 8 Nights Cruise from $1499/person base on double occupancy plus taxs and port fee, including  one way transportation from Tokyo to Yokohama Cruise Terminal

Day 9: Tokyo (Yokohama)  Hokkaido (B)

Day 10: At sea (B, L, D – Onboard meals)

Day 11: Kushiro (B, L, D – Onboard meals)

Day 12: Shiretoko Peninsula (Scenic Cruising)  (B, L, D – Onboard meals)

Day 13: Korsakov, Russia (B, L, D – Onboard meals)

Day 14: Otaru (B, L, D – Onboard meals)

Day 15: Hakodate (B, L, D – Onboard meals)

Day 16: At sea (B, L, D – Onboard meals)

Day 17: Tokyo (Yokohama)



Trip Preparation

Please make sure your personal documents (passports, visas, driver’s license) are in order. We suggest that you make photocopies of passports, visas, personal ID and any other important travel documents and pack them separately from the originals.
If you are on medications, please pack a list of them including dosage and generic names.
If you lose the originals while traveling, you'll have copies for easier reporting and replacement.
You may consider bringing a small supply of over the counter medications for headaches and/or anti-diarrhea pills (especially when traveling outside of the USA and Western Europe).

Entering Japan

All foreigners, including foreign residents, get fingerprinted and photographed upon entering Japan as a measure aimed at preventing terrorism. Excluded from this procedure are persons under the age of 16 and a few special groups, such as diplomats and visiting dignitaries.
If you are a citizen of one of the United States which Japan has a "general visa exemption arrangement", you need only a valid passport to enter Japan as a "temporary visitor".

Money and How to get your Yen

In Japan, currency exchange is usually handled by banks, post offices, some larger hotels and a handful of licensed money changers found especially at international airports. Whether or not it is better to change for yen before coming into Japan depends on the currency that you hold. For example, the US dollar is a highly traded foreign currency in Japan, and partly for this reason you might get a favorable rate if you change US dollars into yen in Japan.

ATM Withdrawal

Many ATMs in Japan do not accept cards that are issued outside of Japan. The big exception are the ATMs found at the over 20,000 post offices and over 10,000 7-Eleven convenience stores across the country. Exchange rates offered at ATMs tend to be competitive, but service fees vary widely depending on the card. Inquire with your card issuer in advance. Note that many ATMs in Japan are out of service during the night, and some are unavailable on weekends.

Traveler's Check

Traveler's Checks (T/C) tend to yield a more favorable exchange rate than the above two methods. The shortfall is the trouble of having to obtain them in your home country before you travel and then having to locate a place to change them in Japan. Whether you are getting more value for your money depends on your home currency and if your bank charges fees to issue the checks. Note that T/Cs are accepted in very limited currencies in Japan. International airports and leading banks are generally where you can change your T/C for yen.

Payment Method

Credit/Debit Cards
There is an increased acceptance of credit and debit cards, especially in big cities. Most hotels accept payment by credit cards nowadays, as do most department stores, mid to high end restaurants, outlet malls and large retail shops. In addition, many train stations, convenience stores, supermarkets, chain restaurants and boutiques also accept them.
Cash Cash is still the preferred payment method, especially when it involves small amounts. Big bills are readily used and accepted in Japan; you are unlikely to be frowned upon for using a 10,000 yen bill to pay even for low-cost items, although smaller denominations are appreciated for payments made in taxis, smaller shops, temples and shrines. The likelihood that credit cards are accepted decreases in small cities and towns, and thus it is advisable to keep cash at hand when visiting rural areas.

Cell Phones & Calling Cards

Japan is a leader in mobile phone technology and use. In addition to calling, email and messaging, Japanese mobile phones were some of the first to widely adopt features such as internet browsers, games, cameras, televisions, electronic wallets, train passes, gps navigation and music players. The biggest Japanese mobile phone companies are NTT docomo, au by KDDI, and Softbank. You may wish to carry a cell phone while traveling. Check with your cell phone provider if your phone will work in the destination(s) you are visiting. For Data - Phones that work in Japan for voice (see above) can also receive and send data (such as emails and web content) via international roaming or a SIM card, but note that the cost for data transfer can easily skyrocket without an appropriate data plan. Alternatively, phones with wireless network (Wi-Fi) connectivity can take advantage of the numerous paid and free Wi-Fi hotspots found around the country.

Making Telephone Calls from One Country to Another

When dialing a number from one country to another, you should proceed as follows: dial your country's Exit Code, then the destination Country Code (often indicated with a “+” sign), then the Phone Number.

WiFi Access

Wi-Fi Hotspots
Thanks to recent efforts by businesses and governments, public Wi-Fi networks for free use by foreign tourists have become more and more readily available. Tourists will encounter these networks at international airports, major railway stations (including all Yamanote Line stations and many shinkansen stations), selected coffee, fast food and convenience store chains and many tourist information desks. Networks vary widely from easy-to-use ones to others that require cumbersome advance registrations. There are currently three major, nationwide products available that make connecting to free Wi-Fi hotspots easier:
Japan Connected-free Wi-Fi
A smartphone app that unifies the registration process of over 150,000 free tourist hotspots by numerous companies and organizations so that visitors can use them all without having to register for each service individually. Registration of some personal data is required.
Free Wi-Fi Passport
Two weeks (extendable) free access to approximately 400,000 Softbank hotspots at restaurants, cafes, major train stations, hotels and other locations across Japan. Registration is made by calling a toll-free number from a foreign cellphone while connected to the Softbank network. Calling the number will get you a password that can be used on up to five devices. ravel Japan Wi-Fi
A smartphone app that provides two weeks (extendable) free access to over 200,000 Wi2 hotspots across Japan.

Weather

Please monitor the weather forecast before you depart on tour with us. Whatever the weather forecast it is, we recommend bringing along a light jacket, a good pair of comfortable walking shoes and a raincoat/foldable umbrella with you.
Spring (March to May)
Temperatures are warm, windy and dry and can vary considerably between day and night time. During the day time it is warm with night time temperatures falling below the 10°C range. Light-weight clothing such as long-sleeved shirts or t-shirts, jackets and sweaters.
Summer (June to August)
Very humid weather with plenty of rainfall. Light breathable clothing such as t-shirts, shorts, skirts and dresses. Light jacket for indoor places with air-conditioning. Rainwear highly recommended.
Autumn (September to November)
Mild temperatures with plenty of sunshine. Temperatures drop towards the end of autumn, so warm clothing is recommended. Long sleeve shirts and thin coats, light sweaters and cardigans.
Winter (December to February)
Cold, dry and long winters. Temperatures can drop below 0°C so be sure to pack warm clothing. Thick overcoats, wool sweaters and cardigans. Warm clothing strongly recommended.

Power Adapters

The electrical current is 220V in China, Korea, Hong Kong, Macau, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and most other southeast Asia countries, but 100V in Japan. Plugs and outlets come in a variety of shapes. You are advised to bring along adapters and converters for your Australia purchased appliances.

Japanese Food Culture

The typical Japanese meal consists of a bowl of rice, a bowl of miso soup, pickled vegetables and fish or meat. While rice is the staple food, several kinds of noodles (udon, soba and ramen) are very popular for light meals. As an island nation, the Japanese take great pride in their seafood. A wide variety of fish, squid, octopus, eel, and shellfish appear in all kinds of dishes from sushi to tempura.

Water

Japan's tap water is very drinkable. The national water infrastructure is reliable and purification facilities are well-maintained.

Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that tour participants review the destination country's specific information at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html.

Staying Healthy While Traveling

All travelers should familiarize themselves with local conditions, such as high altitude or required immunizations, which could affect their health. We recommend you consult with your personal health-care provider, the Centers for Disease Control (www.cdc.gov) and/or the World Health Organization (http://www.who.int/en/) for their recommendations.
There are several easy steps you can take to stay healthy while traveling which may help prevent contracting an illness while away from home.
Watch what you eat. Try new foods in modest quantities, and depending upon your destination, you may want to avoid street foods, salad bars, raw vegetables and fruits, unless they have thick peels like bananas or grapefruit. Stay hydrated. Drink bottled water and avoid consuming ice cubes made with tap water.
If you have allergies to foods, medications or insect bites, or have any other unique medical issues, consider a medical alert bracelet and/or a physician’s note detailing required treatment should you become ill. Wash your hands regularly and carry hand sanitizer.
Where appropriate, pack sunscreen and insect repellant (for both active and warm destinations).
You may also want to bring a small first-aid kit with bandaids, antibiotic cream, pain killers, bug bite cream, digestive aids like antidiarrheal or anti-bloat medications, antacids, and cold medicine. This is in addition to any prescription medications which should be adequate for the entire trip.




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