Japan Splendid 9 Days
From $1499 W/Air
Osaka - Kyoto - Lake Biwa- Nagoya- Hakone- Mount Fuji - Tokyo
Nexus Holidays has partnered with the Japan Tourism Board to provide travellers an immersive experience in Japanese culture and lifestyle to go with the sights on your unforgettable trip to Japan. We would love for our customers to experience Japanese culture and history. You will also visit restaurants on this tour where it is customary to remove shoes and be seated at low tables called “Kotatsu”. It’s all part of the Japanese experience!
From the end of March through early April, when the cherry blossoms are in full bloom, people gather in parks in a Japanese tradition known as “Hanami”.From the end of October through early November is the best season of the year for viewing the vibrant crimson maple leaves in Japan. You can feel the fragile beauty of the changing seasons from observing nature.
Cherry blossoms and crimson autumn leaves are highly seasonal and subject to climate conditions. These are historically the best times to view the blooms, but we can’t guarantee they will flower on these dates.Highlights:
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. Guest will take hotel shuttle to Osaka hotel, and the rest of the day is yours to explore and relax. Tour guide will contact guest later that night for next day tour plan.
Day 3: Osaka (B)
Free Leisure Day.
Or sign up for Osaka-Nara- Osaka full day trip with Lunch at $450/person including round trip transportation, English tour guide and admission.
You will visit Floating Garden Observatory, Umeda District -The open-air observatory overlooks the city of Osaka, Awaji Island and Mt. Ikoma. Enjoy panoramic views from 170 meters above the city. and then go to Osaka Aqua Liner Cruise, Enjoy seeing the seasonal scenery with a cruise along the Ogawa River aboard the Aqua Liner water bus. See a view of the famous places and historic spots of Osaka from the river. If the Aqua Liner is out of service due to bad weather or other operational concerns, the tour will visit the Osaka Museum of History instead. If the Aqua Liner is unavailable on a Tuesday, when the Osaka Museum is closed, the cost of the Aqua Liner ride will be refunded by the guide on the tour day. Heading to Nara，Visit Todaiji Temple, with its Great Buddha Hall housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free.
or sign up for Osaka - Kobe Sake Brewery Walking Day Tour USD230 ( Must be prepaid in United States)
or sign up for Osaka - Himeji Castle and Akashi Kaikyo Bridge Walking; Day Tour USD250 (Must be prepaid in United States)
Day 4: Osaka-Kyoto-Lake Biwa (B)
This morning, travel to one of Osaka’s most famous landmarks, Osaka Castle, which played a major role in the the sixteenth century unification of Japan during of the Azuchi-Momoyama period.
Then join a travelling optional Kyoto Heritage tour including Heian Jingu Shinto Shriine, Nijo Castle and Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku Temple) with Kyoto Local Cuisine Lunch at $55/person. Travel to Kyoto and visit the beautiful Heian Jingu Shinto Shrine. Later, visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two ¬floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, and detailed architecture incorporating the three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai, and Zen. In the afternoon heading to Lake Biwa, It’s known for its abundant fish population, migratory water birds and wetland regions. Its shoreline is home to resorts and beaches like Ōmi-Maiko. Around the lake are historic sites including the 17th-century Hikone castle and the 8th-century Buddhist temple complex Enryaku-ji.
Dinner Optional Steak BBQ with round trip transportation $85/person.
Day 5: Lake Biwa- Nagoya (B)
Starting your trip by visit old town-Omihachiman, that sits at the foot of Mt. Hachiman-yama in the center of Shiga, is a castle town of Hachiman-yama-jo. The castle was built in 1585 on the eastern shore Japan's largest lake, Lake Biwa. Then join a travelling optional tour of Nagoya Atsuta Shrine visit with Japanese Hot Pot lunch $35/person – Atsuta Shrine the most popular regional Shrine which draws 6.5 million visitors a year. It enshrines the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the sacred sword Kusanagi, which is one of the three imperial regalia. Note, however, that the sword is never displayed to the public. Later visit the Royal International Shopping Center, here you will have chance browse among local arts, crafts, carol and Pearl. Heading to Nagoya, dinner will be on your own.
Dinner Optional: Nagoya Roasted Eel Cuisine with round trip transportation USD85/person.
Day 6: Nagoya-Hakone- Mount Fuji (B, D- Crab Legs with Steak buffet)
After breakfast, start full day Fuji Mountain trip by visiting Oshino Hakkai which is a Small village in a scenic setting with 8 ponds, then join a travelling optional Fuji Mountain Gotena Station with Hakone cuisine lunch $65/person, heading to Yamanakako park, is a flower park in the highland 1,000m above sea level where you can enjoy various kinds of flowers from spring to autumn. “Seiryu-no-sato (Home of spring water)” in the park and an exhibition site of lava of Mt. Fuji.
Day 7: Mount Fuji- Tokyo (B)
Drive from Mount Fuji to Tokyo, sign up for travelling optional Tokyo Full Day Trip with Ramen Lunch including round trip transportation $65.00/person, starting from Tokyo Tower, the symbol of Tokyo, offers a great 360 degree panoramic view from its main observatory. Imperial Palace Plaza, Nijubashi Bridge, Admire the view at this National Garden that was formerly a private garden of the Royal Family. Enjoy the view of Nijubashi Bridge, which is said to be the face of the Imperial Palace, as well as the view of the Imperial Palace itself. Board the Sumida River Cruise, Cruise around modern day Tokyo and experience the atmosphere of Edo.
Dinner Optional: Sushi making and dinner experience with round trip transportation $160usd/人, minimum 2 paxs.
Day 8: Tokyo (B)
Free leisure day. or You may sign up for optional Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea (admission only $120) or you can join the Nikko World Heritage Tour with Ninja Show, Lunch $250/person, Tour the UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its lavish decorations and ornate details. This optional tour will take you to Nikko Toshogu which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. This area is well known for its distinctive architecture made up of a large number of wood carvings and gold leaf decorated onto the building. This design is unique and not seen elsewhere in Japan. You will also visit Kegon Waterfall (around 100m tall) which is the main natural attraction in Nikko. This is the best spot to view maple leaves during autumn.
Dinner Option: Tokyo - Robot Restaurant USD100 pp (Must be prepaid in United States) for Show Ticket
Day 9: Tokyo- Next Destination (B)
Today, transfer by Hotel free shuttle bus 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 tour $750/person base on double occupancy, single supplement $100, including round trip transportation.
Pre Tour Extended Stay-2 Days 1 Night 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, exclude round trip internal flights
Post Tour Extended Stay- 3 Days 2 Nights Tokyo Extended Stay with Hilton Tokyo or similar- from $250/per person base on double occupancy
Post Tour- 5 Days 4 Nights Japan In Depth-Hokkaido- $1199/person exclude round trip internal flights
Post Cruise Tour- Only available for Jun 26 2017 tour departure, Haikkoda 9 Days 8 Nights Cruise from $1499/person base on double occupancy plus taxs and port fee, including Tokyo to Cruise Terminal one way transportation.
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International flight included
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|2017/11/14||2017/11/22||Sold Out||Sold Out||Sold Out|
|2017/12/26||2018/01/03||USD$1199.00||Sold Out||Sold Out|
* Los Angeles and NYC International airport round trip airfare and land package from $1499/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
Kansai Airport Washington Hotel is located in Rinku, a town located on the shore opposite from Kansai International Airport (KIX). (SHUTTLE BUS TIME TABLE) KIX is the first 24-hour international airport in Japan to become a hub for the Asia-Pacific region.
Lake HamanaOkura Act City Hotel Hamamatsu or similar
Outstandingly cool. A note of high classicism in the city of music.
The hotel is part of the superhigh-rise tower of Act City Hamamatsu, which features a music hall and a museum of musical instruments. Presenting an exhilarating view of Mount Fuji, the Southern Alps, and the Enshu Sea, the European guest rooms are decorated in a stately and sophisticated manner. As befits a city of music, the interior also puts on a per-formance with a musical motif. Hamamatsu Station can be conveniently and directly accessed via a moving walkway.
Conveniently located 15 minutes from Narita International Airport, the Hilton Narita Airport hotel allows access to the best Japan has to offer. Admire the stunning sights and soak up a taste of Japanese culture, unwind in a spacious and modernly designed room or suite, or keep up your fitness routine in our fitness center, indoor pool or whirlpool. Plan an expertly-executed event in one of our 18 meeting and function rooms.
Day 03 Osaka- Nara-Osaka one day trip USD450/person
Visit Floating Garden Observatory, Umeda District (60 min). The open-air observatory overlooks the city of Osaka, Awaji Island and Mt. Ikoma. Enjoy panoramic views from 170 meters above the city. and then get on board of Osaka Aqua Liner cruise. Enjoy seeing the seasonal scenery with a cruise along the Ogawa River aboard the Aqua Liner water bus. See a view of the famous places and historic spots of Osaka from the river. If the Aqua Liner is out of service due to bad weather or other operational concerns, the tour will visit the Osaka Museum of History instead. If the Aqua Liner is unavailable on a Tuesday, when the Osaka Museum is closed, the cost of the Aqua Liner ride will be refunded by the guide on the tour day. Heading to Nara，Visit Todaiji Temple, with its Great Buddha Hall housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free.
DAY 04 Kyoto Golden Pavilion (Kinkaku Temple) with Kyoto Local Cuisine Lunch at $55/person.
Travel to Kyoto and visit the beautiful Heian Jingu Shinto Shrine. Later, visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two ¬floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold, and detailed architecture incorporating the three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai, and Zen.
DAY 05 Optional tour of Nagoya Atsuta Shrine visit with Japanese Hot Pot lunch $35/person.
Atsuta Shrine, the most popular regional Shrine which draws 6.5 million visitors a year. It enshrines the Sun Goddess Amaterasu and stores the sacred sword Kusanagi, which is one of the three imperial regalia. Note, however, that the sword is never displayed to the public. Later visit the Royal International Shopping Center, here you will have chance browse among local arts, crafts, carol and Pearl.
DAY 06 An optional Fuji Mountain Gotena Station with Hakone cuisine lunch $65/person.
Heading to Yamanakako park, is a flower park in the highland 1,000m above sea level where you can enjoy various kinds of flowers from spring to autumn. “Seiryu-no-sato (Home of spring water)” in the park and an exhibition site of lava of Mt. Fuji.
DAY 07 Tokyo Full Day Trip with Ramen Lunch US$65/person.
Starting from Tokyo Tower, the symbol of Tokyo, offers a great 360 degree panoramic view from its main observatory. Imperial Palace Plaza, Nijubashi Bridge, admire the view at this National Garden that was formerly a private garden of the Royal Family. Enjoy the view of Nijubashi Bridge, which is said to be the face of the Imperial Palace, as well as the view of the Imperial Palace itself. Board the Sumida River Cruise, Cruise around modern day Tokyo and experience the atmosphere of Edo.
DAY 09 Nikko World Heritage City Tour with Ninja Show and Lunch Day Tour ($250).
DAY 04 Dinner Optional Steak BBQ with round trip transportation $85/person.
DAY 05 Dinner Optional : Nagoya Roasted Eel Cuisine with round trip transportation US$85/person.
Tokyo CBD 4 Star Hotel upgrade $85/person/night including breakfast, subject to final booking.
Tips $90/person, shall be pre collected in US offices.
Direct flights from Los Angeles from $299/person.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 many 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 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’.
Optional programs are subject to availability and must be booked more than 1 month before departure.
Pre Tour-2 days 1 night HIROSHIMA 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 Extended Stay-3 Days 2 Nights Tokyo Extended Stay with Hilton Tokyo or similar- from $250/per person base on double occupancy
Post Tour -5 Days 4 Nights Japan In Depth-Hokkaido- $1199/person base on double occupancy, exclude internal flights.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
|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.
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 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.
|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.
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
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.
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.