Japan Tour with Hokkaido, 20 days
During this tour of Japan you combine cultural highlights on Honshu, the largest island in Japan, with the beautiful nature of the northern island of Hokkaido. The journey begins in the lively Osaka. After this you travel to Koyasan where you sleep at a temple. Kyoto is the cultural heart of the country and is full of beautiful temples. Tokyo is overwhelming, a center of commerce and youth culture. In addition to the big cities we also visit old places like Matsumoto, with one of the most beautiful castles in Japan, and Kamakura.
On Hokkaido you can get acquainted with the nature of Japan. You will find several national parks such as Shikotsu-Toya National Park with the Toya Lake and the volcanic Daisetsuzan National Park. In cities like Hakodate and Sapporo you can enjoy the tastiest fresh fish and delicious ramen noodles.
Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English. Our skilled land crew have worked with Djoser for many years and make sure things run smoothly.
There is ample time for group exploration. Count on lots of walking. But sometimes, it is great to be able to break off and explore on your own. Your guide can make some great suggestions.
Join us for unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences!
- Osaka - Koyasan
- Koyasan - Kyoto
- Kyoto - Excursion Nara & Fushima Inari
- Kyoto - Takayama
- Takayama - Matsumoto
- Matsumoto - TokyoTo
- Tokyo, Kamakura excursion
- Tokyo - Hakodate (Hokkaido)
- Hakodate - Higashi Muroran
- Higashi Muroran, Toyako excursion
- Higashi Muroran - Asahikawa
- Asahikawa, optional excursion Daisetsuzan
- Asahikawa - Biei - Sapporo
Day by day
The lively Osaka and the serene Koyasan
Day 1 (travel day)
Day 2 arrival Osaka (land program begins)
Day 3 Osaka
Day 4 Osaka - Koyasan by train
After arriving at Kansai Airport, an airport built on a huge artificial island, you will meet the group and tour leader in Osaka, at the first hotel. The tour leader will organize a welcome meeting to introduce the group and to go over the upcoming days events.
The city has a lively center, full of neon signs, where you can eat in the evening in one of the many restaurants. Especially the district Dōtonbori , with a channel where the lights reflect, is a familiar spot. The many shops in the city give a good insight into the Japanese shop culture, it is the third largest economy in the world! Well-known attractions include the castle that extends above the city and the aquarium which is one of the largest in the world.
It is also possible to visit the famous city of Hiroshima from Osaka. In this pleasant city you will find the impressive atomic bomb museum. Visiting Himeji with the beautiful Himejijō, the 'White Heron Castle' is also possible.
From the bustle of Osaka we travel to the peace of the Koyasan in the mountains. The town is known for its many temples and the fast-paced daily life. We sleep here in a 'shukubo', an accommodation at a temple complex. A traditional Japanese dinner and breakfast are included in the fare, consisting of delicious vegetarian dishes. During our stay you can attend a Buddhist service early in the morning. This way you get a good impression of the ancient Japanese religious traditions.
Nearby is the Okuno-in sanctuary where more than 11,000 lanterns illuminate a large hall. You reach the complex through a path through a garden full of statues and tombs of powerful families with a very special atmosphere. You can also take beautiful walks through the woods in the area.
The cultural capital of Japan: Kyoto
Day 5 Koyasan - Kyoto by train
Day 6 Kyoto
Day 7 Kyoto, excursion Nara & Fushima Inari by train
rFrom Koyasan we travel to Kyoto, for 1,000 years the residence of the emperor and capital of Japan. Now Tokyo is the residence of the emperor and the capital. Kyoto houses more than 2,000 temples, both Buddhist and Shinto. The Nanzenji temple and the ancient Toji temple from 796 are fine examples. The Kinkakuji (Golden Pavilion) is perhaps the best known and a good example of the beautiful temple architecture. Kyoto has many undiscovered scenic spots in addition to the many famous temples. In the area around the Kiyomizu-dera temple you will find small shops, where traditional craft products are sold. It is nice to discover Kyoto by bike. The city is largely flat and the places of interest are places to park your bike.
In Kyoto, Japanese garden architecture has been developed, in which landscapes are mimicked on a small scale. At the Ryoanji temple, for example, a rocky landscape can be seen in gravel. Walk in the evening through the narrow street of Pontocho where there are many restaurants in traditional wooden buildings. In the evening they are nicely lit with lanterns. Many Japanese people and tourists come here for a bite to eat.
From Kyoto we make a day trip to the place Nara, which in the 8th century, was the capital of Japan. Most monuments are located on the outskirts of the city in a beautiful park, inhabited by domestic deer. This park also contains the 49 meter high Todaiji temple, the largest wooden building in the world. In the temple you will find one of the largest bronze Buddha statues in the world and impressive, seven meter high wooden Nio statues.
On the way back from Nara to Kyoto we visit the Fushimi Inari temple . On the ground of this temple are hundreds of red torii that form a path through the forest. A fantastic place to take pictures and walk along the small temples and restaurants around the mountain near the temple.
Taste the history in traditional Takayama
Day 8 Kyoto - Takayama by train
Day 9 Takayama - Matsumoto by bus
We travel by Shinkansen 'bullit train' and express train to the picturesque town of Takayama . This village still has many traditional wooden houses in the center, with sliding doors and walls to maintain a cool temperature in the hot summers. You can walk over the old cobblestones and taste the famous 'Hida Beef' in a restaurant or one of the stalls where it is prepared for you.
It is also possible to visit the open air museum Hida no Sato where traditional wooden houses from this part of Japan are collected. Traditional crafts are also made here. The next day there is morning time to visit the morning market in Takayama. This is one of the largest morning markets in Japan.
In the afternoon we travel by bus through the Japanese Alps to Matsumoto. The route through the mountains is impressive. The castle town of Matsumoto originated in the 'Japanese Alps' in the 8th century. The black and white Matsumoto-jo castle is the highlight of the city and is considered one of the three most beautiful castles in Japan. A museum is located in the castle and on the top floor you have a beautiful view over the mountainous surroundings.
Million city Tokyo: each district has its own character
Day 10 Matsumoto - Tokyo by bus
Day 11 Tokyo
Day 12 Tokyo, excursion Kamakura by train
Day 13 Tokyo
We travel by bus to Tokyo. On the way we stop at the Daio wasabi farm. This is the largest wasabi farm in Japan and is known for its beautiful water mills. You can walk around the nursery and eat the strangest wasabi combinations, such as wasabi ice cream and wasabi chocolate. In clear weather you have a beautiful view of the sacred volcano Fuji, the highest mountain in Japan.
Tokyo is a succession of various neighborhoods, with the size of a small city, all of which have their own character. For example, in Shibuya you will find many large department stores and trendy shops for hip youth. The 109 store is the perfect place for a bona fide crophock. Harajuku is known for the chic international fashion shops and many small boutiques with trendy vintage clothing. In neighborhoods such as Akihabara, electronics of all kinds are sold here. In Asakusa, old shops sell knick-knacks and the well-attended Sensōji temple, show a completely different picture of this unique city.
Scattered in the various neighborhoods are beautiful parks where you can relax. For example, visit the Shinjuku Park which houses various types of landscaped gardens or the Meiji Temple. This temple stands in the middle of the city, in a forest with 100,000 trees donated from all over Japan.
From Tokyo we make a day trip to Kamakura, in the 13th century the imperial capital of Japan. Kamakura lies by the sea and is surrounded by forested hills on the other three sides. In the north there are beautiful temples in the woods; the environment breathes the atmosphere of times long gone. You can walk nicely, to the temples themselves and through the hills to the large bronze Buddha statue, the Daibutsu . You will also find good examples of the special Japanese garden architecture in Kamakura and you can relax on the beach.
With the super fast Shinkansen to Hokkaido
Day 14 Tokyo - Hakodate (Hokkaido) by train
We walk in the Shinkansen direction Hakodate in Hokkaido . The travel distance is long, but with a top speed of 320 km / h you comfortably travel through the varied landscapes. You arrive in Aimori, in the far north of Honshu, the main island where you have stayed up till this point. From Honshu to Hokkaido you travel with the Shinkansen through one of the longest tunnels in the world, the Seikan tunnel. More than 23 km of this is under the sea.
Hakodate is one of the largest cities of Hokkaido and is known for the spectacular view from the Hakodate mountain over the city. In the evening, the lights of buildings and traffic provide an enchanting picture. Hakodate was one of the first ports open to Western powers and the Motomachi district with its special, 19th-century buildings is witness to this. You will find, for example, a Russian orthodox church and a British consulate. The delicious, fresh fish and other products from the sea ensure a good culinary start to the first days at Hokkaido.
The impressive nature of Lake Toya and Daisetsuzan
Day 15 Hakodate - Higashi Muroran
Day 16 Higashi Muroran, excursion Toyako
Day 17 Higashi Muroran - Asahikawa
Day 18 Asahikawa, optional excursion Daisetsuzan National Park
We exchange the hustle and bustle of the city for a first introduction to the impressive nature of Hokkaido. The Toya lake is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park , a mountainous area with several lakes. In the lake is the island of Nakajima that you can visit by boat from Toyako. The view from the boat over the lake and the islands is beautiful and you can walk on the island. The Usu volcano, one of the most active in Japan, lies on the lake. You can take a cable car up the volcano and after a short walk enjoy the views over the lake, the crater and the rest of the area. It is also possible to cycle around the lake. A route of a small 40 km which is suitable for almost everyone because of the lack of steep climbs and descents. You can also make walks in the area.
The train takes us from Toyako to Asahikawa. Although this city itself has no real sights, it is a popular destination as a base for a visit to the Daisetsuzan National Park. One of the best zoos in Japan, with a glass underwater tunnel, and the famous Asahikawa ramen (noodles) with soy sauce flavor, however, give the city its own flair.
The Daisetsuzan National Park is the largest national park in Hokkaido and is located in the middle of the island. It is a mountainous area with untouched wilderness, where deer and bears make the service. From mid-September this is the first place in Japan where the beautiful autumn colors can be seen.
You can travel from Asahikawa by public transport to the village Asahidake Onsen. The village is located in the Daisetsuzan national park at the foot of the Asahidake volcano, with 2,290 meters this is the highest mountain of Hokkaido. The area around the mountain is known for its many hiking opportunities. You can walk around the village or take the cable car up the mountain to the Sugatami station at 1,600 meters. Here there are several walks possible, both simple and challenging.
Take a short walk around some of the beautiful crater lakes or a brisk walk of about four or five hours to the top of the mountain and back. In summer the high plateau around the volcano is in bloom with alpine flowers. In May and June there may still be snow on the mountain.
From the flower fields to the bustle of Sapporo
Day 19 Asahikawa - Biei - Sapporo
Day 20 Sapporo
Day 21 Sapporo
A trip to Hokkaido would of course not be complete without a visit to Sapporo, the capital of the island, but before we arrive here we first visit Biei . This village lies between rolling hills and is best known for the flower fields during the short summer of Hokkaido, including lavender. You can hike and take nice bike rides through the green agricultural landscape. In the spring and autumn you enjoy the fresh green and autumn colors.
Although Sapporo is now the fifth largest city in Japan, there were only seven people in 1857. It is also one of the youngest and fastest growing cities in Japan. The city became world famous for the olympic winter games held there in 1972 and the famous Sapporo beer keeps the name alive. A visit to the Sapporo beer museum is possible and in the evening you can go to the entertainment district Susukino. The largest entertainment district north of Tokyo full of restaurants, (karaoke) bars and pachinko halls.
If you want to pack some culture in before you leave Japan, you can visit the Kaitaku no Mura open-air museum on the outskirts of the city. Here are about 60 original buildings from Hokkaido of the Meiji and Taisho (1868 to 1926) periods. The horse tram takes you from village to village. The nearby historical museum shows the history of the first occupation of Hokkaido 20,000 years ago until now.
Our trip comes to and end in Sapporo. If you schedule your flight to leave at the same time as the Dutch participants flight departure, or a couple ours after, feel free to jump on the bus for a group transfer, at no additional charge.
Dates and prices
Departure dates 2020
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|Apr-28-20||May-17-20||$4,575||20 seats||book now >|
|May-05-20||May-24-20||$4,575||11 seats||book now >|
|May-12-20||May-31-20||$4,335||16 seats||book now >|
|May-19-20||Jun-07-20||$4,335||19 seats||book now >|
|Jun-09-20||Jun-28-20||$4,210||20 seats||book now >|
Conditions "Guaranteed leave"
Transport by 'bullit train' Shinkansen, train, metro and bus
Dutch travel guide (speaks Dutch and English)
Hotel rooms with private bathroom
Overnight in a Buddhist temple in Koyasan
Dinner and breakfast in Koyasan
Excursion Nara, with the world's largest wooden building
Visit Fushimi Inari Temple with hundreds of red torii
Excursion castle Matsumoto from the 16th century
Excursion temple and beach town Kamakur
Excluded in our Japan tour package: included in our Japan tour package: land package (begins & ends at hotel), lodgings, transport by bus and train, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast in Koyasan, excursions according to program, Dutch tour guide.
Group trip dates denoted with the green "G" (Most Likely to GO)
The dates you see listed in our group tours that are marked with a green "G" are MOST LIKELY TO GO based on this trip's past booking history, for a similar date. Before booking your flights it is important that you check with us to see if the group has enough participants for the trip to GO. However, Djoser is not responsible for costs for flight changes or cancellations if a trip must be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, which might include a booking cancellation after the trip has been deemed to have sufficient bookings for a "GO".
$500 - Single accommodation
$480 . Estimated weekly out of pocket expenses, Meals, entry fees, etc.
Osaka Extension hotel room
$170.00 . Double
$120.00 . Single
Sapporo Extension hotel room
$210.00 . Double
$120.00 . Single
- Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place
- 20% of total costs due (or $500 minimum)
- Payments by charge card or check accepted
- Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date.
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Accommodations & Meals
The hotels we stay in during the trip are comfortable tourist class hotels that are centrally located. They feature all modern amenities and a private bathroom. The staff is extremely service-conscious according to Japanese tradition.
rIn Koyasan we spend the night in a 'shukubo', a Buddhist temple where monks prepare our meals (dinner and breakfast included). Here you sleep asleep on a 'futon' (thin mattress) on the 'tatami' (thick, beautiful floor mats of woven rice straw). At this traditional Japanese accommodation, the rooms do not have a private bathroom, but an 'ofuro' (shower, hot tub and toilet for common use) in the corridor. The Japanese are very fond of hygiene, so do not forget to put on the 'toilet slippers' on the toilet.
Osaka Hotel Plaza Osaka
Koyasan Shojoshin-in Temple
Kyoto Ibis Styles Kyoto
Takayama Washington Hotel Plaza
Matsumoto Alpico Plaza Hotel
Tokyo Sunshine City Prince Hotel
Hakodate Route-Inn Grantia Hakodate
Higashi Muroran Route-Inn Higashimuroran ekimae
Asahikawa Route-Inn Grand Asahikawa
Sapporo Route-Inn Sapporo Chuo
Single room - Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.
An exception to this is the overnight stay in Koyasan in the 'shubuko', a Buddhist temple. Please note that even if you booked a single room, you will not only sleep in a room this night.
Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed on the "Dates & Prices" page.
Meals - During our Japan tour, you can decide where, with whom and what you want to eat. Of course you can eat with the group, but you are free to dine on your own. The meals are therefore not included in the trip
The tour guide will give you tips for a good restaurant, café or suggestions and for entertainment. Japan is a paradise fine food lovers. The variety is huge. Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe have over 500 restaurants with one or more Michelin stars. The food in the less upscale restaurants is of course delicious and high quality, and very affordable! Tokyo alone has more than 160,000 eateries!
If you like fish, you'll be happy in Japan. Usually you get a huge bowl, richly filled with all kinds of delicacies from the ocean. You will be surprised by the number of Japanese sushi bars with delicious fresh sushi and sashimi. Also in many big stores you can get your delicious fresh sushi or a complete Bento bo the typical Japanese lunch box with small boxes with different dishes. Other classic dishes are Shabu-shabu; two bowls with vegetables and meat that you cook yourself at the table in hot oil and Tempura dishes;breaded and fried vegetables and shrimp. You will also come across yakitori; chicken on a skewer marinated in a sweet sauce. You can also find other delicious dishes such as Udon, Ramen, Tonkatsu, Kobe steak, Sukiyaki, Okonomiyaki etc. etc. The Japanese cuisine is one of the most diverse in the world. With almost every meal free green tea and water are provided. There are also plenty of western style restaurants to choose from. including pizza, pasta, burgers or French cuisine.
Flights & Transportation
Land program only. As the buik of the group will arrive from Amsterdam, our land program will begin and end based on their arrival and departure times. You will need to organize your flights as follows:
Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:
ARRIVAL OSAKA - Arrive prior to or by 12:50 PM
DEPART SAPPORO - Any time after checkout on final day.
Dutch flight departs 4:35 PM
Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.
Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.
Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.
Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section
If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.
Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.
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Local transportation -
rIn Japan we travel largely by train. Thanks to these time-saving train journeys, more time is left for the many highlights that Japan has to offer. The train in Japan is very punctual and normally runs on the second. Traveling between the Japanese is a cultural experience in itself. The peace noticeable and there are many sleeping travelers. In cities we travel by train, metro or bus and we do lots of walking.
In most cities you can also rent a bike; Kyoto lends itself perfectly for this.
On the route to and from Koyasan, a subway, bus and cable train are also used, in addition to the train, over a short distance.
On the routes Kyoto - Nagoya (through to Takayama), Tokyo - Hakodate and Asahikawa - Sapporo we use the famous Shinkansen bullet train. These very comfortable trains have excellent service on board and the beautiful wagons offer ample opportunity to view the beautiful and varied surroundings.
Two routes are traveled by bus, between Takayama and Matsumoto and between Matsumoto and Tokyo. From train or bus station to the hotel (usually a short distance) is usually walked.
Luggage transport system
During various journeys on this journey you make use of the luggage transport system 'Takkyubin' . This is a widely used system in Japan where the large baggage is sent ahead.
A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.
Included in price of our Japan tour package
- Deposit is due upon booking to hold your place, 20% of minimum land price or minimum of $500 (see Prices & Dates page for amount)
- Payments by charge card or check are accepted
- Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date
While you are traveling
In your pre-trip information we will send you more information about money matters such as information about local currencies, charge cards, ATM’s, currency exchange, etc.
|Local Currency :||Yen|
|Cash accepted:||Yen. Easy exchange at hotels|
|Credit Cards:||Accepted most places|
Tipping - It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.
** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.
Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.
During our Japan group tour, the following excursions are included in the program:
- We make an excursion to Nara, another former capital of Japan. Here you will find, among other things, the Todai-ji, the largest wooden building in the world.
- On the way back we stop at the special Fushimi Inari temple with hundreds of red torii.
- Visit the 'black crow-castle' from the 16th century in Matsumoto.
- Visit the Daio wasabi farm, the largest wasabi farm in Japan.
- From Tokyo we make a day trip to Kamakura, in the 13th century the imperial capital of Japan. In Kamakura there are beautiful temples in the wooded hills.
In addition, there are several other attractions to visit, some of which are even free, such as:
- In Osaka you can visit the world-famous aquarium and castle.
- The open-air museum Hida no Sato is located on the outskirts of Takayama and is well worth a visit. You will find original wooden houses and workshops from the area.
- In Kyoto there is an abundance of special temples and gardens of which you must visit some, such as the Golden and Silver temple.
- In Matsumoto you can visit the unique black castle.
- One of the few original castles from the 16th century.
- In Tokyo there are too many possibilities to mention, but two (free) sights that are certainly worth a visit are the Buddhist Sensoji and the Shinto Meiji Temple.
- At the Toya Lake you can make a nice bike ride or climb the volcano.
- The Daisetsuzan national park is well worth a visit thanks to the beautiful views and beautiful walks.
- At Biei you can visit flower farms in the summer and go cycling and walking
- From Osaka you can visit Hiroshima, where the famous atomic bomb museum is located. You can also visit Himeji with the beautiful Himejijō, the 'White Heron Castle' from Osaka.
- Kyoto lies between the mountains, but the city itself is largely flat. This allows you to discover the city by bicycle. Renting a bicycle costs less than $12 per day.
Many other excursions are possible on the spot. From Tokyo you can make a day trip to Nikko. One of the most beautiful temple cities in Japan. A visit to a Noh or Kabuki show is also possible.
When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.
Travel documents needed
Japan tourist visa needed - NO
Health Issues & Insurance
Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.
When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance.It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as IMMODIUM). Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellent , salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.
Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.
Usual Vaccinations - For a tour of Japan, you do not need vaccinations.
The hygienic conditions are similar to those in the States and so there is no increased risk of illness. Of course, it is wise to keep in your own bag a little "travel pharmacy 'with some bandages, aspirin, betadine / iodine, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, etc. pack
Insurance - For piece of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses, Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.
You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended Travelex. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with Travelex, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792
Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).
Minimum group size: 10
Maximum group size: 20
What to expect when traveling with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Japan tour operator for several years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Japan tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.
On our Japan tour, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.
We attract active travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.
Tour Leaders & Support Staff
Our trips are guided by an experienced Dutch guide who speaks Dutch and English. He or she will be responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the trip. He/she coordinates with the driver, hotels, and other vendors along the way. The tour leader has extensive travel experience and expertise as well as a comprehensive training.
Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.
Climate & Geography
Since Japan, stretchs about 1850 miles from north to south, the climate is dependent on where you are traveling and the time of year. Japan has four seasons and the seasons are similar to those in the U.S.. The temperatures of northern Honshu are similar to those of the northern states, and the temperatures of the South Kyushu Honshu and are similar to those of the Southern states. In late March, early April is the time of the cherry blossoms, a time of reflection and celebration for the Japanese. Scheduling travel to seei the cherry blossoms is difficult to plan because the flowering depends on the temperature and rainfall. The spring months of April and May are the most beautiful; the weather starts to warm up and it is mostly dry. April is the best possible time to see the blossoms. In the autumn from mid-September to mid-November is the best time to travel to Japan. The temperatures are still very pleasant and from mid October the leaves begin to change color already. A magnificent spectacle are the parks and mountains of Japan. The bright red Japanese ash trees are impressive. June, and the beginning of September are rainy. In July and August it is hot and you have to take into account probability of high humidity. During this period, it is still fine to travel if one takes into account the temperature and a few showers.
Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org
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