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Arts and Crafts of Japan – May
Arts and Crafts of Japan
Tuesday 15th May – Friday 25th May
This holiday is being hosted by one of our Colouricious Representatives
Do I need a visa to travel to Japan?
Visitors from the UK, US, Australia, Canada and many European countries do not need a visa to visit Japan. You can find a list of countries and regions that have visa exemption arrangements with Japan here:
If your country of residence (or your passport country) does not have an exemption arrangement then you will need to apply for a visa through the Japanese Embassy in your country of residence.
A list of embassies can be found here:
It is YOUR responsibility to arrange the visa but we will help you as much as possible.
Regarding the visa application, please note that we CANNOT act as a guarantor. You will therefore need to get a visa to enter Japan for “tourism” as opposed to a visa for “tourism with a travel agency guarantee”.
Usually this means that rather than getting a guarantee from a travel agency, you need to provide your own evidence that you have sufficient funds to support you whilst in Japan (bank statements etc) and evidence of flight tickets back home. We CAN provide evidence of an itinerary of what you are doing and evidence that accommodation has been booked.
Police: dial 110 Fire / Ambulance: dial 119
You should be able to make yourself understood in simple English.
Japan Helpline: 0120 461 997 (for emergency advice in English 24hrs)
The Japan Helpline service is Japan’s only 24 hour nationwide assistance service for the international community. From earthquakes to toothache they can be of assistance.
For people travelling on an InsideJapan Tours package you will also have the full back up of our support team in our Nagoya office. They are there to assist whatever issues you may encounter.
Facts about Japan
Area: 377,829 sq km (145,877 sq miles)
Population: 127.8 million (2011) – predicted to fall rapidly over the coming decades
Population Density: 333.7 per sq km
Population: 7,967,614 (1995) – Tokyo Metropolitan Government district. The population of greater Tokyo is around the 30 million mark!
Time: GMT 9
The weather is a favourite topic of conversation in Japan. This is unsurprising given the complexity of the climate in a country spanning 20 degrees of latitude.
From the harsh winters and mild summers of Hokkaido to the sub-tropical Okinawan climate there is a great variety in Japanese weather. Even in the same city both extremes of weather can be experienced in a year – Sapporo in Hokkaido can experience temperatures of minus 10 in the winter but heat waves of 30 degrees in the summer are not a rare occurrence.
On the mainland, summer temperatures are generally between 20 and 30 degree centigrade. In the early part of summer (mid-June to mid-July) there is a rainy season lasting a few weeks, this is however broken up by days of fine weather. Rains come again in late summer thanks to typhoons, although these usually blow over in a day.
Unusually Japan does not have a single national grid, but instead has separate grids in the east and west of the country. The standard voltage is 100V across the country, but the frequencies vary: 60Hz in Western Japan and 50HZ in Tokyo and the east.
Plugs are the flat 2-pin kind similar to the US. If you have a US plug converter, this will work fine in Japan.
There is a lot of confusion surrounding the use of overseas mobile phones in Japan. Please note that the information given here is intended as a guide only. We cannot be responsible for charges made by operators or rental companies. You will find that charges for using a mobile phone in Japan are expensive and this is especially the case for data (email and internet) – we recommend you turn off roaming on your mobile telephone to avoid a nasty surprise!
One great option is to hire a mobile phone in Japan:
The mobile network in Japan works on a different system to the rest of the world and until recently no overseas mobile phones would work. However, with the advent of 3G phones this has changed. The rule is basically this: If you have a 3G handset it will work. If you do not have a 3G handset it will not.
Be careful: If you ask your mobile provider they may inform you that your phone will work in Japan if it is tri-band or quad-band. It will not.
BLACKBERRY: If you have a 3G Blackberry it WILL work in Japan. If it is not 3G it will NOT work in Japan.
Please note: The main exception to the above is that some mobile phone contracts do NOT INCLUDE ROAMING. if your contract does not include roaming YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO USE IT IN JAPAN.
Another option is to hire a SIM card in Japan and put this into your own mobile phone which you have brought with you from home. Two companies offer this service, Softbank and Mobal Narita (only available at Tokyo Narita Airport). As of September 2010, Softbank is much cheaper for domestic calls within Japan (105 yen per minute). Calls to the US are 200 yen per minute and to the UK 250 yen. The Mobal Narita service is 240 yen for domestic and international calls. text message son MobalNarita are 140 yen each. For Softbank international SMS messages are 150 yen. Data charges (internet and e-mail) for both are very high. Your phone will need to be ‘unlocked’ in order to be able to use the SIM card.
Note that the SIM has to be returned and is not pre-pay. You will need to provide credit card details and will then be billed for usage.
The itinerary includes breakfast each morning, 8 dinners and 1 lunch.
Day 1 Tuesday 15 May 2018
Depart London Heathrow for direct flight to Tokyo
Day 2 Wednesday 16 May BD
Met at Haneda Airport by full time Tour Leader for 10 days. Travel by private coach to Candeo Hotel Ueno Park via Hamarikyu Gardens.
Welcome Dinner at Uoya Iccho Uguisudani
Day 3 Thursday 17 May BD
Private coach service within Tokyo.
8 Hours Private Guide Service in Tokyo
Embroidery Workshop – Shizuka Kusano -Textile Artist (9:30-11:30 1st group – Workshop / 2nd group Lecture/ 11:30-12:30 Move from each location on foot & Free Lunch/ 12:30-14:30 2nd group – Workshop / 1st group Lecture)
Visit Asakusa Amuse Museum
Evening Meal at Koufuku Gyoza Sakaba
Day 4 – Friday 18 May BD
Luggage forwarded to Kyoto
Morning Sightseeing on Foot: National Museum & Nippori Fabric Town
Travel by private coach to Tokyo Station
Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto
Evening Exploring Gion on Foot (One Day Transport Pass Included)
Evening Meal at MiMiu Gion
Ibis Styles Kyoto Station http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-9418-ibis-styles-kyoto-station/index.shtml
Day 5 –Saturday 19 May B
Private coach service within Kyoto
Afternoon Sightseeing: Nishijin Textile Centre, Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji
Day 6 – Sunday 20 May BD
Private coach service within Kyoto
Arashiyama Sightseeing: Togetsukyo Bridge & Bamboo Groves
Ikebana Flower Arranging
Evening Meal at Tanbaya Kyoto Yodobashi-ten
Day 7 – Monday 21 May BD
Private coach service within Kyoto
Morning Sightseeing: Higashiyama & Toji Market
Afternoon Sightseeing: Shibori Museum & Ginkakuji
Day 8 – Tuesday 22 May BD
Luggage Forwarding from Kyoto to Tokyo (Overnight bag required for 2 nights in Kanazawa)
Train from Kyoto to Kanazawa
One Day Bus Pass
Gold Leaf Workshop
Evening Meal at Amatsubo Kakinokibatake
Hotel Trusty Kanazawa http://trusty-kanazawa-korinbo.h-rez.com/index.htm
Day 9 – Wednesday 23 May BD
Morning Visit to the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Kaga Yuzen Silk Dyeing
Evening Meal at Haccho-ya Kanazawa, Katamachi-ten
Day 10 – Thursday 24 May BD
Morning Sightseeing: Kenrouken Garden & Nagamachi Samurai District
Taxis from Hotel to Kanazawa Station
Bullet Train from Kanazawa to Tokyo
Private Coach Transfer from Tokyo Station to The B Ikebukuro and for the Yakatabune Evening Cruise & dinner
Shiba Park Hotel http://en.shibaparkhotel.com
Day 11 – Friday 25 May
Private Coach from Hotel to Tokyo Narita Airport to fly back to London Heathrow
COST FOR THIS HOLIDAY
Single private room with flights: £4,225
Single private room excluding flights: £3230
Twin room with flights: £3,945
Twin room excluding flights: £2,950
When you book this holiday we will send you an invoice for the deposit amount of £1,000 which will need to be paid immediately. We will send you an invoice for the balance of your holiday payment 4 months prior to the departure date and this will need to be paid 3 months before your holiday starts.
People who have been on 3 or more of our holidays with Colouricious will be entitled to receive a £100 deduction to their deposit payment.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
➢ Return flights to and from London Heathrow
➢ Our own private coach all week
➢ Our own private tour guide for the week. It is essential that you travel with your own personal travel insurance.
➢ Stay at bed, breakfast and meal plans as stipulated in the itinerary.
➢ Onward travel by Large Coach.
➢ All monument entrances.
➢ English Speaking traveling guide
➢ Any Train tickets as stipulated in the itinerary
➢ Portage at Railway station.
➢ Assistance at international airport by English Speaking representative.
➢ Bottled water in coach, during travel.
➢ All applicable government taxes.
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
➢ Expenses of personal nature like tipping, laundry, telephone / fax calls, alcoholic beverages, camera / video camera fee at all monuments, medical expenses, airport departure taxes, etc.
➢ Meals other than those specified in the itinerary.
➢ Any insurance.
➢ Any other services not mentioned in the inclusions.
➢ Indian Visa for UK residents – please apply for your visa in plenty of time
Other than UK – Please check your own arrangements for your country for visa requirements. It is your responsibility to sort this – usually allow a couple of months, to be on the safe side. However there is an express visa service. Please note that you have to leave two months between visits to India – i.e. if you have been there within two months of our visit, you will not be able to obtain a visa.
Many of the places we go only take cash. India is largely a cash society. ATMs are widely available. You can use your regular debit card to take cash out of ATMs but many banks charge a hefty fee for each transaction & their exchange rates may not be so competitive. Or you can carry travellers cheques but these are not so flexible & getting to a bank during opening hours may be a problem in the more remote regions or during one of the many festivals that India seems to enjoy. Ultimately though it is your choice. Further advice may be obtained from the UK Government.
➢ All the above hotels and room categories are indicative, and are yet to be booked – this will be initiated as soon as we have your acceptance of the itinerary and quote. Any change in hotel or room category may attract a supplement or reduction in the tour cost.
➢ Hotel Check-in & Check-out time is usually 1200 Hrs.
➢ Prices especially train fares are subject to revision;
➢ Rate quoted above includes only those items as specified in the above inclusion column;
➢ Quote is valid only for the above mentioned period
➢ In case of any currency fluctuations or amendment in the local Government taxes, or any fuel hike, we reserve the right to adjust the tour price accordingly;
“I have recently returned from a visit to India with Jamie M. It was my second visit of the year, last November I joined the group touring Rajastan and this month Odisha. Over the last 50 years I have travelled the world both independently and with organised groups – Borneo, Japan, Kenya, Peru and Malawi being some of the highlights. A friend asked me what makes the Colouricious tours so special, why do they stand out from the rest and why do you go back? Was it the choice of the Indian location, the textile art /craft theme or the excellent value for money? Was it the attention to details such as travel arrangements, interesting heritage hotels, the food or the individual care you receive. Most of the top travel companies usually get these things right particularly if you pay top prices. So why is Colouriscious different?
Colouricious holidays are excellent tours in the sense you are taken to some of the most interesting, beautiful places you will ever visit. They are tours in the sense that the local guide will have given you enough information to help you understand the significance of what you are seeing. A quality tour for me is never about seeing the attractions or even looking at how people live, it is about the personal, interaction with people in their own environments.
With Coloricious it is as though you have been given this massive privilege of stepping into another world.b It is about things that happen to just you and provide memories that will stay with you forever. You feel so privileged. Everyday offers unique experiences that made you feel as if you have entered a community, not as a tourist but just as the person you are and you leave having been touched in some way. Over dinner at the end of a day when you swop stories you realise you may well have been the only one taken by a young girl to show you her rice wall paintings but someone else was shown a villager’s vegetable plot , or was dressed in a sari, or taken to visit grandma or a new baby. The experiences are endless. Each person feels as though they had their own special moment. Colouriscious is the only tour holiday I have been on that offers this level of experience on a daily basis.” Love Denise
Colouricious Holidays – Terms & Conditions.
The holiday will include accommodation and meals as described on the website at the time of booking.
All flights and transfers as described on the website at the time of booking.
All tours and visits as described on the website at the time of booking.
Travel arrangements are planned many months in advance and it may, very occasionally, be necessary to make changes to or cancel completely parts of the itinerary. Therefore we reserve the right to make changes after we have entered into this contract.
Although your confirmation and subsequent invoices may show the latest flight timings, these are subject to change at the will of the airline. We will inform you of any flight changes at the earliest opportunity. We do not take any responsibility for flight changes outside our control.
We reserve the right to increase our prices at any time, if costs rise due to unforeseen events such as government action, or if fuel costs increase or other unexpected price rises occur of which we were unaware at the time of booking. Any increase in price will be limited to the net cost to Colouricious Ltd.
In the event you wish to cancel your holiday you must inform Colouricious Ltd in writing immediately. Cancellation periods are calculated from the date Colouricious Ltd receive your written notification.
10 weeks or more – 40% of total holiday cost
6 – 10 weeks – 60% of total holiday cost
Less than 6 weeks – 100% of total holiday cost
It is a requirement that all clients have suitable travel insurance.
Colouricious Ltd will not be responsible for any visa or other immigration matter
Your Financial Protection
When you buy an ATOL protected flight or flight inclusive holiday from us you will receive an ATOL Certificate. This lists what is financially protected, where you can get information on what this means for you and who to contact if things go wrong.”
“We, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL Certificate, will provide you with the services listed on the ATOL Certificate (or a suitable alternative). In some cases, where neither we nor the supplier are able to do so for reasons of insolvency, an alternative ATOL holder may provide you with the services you have bought or a suitable alternative (at no extra cost to you). You agree to accept that in those circumstances the alternative ATOL holder will perform those obligations and you agree to pay any money outstanding to be paid by you under your contract to that alternative ATOL holder. However, you also agree that in some cases it will not be possible to appoint an alternative ATOL holder, in which case you will be entitled to make a claim under the ATOL scheme (or your credit card issuer where applicable).”
“If we, or the suppliers identified on your ATOL certificate, are unable to provide the services listed (or a suitable alternative, through an alternative ATOL holder or otherwise) for reasons of insolvency, the Trustees of the Air Travel Trust may make a payment to (or confer a benefit on) you under the ATOL scheme. You agree that in return for such a payment or benefit you assign absolutely to those
Trustees any claims which you have or may have arising out of or relating to the non-provision of the services, including any claim against us, the travel agent (or your credit card issuer where applicable). You also agree that any such claims may be re-assigned to another body, if that other body has paid sums you have claimed under the ATOL scheme.”
Colouricious will always strive to act in the best interest of the client to ensure the best holiday experience possible. It is essential that any complaints and or problems are notified to us at the time so that the matter may be addressed at the earliest opportunity.