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Creative Tour of Japan
15th – 25th April 2017
This holiday is being hosted by Jamie Malden
This holiday is now fully booked with 24 guests. The booking form has been removed.
If you are interested in our Japan 2018 trip, please register an interest and you will be the first people to be notified when the details are confirmed.
Outward Bound – Saturday 15 April 15.30 London Heathrow T5 BA5 – Tokyo Narita Arrive 11.05 16th April 2017
Home Bound – Tuesday 25 April 12.35 Tokyo Narita BA6 – London Heathrow T5 Arrivie 17.10 25th April 2017
Meet Up details please meet the group at 13.00 in Carluccios coffee bar inside Terminal 5 Heathrow
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.
Location Day to Day Detail for your Japan Travel
The itinerary includes breakfast each morning, 5 dinners and 1 lunch. The other meal times you are free to choose your own restaurant.
Day 1 – Tokyo Met at Haneda Airport by full time tour leader for 10 days
Private Coach from Tokyo Haneda Airport to Hotel – Candeo Hotel Ueno Koen – Welcome Dinner
Day 2 – Tokyo Private Coach for Tokyo Sightseeing 4 Hours Private Guide Service in Tokyo Embroidery Workshop (Shizuka Kusano, textile artist)
Day 3 – Kyoto Morning Sightseeing by Foot: National Museum, Nippori Fabric Town. Luggage forwarded to Kyoto Private Coach for Tokyo Sightseeing Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto. Evening exploring Gion on foot. Stay at Ibis Styles Kyoto Station. Dinner At MiMiu Gion
Day 4 – Kyoto Private Coach for Kyoto Sightseeing Calligraphy Class Afternoon Sightseeing: Nijo-jo, Kinkaku-ji, Ryoan-ji.
Stay at Ibis Styles Kyoto Station
Day 5 – Kyoto Private Coach for Kyoto Sightseeing Arashiyama Sightseeing: Togetsukyo Bridge,
Bamboo Groves and Tenryuji Ikebana Flower Arranging. Stay at Ibis Styles Kyoto Station.
Dinner At Local Restaurant
Day 6 – Kyoto Morning at leisure with a visit to Toji Market highly recommended.Private Coach for Kyoto Sightseeing Sightseeing: Nishijin Textile Centre (2:15pm show) Ginkakuji, Higashiyama and Kiyomizu Temple. Stay at Ibis Styles Kyoto Station
Day 7 Kanazawa Luggage forwarding from Kyoto to Kanazawa Limited. Express Train from Kyoto to Takefu.Private Coach to Paper Making and Return to Station.Paper Making Experience at Washi no Sato Limited Express Train from Takefu to Kanazawa.
Stay at Trusty Kanazawa Korinbo
Day 8 Kanazawa Kaga Yuzen Kimono Wearing – Stay at Trusty Kanazawa Korinbo. Dinner. At Local Restaurant
Day 9 Tokyo Morning Sightseeing: Kenrokuen, Nagamachi Samurai District and 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art. Bullet Train from Kanazawa to Tokyo Private Coach Transfer to Hotel – Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku. Yakatabune Evening Cruise with Dinner and Drinks
Day 10 Tokyo Private Coach from Hotel to Tokyo Haneda Airport to fly back to London Heathrow
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.