Fully Tailored FAQs
Fully Tailored Packages are exactly as described - a package tailored from scratch to your exact requirements.
What is a Fully Tailored Package and how is it put together?
Our Fully Tailored Packages are based on an itinerary covering your accommodation and transport in Japan. We have links with hundreds of hotels and traditional Japanese inns across Japan from Hokkaido to Okinawa, so whichever destinations you have in mind we can make it possible. To this basic itinerary we can add a range of extra elements, such as occasional private guiding, tickets to sporting events such as baseball and sumo and a range of cultural experiences, such as tea ceremony, flower arranging and a selection of very special geisha experiences in Kyoto. There is no end to the possibilities that can be included in your trip, from bear watching in the mountains to dressing up as a samurai/geisha couple in the heart of Kyoto for that perfect honeymoon snapshot!
Each Fully-Tailored itinerary is different, as we work closely with the customer to make sure the plan is exactly right for them. All of our UK office staff have lived and worked in Japan and have traveled the country extensively, so you will have your trip designed by those with a wealth of knowledge on the variety of destinations Japan has to offer.
After your initial email to us, you will be sent an intial itinerary proposal for your trip based on the information you have provided us with. This will usually include suggestions for accommodation, transport and any special activities that may be of interest. We encourage our customers to read through the proposal carefully and then let us know their comments. We then begin to alter and adapt the plan, fine-tuning it (with your approval) until it matches your requirements exactly. No payment is required until you are completely happy with your itinerary and we have confirmed your accommodation.
We don’t like the idea of shared bathroom facilities. Can we have all of our accommodation with ensuite facilities?
Certainly. We can select accommodation for you that has full ensuite bathrooms, whether in western-style hotels or traditional Japanese inns – just let us know.
The Japanese love keeping clean. Traditionally, Japanese inns did not have private bathrooms in each guestroom. Instead the inn provided large communal bathing areas (separate area for men and women) and guests would use the facilities at their leisure. These bathing areas usually consist of a row of half a dozen spotlessly-clean shower ‘stations’ with low stools and soap, and a large shallow bath for enjoying a relaxing soak once clean. These days most Japanese-style inns also provide ensuite facilities, but the large communal bathing areas remain, many of them with luxurious extras such as outdoor baths, Jacuzzi-style baths and saunas. In the mountains these baths take advantage of the local natural hot-spring water and the myriad of health benefits the local waters offer! The large communal baths are very much a part of Japanese culture and tradition, and to miss out altogether would be a shame.
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Is a Fully-Tailored Trip more expensive than a Self-Guided trip?
No, not necessarily. Because of our extensive links with a range of accommodation options we can work with almost any budget and produce a trip to suit your pocket. Let us know roughly how much you would like to spend and we can tailor your trip accordingly.
How will we get around Japan without a tour leader?
We will provide you with a comprehensive Info-Pack for your trip. This will contain all of the vital information for your trip, including comprehensive transport instructions with bi-lingual timetables, addresses and maps for all of you accommodation, a destination guide to each place you will visit and a huge General Information section covering a wide range of topics from eating out to enjoying a hot-spring bath!
We often include a meet-and-greet service on arrival at the airport and also a day’s private guiding service at the start of the trip. These services give you a good introduction to Japan and help answer a lot of the questions that you may have on arrival in a new country.
What if something goes wrong? Who can we contact?
Throughout your trip you will have the support of English-speaking staff at our Japan office in Nagoya. Our Japan office will have full details of your trip itinerary and are only a phone call away in the unlikely event that you should have any problems while you are in Japan.