THINGS TO KNOW – GLIMPSE OF JAPAN

Travel Documentation

  1. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months on the date of your trip.
  2. No visa is required for US passport holders. It is the responsibility of non-US citizen travelers to check the visa requirements for the countries they are visiting. Resident Aliens need both passport and Alien Resident card for re-entry to the States.
  3. Carry emergency contact person’s name, address, and telephone number with you.
  4. Make a copy of your travel documents, passport, personal necessities and valuables.
  5. US $800 in cash is generally adequate (but not for significant purchases or excess entertainment).

Medical Requirements & Travel Insurance
It is recommended to consult a doctor before taking on any long trips. Remember to bring your own prescription and over-the-counter medicines for flu, indigestion, motion-sickness, etc. In case of illness, please advise your tour director and/or local guides immediately.

Air Ticket Taxes & Airport Taxes
Taxes for air tickets must be paid at the time the reservation is made. Airport taxes vary by location and must be paid at site on your own when required.
Baggage

Baggage is at owner’s risk at all times. Please check with the airline baggage dimension allowance. For your own convenience, it is suggested to bring one check-in and one carry-on piece per person. Try not to pack excessively to avoid overloading your luggage. All luggage should have a tag with your name, address, telephone number, and tour description written on it. Keep your personal necessities and valuables with you instead of packing them in your check-in luggage.

Things To Carry

  1. Casual attire, comfortable walking shoes, sunglasses, hat, swimming suit, ran coat, short pants, etc.
  2. Sun-block lotion, insect spray, hair gel, contact lens kit, etc.
  3. Books, magazines, portable music player, snacks, etc.
  4.  Hair dryer, shaver, voltage converter (220V) and adapters.
  5.  Camera, camcorder, battery, film, memory sticks, etc. You may not have any time to look for these items
    during the tour, and may cost you more if you buy them during the trip.

Currency
Please visit www.XE.com for more up-to-date currency information.

JAPAN
The currency in Japan is the yen (¥) and banknotes and coins are easily identifiable. There are ¥1, ¥5, ¥10, ¥50, ¥100 and ¥500 coins; and ¥1000, ¥2000, ¥5000 and ¥10, 000 banknotes (the ¥2000 notes are very rarely seen). The ¥1 coin is an aluminium lightweight coin, the ¥5 and ¥50 coins have a punched hole in the middle (the former is coloured bronze and the latter silver). Note that some vending machines do not accept older ¥500 coins.

Changing Money
Banks, post offices and discount ticket shops will change all major currencies and travellers cheques. As with most other countries, you’ll find that US dollars are the easiest to change, although you should have no problems with other major currencies. You can change cash or travellers cheques at most banks, major post offices, discount ticket shops, some travel agents, some large hotels and most big department stores. Note that discount ticket shops (known as kakuyasu kippu uriba in Japanese) often have the best rates. These can be found around major train stations

ATMs
Automated teller machines are almost as common as vending machines in Japan. Unfortunately, most of these do not accept foreign-issued cards. Even if they display Visa and MasterCard logos, most accept only Japan-issued versions of these cards. Fortunately, Japanese postal ATMs accept cards that belong to the following international networks: Visa, Plus, MasterCard, Maestro, Cirrus American Express and Diners Club cards. Check the sticker (s) on the back of your card to see which network (s) your card belongs to. You’ll find postal ATMs in almost all post offices, and you’ll find post offices in even the smallest Japanese village. Most postal ATMs are open 9am to 5pm on weekdays, 9am to noon on Saturday, and are closed on Sunday and holidays. Some postal ATMs in very large central post offices are open longer hours.

Credit Cards
Except for making cash withdrawals at banks and ATMs, it is best not to rely on credit cards in Japan. While department stores, top-end hotels and some restaurants do accept cards, most businesses in Japan do not. Cash-and-carry is still very much the rule. If you do decide to bring a credit card, you’ll find Visa the most useful, followed by MasterCard, Amex and Diners Club.

Information About Your Trip
To make your trip more interesting and rewarding, take some time to learn a little about the culture, language, customs and habits of the places you will travel to. The internet is a good place to start.

Meals & Entertainment

  1. Meals are provided as per your final itinerary. Any meal that is not provided in your itinerary will be at your own expense
  2. It is at your own decision to join and pay for any items or activities not included in your Charming Travel Destinations itinerary such as outside entertainment, items purchased during shopping visits, and optional sightseeing tours. Charming Travel Destinations does not take responsibility for any of these extracurricular and optional activities.

Tipping
Tipping is at your own discretion. As a guideline, Charming Travel Destinations recommends the following gratuities:

  1. USD$10.00 per guest per day for local guides & drivers.
  2. Extra tips for well-deserved services are always appreciated.

Miscellaneous

  1. 1. Keep an eye on your personal belongings at all times.
  2. Respect other group members, your guides, and drivers.
  3. For the protection of your own interests, read your itinerary and hotel information carefully before departure. Leave a copy to your family or relatives for their reference.
  4. A nice and smooth trip counts on every group member’s utmost cooperation. It is important to follow the indicated meeting point and time. For flight delays, cancellations, or any other emergency, please immediately contact Charming Travel Destinations for assistance. (888) 607-8555.
*We ask that travelers stay within their group as CTD reserves the right to cancel the remaining tour for those that deviate from the itinerary/group.