The Golden Route: Fall Faves

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December 8, 2024 – December 19, 2024
All Welcome | Capacity: 12 spots

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Embark on your once-in-a-lifetime-Japan adventure, and enjoy the enchanting spectrum of fall colors in Japan with Tulu!

This tour is open to both men and women.
This tour starts in Osaka, and ends in Tokyo.

Highlights:

  • Exlore the world’s most populous and ever-fascinating megacity Tokyo, where the possibilities are unlimited and everything is happening everywhere.
  • Shop ’till you drop in Harajuku – the place to be to find the most fashionable clothing and best skincare.
  • Discover the most stunning temples, shrines and castles – all with a unique backstory – throughout your travel in Japan
  • View the dramatic Mt. Fuji from different viewpoints, one of which the hidden gem Kawaguchiko Mosque.
  • Deepdive into Japan’s history while walking through Japan’s ancient city, Kyoto and get your kimono on to learn how to make *real matcha* during a tea ceremony.
  • Get ready to bow with Nara’s famous bowing deer, but watch out for cheeky nibbles from behind!

Of course there’s more – check the timeline tab for more details.

Dates & Rates
This land-only tour is offered on the following dates: December 8, 2024 – December 19, 2024 (12 days, 11 nights)

Rates:
€3100 per person based on a twin share room. Flights to and from Japan are not included. You are responsible for your own international arrangements to and from Japan.

Depending on availability, there will be an extra cost of €1000 for those who wish to stay in a room by themselves (single stay). Please inquire if desired.

We donate to charity with all Omakase group tours.
We’ll plant an olive tree in Palestine on your behalf if you book this tour.

How to book:
You can reserve your spot for this tour by filling in the form under the tab ‘book’. Once filled out, you will receive an email with instruction regarding the payment of the deposit, to confirm your participation in this tour. The deposit is 25% of the total trip rate.

Upon timely cancellation you will be refunded the amount paid, minus the non-refundable booking cost (this is included in the trip rate, €200 land-only tours). Please see the FAQ tab for more information regarding our cancellation policy.

A minimum of 10 travellers is required for this tour to be continued. Tulu Tours may cancel the tour if less than 10 participants have booked this tour. Please note that Tulu Tours is not responsible for the cost of any extra arrangements, such as flights or accommodations booked by the traveller that are not covered in this tour.

Please be aware that although this tour is scheduled for the autumn season, the exact peak of fall colors cannot be accurately predicted as it is contingent on the post-summer temperatures.

Cities:
Osaka, Kyoto, Nara, Tokyo, Fuji, Kamakura

Day to day:
Day 1: Osaka | Arrival
Day 2: Osaka | Osaka Castle, Dotonbori, free time 
Day 3: OsakaUniversal Studios Japan, or free time
Day 4: Kyoto | Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Katsura river, Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion
Day 5: Kyoto | Higashiyama: Sannenzaka, Ninenzaka Slopes, Green tea ceremony, Gion
Day 6: Nara, Kyoto | Nara Deer Park, Fushimi Inari Taisha
Day 7: Kyoto | free time
Day 8: Tokyo | Travel to Tokyo, Hamarikyu Gardens, Senso-ji
Day 9: Tokyo |Tokyo Camii, Shibuya Scramble Crossing, Shibuya Sky, Harajuku
Day 10: Fuji | Oshino Hakkai, Chureito Pagoda, Fujikawaguchiko Mosque
Day 11: Kamakura |Temple hopping, Komachidori Street
Day 12: Tokyo | Departure

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change in case of unforeseen closures or cancellations, weather conditions, or any conditions that are above Tulu Tours’ power. Days may swap.

Please check the below list of what is and what is not included for this trip.

Included:

  • Handpicked accommodation
  • Airport pickup from Haneda Airport (pickup will be once between 14:00-18:00 local time)
  • English/Japanese-speaking tour guide (fully guided)
  • Entrance fees to sites and activities as mentioned
  • 11x breakfast, 3x lunch, 2x dinner
  • Green tea ceremony
  • Kimono wearing experience
  • Shibuya Sky
  • Shrines/temples included in itinerary
  • Universal Studios Japan
  • Shinkansen high-speed bullet train
  • Local transportation costs
  • Visit to Tokyo Camii (Turkish Mosque, Tokyo)

    Not included:

    • International flight arrangements to and from Japan
    • Travel/health insurance
    • Visa expenses and application
    • Personal expenses (such as telephone bills, wifi, laundry bills, souvenirs etc.)
    • Meals and snacks that are not included in the itinerary
    • Baggage handling and luggage forwarding (unless otherwise specified)

    Q: I am a solo traveller, can I join this trip?

    Yes, of course! Japan is a far destination, both in geography and culture, and your loved ones won’t always be able to travel with you. This does not mean you shouldn’t travel either! We can guarantee that your experience on a group tour will let you leave Japan satisfied and with a great group of friends to share these unique memories with. Also, rest assured that you can give our contact information to your family back home and vice versa, so that they can stay updated whenever needed.

    Q: Is it possible to take this tour as part of a longer, individual journey?

    Of course! In case of a longer, individual journey, we might not be able to pick you up or drop you off at the airport, and will ask you to meet the group at the hotel or a designated meeting point instead.

    Q: Will I have to share rooms?

    For all our tours goes that we will arrange twin rooms with private bathrooms when staying in hotels. With more unique accommodations, such as castle, ryokan or kominka stays, single rooms or private bathrooms are not always available. You might have to share the room and other facilities with other guests of the same gender. For all-welcome (mixed) tour groups goes that all accommodations have either private rooms/bathrooms, or are only shared with the same gender.

    If you wish to stay in a single room throughout your stay, we can arrange a single room for you at hotels for an extra cost (please see the ‘overview’ tab), depending on availability. For unique accommodations we might not be able to arrange single rooms for you.

    If you are travelling with your spouse, we might be able to arrange double rooms depending on availability. If double rooms are not available, we will arrange twin rooms instead.

    Q: Do I need a visa to travel to Japan?

    Depending on your nationality and country of residence, you may be required to apply for a visa to enter Japan. Tulu Tours does not offer nor aid in acquiring a visa, so please check with your official government website for the requirements.

    Q: How big is the group size?

    As we focus on quality and memories, we keep our group at a maximum of twelve guests (unless otherwise specified). The minimum number of guests is ten. If you’re planning on traveling with a larger group or wish to create your own itinerary, please refer to our tailored tour page.

    Q: Are there any age restrictions for this tour?

    The minimum age requirement for all omakase group tours is 21 years. Please opt for a tailored tour when traveling with younger companions. While we do not have a maximum age limit, please do understand that these tours require guests to be in good health and very active. If, according to our tour leaders, you are not in good enough health to participate in some of the listed activities, you may not be able to join that activity for the day.

    Q: I am not Muslim, can I still join a Tulu Tour?

    Of course! While Tulu Tours offers curated tours that suit a Muslim traveller’s lifestyle, being Muslim is not a requisite. Even if you are not Muslim, we would still love to travel with you!

    Please note that Tulu Tours does not suggest or book any sightseeing spots or restaurants that are not in line with a halal lifestyle, such as bars, izakaya, clubs, breweries and others. If you wish to visit such a spot, we can plan your day around these activities, where the booking or planning of such a spot falls onto you (this only goes for tailored tours, not Omakase (fixed) group tours).

    Tulu Tours will continue to make time for prayers during the day as well, so please keep in mind that there will be short breaks from time to time.

    Q: How does payment work?

    Upon filling in the booking form (see the “book”) you will be asked to pay a deposit of 25% of the total trip cost per person in order to confirm your participation. Payment can currently be made in Euro only (bank transfer or iDeal). Please contact us if you need more information or help regarding payment options.

    The remaining balance payment (75% of the total trip cost) will have to be completed 60 days before the start date of the trip. If you fail to pay in time, we might have to cancel your participation, which will be regarded as cancellation by the traveller.

    We can work with payment in installments, please let us know in case you’d like to pay in installments.

    Please refer to our Booking Conditions for details on changes and cancellation.

    Q: What happens in case of cancellation?

    In case the guest is responsible for cancelling the trip, refunds will be as follows:

    • More than 90 days before tour starting date: you will be refunded 100% of the total trip cost, minus the non-refundable booking cost.
    • 60 to 89 days before tour starting date: you will be refunded 90% of the total trip cost, minus the non-refundable booking cost.
    • 30 to 59 days before tour starting date: you will be refunded 75% of the total trip cost, minus the non-refundable booking cost.
    • 15 to 29 days before tour starting date: you will be refunded 50% of the total trip cost, minus the non-refundable booking cost of €200.
    • 8 to 14 days before tour starting date: you will be refunded 25% of the total trip cost, minus the non-refundable booking cost.
    • up to 7 days before tour starting date: there will be no refund.

    In case of a cancellation due to Tulu Tours (when booked through Tulu Tours directly), your trip will be fully refunded, including the booking cost of €200.

    Tulu Tours is not responsible for costs associated with any flights, accommodation, or others booked by the traveller that are not covered in this tour.

    Please note that filling in the below form does not confirm your participation in the tour.
    Participation is only confirmed after Tulu Tours has acknowledged receipt of payment.
    Please hold off on making any international flight bookings until after your participation in this tour is confirmed.

    Tulu Tours will contact you within 48 hours after filling in this form with further details.

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