October Odyssey

A Journey through Japan's Captivating Heritage

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October 26, 2024 – November 4, 2024
Ladies Only | Capacity: 12 spots

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Embark on your once-in-a-lifetime-Japan adventure, and become enchanted with the multi-faceted beauty of Japan with Tulu!

This tour is ladies-only.
This tour starts in Tokyo, and ends in Osaka.

Highlights:

  • Exlore the world’s most populous and ever-fascinating megacity Tokyo, where the possibilities are unlimited and everything is happening everywhere.
  • Shop until your suitcases can’t close anymore! Discover the best fashion and skincare in Tokyo, collect traditional souvenirs in Kamakura, and stock up on mochi and green tea in Kyoto.
  • 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 ‘day to day’ tab for more details.

Dates & Rates
This land-only tour is offered on the following dates: October 26, 2024 – November 4, 2024 (10 days, 9 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.

Take advantage of our ongoing Eid al-Adha promotion and receive €100 off when you book and complete your deposit payment by June 20, 2024.

We donate to charity with all Omakase group tours.
We’ll donate to emergency relief in Gaza 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.

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

Day to day:
Day 1: Tokyo | Arrival
Day 2: Tokyo |Tokyo Camii, Shibuya Scramble Crossing, Shibuya Sky, free time for shopping in Shibuya/Harajuku
Day 3: Fuji | Day trip: Oshino Hakkai, Chureito Pagoda, Fujikawaguchiko Mosque
Day 4: Kamakura | Temple hopping, Komachidori Street
Day 5: Tokyo | Senso-ji, free time, travel to Kyoto by high-speed bullet train
Day 6: Kyoto |Kinkaku-ji Golden Pavilion, Arashiyama Bamboo Grove, Katsura river
Day 7: Kyoto |Nara Deer Park, Fushimi Inari Taisha
Day 8: Kyoto | Historic Gion, Sannenzaka, Ninenzaka slopes, green tea ceremony, travel to Osaka
Day 9: Osaka | Osaka castle, Dotonbori, free time
Day 10: Osaka | 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 moments TBA)
  • English/Japanese-speaking tour guide (fully guided)
  • Entrance fees to sites and activities as mentioned
  • 9x breakfast, 3x lunch, 2x dinner
  • Green tea ceremony with a Maiko
  • Kimono wearing experience
  • Visit to Tokyo Camii (Turkish Mosque, Tokyo)
  • Shibuya Sky Observation Deck
  • Shrines/temples included in itinerary
  • Shinkansen high-speed bullet train
  • Luxury sight-seeing train ride
  • Local transportation costs

    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?

    Absolutely!

    Japan is a distant destination both geographically and culturally, and your loved ones may not always be able to accompany you. However, this shouldn’t deter you from traveling!

    Joining a group tour ensures you’ll have a fulfilling experience and leave Japan with new friends and shared memories.

    Additionally, you can provide our contact information to your family back home and vice versa, ensuring they can stay updated whenever needed.

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

    Of course! For longer, individual journeys, we may not be able to provide airport pick-up or drop-off services. Instead, we’ll ask you to meet the group at the hotel or a designated meeting point.

    Additionally, we offer self-guided tours. If you’re interested, please let us know when filling out the booking form!

    Q: Will I have to share rooms?

    For all our tours, we arrange twin rooms with private bathrooms (shared bathrooms are not unusual in Japan!) when staying in hotels.

    In unique accommodations such as castles, ryokans, or kominkas, single rooms or private bathrooms may not always be available. You might need to share the room and other facilities with other guests of the same gender. For all-welcome (mixed) tour groups, all accommodations will have either private rooms/bathrooms or shared facilities with the same gender.

    If you prefer to stay in a room by yourself throughout the tour, we can arrange single hotel rooms for an extra cost, depending on availability (please see the ‘overview’ tab for details). However, for unique accommodations, single rooms may not be available.

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

    Q: How are the room sizes in Japan?

    You may have heard that hotel rooms in Japan are quite small, and that’s certainly correct! With twin rooms starting at only 9 m² and the need for many capsule hotels, Japan is known for its efficient use of space. Room sizes, especially in city centers, are generally much smaller than what you might be accustomed to. Please keep this in mind when booking this tour.

    However, we prioritize your comfort and do our best to select rooms with enough space for you to pray comfortably. We opt for larger-than-usual rooms, typically ranging from 18 to 23 m², depending on location.

    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.

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

    Depending on your nationality and country of residence, you may need to apply for a visa to enter Japan.

    Tulu Tours does not provide assistance with visa applications, so please refer to your official government website for the necessary 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 group tours is 21 years. If you are traveling with younger companions, we recommend opting for a tailored tour

    While there is no maximum age limit, please understand that our 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 the activities for the day.

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

    Absolutely! While Tulu Tours offers curated tours that cater to a Muslim traveller’s lifestyle, being Muslim is not a requirement. Even if you are not Muslim, we would love to have you join us!

    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, izakayas, clubs, breweries, and similar venues. If you wish to visit such places, you can opt to do so in your free time and the booking and planning will be up to you.

    Additionally, Tulu Tours will allocate time for prayers throughout the day, so please be aware that there may be short breaks once or twice a day.

    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.

    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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