March 16, 2022
We continue to offer a ‘deposit-free’ option for booking your place on one of our incredible small group tour dates. Or, you can pay your deposit to ensure guaranteed space on the date you prefer.
All deposit-free bookings are considered ‘provisional’ which means if any tour date is getting full or limited spaces available, you may be asked to pay the deposit to secure your place.
March/April 2023 tours and dates are all limited availability at this time.
Travel Period: Autumn 2022 & All 2023
Tour Types: Small Groups Only
How to Book?
Fill out this form / Choose ‘Pay Later’ Option at the bottom.
*For any bespoke or tailor-made tour plans, normal deposit is required with our Flexi-Covid Cover in place (Clause 9 of our terms and conditions).
Q: What will happen if I book my tour to a date when travel restrictions are still not lifted?
A: If you have booked with us after January 1, 2022, and travel restrictions remain in place 1 month before you are due to travel, you will be advised the following:
- [A] Consider postponing your trip to a later date (deposit will be forfeited to this date), or
- [B] Cancel your tour and get a full refund.
Q: If you (UJT) cancel our tour, what will happen?
A: Decisions to run tours to Japan will be made at least 30 days prior to the departure date. If any changes occur outside our control, within these 4 weeks, that makes the tour non-operational, we will inform you immediately with options given at the time. Your options will be to postpone your tour for free or receive a full refund if you prefer not to travel later.
We only cancel tours if:
- Our hotels and transport companies are unable to provide their services
- The Japanese Government advises us to stop running tours
- All flights in and out of Japan are cancelled
We would not cancel tours if:
- One or some attractions are closed, but the majority of the tour can run unaffected
- Some flights are cancelled
- Some foreign governments recommend against their citizens traveling
Participants who made their original booking with us prior to May 2020 (pre-covid) are not entitled to any changes to our terms and conditions which were amended as a result of Covid-19 pandemic. Unique Japan Tours would not be liable for any other items or costs incurred such as airfares or seasonal supplements for your new dates.
Q: What will happen if my flight to Japan gets cancelled?
A: Unfortunately, Unique Japan Tours cannot be liable for flights getting cancelled. However we will do our best to facilitate changes that are out of your control and negotiate with all suppliers in Japan on your behalf. If you have booked your tour that includes a flight as part of a package, we will then handle all changes without fees. If you have booked your flight yourself we recommend you to do the following:
- Contact your airline to re-book a new date. We will re-book your tour applying your new dates (subject to seasonal supplements)
- If the airline is no longer operating to Japan, request your refund (airlines are legally obliged to refund you in this case), and book a new flight. We will be able to help you with this.
Q: If there are no travel restrictions in place, but we still don’t feel like traveling to Japan due to Covid-19 concerns, where do we stand?
A: As soon as travel restrictions are lifted, our team are coming back to full time operations. This means we will be putting all of our energies and time into making your trip to Japan amazing! So unfortunately, if you change your mind, and prefer not to travel at all, you will be subject to our normal cancellation terms and conditions. However, each case will be looked at individually and an option to move your date will be considered at no extra cost (if done before 8 weeks of your tour start date).
Q: How much is my deposit?
A: All deposits are €400 | £350 | US$500 | AU$600 per person.
If an official government travel ban is in place 30 days prior to your due start date, you can choose to move your deposit to a future date, or receive a refund of your deposit. All services will be cancelled without penalty. Written confirmation to cancel or receive refund is required. Email your travel consultant or to our central email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Telephone calls are not recorded therefore we need any changes to your booking in writing.
Q: If I pay my deposit now, when do I have to pay my balance?
A: 30-60 days prior to your departure date. (if Japan has reopened, your balance is due 60 days prior). We will not accept final balances unless Japan has reopened.
Q: After I pay my full balance, will your regular cancellation charges apply?
A: If travel into Japan has resumed as normal by the time you are due to travel, then yes. Full payments are due 60 days prior. If a travel ban is in place at this time (i.e. 60 days prior to your travel date), we will be recommending you change your dates. We will not take your payment if a travel ban is in place at that time. Our new cancellation charges will apply. However, if restrictions are in place, you will be given the option to move your booking credit to another tour/date.