Japan’s new Fast Track App for Inbound International Travellers Japan have eliminated the requirement to quarantine post arrival for those persons who are triple vaccinated (double in the case of the J&J Jansen vaccine) and who have passed a PCR test within 72 hours of departure (unless they are traveling from a designated country of […]
Black Friday Deal!!
Offer valid on select 2022/23 small group tours only (see below). Maximum €500 pp off any tour price Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer or existing bookings. Tohoku Trails (off the beaten track) Onsen villages, farm stay, luxurious trains, UNESCO & Ritz Carlton Nikko, […]
Covid 19 Update from Japan
FOREIGN TRAVEL TO JAPAN Foreign travel to Japan is still not permitted beyond some special exceptions. (Japan National Tourist Organisation Travel Updates) however it is anticipated that international travel will be possible again in the near future. The Japan Business Federation, better known as Keidanren, have been lobbying the government to ease its entry restrictions. […]
Japan’s Roadmap to Reopening
As of yet, there is still no definitive date when Japan will reopen to international travel, however there are promising signs with last week’s announcements about the proposed ending of domestic restrictions. On September 9, 2021 the government announced a plan to assist in the easing of restrictions on travel, dining and public events for […]
Hiking the Kumano Kodo Ancient Pilgrimage
What can you expect on the world famous Kumano Kodo walking pilgrimage in Japan? We asked local expert Brad who works with the local tourism authorities in the region to introduce this special part of Japan!
Seven Interesting Things About the Tokyo Paralympics 2020
1) Tokyo the first city to host the Paralympics twice! Tokyo is the first city to host the Paralympics twice after the Games first debuted in 1960, ahead of Tokyo’s last Summer Games in 1964. The next city to host them twice will be Los Angeles in 2028. The Olympic torch has now been handed over […]
Top 10 Islands to Visit in Japan
1) Amami Oshima Amami Oshima is a tropical island paradise and one of the largest elevated coralline islands in Kagoshima prefecture, close to Yoron yet on a bigger scale. The colourful coral is contained in cobalt seas which surround the dramatic coastlines and lush tropical forests, home to the native Amami rabbit and jay. In […]
A conversation about “Ainu Culture”, the indigenous people of Hokkaido!
Andrew and Mizuki are joined by long term Japan resident and tourism export Paul Haggart for a discussion about the native “Ainu” people in Hokkaido. This video also feature a video testimonial from one of our customer who recalled his visit to the Ainu village lake Akan. It is worth noting that Ainu culture and […]
Tokyo Olympics 2020… the one that got away!
THE SPECTATORS WHO COULDN’T TRAVEL As we look back on the Tokyo Olympics 2020, we have of course mixed feelings. The Japanese government has hoped to welcome over 1 million international visitors to Japan for the Tokyo Olympics. Huge amounts of preparations went underway to make Japan an even easier and more pleasant place to […]
Amami Oshima Island Awarded UNESCO Natural Heritage Site Status
At Unique Japan Tours, we pride ourselves with discovering hidden gems in Japan before they gain mainstream popularity. When we design our itineraries, of course we usually create a balance between some well know and popular highlight destinations, but where other tour companies stop there with the cliche hotspots, we always try to use our […]