Booking a tour
ILJT has so many interesting tours! Which one should I choose?
Good question! To which we will reply by asking more questions:
When do you want to travel?
Japan has something to offer its visitors regardless of the time of the year. There are, however, two seasons that deserve a special mention: the season of cherry blossoms (sakura), usually from late March to mid-April, and the season of autumn colors (koyo), usually from mid-October to late November. Nevertheless, even if you miss the abovementioned periods, there is always a way to enjoy Japan. For example, Japan in winter is a wonderful place to be skiing, while summer is a great season to see festivals or hunt for fruits.
If you want to fully appreciate a certain season in Japan, check out our tours under the following themes: Cherry Blossoms, Summer Adventures, Autumn Colors, and Winter Vacations.
What kind of experience do you prioritize?
Of course, if you decide to come for other reasons, Japan will welcome you all year round. Aside from the abovementioned seasonal programs, we also have a wide selection of tours categorized by other themes, available throughout the year.
If you are a history buff, then our Historic Trails will be your best bet. If fine dining is your cup of tea, consider opting for one of our Gourmet Holidays. Of course, if you just want to have loads of fun with your family, we have a theme for that too! Finally, if you have no specific goal in mind, you may want to try our Classic Japan tours, which offer the most balanced experience.
What kind of traveler are you?
Our tours are also categorized by travel styles, which are made with the travelers’ profiles in mind.
If you are a group of young adventurers who are curious and always on the go, consider choosing tours under the Active style. If you are looking for a getaway from your normally busy schedule, and would prefer a more leisurely pace, then our Comfort offerings are perfect for you. Finally, if you do not mind the frequent transfers of Active, but prefer the less rigorous activities of Comfort, then try our Boutique tours, which feature rare and unique experiences.
About your itinerary
Is airport pickup included in the tour price?
All of our tours include airport pickup on arrival. However, we can provide a guided transfer to the hotel only if your flight arrives beyond working hours in Japan (between 9 AM and 5 PM). Should you book a particularly early or late flight, you may have to use a chartered taxi to get to your hotel instead.
What should I do upon arrival?
After claiming your baggage and clearing the customs, you will meet up with our staff/guide who will be expecting you at the airport’s arrival lobby. You might also want to use this opportunity to exchange currencies and/or rent a wireless router or a mobile phone.
What if I arrive late?
If you know in advance that you are arriving late, please let your tour manager know. We will make the necessary arrangements and adjust the time of your airport pickup accordingly.
If you are late due to unforeseen circumstances or flight delays, please contact us as soon as you can. We cannot reimburse you for any portion of the trip that you miss, but this can often be claimed on your travel insurance.
Preparing for the trip
Is international airfare included in your prices?
As we render our services to travelers from all over the world, we are unable to include international airfare in our prices. We ask you to please kindly arrange your own flights.
Which flights should I book?
For our extant tours, the starting and finishing points are fixed, so please choose your flights accordingly. The recommended airports are listed in the Additional Notes section of each tour page. Naturally, if flights to/from a certain point is not available from your country, it is possible to customize the tour’s port of entry and exit.
When in Japan
Is Japan foreign-language-friendly?
While Japan usually ranks low in global English speaking ratings, do not be discouraged. All railway stations have signs with directions in at least 4 languages: English, Japanese, Chinese and Korean (signs in French and Spanish are expected to be added soon). All maps and street signs are also available in two versions: the Japanese and the English one.
Most Japanese people have basic command of English, so simple phrases will get you around. Also, as of recent all taxis in Tokyo have been equipped with English phrasebook boards; you can point at the phrase you need and the driver will take you to the required location.