choose to travel with Magical Japan tours?
are an ATOL bonded Tour Operator specialising in providing tours
to Japan and the Far East since 2003.
You can speak directly to the actual Japan specialist who has
planned your specific tour and knows the country well. Therefore
our expertise ensures you will have a magical holiday.
All our staff in our UK head office have either lived or travelled
extensively throughout Japan and are all passionate about the
a leading specialist Tour Operator, we have
a large variety of Japan tours available. With our knowledge
and experience, we can create tailor-made tours across the
whole of Japan and Okinawa.
We only use quality hotels and Ryokans. Our Hotels are situated
in great locations, regularly inspected and rated highly by
the difference between our Japan Guided Tours & Japan Escorted
Escorted Japan tour selection
are designed by ourselves and operate exclusively for our guests.
experienced guide will travel with you throughout the tour in
Japan, including all the train transfers and on the guided sections
of the itinerary. You will have their knowledge on hand to make
your journey to Japan more pleasurable and informative. We only
use experienced professional local Japanese guides (not unqualified
tour buddies) who will provide the best quality service. The
escorted tours will use private coach, bullet trains and public
transport and will include Ryokan stays and other special activities.
detailed itinerary gives hotel and Ryokan names and details.
Our superb choice of hotel and Ryokan accommodation are all
well tested and in good locations. We are confident of our quality
and selection and many of our Hotels & luxurious traditional
Ryokans include Onsen (Hot Spring spa facilities) and all provide
excellent dining experiences. Western rooms in Ryokans can be
provided if requested at booking stage (Subject to availability).
Hotel selection is sometimes dependant upon room availability
at time of booking, particularly during festival periods.
tour is arranged on a small group basis, as we feel this gives
our travellers more flexibility and enjoyment. By reducing the
group size our experienced guide can show you the true beauty
of Japan. Our itineraries are designed at a sensible pace with
a combination of escorted sightseeing and some free time.
tour price is calculated based upon a minimum of 6 travellers
in 1 group. In the unlikely situation where the number is less
than 6, we can still run the tour with slight modifications,
or travelers will be offered an alternative tour, or the opportunity
to travel on an alternative date.
Guided Japan tour selection,
include our tour assistant meeting you at the airport upon arrival
of your specific flight. Our assistant will provide you with
all your train tickets, hotel & tour vouchers. Airport transfers
and all transfers by train & coach between each destination
are included in the tour price.
English speaking local Japanese guides will meet you each day
when you have a tour activity, and all entrance fees are included
whilst on the guided tours, as stated in your itinerary. These
day tours are generally on a coach basis (sometimes by train/public
transport) and allow enough time to enjoy walking around each
sightseeing spot with our tour guide. You will usually join
other travelers for these day activities and this enables us
to provide regular, flexible and Guaranteed Departures.
guided tours operate on a daily/weekly basis and we guarantee
departure. Therefore depending on your tour dates, you will
be with other travelers or transferring on your own. We always
provide details to help make the unaccompanied train/bus transfers
straight forward and our standard hotels are within easy walking
distance from the stations. We also provide free luggage transfer
on majority of the tours, so you can travel light when making
the transfers. Where we think it is required we will also arrange
private transport to the train station and arrange tour assistants
at transfer points - please refer to your specific itinerary.
of our guided tours also have some free time, so you can explore
on your own. Ryokan stays can also be added to the majority
of our guided tours, as can optional pre-booked excursions.
Emergency contact numbers are provided for your time in Japan.
EXTENSIONS & OPTIONS
on guided day tours and city extensions are available for all
our tour and can be included in your tour PRIOR TO departure.
For details of tours available visit our Optional
to luggage restrictions on the bullet trains and to ensure your
train transfers are relaxing and you can travel light, we include
a luggage transfer service on majority of our tours.
The overland luggage transfer service takes your large luggage
from hotel to hotel between destinations as stated in your itinerary
(1 piece of luggage per person). Leave your luggage in the designated
area with the hotel porters by 7:30am on the days stated in
your specific itinerary (usually day of checkout). On some tours
where you are traveling on a daily basis or to countryside areas,
you may need to prepare a small overnight bag. For full details
please refer to your detailed itinerary which will provide full
detail of any luggage transfers arrangements provided.
you require any additional luggage transferred, or wish to include
an transfer on your tour, please contact us for details/prices.
If you require international flights, as an agent for many airline
consolidators, we can obtain flights in various classes with
reputable airlines such as ANA, BA, Virgin, Air France, KLM,
Lufthansa, Finnair etc. For the cheapest deal we recommend you
book your international flights at time of booking, as this
can save you pounds off your final holiday price. Full ATOL
a UK company registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA),
our ATOL number is 6450. We have been providing quality
Far East holidays for a decade and continue to grow our destinations
and products for our customers each year. We are therefore a
well establish specialist Tour Operator, who prides itself on
the high level of service we provide.
of the flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially
protected by the ATOL scheme. But ATOL protection does not apply
to all holiday and travel services listed in this website. Please
ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking.
If you do not receive an ATOL Certificate then the booking will
not be ATOL protected. If you do receive an ATOL Certificate
but all the parts of your trip are not listed on it, those parts
will not be ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions
for information, or for more information about financial protection
and the ATOL Certificate please visit www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate
provide carefully selected quality accommodation in ideal locations,
with upgrade to deluxe level available. See our
Japan hotel page for further details of our accommodation
for our Escorted and Guided tours.
people on a budget, or single travellers, we can also provide
Business class hotels on a number of our shorter guided tours.
Business class hotel rooms are generally smaller than those
of our standard hotels and the hotel have less facilities for
international clients. However they are good standard and in
central locations. Budget
accommodation may requires guests to make their own travel arrangements
to the nearest tour pickup point, which departs from the lobby
of our Standard hotel. Details will be provided for your assistance.
RYOKANS & ONSENS
the majority of our Escorted small group tours, we include a
few nights in a luxury Ryokans, staying in a traditional Japanese
style room with Tatami mats and sleeping on futon beds.
hotels and Ryokans will also have indoor and outdoor 'Onsen'
hot spring spa baths for your enjoyment. Western style beds
can also be arranged in a number of locations when requested
at booking stage.
number of our Guided tours also have Ryokan stays included and
some hotels have Onsen facilities. We can also provide a Ryokan
experience (Japanese guest house) in Hakone or on the last
day in Kyoto on the majority of our guided tours. The supplement
starts from £160 per person for 1 night and includes breakfast
& a beautiful Japanese Dinner prepared with fresh seasonable
ingredients. See our Ryokan
& Onsen guide for more information.
- Ryokans should not be confused with a Minshuku (Japanese
version of bed & breakfast accommodation), as the standard of
service, food and decor are not comparable.
is included on the escorted small group tours and other meals
are as specified in each detailed itinerary.
the Guided tours meals are as specified in each detailed itinerary.
Breakfast at hotels can be booked in advance or purchased in
Japan on a daily basis. Alternatively, there are many places
around the hotels where you can buy meals.
of our tours do not use the Japanese Rail Pass, due to the restrictions
that apply, and the pass is not valid on the super fast “NOZOMI”
and “MIZUHO” Bullets trains and Kyushu Shinkansen lines. We
feel it often works out far more convenient, quicker and cost
effective without the rail pass. Therefore we generally use
luxury air conditioned coaches combined with express and bullet
trains with pre booked reserved seats to travel
around Japan, including overland luggage transfer from hotel
to hotel due to luggage restrictions on the train. Refer to
your detailed itinerary for details.
tours are suitable for travellers of all ages, who are reasonably
fit and healthy.
JAPAN TRAVEL INFORMATION
Visa and Health Requirements
travellers do not require a visa for our holidays to Japan.
are no requirements for travellers to Japan to have certificate
of Vaccination. However please consult your doctor for further
currency in Japan is called the yen. Traveller cheques can be
exchanged in hotels, airports and Banks.
automatic teller machines (ATMs) in Japan do not accept international
credit cards or debit cards which are issued outside of Japan.
ATMs that do accept international cards can be found in the
20,000+ Post offices and 10,000+ 7-Eleven convenience stores
spread across the country. These ATM machines accept most major
bank credit cards such as Visa Card, Master Card, American Express
Card etc. All other cards please check with your bank before
is 9 hours ahead of GMT.
and seasons (Tokyo, Kyoto & Osaka)
areas of Japan have 4 distinct seasons:
Winter (Jan) temperatures average 5.8 degrees Centigrade; winter
coat, warm sweaters.
Spring (end of March, April / May) temperatures average 14.6
degrees Centigrade; lightweight jacket and sweater
Summer (July) temperatures average 26 degrees Centigrade; light
clothing, tee shirt.
Autumn (Oct) temperatures average 18.5 degrees Centigrade; clothing
Blossom blooming and Autumn leaf changing periods are both natural
events occurring over relatively short duration's and are affected
by seasonal variations and climate. Therefore they can not be
100% guaranteed at time of your visit. Historically
the peak cherry blossoms viewing typical in Japan is late March
& early April and autumn leave changing
mid to late October to early to mid November.
It is advisable to bring along a set of international adapters.
Most hotels have 2 outlet sockets for 110 volts and 220 volts
suitable for two prong plugs only.
General, 20 kg per person maximum check-in baggage is allowed.
Please check with the airline before departure.
water is safe to drink anywhere in Japan. Bottled mineral water,
Alcohol and soft drinks can be purchased in most hotels, shops
Tipping in Japan
in Japan is not common,as is only required for extra special
service. This includes taxis.
stay tourist with passport documentation who spend over 10,001
yen in one day at any licensed duty free shop, such as major
department stores in large cities do not have to pay the 5%
consumption tax on the items. (Excludes cosmetics, foodstuff,
film, batteries, medicine, cigarettes and alcohol).
has a vast array of eating experiences on offer. From expensive
luxurious dinning, traditional restaurants, to many reasonable
priced restaurants, similar to UK prices. For those looking
for reasonable priced food, large department stores offer excellent
selection of restaurants to choose from. Also many local restaurants,
often situated around Subways and railway stations offer excellent
food at reasonable prices. It is also common for restaurants
to display wax replicas of their dishes in their windows, for
you to point to. Others often provide a menu with colour pictures
to assist you with your selection.