How many people will generally be traveling together with Ippo Japan?
Trips are planned with twelve participants in mind. Once those spots are filled, that specific trip will close. Custom sized groups are available and welcome. Please Contact us for more details.
Can I tailor my own travel experience?
Yes. We’d be happy to work with you to design your own experience. Contact us with your ideas or requests and our tour specialist will reach out to you shortly.
Is the tour escorted?
We can certainly arrange a full-time bilingual tour escort for you. A location-specific tour guide can also be arranged upon your request.
Can I request a retreat travel?
Yes. If you are interested in putting a retreat together for your group, please Contact us.
Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
If you have certain diet requirements, it is critical to let us know when you book the trip. Some diets are simple to accommodate, while others will take careful planning on both ends to satisfy your needs. Please be aware that many Japanese establishments will have difficulty working with food allergies to gluten and dairy because those items are present in staple sauces and oils that most food is cooked in. For those with vegetarian, vegan, or seafood preferences, please note that while options exist, they may be cooked in a meat or fish-based broth and fried in oil that cooked meat or fish. However, market options are generally available in most locations. Bringing your own supply of non-perishable snacks will help you with your dietary needs.
What clothes or shoes do I pack?
Wardrobe needs will depend on the season, but generally we recommend clothes that can be layered. You will be traveling to regions with different climates. Walking shoes are essential. Remember you will be taking shoes off fairly frequently, we suggest wearing shoes that are easy to put on and take off. Also, check the condition of your socks. Feel free to Contact us for more detailed questions.
Can I buy medicine in Japan if I need?
You must bring your prescription medications. For other medications, you can buy them (e.g. cold medicine, painkiller, upset stomach remedies, etc.) but we recommend bringing what you are familiar with.
What’s the weather like in Japan?
Please see the charts below for your reference.
Do I need a travel visa to visit Japan?
Visas are not required for stays of less than 90 days for US Citizens.
Do I need travel insurance?
It is your responsibility to have appropriate travel insurance. We highly recommend working with your insurance provider to purchase travel insurance. Travel insurance can minimize the financial risks of traveling: accidents, illness, missed flights, canceled tours, lost baggage, theft, terrorism, travel-company bankruptcies, emergency evacuation, and so on. Your medical insurance, homeowners or renters insurance, and/or credit card may include some coverage. Please work with your personal details with your insurance provider.
Do I need any vaccinations or monetary exchanges before traveling to Japan?
Please visit the Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs for up-to-date information regarding immunizations, currency exchange rates, and other travel information: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/country/japan.html