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BEGINNER HOSTED INSTRUCTION PACKAGES
7 Nights | 5 Days Skiing / Boarding

Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Instruction | Terrain Focus: On-Piste
Ability: Beginner to Intermediate
Price p/p From price based on 7-night twin/double-share room with private bathroom staying at Ryokan Biyu no Yado.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 2,137
Never skied or snowboarded before? Or perhaps you have and are at a more novice level and wish to improve. Could that be you? Do you want to experience some of the world-famous powder snow that Japan is renowned for and experience a rich and diverse culture?
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Japan Ski & Culture for Beginners

Never skied or snowboarded before? Or perhaps you have and are at a more novice or intermediate level and wish to improve, could that be you? Do you want to experience some of the world-famous powder snow that Japan is renowned for and experience a rich and diverse culture?

Look no further as our fully all-inclusive 8-day package with small and intimate groups lead by our qualified instructors will have you cruising down the slopes with confidence and style in no time at all!!

Let’s face it, learning a new sport can sometimes be a daunting process without the right knowledge and experienced people to assist. One option is to go to a more traditional ski school which will generally work on the numbers game with large size beginner and intermediate classes with many people on the slopes which increase the chances of injury and a lower chance of rapid advancement. Another option is to come with us and experience quiet resorts with small intimate classes, and English-speaking instructors that turn your learning into a lifetime passion.

Staying in the traditional township of Yudanaka with a short drive to the slopes each day is the luxurious Ryokan Biyunoyado with options to upgrade to a western room or deluxe room with private onsen.



Japan's highest & largest ski area...

...incredible Japanese cuisine...

.....mind blowing cultural experiences

Why Learn with Japan Powder Culture Tours?

It goes without saying that the qualified instructors are experienced and passionate about their trade; that is the minimum you would expect from a ski school. So what is our point of difference? What we have learnt over the years is that there are some very important aspects of ski tuition which are not covered in the traditional ski instructor’s manual. The following are just some of the common sense approaches we use which will generally not be found at a traditional ski school.
  • What can happen in a rental shop is you tell the staff your foot size, height and weight and they hand you some gear, and it is left up to the client to fit the gear. We take this one step further as we know how important it is to your skiing and safety to have the correct fitting equipment. We will measure your foot, fit your boots, tighten them up to make sure there are no pressure points, mount your boots on skis and ensure they are set to a safe level.
  • Once on the snow we teach you how to walk in all types of terrain and different conditions in your boots. We also teach how to correctly carry your equipment to minimise effort and increase balance.
  • We know everyone learns at a different pace and know the importance of mastering a certain movement before moving on. The quicker learners get given different task however our goal is to bring everyone up to the group’s level, so the slower learners are given just as much attention. We do not leave any soldiers behind.
  • The usual teaching model is to talk about a movement, demonstrate the movement, get the client to try the movement then the next step is to follow the instructor. Unless the instructor has eyes in the back of the head, how can they fix any incorrect form? Instead, we teach from the back moving through the group one on one or ski backwards watching our students and reinforce movements through repeating the information until it becomes second nature to the client, repetition being the mother of skill.
  • Where traditional ski schools only give you one piece of the pie, so they have some leverage to get you to come back and spend some more money with them to get the next piece of the pie, we take it to the next level and give our guests the whole pie. We believe it is essential that our guests understand the five main movements (the whole pie) in skiing and snowboarding. Once this understanding is achieved, we can then isolate each movement (piece of the pie) to gain a more fluid progression from beginner to intermediate.
  • Another important aspect is teaching our clients how to read the different terrain, pitch of the terrain, condition of the snow and weather so they have the tools to make good decisions when negotiating their way safely down the mountain when they go off on their own.
Here are just a few of the common sense approaches we use to accelerate our clients learning in a safe and enjoyable environment which are not emphasised at a traditional ski school.


Visit the snow monkey onsen....

...indulge in Japanese sake...

.....karaoke the night away

 Highlights

  • Ski and ride some of the nicest powder without the masses
  • Learn some new skills from the instructor/guides to elevate your ability on the snow
  • No need to work out the best places to ski and ride - your instructor/guide does this for you
  • Enjoy small group sizes (min two and max six people) to accelerate your learning
  • Rejuvenate daily in an onsen (hot spring) to sooth and relax your muscles
  • Visit the world famous snow monkeys and walk through the 1300 year old Shibu Onsen town.
  • Relax and be driven from location to location with our experienced mountain drivers
  • Make some new friends to share those on snow stories with over a local ale or wine

Skier/Boarder Ability

Please note that if you have never been on the snow before we start all our beginners skiing and not snowboarding.  The reason for this is that the potential for injuries from first timers snowboarding is a lot higher than for skiing.  Accidents like broken wrists, damage to elbows and shoulders are very common with toe side crashes on snowboards and injuries like bruising your tailbone when you have a heel side crash can be very uncomfortable.  Skiing on the other hand has fewer injuries as the crashes can be handled a lot more safely.  This is a risk sport and for those that have not done much active sports it is a better option to start with skiing.  For those that have their heart on snowboarding then we suggest having a go at the end of the tour.  Snowboarding is hard to learn and easier to master and skiing is easy to learn and harder to master.  Your experience is enhanced with skiing first as there is usually rapid improvement so you can access different parts of the mountain more quickly.  Once you learn the basics of skiing it is a lot easier to transfer to snowboarding.  We also cater for novice skiers and snowboarders in this tour to help them advance to the next level. 


Partake in Japanese culture....

...the kids will love it...

.....visit an ancient Samurai castle

Itinerary

This itinerary is a guide and we have the flexibility to adjust activities as situations arise. The tour is dictated by the weather each day and your instructor will fit around where the best conditions are to which ski resort we go to.

The beauty of a Japan Powder Culture Tours guided tour is that we are not constrained by relationships with resorts, our aim is to be flexible and follow the weather to allow all our customers goals to be met.

The set dinners and evening performances of the Geisha, Taiko Drum, Karate and Magic performances may vary on which night they fall on the 8-day tour due to overlap in bookings or other circumstances.

Day 1

Make your way to Yudanaka (home of the snow monkeys) on either the amazing rail system or a shuttle from Narita or Haneda airport and be picked up at the drop off points. We need to know a minimum of one day in advance what time your shuttle arrives and what time you arrive to the Yudanaka train station so the Ryokan can have a shuttle van to pick you up. The area has a history of over 1,300 years as a hot spring resort and more recently was put on the map due to the 1998 Nagano Olympic Winter Games. You are treated like a rock star at the Ryokan with exceptional service, immaculate surroundings and food to die for. We do not have the first night’s complimentary meal due to different arrival times briefing and setup of gear for guests, so instead we take the group to the sushi train restaurant or one of the many fine eating establishments in Yudanaka.

Day 2

Made up of 18 resorts Shiga Kogen is the largest ski area in Asia with the highest lift access in Japan (higher and dryer). Because Shiga is so large and elevated, fresh lines can be found days after a snowfall. And because relatively few westerners have discovered this area the queues are almost non-existent, and another bonus is that very few Japanese ski off-piste. We start your tuition here and we are usually on the snow by 9am. After skiing and riding, why not try an onsen to sooth any aches and pains followed by a local beer or wine from the lounge bar. Tonight, we will eat in house at the Ryokan Biyu so bring your camera and this is followed by an amazing Geisha performance by a third generation Geisha to the area.

Day 3

Madarao (Madapow) is another of the Japanese ski fields that does not attract the hordes of gaijin’s (foreigners). This field seems to have its own microclimate and when it snows here it can be very light and deep. Your tuition continues to bring you to a level that allows you to access new parts of the mountain. On the way home we have the option to eat at one of the few Okonomiyaki restaurants in Nagano, which is a specialty from Osaka and Hiroshima.

Day 4

After two days on the snow the new muscles you have used are fatigued and in our experience this is the day when there is a higher potential of injuries occur so it is time to rest so that you will be strong to finish the rest of the tour in style. You may just decide to chill for the day; however we have a series of cultural side treats that will blow your mind. These are outlined at the end of this flexible itinerary.

Day 5

After breakfast we will travel to old faithful and further explore Shiga Kogen. This is when things on the snow start to click and you are able to access new parts of the mountain. After you dine out at one of the many outstanding restaurants around Yudanaka we have Magic show from a foreign local to the area who has 30+ years of experience with this highly entertaining magic, comedy and interactive performance.

Day 6

Togakushi ski resort is on the menu today. This area is highly significant to the Japanese as it is the home of towering cedar trees and the Okusha Shrine sits at the base of Mt. Togakushi so some good walking shoes are required for our cultural side stash walk after the skiing. Dinning is at your leisure around Yudanaka and if the timing and group is ready the signature Karaoke evening will happen.

Day 7

Old Faithfull as we affectionally know Shiga Kogen is back on the ski menu and if the conditions are right we will head to the highest lift elevation in a ski resort in Japan called Yokate. The 360 degree views from the top are the best you will find anywhere in the world looking over the Nagano prefecture and if it is clear enough you can also view Mt Fuji which is Japan’s highest peak at 3776 metres. Your last night you will be dinning in house at Ryokan Biyu and for your final night’s entertainment participate in a Karate performance and teaching session from one of Japan’s Grand Masters champions followed by a taiko drum, shamisen guitar and lion dance performance.

Day 8

It’s is time to bid farewell to our fabulous hosts at the Ryokan Biyu. No visit is complete to Yudanaka without some interaction with the famous “Snow Monkey’s”. This is the only place in the world you can see the snow monkey soaking in natural hot pools up close and personal.


Visit historic Shibu Onsen....

..Zenkoji Temple Nagano..

.....Yudanaka is central home base

Self-Guided Cultural Excursions

Here are a number of options for those that either have a scheduled rest day or for those that have ascertained they need to rest to lower the probability of injury. We have a very rich cultural area

with so many options that will give you that truly authentic Japanese ski experience that we at JPC Tours know are unique to this area and in our opinion cannot be replicated at any other ski resorts around Japan. Maps and train schedules are all provided for these cool adventures. Please Note: these are all achievable daily excursions; however you can chop and change them to suit how much time you would like to stay at each venue.

Option 1 (Snow Monkey – Shibu Onsen – Obuse Town)

8.30am leave from Biyu to snow monkey park on complimentary shuttle. Walk to park through national forest. Stop at Enza café at the start of the track after viewing monkeys for a hot drink and snack. Walk to the Sake Museum then down through Shibu Onsen town (this area is over 1300 years old and is where the Samurai used to bath to rejuvenate and where the famous Japanese movie “Spirited Away” was based) then to the worlds tallest bronze Buddhist statue. Take the 12.31pm train to Obuse that arrives at 12.53 and a short walk to Obuse Town. Visit the Hokusai Museum and explore this wonderful little town. Take the 17.11 train to arrive back at Yudanaka train station at 17.33.

Option 2 (Snow Monkey – Obuse Town – Zenkoji Temple in Nagano)

8.30 leave from Biyu to snow monkey park on complimentary shuttle. Walk to park through national forest. Stop at Enza café at the start of the track after viewing monkeys for a hot drink and snack. Pickup at 10.20 from start of monkey park to be transported to train station to take the 10.50 train to Obuse that arrives 11.12 for a short walk to Obuse Town. Visit the Hokusai Museum and explore this wonderful little town and have lunch at the many quality restaurants. Take the local 13.55 train from Obuse to arrive at Nagano 14.30. Exit the train and make way your way to ground level on the west exit of station. Take the Zenkoji bus to the temple. Nagano is the only temple city in Japan which means the temple was built first and the city afterwards. Purchase a ticket in the temple to do the underground chamber tour under the temple to find the gate to eternity and make sure you look in the large mirror when you exit to be born again. Take the walk from the Zenkoji Temple to the train station (Many cool shops and restaurants along the way) and either travel back to Yudanaka on the 18.00 express train or dine in Nagano and take the 19.40 express train.

Option 3 (Obuse Town - Zenkoji Temple and Olympic Museum in Nagano)

Take the 8.39 train from Yudanaka to arrive at Obuse at 9.14 for a short walk to Obuse Town. Visit the Hokusai Museum and explore this wonderful little town. Take the 11.12 or 11.56 express train from Obuse to arrive at Nagano either 11.36 or 12.30. Exit the Yudanaka express train and

make way to ground level on the west exit of station. Time for lunch either at the Midori train complex or at the many street restaurants close to train station. Take the Zenkoji bus to the temple from the west exit. Nagano is the only temple city in Japan which means the temple was built first and the city afterwards. Purchase a ticket in the temple to do the underground chamber tour under the temple to find the gate to eternity and also the ticket for the Zenkoji Museum which is behind the Zenkoji Temple. Take the walk from the Zenkoji Temple to the train station (many cool shops and restaurants along the way). Another great place to visit is the M-Wave which is where the Olympic Museum is and the long course speed skating facility which is still in operation. An amazing building with the largest wood suspended ceiling in the world. Would need to get a taxi from train station to this venue. Option to take the 18.00 express train back to Yudanaka or stay for dinner in Nagano and get the 19.40 train from Nagano which arrives in Yudanaka at 20.29.

Accommodation & Meals

This package is based in the township of Yudanaka located near the Shiga Kogen ski areas and sits at 600 metres above sea level. Due to its proximity it is ideally located for visiting many of Nagano's great ski areas.

The area is well known for its onsens (hot springs) and it is said that over 1300 years ago a monk who visited the area discovered the healing quality of the water and the popularity of the region grew so much that the Samurai would come to repair their bodies in the rejuvenating waters.

The other attraction to the area is the world renowned snow monkeys who have learnt to keep themselves warm in the natural onsen water. Although the town is visited by foreigners to visit the snow monkeys you will find the town relatively free of westerners when you eat out in the evenings as many just come on day journeys. There is a wide array of traditional eating houses in Yudanaka which serve fresh local and regional produce. In the past few years the restaurant scene has expanded to include a number of new eateries which have a mix of Japanese and Western food to suit every palette. A walk through historic Shibu town is also a must with its quaint shops, temples, shrines, foot onsens and authentic architecture.


Indulge in Japanese cuisine...

...check out the local Sushi Train...

...fun social group meals

Ryokan Biyu no Yado

Ryokan Biyu no Yado is a 3.5 star Ryokan (Japanese Inn) and is ranked #1 by Trip Advisor scoring an average of 5 out of 5 from over 160 reviews! Rooms all come with private ensuite/bathroom and are Japanese-style with woven tatami floors and futon beds. All rooms have a flat screen TV, small fridge & kettle. Your room also has a traditional Japanese wardrobe (yukata), which is not mandatory to wear at this ryokan, although it is definitely comfortable attire after a day on the slopes.

The ryokan has four upmarket western rooms which are double the size of the Japanese style at an extra cost. The ryokan has an indoor Japanese bathhouse (onsen) and outdoor hot spring (rotenburo) and there is also a private onsen available for hire for an additional fee.

The night-time meals included in the Ryokan Biyu package are traditional multi-course Japanese cuisine served by your own private waiter in the hotel dining area. Breakfast (also included) is either Japanese or Western-style. For the remaining night-time meals you have the choice of many authentic Japanese restaurants in down-town Yudanaka or Nakano or you can buy additional meals at the Ryokan.

There are massage services available, free wi-fi throughout the ryokan, a luxurious lounge bar and common seating area, drinks vending machines, grand piano, large screen TV, karaoke bar and a souvenir shop.

The Ryokan does not have clothes washing facilities however there is a public laundry a short walk away.  


Deluxe Ryokan Biyu..

...traditional Japanese tatami rooms...

.....outdoor hot springs

2023/24 Dates, Rates & Inclusions

These packages are based on fixed dates for a fixed number of days. 

 Ryokan Biyu Yo Nado
 # Nights  # Ski Days   Meals Included   Adults 13+  Child (6-12) 
Single Supplement 
 7  5  7B + 2D 319,000  289,000  +49,000

Notes:

  • Package is based on "Twin Share" in a Japanese room with meals outline above included. Single supplement ¥49,000 for the package. Please enquire for upgrade to Western style rooms or VIP room with its own private onsen.
  • One on one tuition for single travellers is an extra 30,000 yen per day.
  • All prices are based on a minimum of two people for each individual tour to proceed and you can make an enquiry for rates for one on one tuition tours. 
  • Tailor made packages are also available. Please enquire.
  • If you are a single traveler the guides will endeavour to mix you with another group and if not possible there will be an extra charge for one on one instruction. 
  • B = breakfast, D= dinner
  • Extra holiday bed rates apply at Ryokan Biyu between 26th Dec 2023 and 4th Jan 2024
Inclusions
  • Standard accommodation options (plus the ability to upgrade to the deluxe rooms)
  • 5 x days of lifts passes for skiing or snowboarding
  • Daily breakfast & 2 in-house dinners
  • Transportation to best snow location each day
  • Full day Ski Instructor (max 1:6 instructor to guest ratio)
  • Rental gear hire and assistance with fitting (includes board/boots, skis/boots/poles, jacket, pants, helmet, goggles and gloves)
  • Transport to the world-famous snow monkey park
  • Transportation to best snow location each day
  • A walk through historic Shibu town which dates back 1300 years
  • Free rejuvenating daily Onsens at Ryokan Biyu plus a rooftop private onsen that can booked each day for a cost
  • On the third day is a rest day and you can experience one of our three self-guided cultural days as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • A comedy/magic show performance
  • An evening with a third generation Geisha performance
  • An interactive Karate performance and Taiko Drum/Shimansen guitar/Lion dance performance
Add-ons
  • Upgrade to private room (where available)
  • Private one-on-one lessons (JPY 30,000 per day)
  • Airport shuttle / transfers to/from Yudanaka
  • An option at an extra cost and if the conditions are favourable for an evening tour in a Pistenbully snow cat to the highest lift access point in Japan 2307 metres to see the snow monster trees
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JAPAN POWDER CULTURE TOURS TERMS & CONDITIONS

Terms of Agreement & Policies/Booking Information

Please carefully read the policies below before you make a reservation.

CUSTOMER INFORMATION FORM

To enable us to complete your arrangements you must complete the customer information spreadsheet as complete as possible at the time.  This does not guarantee your booking as we need to confirm that the accommodation you have requested is available.  If there is no availability for some/all of your components we will advise you of this and offer an alternative where possible. The alternative product offered may be a different price and prices will be adjusted accordingly.   The information which you provide may be used by JPC Tours for further communication to you (unless requested otherwise) but no information will be divulged to any third party.

BOOKING YOUR HOLIDAY

Once we have confirmed your accommodation requirements JPC Tours will send you a deposit invoice of 20% of the total booking which is nonrefundable once received.  We do hold the deposit in credit for you if you wish to book with us at another date. You will then have 7 days to reconfirm your space with your deposit.  The payment options for the deposit are through our New Zealand or Japanese bank account or via Flywire as bank transfer or credit card.  Any fees associated with the transfer are the client’s responsibility. The final balance is to be paid 60 days prior to the commencement of the tour either via our New Zealand or Japanese bank account or through Flywire.  We also have the option to pay by cash yen at the start of the tour for those who wish to avoid the transaction fees and perhaps gain by purchasing cash yen at the time you consider the best rate.  If you pay directly into our Japanese account from an overseas institution you are required to cover any applicable fees. This is usually a fee on your end and a 3000JPY fee when the funds land into our account. If we have been charged any fees for accepting such transactions these fees will be passed on in full.  

CANCELLATION

Once we receive written notification that you are cancelling your trip the following fees will apply. The 20% deposit is non-refundable however we do hold it in credit for the following season.  For guests that have paid the balance of tour early and cancel between 2 and 4 months prior to the trip then 50% of that balance will be refunded.  Cancellations made with less than two months of advanced notice will not be refunded. Unfortunately, due to the time-sensitive nature of our business, and the difficulty in re-booking a trip close to the departure date, we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

JPC Tours cannot be held responsible for snow conditions. Trips cannot be cancelled or amended on the basis of snow conditions. No refunds will be made if you voluntarily leave a tour for any reason after the tour has begun. Refunds will be at the discretion of JPC Tours if you are involuntarily forced to leave a tour for any reason. No refunds will be given for any accommodation, transport, sightseeing, meals, services, lift tickets or any component of the tour not utilized.

AMENDMENTS

If you need to amend any arrangements after your original booking these must be advised in writing. One amendment is free of charge. Any further changes will incur administration costs of ¥3000 per amendment plus any costs levied by our overseas agents and suppliers. Any change to an existing booking constitutes ‘an amendment’. A transfer to another tour is viewed as a cancellation and not as an amendment, and cancellation fees will apply.

BOOKING CONDITIONS

JPC Tours receives bookings subject to the following conditions.
 

  1. A booking is accepted only after JPC Tours receives the deposit and issues the client a Confirmation Invoice. The balance must be received 60 days prior to the commencement of the tour; otherwise JPC Tours may treat the booking as cancelled by the client. 
  2. It is our policy to run our tours even if we have only one guest booked and to date, we have never cancelled a tour in over a decade of operation, however we did have a world shut down due to COVID which meant we were unable to operate for two season hence JPC Tours reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure, including a confirmed tour, due to circumstances beyond our control. If this occurs, you will be given the option of changing to another tour or receive a full refund. JPC Tours is not responsible for any incidental expense you have incurred as a result of your booking. If you choose and alternative tour and it is at a lower value than your original tour, you will be refunded the difference. If the alternative tour is of a higher value, then you will pay the difference in price. 
  3. Date changes are subject to availability. Date changes may be requested at any time up to 2 months prior to your departure date. Date changes made between 2-3 months prior to the tour will be charged a ¥20,000 fee per person. A ¥10,000 fee will be charged per person for all date changes made more than 3 months prior to the tour.
  4. Where this booking would otherwise be subject to the provisions of the Consumer Guarantee Act (C.G.A) 1993, if the supply is a supply for business purposes the client agrees that the services are supplied for business purposes in terms of section 2 and 43 of the C.G.A 1993, and that the provisions of the said Act do not apply to the supply to the client. Such client is not a consumer for the purposes of these booking conditions.
  5. Adventure sports activities involve many risks, dangers and hazards.  These risks and hazards are outlined in our release of liability, waiver of claims, assumptions of risks and indemnity agreement which all participants are required to read and sign before participating in a JPC Tour.  This agreement will affect your legal rights should you be involved in an accident.  Managing risk is JPC Tours number one priority. Our guides manage significant hazards inherent to side country pursuits (e.g., avalanche, inclement weather, tee-accidents, rock fall, and high winds) but they cannot eliminate them. Please clearly understand that skiing in bounds and out of bounds is an inherently hazardous sport and both actions are only undertaken with the full knowledge and consent from the participant that these are inherently dangerous activities. You are choosing to engage in an activity in which skiers have been injured and worse. While these accidents are indeed infrequent, they may occur at any time and be out of our control. We ask that participants acknowledge that risk and make their own choices about whether to engage in this activity. We ask that each participant is physically and mentally fit, is properly attired and equipped, and continues to assess him/her-self throughout the tour to ensure as safe a time as possible. We ask that participants honestly and accurately describe themselves, in terms of fitness, health and skills, and their equipment to their guides, and that they adhere to the advice of their guide.
  6. Due to the inherent risk involved in alpine pursuits, and in the interest of your safety, JPC Tours strongly recommends all participants to bring insurance that provides full medical and emergency evacuation coverage. JPC Tours will NOT provide insurance for participants on any JPC tour. If a participant does not have proper insurance documentation, he/she will be liable for her own medical and emergency evacuation expenses and will receive no refund, date change, or any kind of compensation from JPC Tours. Please take this seriously and lean on the side of caution.
  7. JPC Tours acts only as an agent for the other companies providing or offering accommodation, lift tickets and other services and as such has no control over any services or products provided by these supplying companies. All bookings made are subject to the booking terms and conditions under which these services are provided. JPC Tours and its suppliers reserve the right, without liability or right of compensation, to prohibit or restrict any activity, or cancel or alter any service or itinerary component, without notice. JPC Tours will not be held responsible for the inability of the suppliers to comply with any special request relating to age, medical conditions, physical ability or disability, dietary requirements, allergic conditions, smoking or non-smoking accommodation.   JPC Tours does not own or control the hoteliers, ski resorts or the various suppliers, and JPC Tours does not actually provide those services itself. JPC Tours will take all possible care to ensure that its suppliers have a reputation for maintaining a high standard. However, JPC Tours is unable to accept responsibility in any way for day-to-day problems with the services provided or for any loss, damage, delay, inconvenience or injury to persons or property, or any other loss howsoever arising. In particular JPC Tours is unable to accept responsibility for any aspect of your holiday arrangements affected by matters over which JPC Tours has no control including, without limitation, war or threat of war, riots and civil strife, terrorist activity, natural or nuclear disaster, weather conditions, fire, flood, drought, industrial disputes or governmental or official action or reasonable apprehension of the foregoing, cancellation, curtailment, or rescheduling of flights, or any failure on your part to obtain the correct visas and valid passport for travel. 
  8. While JPC Tours will use its best endeavors to operate all tours as advertised, reasonable changes in the itinerary may be made without notice where deemed necessary or advisable by JPC Tours.
  9. JPC Tours does not accept responsibility for disruption, inconvenience, cancellation or alteration directly or indirectly caused by or aggravated by the failure of any computer data processing equipment or media microchip integrated circuit or similar equipment, software or processing, storage or retrieval system.
  10. It is a condition of the acceptance of your deposit in respect of this tour that all monies paid to JPC Tours, whether by way of deposit or otherwise in respect of the tour, may be disbursed by JPC Tours as and when it sees fit or in respect of the services to be provided or fees payable under the tour program and the payment of a deposit for the tour shall be deemed to be a direction by you to JPC Tours to disburse such monies as foresaid. All monies received by JPC Tours are deposited in its name with its bankers, until appropriate disbursement to the suppliers of services or their agents.
  11. The flight segment of the tour is to be arranged by the customer and JPC Tours cannot be held responsible for any consequences that may arise due to your air travel arrangements.
  12. Receipt of a deposit will be taken as an understanding by JPC Tours that the participant has read and agrees to abide by these terms and conditions stated.
  13. The booking conditions and the supply of services herein shall be governed by and interpreted according to the laws of New Zealand, and both the client and JPC Tours irrevocably submits themselves to the jurisdiction of New Zealand courts in respect of any proceedings arising out of or relating to these booking conditions or services provided hereunder.

YOUR HOLIDAY PRICE

Passport and visa fees, insurance, excess baggage charges, extra meals, laundry, drinks, souvenirs, items of a personal nature including medication, departure taxes, and tipping are not included in the price of your holiday. Entrance fees to venues detailed in the itinerary will generally be included, unless specified otherwise in the itinerary.
  

PASSPORTS & VISAS

A valid passport is required for travel and some countries require that it be valid for at least 6 months after the date of departure from those countries. Japan works on a 90 holiday visa for most countries however some countries are excluded from this and require further documentation before travel into Japan is permitted.
 
The above information should be taken as a general guideline and JPC Tours will endeavor to resolve any issues that may arise in a prompt and professional manner.