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Price p/p From price per person based on 3-night stay with 2 days skiing/boarding in a twin share Japanese room with private bathroom at Omodaka. 24/25 season.
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USD 1,146

3, 4, 5 & 6 Nights | 2, 3, 4 & 5 Days Skiing/Boarding

Early bird - 5% off listed prices - book before July 31
Location: Japan | Tour Focus: Guided-Progression | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Price p/p From price per person based on 3-night stay with 2 days skiing/boarding in a twin share Japanese room with private bathroom at Omodaka. 24/25 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
*Displayed price may vary due to currency fluctuations.
USD 1,146
Don't let a lack of time, budget or resort knowledge hold you back from a ski/snowboard trip in Nagano this winter. Experience many of Nagano's best ski areas with guides who have an intimate knowledge; based in the culturally rich town of Yudanaka. Tours can be CUSTOMISED for 3 nights or more.
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Nagano Powder Chaser

The Nagano Powder Chaser tour packages are for the skiers or boarders who want to chase that world-famous JAPOW at a variety of resorts in Nagano. Japan Powder Culture Tours (JPCTs) cater for two tiers of skiers and boarders, the advanced skiers and riders who wish to experience as much powder as possible and explore the “slack country” of each of the resorts, and the high intermediate skiers and riders who are open to learning how to progress their powder skills and improve their on piste technique with some tips and training from the instructor/guides.   

No trip to Japan is complete without experiencing an amazing culture and meeting the local people that make this winter wonderland unique.

If you have any questions or want to book, you can enquire directly with the tour operator here.


  • Experience Japanese life and culture by staying off the mountain in the culturally rich town of Yudanaka (adjacent to Shibu Onsen)
  • Stay in a beautiful Japanese ryokan for a fraction of the cost of on-mountain accommodation
  • Ski and ride some of the nicest powder without the masses
  • Learn some new skills from the instructor/guides for those interested in changing old habits 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
  • Rejuvenate daily in an onsen to sooth and relax tired muscles
  • Visit the world famous snow monkeys and walk through the 1300 year old town of Shibu Onsen
  • Relax and be driven from location to location from our experienced mountain drivers
  • Make some new friends to share those on snow stories with over a local ale or wine
  • The ability to enjoy some cultural side stashes with our self-guided cultural days.

Resorts Visited

The Nagano Powder Chaser tour has the ability to visit many different resorts in the Nagano prefecture. The resorts visited are dictated by the conditions on any given day and each area has its own individual micro climate so don’t be surprised if you visit the same resort a number of times.

The resorts visited may include: Oku Shiga Kogen, Yakebitaiyama, Ichinose and Giant, Yokote &  Kumanoyu (all part of Asia’s largest ski area Shiga Kogen), Madarao, TangramTogakushi, and Nozawa Onsen.

Drive times to these resorts vary from 25 minutes to 50 minutes in good road conditions.

Japan's highest & largest ski area...

...incredible Japanese cuisine...

..... cultural experiences

Skier/Boarder Ability & Equipment Requirements

These tours are best suited for high intermediate to advanced skiers and boarders
There are various other tours that are similar to this that vary with respect to duration or ability level. See the JPCT overview for a summary of the tours.

Note:  JPCTs organise its groups according to ability level and where possible we separate the disciplines with a 1:6 guide to client ratio. You will be mixing with the 8- and 10-day tour groups. It is extremely important you do not overstate your ability, or you may find you are in a group where you will be waiting for others not the other way around.  If you have a group of 4 to 6 people the guides can tailor make a tour for you and please enquire for family rates. 

Visit the snow monkey onsen....

...indulge in Japanese sake...

.....karaoke the night away


There is no set itinerary for this package; your guide/host will make a decision each day based on the current snow and weather conditions and the general group consensus as to where to ski and board.

Each night you will stay in downtown Yudanaka in a traditional Japanese Ryokan (hotel), and each morning you will head off with your guide/driver and group to get the best powder on the day.

Yudanaka is a culturally rich town and the perfect base for a Nagano powder chasing adventure due to its central location to a variety of quality Nagano ski areas.

A ski holiday in Japan isn't the complete package without the addition of the rich cultural experience offered as part of this package.

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 hotel 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 hotel 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 Options & Meals

This tour is based in the township of Yudanaka located near the Shiga Kogen ski areas. 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.

Ryokan Yumoto (Deluxe)

Ryokan Yumoto is one of the oldest Ryokans in the area at over 300 years and it has just passed down to the 13th generation of family ownership. Dating back to the Edo period, the area of Yudanaka has a history of over 1300 years and is where the Samurai came to bathe after their battles and the pilgrims, artists and priests would visit on their way to Nagano.

All the guests fall in love with Yasuyo your host instantly, and her lovely presence puts that icing on the cake for your tour.

The property oozes charm and although not luxuriously built using precious woods, the pure Japanese-style guest rooms are spacious, and from the windows you can see the garden next to the hot springs.

Yumoto has a total of 5 rooms. The Japanese-Western rooms have 2 beds plus 8 tatami mats. The Japanese rooms have 4.5 tatami plus 10 tatami. The larger family Japanese room has 6 tatami plus 12 tatami. Each room has a toilet and bathing is done in the traditional onsen house. All rooms have a flat screen TV, small fridge & kettle, and free Wi-Fi is available throughout the property. Your room will have the traditional yukata, which is not mandatory to wear at this Ryokan, although it is definitely comfortable attire after a day on the slopes.

Night-time meals are traditional multi-course Japanese cuisine served by your own private waiter in the ryokan dining area.

Breakfasts (also included) are another highlight of your experience at Yumoto and need to be experienced as words are hard to describe.

Ryokan Yumoto is close to a wide array of quality restaurants in Yudanaka and a short distance from the local Lawsons convenience store and the train station. Yumoto has a complimentary pickup and drop-off to and from the train station and they offer a free drop off at the snow monkey park 20 minutes earlier than the other accommodation in town so that you get the luxury of arriving at the park early.

A piece of Japanese history

...lovely traditional rooms...

...indoor & outdoor onsen

Hotel Omodaka (Premium)

Hotel Omodaka in Yudanaka Onsen, sits adjacent to the Yomase River, and the onsen and many of the guest rooms enjoy lovely views of the surrounding mountains. The open-air onsen baths overlook the Five Mountains of Hokushin.

Omodaka is owned and operated by an amazing family who make your time there a true authentic Japanese experience.


Most of the rooms at Omodaka Hotel are washitsu ie Japanese style rooms with tatami flooring. All twin/triple/quad share rooms have a toilet and handbasin and a shower, or you can bathe in the onsen. The single supplement rooms have a toilet and wash basin, with bathing in the onsen. Beds are futons, and if you like a soft bed, there are extra futons to double up. Rooms are larger than most in Yudanaka and all rooms have a flat screen TV, small fridge & kettle. Your room also has a traditional yukata (cotton kimono), which is not mandatory to wear at this hotel, although it is definitely comfortable attire after a day on the slopes.

You can upgrade to the deluxe western room which is double the size of the Japanese style rooms and sleeps a maximum of 4 people. It has 2 oversized twin beds plus a large tatami seating area for 2 futons. This room has a large bathroom, with a bath and rain shower.


The hotel has an onsen, with gender segregated baths on an elevated floor, and the balcony of the rotenburo (outdoor bath) offers views across towards Mt Myoko and other mountains. In addition to the outdoor onsen, there are indoor baths and a sauna which is rare in Yudanaka.

Other amenities:
  • Small lounge in lobby
  • Gift shop that also sells some sundries
  • Free wifi throughout the hotel
  • Bar and River Cafe that serves up great burgers and toasties in case you're hankering for a non-Japanese meal
  • Massage services available
  • Drinks vending machines
  • Table tennis room
  • The hotel does not have clothes washing facilities however there is a public laundry a short walk away.

Japanese tatami rooms

...private ensuite bathrooms...

...indoor & outdoor onsen


The breakfast dining room has traditional Japanese décor such as shoji screens and tatami flooring, along with comfort of western-style tables and chairs. Breakfast (included) is served buffet style and includes some classic Japanese breakfast fare such as miso soup, rice, salad, dumplings, pickles, mini sausages, and omelette rectangles, as well as a few western staples. Coffee and juice are also provided.

Evening meals are multi-course Japanese cuisine served in a traditional dining room by your personal waiter. Dinner is a great opportunity to sample lots of Japanese fare.


The hotel is located adjacent to the river and it is 1.1km southeast of the Yudanaka train station, and arrival and departure shuttles are provided by the hotel. The main hub of Yudanaka restaurants and the bar district are about 1km from the hotel, and you have the option of getting the one-way shuttle to get to restaurants in the evening.

Omodaka has a free drop off service to the snow monkey park 20 minutes earlier than the other accommodation in town so that you get the luxury of arriving at the park early, so you have the place to yourself for a length of time (it is a tourist attraction so gets busy).

Snow Monkey Guest House (Economy)

Coming soon is the new economy property called Snow Monkey Guest House which will cater for more economy focussed guests.

It is set in the heart of Yudanaka and after renovation it is due to be open mid November 2024. Bookings for this property will open up later in the year once we are certain of the opening date.

2024/25 Dates, Rates & Inclusions


There are no set dates for these packages; they can start any day of the week and are available as a 3, 4, 5 or 6 night package (or a package can be tailored to suit you or your group).  Japanese accommodation holiday rates apply between Dec 29th and Jan 3rd.

Package Prices Per Person (Japanese Yen)

 Deluxe Ryokan Yumoto
 # Nights  # Ski Days   Meals Included   Twin Share Triple/Quad Share 
 3  2  3B + 1D  199,000  189,000
 4  3  4B + 1D  249,000  239,000
 5  4  5B + 2D  299,000  289,000
 6  5  6B + 2D  349,000  339,000

Single supplement upgrade based on the twin price is ¥7000 extra per night

 Premium Hotel Omodaka
 # Nights  # Ski Days   Meals Included   Twin Share Triple/Quad Share 
 3  2  3B + 1D  179,000  169,000
 4  3  4B + 1D  229,000  219,000
 5  4  5B + 2D  269,000  259,000
 6  5  6B + 2D  309,000  299,000

Single supplement upgrade based on the twin price is ¥5000 extra per night. Upgrade to deluxe western room ¥8000 per person per night


  • Rates in table are based on adults 13 year and over.
  • Tailor made packages are also available. Please enquire.
  • B = breakfast, D= dinner
  • Accommodation in twin, triple or quad share Japanese style room (single supplement available plus the ability to upgrade to deluxe western room)
  • Pick up and drop off at Yudanaka train station
  • Daily lift tickets & transport to best snow each day
  • Daily breakfast
  • Ski guide/instructor (max 1:6 instructor to guest ratio)
  • Transport to the world-famous snow monkey park
  • A walk through historic Shibu town which dates back 1300 years
  • Rejuvenating onsens at hotel (Omodaka also has a sauna)
  • Ability to have a rest day if you wish and you can experience one of the three self-guided cultural days
  • AVI gear rental ¥3000 yen per day and includes beacon, probe, shovel and pack
  • Full ski rental store which includes clothing, helmet, goggles, gloves, ski boots, poles, carving skis and fat skis (no snowboard gear). Ask for rate sheet.
  • Deluxe western room upgrade at Omodaka pending availability
  • An interactive karate performance and taiko drum/shamisen guitar/lion dance performance
  • An interactive evening with a third generation Geisha performance
  • A magic/comedy/interactive performance
  • Extra days/nights of accommodation & guiding
  • Single supplement
Not Included


Terms of Agreement & Policies/Booking Information

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


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.


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.  


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.