I'm not from the United States; can I still participate?
Yes! You are responsible for getting yourself to and from Japan, so you can come from anywhere you like. However, please note that Japan requires visas for visitors from certain countries, and you are responsible for arranging for visas in such an event.
Can I participate if I have to leave the tour early?
You can depart the tour earlier than the end date of 23 December 2019, but you must inform me of your plans at the time of registration in order that I arrange and put downpayments on accommodations accordingly.
How much of the participation fee goes to you?
Of the US$2000 participation fee, approximately US$500 covers the administration fee. This administration fee covers my airfare, accommodation, and domestic (Japanese) transportation, as well as compensation for labor involved in planning, organization, and implementation of the tour. If there are enough participants to warrant it, it also goes to the addition of an assistant organizer in Japan.
Can you guarantee that we'll be able to visit [particular activity/site]?
I cannot guarantee that we will be able to participate in any given activity, although some are much more likely to occur than others. In particular, obtaining tickets to the Ghibli Museum is contingent on luck and timing, as there is a very short, very crowded window of opportunity to buy them. I will do my best to accommodate everyone’s wishes but can make no guarantees about specific activities.
What happens to my participation fee if I have an emergency and have to withdraw from the tour?
In the event that you must cancel after the deadline for payment of the balance, I will refund to you US$500 (administrative fee) plus any money that has not already gone to paying for accommodations, transportation, or other activities. I will not be able to refund any money that has already been used for pre-payment of activities, accommodations, etc.
I take a medication that's prohibited in Japan. Can I bring it if I have a doctor's note/prescription?
NO. While the likelihood that you would be caught bringing such medication into Japan is low, Japanese law is clear that these medications are absolutely prohibited even with a prescription.
I'm vegetarian; what are food options like for me in Japan?
Vegetarianism (and veganism as well) are growing in popularity in Japan, and you should have no difficulty accommodating your needs.
For other questions, email me at ldhmorimoto [at] gmail [dot] com, and I’ll add them here!