Explore Japan on foot
1. How To Make A Reservation
To reserve a place on a Rediscover Travel Inc. (Rediscover Tours) tour you fill out, sign and mail us the completed Tour Registration Form. We require a non-refundable deposit of 20% the total costs of your tour, at least 60 days before the first day of the tour. The deposit can be paid by either a Check, Most Major Credit Cards, Bank Wire or PayPal. Your reservation is not complete until your deposit has been received. Once we have received your deposit, we will send you a receipt. Your final payment is due 45 days before the first day of the tour for custom tours and 60 days for group tours unless otherwise indicated. In case of billing errors, we reserve the right to re-invoice with the correct pricing.
2. Tour Price Includes
Please see each tour description for details of what is included in each tour price. Many of our tours include a JR Rail Pass that is used for transportation. To use this pass you will need to enter Japan as a tourist with a tourist visa. For more details on the JR Rail Pass eligibility please see http://www.japanrailpass.net/en/about_jrp.html. You must be eligible for the JR Rail Pass to take our tours as listed.
3. Tour Price Does Not Include
Airline Tickets; Federal Inspection Fees for the U.S. Customs and Immigration; International Air Transportation Tax; agricultural tax; Value Added Taxes, any other taxes; security fee; airport taxes and fees; foreign port taxes, passports; visas and vaccinations; telephone; porterage at airports; transportation expenses incurred during free times; insurance, items of personal nature such as laundry, wines, mini bar (or any other alcoholic beverages), mineral water, beverages, coffee, tea, food other than what is provided at the ryokans or hotels during included meals. We are not able to arrange tours from December 30 to January 4 as our Japan office is closed so our staff can enjoy this time with their families.
4. Currency Changes
All prices quoted are based on current exchange rates and are subject to change. If the U.S. dollar devalues by 5% from the local currency or more, Rediscover Travel Inc. reserves the right to increase prices accordingly. Rediscover Travel Inc. only accepts payments in US Dollars.
5. Tours Cancelled by Rediscover Travel Inc.
Rediscover Travel Inc. reserves the right to cancel for any reason, including but not limited to: acts of international terrorism, natural disasters, travel restrictions imposed by any government authority, and other unforeseen dire circumstances. In the unlikely event your tour is cancelled, the entire amount you have paid including your deposit to Rediscover Travel Inc. will be refunded to you after the tour has been cancelled. Once this occurs, Rediscover Travel Inc. and its representatives have no further obligations to its tour participants.
6. Cancellations and Refunds
Your deposit is non-refundable and not transferable. All cancellations must be sent in writing or by e-mail, and will be effective upon acknowledgement by Rediscover Travel Inc. We will then send you an e-mail confirming your cancellation which you should keep as proof of cancellation. If you do not receive a cancellation notice from us, please make sure to contact Rediscover Travel Inc. again as your reservation has not been canceled. Your 20% deposit is non-refundable or not transferable and thereafter the following fees apply:
Days Before Start of Tour
(Japan Standard Time)
Total Cost of Tour
61 days or more Deposit Only
60 to 45 days 25% of the tour cost
44 to 30 days 50% of the tour cost
29 to 15 days 75% of the tour cost
14 days or less 100% of the tour cost
7. Late Payment
If there is an outstanding balance by the Final Payment Due Date listed on your invoice, Rediscover Travel Inc. reserves the right to immediately terminate and cancel all travel services without refund. A service reinstatement fee of US $50 will be added to your invoice and must be paid in advance in order to apply for reconfirmation of services.
8. Returned Checks
There is a US $50 fee for returned checks.
9. Tour Itineraries
Tour itineraries are subject to change. We need to be flexible enough to take advantage of any changes in the Japan travel environment so we may provide you with the best possible tour. Occasionally, during holidays and certain periods, due to unforeseen circumstances the local Tour Operator and/or Hotel, (or similar accommodation such as Ryokans, Minshukus, Temples, Home Stays, etc.) may have to make last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival, in the sequence of the tour and/or hotels. Sometimes attractions close with no advanced warning. On dates including, but not limited to religious holidays and national celebrations, some monuments and sites may also be closed. We therefore reserve the right to adjust the sequence and/or substitute any accommodation or attraction with others of similar category. Also, due to changing weather conditions and other acts of nature, the local Tour Operator may have to make last-minute changes, sometimes after arrival. We therefore reserve the right to adjust the sequence and/or substitute any activity with others of similar category. In these cases, Rediscover Travel Inc. will make its best effort to replace that attraction with another suitable and comparable replacement. Uncompleted portions of the tour itinerary are not cause for refund. For custom made tours we cannot accept changes to the itinerary from fourteen days prior to the start of the tour.
10. Guest Information
Guests are responsible to ensure that Rediscover Travel Inc. has the correctly spelled name, address, email and fax data for all guests. Names printed on the invoice must exactly match the first and last name written in their passport (middle names or initials are not needed). Rediscover Travel Inc. will not be responsible for passengers who do not receive an invoice or documents due to inaccurate information. Any special requirements including special meals, or medical condition must be communicated to Rediscover Travel Inc. prior to being added to the tour. We will inform you if your request can or cannot be met at that time and any additional charges that maybe levied.
11. One Contact for Each Group
To avoid double bookings, please make sure there is only one person contacting Rediscover Travel Inc. If more than one person from a group starts contacting Rediscover Travel Inc., then this could lead to serious reservation errors. Only one contact per group, please. Each Tour Contract is to be regarded as one contracted by or on behalf of the particular person named on it.
12. Group Harmony
To ensure the desired group harmony, Rediscover Travel Inc. reserves the right to accept, reject or expel any tour participant who is deemed disruptive or incompatible with the interests of the group. All expenses to do so will be borne by the individual. Rediscover Travel Inc. reserves the right to make changes in the itinerary whenever it deems it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of the tour participants.
13. Travelers Who Need Special Assistance
Rediscover Travel Inc. will make reasonable attempts to accommodate the special needs of travelers, but it is not responsible in the event it is unable to do so, nor is it responsible for any denial of services by carriers, hotels, restaurants, or other independent suppliers. Be aware that outside the United States, facilities for disabled individuals are limited. We regret that we cannot provide individual physical assistance to a tour participant for walking, dining, getting on and off trains and other vehicles, or other personal needs. A qualified and physically able companion must accompany travelers who need such assistance. Any pre-existing physical (including allergies), mental, or emotional disability that may require attention or treatment must be reported in writing prior to the beginning of a tour.
14. Physically Demanding Tour
Rediscover Travel Inc. tours are physically demanding: You will be doing a lot of walking and standing during sightseeing. While your luggage will sometimes be in transit during the tour, you will also find yourself taking your luggage on the trains. Because public transportation is not always convenient, there may be times when you will have to walk up to 10 minutes with your luggage. Roller boards work fine in Japan, but there may be times when you will have to carry your luggage up and down stairs. Because of these reasons, only those who are in good health (no heart or back problems) should consider our tours. On our walking tours you may need to walk longer distances with your luggage and must have luggage that is suitable for hiking.
15. Young Travelers
Travelers less than 18 years old on the tour departure dates must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Rediscover Travel Inc. will try to accommodate your request for a smoking or non-smoking room. However, Japan is the land of smokers and we cannot guarantee we will be able to accommodate your request.
17. Passports and Visas
You are responsible for obtaining your passport, and for meeting all health and other requirements required by Japanese laws, orders and/or requirements. You must consult with the appropriate consulates to determine if any visas or other conditions are needed. All travelers traveling internationally are required to have a passport. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your entry into Japan.
18. Acting Only as Agents
Rediscover Travel Inc. and its representatives abroad act only as agents for contractors providing the means of transportation, accommodations, and other services pertaining to the tour. All exchange orders, coupons, and tickets are issued subject to the terms and conditions under which such means of transportation, accommodations, and other services are offered or provided. The issuance and acceptance of such documents shall be deemed to be consent to the further conditions. Rediscover Travel Inc. and/or travel agent /tour operator shall not be in any way liable for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay, or irregularity in any vehicle, or through the act of default of any company, or person, engaged in conveying the passengers, or of any hotel proprietor, personnel, or any other person otherwise in connection therewith.
19. Not Held Responsible for Risks
Rediscover Travel Inc. and/or travel agent/tour operator shall not be held responsible for potential risks and hazards associated with travel to destinations included in this program /itinerary, where injury, delay, or unanticipated events may occur. The tour participant agrees that neither Rediscover Travel Inc. nor its affiliates shall be liable for any damage, loss (including personal injury, death, and property loss) or expense occasioned by any act or omission of any supplier providing tour services. Rediscover Travel Inc. and/or its travel agents / tour operators shall be held harmless from any and all liability in connection with the foregoing.
20. Not Held Responsible for Loss, Additional Expenses
Rediscover Travel Inc. and/or its travel agents/tour operators cannot accept the responsibility for loss or additional expenses due to delay or changes in transportation schedule or other causes.
21. Legal Domicile
This agreement and the terms and conditions hereunder shall be governed by and interpreted under the laws of the State of Michigan, in the United States of America. All participants agree to be bound by such laws and subject to the jurisdiction of the Michigan legal system.
22. Use of Rediscover Travel Inc’s Web Site
This web site (www.RediscoverTours.com) and the information content provided herein are granted for use to you, the customer, expressly conditioned on the acceptance of the following terms and conditions. By using this website you agree to be bound by the terms, conditions and notices that follow without modification herein, under a grant of a limited, non-transferable license to use this website in accordance with this User Agreement. The materials and information in the Rediscover Travel Inc. web pages are provided free of charge for general information purposes only. Rediscover Travel Inc. makes no warranty of any kind, either express or implied. By using any information on these pages, you are deemed to agree not to hold Rediscover Travel Inc. liable for the consequence of any actions, which you may make on the basis of the information contained in this web site. If you do not agree to these terms and conditions, you must not use this website. Rediscover Travel Inc. DOES NOT ACCEPT ANY LIABILITY FOR LOSS OR DAMAGES INCURRED AS A RESULT OF RELIANCE PLACED UPON THE CONTENT OF THIS WEBSITE. All information on this website regarding travel programs, dates, prices, services and products is subject to change without notice. Applicable law in your jurisdiction may not allow the exclusion of implied warranties, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.
23. Intellectual Property Rights
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24. Liability Disclaimer
The information, products, and services published on this web site may include inaccuracies or typographical errors. Changes are periodically made to the information which appears here. The content of this site is not guaranteed to be complete, accurate, or available and may be changed at any time without notice. Rediscover Travel Inc. may make improvements or changes on this web site at any time. In no event shall Rediscover Travel Inc. be liable for any direct, indirect, punitive, incidental, special, or consequential damages arising our of, or in any way connected with, the use of this web site, or for any information, products, and services obtained through this web site, or otherwise arising out of the use of this web site.
25. Third Party Web Site Links
Rediscover Travel Inc. makes no representations or warranties whatsoever about any third party services or any web site which you may access through this web site. When you access a non-Rediscover Travel Inc. web site, understand that it is independent from Rediscover Travel Inc. and Rediscover Travel Inc. has no control over or responsibility for contents on or the availability of that web site. A link to a non-Rediscover Travel Inc. web site does not constitute or imply an endorsement or recommendation by Rediscover Travel Inc.
26. System Stability Notice
The content and this website are provided on an “as is, as available” basis without warranties of any kind either express or implied. To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, Rediscover Travel Inc. disclaims all warranties, express or implied, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. Rediscover Travel Inc. does not warrant that this web site or the server that makes it available is free of viruses or other harmful components. You, and not Rediscover Travel Inc., assume the entire cost of all necessary servicing, repair or correction.
27. Agency Notice
The content may refer to transportation, hotel accommodations, restaurants and other services supplied by various independent suppliers that are not subject to Rediscover Travel Inc’s control. Rediscover Travel Inc. cannot, therefore, be liable for death, personal injury or any other loss that may occur due to any act or omission of any such supplier, by reason of any other event over which it has no control.
28. Online Purchases
You assume total responsibility and risk for your selected payment option.
30. No Release of Information to Third Parties
Personal information will not be released to third parties except to further the purpose for which you provide the information, such as finding a suitable ryokan or minshuku. There are no other circumstances under which we will provide or sell personal information to third parties.
31. No Computer Tracking of Identifiable Information
Our computer is not set up to track, collect or distribute personal information about its visitors. It does recognize the home server of visitors, but not e-mail addresses. For example, we can tell which Internet Service Provider our visitors use, but not the names, addresses or other information about our visitors that would allow us to identify the particular visitors to our sites. This information is used only for internal purposes by Rediscover Travel Inc. In addition, our web sites track information about the visits to our web sites. For example, we compile statistics that show the daily number of visitors to our sites, the daily requests we receive for particular files on our web sites, and what countries those requests come from. These aggregated statistics are used internally to better provide services to the public and may also be provided to others, but again, the statistics contain no personal information and cannot be used to gather such information.
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33. Limitation of Liability
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34. Pocket WIFI Devise
Some of our tours include a pocket WIFI devise. Your airport pick up will hand you the devise along with the replacement costs for damaged or lost items. You are responsible for sending the payment to the WIFI rental company including any bank fees.