*** May 2019 ***
This tour is a wonderful opportunity for those who like adventure and want to experience real Japanese tea culture in its native environment. Many of the places and people with whom we visit are not tourist sights and we have the unique privilege of accessing usually restricted areas. Flexibility for change is a valuable quality, as travel in Japan can occasionally be unpredictable. Hiking up hills, traveling a bumpy road, full days and getting a shoe wet walking through tea gardens are ordinary events. Participants should also be able to handle cultural differences with grace and respect and conduct themselves as visiting guests. Tour members should be in appropriate physical condition.
Cost for the base tour is US$5,995 plus $250 for the additional day in Saga (added 8/7/14 with agreement of all registered tour members). Cost for the optional Tokyo Pre-tour extension is US$1,195. Price is per person based on double occupancy and ten or more tour members. For single room supplement for the base tour add US$1595. Single supplement for the Pre-tour is US$395. Individuals will be paired up on a first come first served basis. If a roommate is not available, you will be charged the single rate. Assistance with international flight ticketing is available. Schedule, locations, conditions and prices are subject to change without notice.
Tour cost includes all hotels, all travel within Japan, all meals and banquets (unless otherwise specified), entrance and enrollment fees, guides for scheduled activities, Japan domestic airport taxes, and Tea-Shirt. Tour extension cost include all hotels, all meals (unless otherwise specified), guides for scheduled activities, entrance fees, and transportation to/from scheduled locations.
Tour cost does not include international airfare, passport and visa fees, guide and driver gratuities, overweight baggage fees, international airport taxes, charges due to cancellation or reticketing, or personal expenses.
Deposit of $1000 per person is required to reserve your space on the tour. To optimize the unique opportunities, group size is limited at the organizers discretion to 10 people. Deposits are refundable, less a $250 per person cancellation fee, until 75 days prior to departure. After that date, refunds can only be made if the trip is full and your place can be resold. Final payment is due no later than 60 days before departure.
World Tea Tours, The Tea House or any of its agents or associates can assume no liability for illness, injury, damage, loss or expense. Tour members are advised to obtain their own travel insurance. All participants must sign the release on the RESERVATION FORM before departure. The right is reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure, in which case the entire payment will be refunded with no further obligation. Additionally, the right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of the tour. This agreement is made in the state of Illinois and shall be adjudicated solely under the laws of that state. No refund will be made for any unused portion of the tour.