Pottery, Bamboo & Textiles in Northern Kyushu

FAQs

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Listed here are FAQs about our tours:

Weather and Clothes:
1. How is the weather in Japan when we travel?
2. What type of clothes/shoes should we bringl?

Lodgings:
1. What class of accommodations do we stay at during the tour?
2. What amenities may we expect to find in our accommodations?
3. Do hotel employees generally understand English?

Luggage:
1. How much luggage will tour members be allowed?

Money:
1.Where should we exchange money?
2.How much spending money should we bring?
3.Can we use ATM cards in Japan?

Others:
1. Along with the ordinary things packed for travel, what specific item would you recommend for our trip?
2. How rigorous are CTS tours?



Weather and Clothes:

1. How is the weather in Japan when we travel?
The average daily temperatures in Kyushu regions you travel in May are between 59F and 77F in Kitsuki (Day 1 to 3), between 55F and 83F in Hita areas (Day 4 to 7), and between 61F and 81F in Karatsu area (Day 7 to 13). (Source: Japan Meteorological Agency, 2014 - 2016) As your departure approaches, we recommend that you closely monitor current weather conditions through newspapers or internets sites.

2. What type of clothes/shoes should we bring?
No formal wear will be needed during your tour. Pack casual wear. Layered clothes that can easily be adjusted to changes in temperature are best. Bring shoes suitable for walking. Japanese custom necessitates frequent removal of shoes when going indoors. Shoes that can be easily taken off and put on, such as ones with Velcro attachments, are highly recommended. Bring some kind of rain gear. It rains frequently in Japan.

Lodgings:

1. What class of accommodations do we stay at during the tour?
You will stay in modest class lodgings, which are clean, decent and centrally located. The rooms are well equipped but smaller than average American hotel rooms.

2. What amenities may we expect to find in our accommodations?
All of your rooms have a Western-style bathroom attached. They will also provide toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and yukata or pajamas. They are also equipped with TV, alarm clock, hair dryer, refrigerator, thermal bottle, tea bags and teacups. Body soaps and other sundries are somewhat different than those available in America, so if you have special needs, bring your own.


3. Do hotel employees generally understand English?
Since this tour takes participants well off the regular foreign tourist venues, hotel staff generally will not understand English. However, since rudimentary English grammar and vocabulary are part of Japanese public education, you should be able to communicate by writing simple English phrases.


Luggage:

1. How much luggage will tour members be allowed?
We recommend that you travel light or at least try to. Traveling with a light bag makes your trip a lot more fun and easy.

Besides a main piece of luggage, bring a smaller bag for side trips.

In Kyushu Tour, we will have a one-night-two-day expeditions with an overnight bag.

For airlines regulations, check with you travel agency or airlines.

Money:

1.Where should we exchange money?
We recommend that you exchange money at a bank in the airport after you arrive in Japan. Exchange rates are, in general, more favorable to you over in Japan than in the U.S.

We recommend you exchange enough money for the entire trip at the airport. Once the tour begins, you will not have time to exchange currency. It is also hard to find financial institutions in the small towns and villages.

Note: Japan is a cash society. Though most large stores and restaurants handle major credit cards and American traveler's checks these days, small, regional shops and restaurants still accept cash only.

2. How much spending money should we bring?
Your will need to pay for the meals that are not included in the tour price. The average daily meal of our past tour participants cost 10 - 15 dollars for breakfast, 15 - 20 dollars for lunch, and 15 - 25 dollars for dinner. To this, you should add one or two hundred dollars to cover transportation, admission and snacks during your free time activities.

The Kyushu Tour (12 day tour) includes 11 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 4 dinners. You will need to buy 6 lunches and 7 dinners, which may cost you about $195 to $295. Adding $100 to $200 miscellaneous travel expenses to this, you may need $295 to $495.

Please note that the above budgets do not include personal spending money and/or pre/post tour expenses.

3. Can we use ATM cards in Japan?
Foreign credit and debit cards can be used at ATM machines at any Post Office. ATM machines at 7-Eleven convenience stores may take credit or debit cards issued overseas.

Others:

1. Along with the ordinary things packed for travel, what specific item would you recommend for our trip?
Handkerchief : Many restrooms in Japan are not equipped with paper towels.

Tissue paper: Restaurants in Japan don't customarily provide paper napkins.

Washcloths: Lodgins in Japan provide towel sets, but no washcloths.

Earplugs so you get a good night's rest. They can also ease jet fatigue.

Instant coffee or tea to save money

Over-the-counter drugs: They are expensive in Japan. Bring what you think you will need.

2. How rigorous are CTS tours?

The tour includes 1-3 miles of walking almost every day.You will walk on paved streets, modest slopes and stairs.Though the tours are not rigorous adventures, you should be confident of your physical mobility to fully enjoy the trip.