You love to visit some special places in Japan?
What we tell you is not great news for those who like just spontaneous planning!
Do you think you find all in your guide book about Japan? Well, sometimes you do not find all.
In fact, there are many venues you need a advance (weeks or even months) booking to enter. Usually these are not crowded and simply amazing places. If you ever worked with Japanese companies, you know the culture is based on the long time planning with no flexibility ( not always, haha! )
Most common ways of reservation is that you need to send a physical letter and receive the entrance permission.
We can help this.
Our booking service fee starts from around 15USD-50USD per one successful deal (non-returnable even if in case of cancellation.) depending on difficulty.
This is the place for the emperor family lived since 794 till Meiji when the capital moved to Tokyo.
Built in the mid 17th century. Its garden has all mountains in Kyoto in its design.
Built in early 17th century. One of the best Japanese gardens in Japan. You need to be over 18 year old to enter.
This is the first whiskey distillery in Japan using the spring water in Yamazaki.
ca. 120 mosses ("koke" means "moss" ) covering the area etc. One master piece of Japanese garden. The entry fee is 3000JPY (30USD) "or more " as the temple asks!
An experience with Saihoji temple - Koke dera.
First you send the letter with your preferred date with a return stamp on another letter.
On the return the letter, the temple tells you which date you can attend. You are supposed to bring a calligraphy pen (called "Fude-pen") because you need to copy the sacred letters of Buddhism on your visit.
At the temple, it seems there is one time slot for 13:00-15:00. In popular season, there are around 140 attendees.
With the pen you bring, you copy the sacred letters of Buddhism on your visit (at the end of the writing, you can write your wish) and you pay 3000JPY or more.
After this, you can walk around the temple with the great garden full of moss. It may be 30-50mins walk (around 1km).
Planning to visit Japan? Japan has many unique islands full of nature, and also beautiful rural areas. There are nice events such as Maiko dance happening every year.
How can you book an inn which only provide you a telephone number to book or a small and hidden but cool bar which is not even covered by TripAdvisor?
We offer you the booking service for basically anything in Japan.
We help you book:
1) Japanese garden/Temple/shrine with a special reservation requirement
2) Hotel, minshuku, ryokan, inn
5) Anything else which is book-able
When you want to book a hotel in Japan, we have useful platforms like TripAdvisor, Booking.com, Expedia, Rakuten travel, Agoda, AirBnB etc. where yon can grasp the information about the accommodation and pay and book in your own language.
But there are so many accommodations in Japan which are not covered and do not want to be covered by these platform. These are usually small hotels, inns( Ryokans) and guesthouses in local area.
If you explore our travel articles where we introduce totally wonderful but unknown travel destinations in Japan, you will see many small accommodations are only providing you a Japanese only website or not even an website (probably just a telephone number).
Many restaurants are not covered by any platform for foreigners. If you are familiar with Japan for internet scene for food sectors, there are websites such as Tabelog, Retty, Gurunavi, HotPepper which provide information about restaurants, bars (Izakaya) and pubs. Recently Tabelog starts English website ( not easy to use though).
Yet, some of these websites offer you a booking service and very famous restaurants like Sukiyabashi Jiro from Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Restaurant Kinoshita in Minami Shinjuku and the Japanese restaurant Kurogi in Yushima which you can book from their official pages directly, we notice these booking services basically cover major chain restaurants not small and good ones (hidden gems).
We will do our best to reserve a seat for you but please be noted that there tend to be long waiting list for very popular restaurants in Japan, some are months and some are years.
Beside restaurants, many of our customers also use our service to book concert tickets and book an event.
Besides some secret (yet very famous for being so) temple/shrine Japanese garden, Japanese business esp. the ones which have even no website are conservatives. These are usually the owners of small inns, family run B&B, old restaurants etc.
There are several steps to follow to secure the reservation.
1. Give us the contact of venue you want to book. (or let us know you want a place to stay on this island or area etc. This way, we search a place for you.)
2. Give us the name, address and contact information (for hotel, all members and for a event and for a restaurant, one name and the number of guests in total depending on the owner, organizer)
3. We check if the venue has enough vacancy
4. We provide you with a quotation with bank information
5. After the full amount paid, we will contact the venue to reserve
Note: if there is a long time lag between each step, you may not be able to reserve the place. In such a case, we return the fee after we subtract the service fee, relevant bank transfer fee, tax etc.
Like any other service of ours, we live up to the value of transparency, integrity and fairness.
Our service fee starts from around 15USD-50USD per one successful deal (non-returnable even if in case of cancellation.) depending on difficulty. We even send a personnel to book physically if required.
For accommodation booking, many venues ask for no cancellation policy and you need to prepay the total fee (incl. bank transfer commission, relevant tax, and our service fee), which is understandable for small business with high risk.
This way, we will pay the venue in case of cancellation or no show in any circumstance.
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