SOCA IN JAPAN TOUR:
JAPAN SOCA WEEKEND TOUR GUIDELINES
WHEN TO ARRIVE?
Please arrive Wednesday 13th September, 2023 at HND (Haneda) Airport before 4pm. SIJ staff will be awaiting your arrival at the airport from 8am to 5pm. Patrons who cannot arrive before 4pm, please contact SIJ at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff will assist you to hotel via the shuttle bus (included in tour price). Our shuttle bus will depart the airport every two hours, beginning at 830am. The first event begins at 7:30pm.
WHEN TO DEPART?
Unless you have other plans in Japan, the departure date is Tuesday 19th September, 2023. Please depart from HND (Haneda) Airport.
DEPARTURE FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT
See the bus schedule below when choosing your departure flight. Patrons must provide SIJ with their flight itinerary so SIJ can make necessary arrangements for the Airport departure bus. Flight itinerary form must be filled out before July 31st, 2023. Link to form HERE. SIJ will not be held responsible for patrons failing to be on time for the departure bus or for patrons failing to provide their flight itinerary.
FLIGHT BOOKING TRIP
Based on our experience and the only recently opening of Japan's border, we do not recommend booking a flight to Japan until around January. Flights are likely overpriced at this time as the airlines are now returning to normal operation.
If you need portable wi-fi or Japanese currency (yen) please notify our staff AT THE AIRPORT so they can assist you. Portable wi-fi rental at the airport is about $10USD/day, and can be shared with multiple people. A credit card is required to be on file for the portable wi-fi rental. Please keep in mind time needed to obtain wi-fi at the airport as the first tour events begins exactly at 7:30pm.
Alternatively, patrons can also purchase a data sim if their phone is unlocked and supports sim cards. There is also free wi-fi in the hotel.
MONEY IN JAPAN
Japan is a cash society. Many places may not accept credit cards. You can exchange money in the airport or withdraw money from the ATMs in most major convenient stores. It's best to withdraw monies planned to spend on the trip upon arrival at the airport, or at the hotel (there's ATMs inside the hotel) to minimize tour interruptions.
From the Airport to the events, to sightseeing, our patrons can enjoy the luxury of a private bus jamming to the sweet sound of Soca music. Many events and sightseeing and activities are time sensitive, some even require appointments. We kindly ask that patrons be on time for the bus. Japanese culture adheres to strict time schedule, thus being on time is very important. A detailed daily schedule will be given to all patrons before and upon arrival to Japan. Patrons late for the bus may have to independently arrange transportation. As this is a group event, individuals that are late cannot interrupt activities for others. We kindly ask that patrons understand.
Patrons will be given a wristband with the address of the hotel and relevant contact information. In the event patrons need to independently commute please refer to the safety wristband. Patrons will also be given a physical and digital tour timeline pamphlet, please utilize this to plan your day accordingly.
SIJ TOUR BUS
Please keep tour bus clean. Patrons that feel ill or nauseous should notify our staff immediately. After J'ouvert, please utilize clean-up facilities before returning to the tour bus. It is required that patrons bring a change of clothes. Patrons can store their clothing in the luggage compartment of the bus or the coin locker at the Jouvert venue. Vomiting on or dirtying the tour bus will result in a fine of up to $300USD
Much like many things in Japan, hotel rooms are typically small. While choosing your hotel room, please keep this in mind.