Carifrique is partnering with Soca In Japan (SIJ) to offer the Soca In Japan Tour 2019
THIS PAGE IS TO PAY AN INSTALLMENT ONLY. TO REGISTER AND PURCHASE THE INITIAL PAYMENT CLICK HERE.
Enjoy 7 days in Tokyo, Japan with soca fans from all over the world. Experience Japan’s unique culture and party to sweet soca music.
The tour begins on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 6:30 pm, and ends the night of Monday, September 16, 2019. Hotel checkout is on Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
The tour package includes:
SIJ luxury shuttle bus equipped with TV, refrigerator & luggage compartment.
Roundtrip airport transfers*
Roundtrip ground transfers for ALL sightseeing activities
Roundtrip ground transfers for ALL Japan Soca Weekend (JSW) events
Entry fees to ALL 5 JSW events (5 Soca parties)
Access fees to ALL sightseeing activities and cultural events
Tokyo Tower – The most iconic tower in Tokyo
Robot Restaurant – A frequently sold out, fun robotic show in the heart of Tokyo. A definite must-see!
Sumo wrestling** – Japan’s ancient, competitive martial arts
Digital Art Museum – A newly open futuristic digital museum
Asakusa district, Asakusa Shrine, Sensoji and shopping area – This is one of the most famous shrines in Tokyo and a good location to purchase many unique Japanese souvenirs
Imperial Palace – Primary residence of the Emperor of Japan
Meiji Jingu Shrine – A Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōke
Kimono wear rental – Be professionally outfitted with a kimono in the privacy of a kimono shop that has been reserved especially for SIJ tour guests!
Tsukiji Market – Japan’s most famous seafood market, a great place to enjoy fresh sushi, sashimi and Japanese street food
Soca in Japan (SIJ) Concierge Services
Upon your arrival at Narita Airport to the hotel, to sightseeing to all our activities, SIJ staff will be there to assist you.
Bilingual tour guides (English/Japanese)
Welcome party – Experience a live Japanese cultural show inclusive of food and drinks as we welcome you to Japan!
Soca in Japan (SIJ) Goodie Bag
*See Arrival and Departure instructions below
**Sumo tickets are extremely competitive to obtain. Our vendors have made it a priority to secure tickets for our group. In the event tickets are unsuccessful to obtain, an alternative event will be schedule and/or a partial refund will be issued.
The tour package does NOT include:
- Food and drinks, unless specified in the event description
Base price $980 USD + hotel room
BASE PRICE INSTALLMENTS (exclusive of hotel room)
Registration requires an initial payment of $280 USD
Thereafter, 5 additional payments of $140 USD are due on the 1st of each month
First installment due on March 1, 2019. Last installment due on July 1, 2019
Payments in arrears of 30 days or more, unless otherwise arranged with Soca in Japan, will result in forfeiture of deposits. All payments are nonrefundable.
A unique email address is required for each registration
Guests will stay at a 4-star hotel with many restaurants, a spa, shops and a pool. Upon registration ( i.e your initial payment $280 USD has been paid) guests will be given the SIJ hotel group discount code for a savings of up to 30%. Guests may choose their hotel room starting at $100 USD per person per night (single occupancy), $60 USD per person per night (double occupancy) (subject to availability). It is STRONGLY ADVISED that guests reserve their rooms immediately after registering with Carifrique as room rates are subject to availability. No upfront payment is required to reserve your room, only a credit card confirmation. Guests can choose to pay for their hotel room, in person, upon arrival to the hotel. However, registering with Carifrique is required to reserve the hotel.
TOUR ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE GUIDELINES
WHEN TO ARRIVE?
Please arrive on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at NRT (Narita Airport) before 3:30 pm. SIJ staff will be awaiting your arrival at the airport from 8am to 4pm. SIJ staff will assist you to the hotel via the shuttle bus (included in tour price). Please note Tokyo is a very large city. The bus will take 2 hours to reach the hotel in central Tokyo. The first event begins at 6:30pm. Guests who cannot arrive before 3:30 pm must contact Carifrique or SIJ.
WHEN TO DEPART?
Unless you have other plans in Japan, the departure date is Tuesday, September 17, 2019. You may depart Japan from NRT (Narita) or HND (Haneda) Airport.
DEPARTURE FROM HOTEL TO AIRPORT
See the bus schedule below when choosing your departure flight. Guests must provide Carifrique with their flight itinerary so SIJ can make necessary reservations for the Airport Limousine bus. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED. Carifrique and SIJ will reserve the bus for guests upon receiving their flight itinerary. The guest flight itinerary form must be filled out before July 31st, 2019. Carifrique and SIJ will not be held responsible for guests failing to be on time for the departure bus or for guests failing to provide their flight itinerary.
If you need portable wi-fi or Japanese currency (JPY) please notify our staff AT NARITA AIRPORT so they can assist you. Portable wi-fi rental at the airport is about $10 USD/day. There is free wi-fi in the hotel. Please keep in mind the time needed to obtain wifi at the airport as the first tour events begins exactly at 6:30pm.
MONEY IN JAPAN
Japan is a cash-based society. Many places don’t accept credit cards. 7Eleven ATMs are the ONLY ATM that accepts foreign credit cards. Fortunately, they are widely available throughout Japan. However due to courtesy of others on the tour, we kindly ask that guests limit stops at 7Eleven. It’s best to withdraw monies planned to spend on the trip at the 7Eleven upon arrival at the airport to minimize tour interruptions.
From Narita Airport to the events, to sightseeing, our guests 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 guests 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 guests before and upon arrival to Japan. Guests who are late for the bus may have to independently arrange transportation. As this is a group event, individuals who are late cannot interrupt activities for others. We kindly ask that guests understand.
Guests will be given a card or wristband with the address of the hotel, events, and activities along with relevant contact information. In the event guests need to independently commute please refer to the safety card. Cards will be displayed in both Japanese and English.
SIJ TOUR BUS
Please keep tour bus clean. Patrons that feel ill or nauseous should notify our staff immediately. After Jouvert, please utilize clean-up facilities before returning to the tour bus. It is recommended 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 $200 USD
Much like many things in Japan, hotel rooms are typically small. While choosing your hotel room, please keep this in mind.