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Terms and Conditions for Agent-Organized Tours

This outline of tour conditions represents part of terms of transaction stipulated in Article 12-4 of the Travel Agency Law, and the contract specifying services rendered for travel and other matters as stated in Article 12-5 of the Law.

1. Contract for Agent-Organized Tours
2. Special Conditions of Tour Applications
3. Payment of Tour Fare
4. Amount of Tour Fare
5. Item included in the Tour Fare
6. Item not included in the Tour
7. Revision of Tour Fare and Services
8. Cancellation Charges
9. Responsibility
10. Liability of Client
11. Special Compensation
12. Itinerary Booking Guarantee
13. Correspondence Contract
14. Standard of Tour Conditions and Fares
15. Others


General Terms and Conditions for Agent-Organized Tours

1Contract for Agent-Organized Tours
(1) Responsibility rests with the company operating Agent-Organized Tours (hereinafter referred to as TravelPal) whose name in full appears Travel Pal Co Ltd. Clients joining such tours shall conclude an Agent-Organized Tour Contract(hereinafter referred to as the Travel Contract ) with TravelPal. Travel Pal Co., Ltd. (TravelPal) Address 4F, 3-2-14 Nihonbashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo, 103-0027, Tokyo Metropolitan Government Travel Agent Registration No. 3-6388.
(2) The content and conditions of the contract shall conform to those specified for each tour itinerary, conditions as specified hereunder, the final itinerary handed to clients before departure (hereinafter referred to as the "Final Tour Itinerary"), and Agent-Organized Tours as described in TravelPal's general terms and conditions as based on the Travel Agency Law (hereinafter referred to as "General Terms and Conditions for Agent-Organized Tours").
 

2Special Conditions of Tour Applications
(1) A client under 20 years of age traveling alone during the tour period shall provide TravelPal with written consent of his/her guardian. Clients under 15 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
(2) TravelPal may refuse an application if any one of the client’s age, qualifications, skills or other conditions do not conform to those designated for tours aimed at specific customer categories or purposes.
(3) Clients who require special attention from TravelPal during the tour for reason of chronic disease, general ill-health, pregnancy or physical handicap, shall advise TravelPal of this when applying for the tour. TravelPal shall comply with such requests to the extent deemed feasible and reasonable. And if TravelPal take a special arrangement in compliance with the client’s request, the client shall be responsible for incurred expenses related with the request. TravelPal may require clients to present a medical certificate. TravelPal may refuse a client’s application if conditions at travel destinations and facilities are such that safe, smooth tour operation cannot be guaranteed, or require the client to be accompanied by an escort. In some cases, TravelPal shall change a part of the itinerary or recommend the client to join another tour with the minimum extra charge or refuse his/her participating the tour. For Clause 1,2 and 3, notification concerning acceptance or rejection of client participation in the tour shall be made by TravelPal within 1 week after the application is submitted.
(4) If TravelPal determines that the client needs medical diagnosis or treatment by a physician owing to illness, functional disease or other reasons during the tour, TravelPal shall take measures necessary to ensure smooth operation of the tour. All costs resulting from such measures shall be borne by the client.
(5) Independent activities for reasons of the client’s own choosing shall not be arranged by TravelPal during the tour. However, TravelPal may, depending on the tour course, arrange such activities under separate conditions.
(6) TravelPal may refuse client participation if it determines that he or she threatens to embarrass, inconvenience or interfere with the collective activities of tour participants.
(7) TravelPal may also refuse client participation for the tour operational reasons.
 

3Payment of Tour Fare
Payment of tour fare in full must be made prior to the departure time. A travel contract is deemed to be concluded and become effective upon receipt of full payment. 

4Amount of Tour Fare
(1) Clients 12 years of age or more shall be charged adult fare and those aged 6 to 11 shall be charged child fare unless otherwise specified. One child 5 years of age or less can join the tour in the company of an adult, but will receive no services such as meals or bed. If more than one child, one child fare will be charged for each additional child 5 years of age or less. This does not apply to tours for which infant fares are quoted.
(2) The fare is indicated for each tour course. Clients are asked to confirm the fare according to the departure date and the number of participants.
 

 
5Item included in the Tour Fare
Please note that the items included in the tour fare are only those as specified in the itinerary.
Meals : Only the meals specified in the itinerary.
Flights and Railways(if any) : As specified in the itinerary.
Sightseeing & Transfers: Using motorcoach and/or local conveyance where specified in the each itinerary basically on a seat-sharing basis. A mini bus may be used when the total number of participants is small. In some cases, a taxi may be used.
Admission: To all points of interest as specified in the itinerary (to be made known if not included).
Escort service : May or may not be provided. And if provided as specified whether an English-speaking guide or Japanese-speaking guide is provided.
Gratuity: Gratuity to motorcoach drivers and etc..
Tax: Sales tax or Government tax(GST).
Remarks: Administration and operation control of TravelPal Organized Tours will be done at the above-stated address. In principle, TravelPal will not make refunds for the above fare even if clients choose not to use the relevant services.
 

 
6Item not included in the Tour
Meals and beverage unless mentioned, baggage handling or transfer, laundry, telephone and any other expenses of a personal nature. Charges and expenses other than those specified in the preceding article are not included either. 

7Revision of Tour Fare and Services
In case of a marked increase in transportation fares and fees to TravelPal, TravelPal reserves the right to revise any contracted tour fare with a minimum 15 days advance notice to clients. TravelPal also reserves the right to alter part or all of the tour itinerary in case of natural or artificial disturbance beyond TravelPal's control. 

8Cancellation Charges
If a cancellation notice is received by TravelPal:

Tours including transport and accommodation(s)
Notice givenPenalty charge
21 or more days prior to the tour dateNo charge.
20 days to 15 days prior to the tour date20% of the tour fare.
14 days to 8 days prior to the tour date30% of the tour fare.
7 days to 2 days prior to the tour date40% of the tour fare.
1 day prior to the tour date50% of the tour fare.
On or after the tour date100% of the tour fare.

Transfers only or accommodation only
Notice givenPenalty charge
8 or more days prior to the tour dateNo charge.
7 days to 2 days prior to the tour date30% of the tour fare.
1 day prior to the tour date50% of the tour fare.
On or after the tour date100% of the tour fare.

Scheduled tours
Notice givenPenalty charge
8 or more days prior to the tour dateNo charge.
7 days to 3 days prior to the tour date40% of the tour fare.
2 days prior to the tour date50% of the tour fare.
1 day prior to the tour date60% of the tour fare.
On or after the tour date100% of the tour fare.


9Responsibility
TravelPal shall assume liability for damages incurred by the clients due to wilful or negligent acts on the part of TravelPal or its agent in charge of tour arrangements during the course of execution of the travel contract. With respect to compensation for damages to baggage, the maximum amount shall not exceed 150,000yen per person, and said compensation shall be made only when such damages are reported to TravelPal within 14 days from the day on which such damages have occurred. TravelPal shall not be liable for damages incurred by the client due to such reasons as natural disaster, war, disturbances, accident, fire, acts of government, and alteration or cancellation of tour itinerary due to such causes, accidents occurring during clients' free activities, food poisoning, theft, delays, stoppages, alteration of schedule and route in relation to transportation facilities, congestion of traffic, and any cause beyond the control of TravelPal and / or agents in charge of tour arrangements. 

10Liability of Client
TravelPal shall require the client to indemnity TravelPal for loses sustained owing to a client's willful negligence, fault, conduct against public order and good manners, or breach of provisions in the TravelPal Organized Tour Contract. 

11Special Compensation
Regardless of whether or not TravelPal assumes liability, TravelPal shall pay compensation and monetary tokens of sympathy, as specified under the special provisions of the General Terms and Conditions for TravelPal Organized Tours Contract, for the death or certain damages to body incurred by the clients in the course of the organized tour. In case of TravelPal assuming liability for damages under the provisions in the forementioned paragraph, the amount to be paid thereunder shall be reduced by the amount equal to the compensation paid by TravelPal under the provision of the special compensation. TravelPal reserves the right to cancel or alter the travel contract pursuant to its General Terms and Conditions for tours. 

12Itinerary Booking Guarantee
(1) Should major changes occur in Tour Contract contents as stated in the left-hand column of the following table (except for changes mentioned in the 1) through 3) below, TravelPal shall calculate the change compensation money by multiplying tour fares by the rate indicated in the right-hand column of the table, and make refund to the client within 30 days counting from the day after the tour ends. However, if it is evident that liability as set forth in (1) of Article 18 occurs owing to said changes, TravelPal shall pay the amount not as compensation for changes but as either a portion or total amount of indemnifications for damages.
1) TravelPal shall not pay compensation for changes when they occur for the following reasons (however, compensation shall be paid in the event of shortage, even when services are provided, such as for seats, rooms and other facilities) :
(a) Bad weather and natural disasters which hinder the tour itinerary.
(b) War.
(c) Civil unrest.
(d) Governmental orders.
(e) Suspension of services involving transportation, accommodations, etc., such as cancellation, interruption, cessation, etc.
(f) Provision of transport services different from the original schedule, owing to delays or changes in operation schedules.
(g) Necessary measures to prevent tour participant death or bodily harm.
2) Should cancellation in the Tour Contract be made in accordance with Articles 12 through 15, and should changes occur in such canceled portions, TravelPal shall not pay compensation.
3) Even if major changes occur in Tour Contract contents, as stated in the left-hand column of the following table, TravelPal shall not pay compensation if they are changes in the Final Tour Itinerary, and the changes are within the scope of services stated in the brochures.
(2) Regardless of item (1) hereinabove, the maximum amount of compensation for changes paid by TravelPal under one organized Tour Contract shall be the tour fare multiplied by 15%. This money will not be paid, however, if the total amount is less than 1,000yen.
(3) When the situation warrants, TravelPal shall indemnity the client by offering economic benefits equivalent to compensation money, or damage indemnification instead of cash payment, if the client so agrees.
(4) If, after TravelPal has compensated for changes made in accordance with Provision (1) hereinabove, it becomes evident that TravelPal is responsible for the changes as stated in Article 18, Provision (1), TravelPal shall pay the client for the damages mentioned in Article 18 after deducting the sum already paid under the terms of Provision (1) hereinabove.

 


Changes for which TravelPal shall pay compensation
Amount of compensation for changes
- Tour fare multiple by per incident
notified before
the start of tour
notified after
the start of tour
(1) Change in tour departure or termination date specified in tour brochures: 1.5% 3.0%
(2) Changes in destination or entry to tourist spots and /or facilities(including restaurants) stated in tour brochures: 1.0% 2.0%
(3) Changes in grade or equipment of transport facilities as stated in tour brochures to those of lower cost (only when the total price after change become less than stated in the Tour Contract.: 1.0% 2.0%
(4) Changes in transport vehicles or of the company operating them as stated in tour brochures: 1.0% 2.0%
(5) Change in accommodation facilities or the name of company operateing them as stated in tour brochures: 1.0% 2.0%
(6) Change in type of roms at hotels, etc., their facilities, or view as stated in tour brochures:1.0% 2.0% 1.0% 2.0%
(7) Regarding changes in items (1) through (6), above as relating the tour title in brochures, these rates shall apply instead of those for the above items: 2.5% 5.0%
Note 1: "One incidents" represents one train ride, one automobile ride or one ship ride in case of transportation; one overnight stay in case of accommodations; and one change in each of the applicable items involving other services. 2:If multiple changes as stated in (4) to (6) above occure during one train, automobile, or ship ride, or one overnight stay, they will be regarded as a single alteration. 3: Only one rate shall apply for changes as stated in (7) as above.


13Correspondence Contract
When we receive an application from a credit cardholder (hereinafter referred as a "member") of a credit company we deal with, based on conditions of "receiving payment of travel changes, cancellation fees, etc., without the signature of the member"(hereinafter referred to as a correspondence contract), the travel conditions are different from the ordinary travel conditions in the following points: (Some travel agencies may not be able to handle this type of application. The types of cards that are handled vary among travel agencies.)
(1) A contract shall be based on "travel business-related stipulations that are used for conclusion of a travel contract by Correspondence means contract."
(2) A contract shall be concluded at the time when we consent in the case of application by telephone, and when we issue a notification of our consent in the case of other communications means. At the time of application, information of the "member number, card expiration date", etc. shall be provided.
(3) A "card usage date" shall be the day of payment or repayment of travel charges, etc. The card usage date for travel charges shall be the "date when a contract is concluded." The card usage date for cancellations fees shall be "the day cancellation of a contract is requested (when a request for cancellation is made on or after the card usage date for travel charges, repayment shall be made within 7 days from the day after the request."
(4) When payment cannot be made using the credit card a member applies with due to a credit reason, etc., we shall cancel the Correspondence Contract , and be entitled to the same amount as the cancellation fees mentioned in the above, as payment for damage caused by a breach of contract. However, this shall not apply if travel charges are paid in cash by a date we designate separately.


14Infant Fare
Applicable to passengers under two years of age at the time of departure. A separate airline seat is not provided for infant fare. Infants up to 10 kg can use a bassinet; otherwise parents must hold or sit the infant on their lap. In general the infant fare price is 10% of the adult Normal Fare (price before discount) 

15Standard of Tour Conditions and Fares
All the tour fare are effective from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2019 unless otherwise specified in the tour description. 

16Privacy Policies
TravelPal and its entrusted travel agencies listed in the Sale Office column will use the personal information provided in the tour application forms only for communicating with clients and for arranging transportation and accommodations to provide the services request by the client. 

17Others
(1) The client shall pay the expenses incurred when he or she asks for the personal accompaniment of a tour conductor for such purposes as guiding, shopping, etc., costs arising from client injury or illness, the return of lost baggage or articles left behind owing to personal negligence, as well as changes incurred by independent activity.
(2) The client shall accept all responsibility for decisions regarding individual purchases at souvenir shops even when said shops are introduced by TravelPal or its local operators.
(3) Even if Mt. Fuji and others are invisible due to the weather conditions, the tour will not be canceled or tour fee will not be refunded.
(4) Other matters are subject to the TravelPal Tour Contract, including related tour documents presented separately.
(5) Clients who require special attention for reasons of which TravelPal could not be aware such as allergies, previous illnesses, chronic diseases and so on, shall notify and discuss this matter with TravelPal before submitting the tour application.
(6) This Travel Contract between the client and TravelPal shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Japan.
(7) Any questions arising out of this Contract, or any matters not stipulated herein shall be settled each time upon consultation between the client and TravelPal. Should the consultation fail to reach a mutual agreement, the matter shall be submitted to the exclusive jurisdiction of the Tokyo District Court of Japan for the settlement.

These Tour conditions represent the English translation of part of the General Terms and Conditions of the TravelPal Organized Tour Contract as approved by Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.

The original text was written in Japanese. The English translation has been prepared by Travel Pal Co Ltd. If any discrepancies should arise between the Japanese and English texts, the former shall prevail at all times.
 

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Travel Pal Co., Ltd (JAPAN)
 









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