FAQs

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  1. Can I purchase a 2013 DSPORT TAS tour spot before I get my passport?
  2. I don’t have a passport, how long will it take to get one?
  3. What’s the difference between base and VIP tour packages?
  4. Should I bring cash or traveler’s checks?
  5. Where should I exchange my cash or traveler’s checks for Japanese Yen?
  6. I don’t speak or read any Japanese, will I be able to get around on my own at all?
  7. I don’t eat raw food, is there anything else to eat in Japan?
  8. How much money will I spend per day on food, trains and fun?
  9. I really want to visit a couple of certain shops and manufacturers while in Japan, how can I plan this?
  10. What type of clothes should I bring on this tour?
  11. Can I plug my U.S.-spec electronics into the outlets in Japan?
  12. What are cool things to buy in Japan?
  13. What are some cool things to do in Japan?
  14. Is the DSPORT TAS tour geared for first-time visitors or frequent travelers to Japan?
  15. Will I get to meet some of the DSPORT Magazine and DVD staff on the tour?
  16. What is the drinking age in Japan?
  17. I don’t live in Los Angeles, can I still go on the tour?
  18. I have a free airline ticket to Japan but I want to go on the tour. Is there a tour option without the airfare?
  19. Will my cell phone work in Japan? Can I rent a phone or how do I go about calling people back in the States?
  20. How old do you have to be to join the tour?


Can I purchase a 2013 DSPORT TAS tour spot before I get my passport?

No. You must have a valid passport and be able to provide your passport number at the time of your tour package purchase.

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I don’t have a passport, how long will it take to get one?

Since all travel outside of the U.S. now requires a valid passport, standard processing times has increased. Many city civic centers and larger post offices offer passport processing services. You will need to bring two passport photos, your birth certificate and the fees to initiate the process. We highly recommend paying extra for expedited processing so you ensure that you have your passport in time. There are also many passport processing companies that charge additional fees to expedite your passport. It’s a good idea to do a bit of research on the web and plan your strategy NOW to get your passport as soon as possible.

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What’s the difference between base and VIP tour packages?

The main difference is the length of the tour. The VIP package offers two additional days and nights in Japan. Many previous tour attendees requested extending the tour and that’s why we offer the VIP tour. There are also some optional tours available only on the additional days provided by the VIP package.

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Should I bring cash or traveler’s checks?

There are advantages to both. Traveler’s checks offer loss protection in the event that the checks are lost or stolen. Traveler’s checks will also provide a slightly better exchange rate from dollars to Yen. However, traveler’s checks cannot be exchanged in as many locations as cash. Narita Airport is the best location (based on rate and convenience) to exchange traveler’s checks. Otherwise, you will need to find a specialized bank or currency exchange to exchange large amounts of traveler’s checks.

The Shinegawa Prince hotel does offer currency exchange services for its hotel guests. However, there is a per-day limit for exchange and the rates are generally lower than those found at the Narita Airport. Hence, it’s recommended that the hotel be used as a secondary location for currency exchange, while Narita Airport should be the primary exchange location.

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Where should I exchange my cash or traveler’s checks for Japanese Yen?

We highly recommend that you DO NOT exchange your U.S. dollars to Japanese Yen at the currency exchange at LAX. This location charges excessive fees and you will get substantially less Yen per dollar than the currency exchange at Narita Airport or at the Shinegawa Prince Hotel.

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I don’t speak or read any Japanese, will I be able to get around on my own at all?

All Japanese study English for a number of years in school. However, the majority of the population doesn’t practice speaking and many feel awkward speaking English. In most cases, you can find someone that will be able to speak well enough, as long as you speak clearly and slowly.

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I don’t eat raw food, is there anything else to eat in Japan?

The Japanese love food and you can find just about any type of food you desire around Tokyo. Of course, a number of places alter the flavor or presentation for “Japanese Taste” preferences. If you are on a limited-budget and you’re not up for adventure, you can find America fast food everywhere (Mc Donalds, KFC, Burger King, Subway). If you are up for a little adventure, Japanese “family-style” restaurants offer reasonably-priced breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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How much money will I spend per day on food, trains and fun?

Fifty dollars a day is a decent budget per day. Of course, you can always spend more. However, there are some great values like “all-you-can-drink” izakaya restaurants that charge by the hour instead of by the order.

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I really want to visit a couple of certain shops and manufacturers while in Japan, how can I plan this?

Japan is a one or two location per day country. Most trips will involve taking one train to a transfer of another train line and possibly a bus or taxi. If you can provide to us a list of where you would like to go, we can provide some suggestions.

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What type of clothes should I bring on this tour?

A heavy jacket is a must. Gloves and a scarf (or muffler as they are called in Japan) are also highly recommended. Thermal undergarments are also a good idea. You are likely to encounter some locations outside of Tokyo that will have frost or snow on the ground (especially at Mount Fuji). It rarely snows in Tokyo at this time, but it is possible.

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Can I plug my U.S.-spec electronics into the outlets in Japan?

If the device uses an AC-to-DC power adapter (laptop computers, PDAs, phones and small electronics) with a simple two-prong plug, chances are they will work in Japan. A simple “consent” plug adapter can be purchased to convert from three-prong to two-prong simple. The voltage is slightly lower than the U.S. and the frequency is 50 hertz instead of 60hertz. If the device states that it will work with 100Volts and 50 hertz, it will work in Tokyo.

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What are cool things to buy in Japan?

There are a number of unique items that can be purchased in Japan. There are some electronics that just aren’t available in the U.S. There are also great toys and models available.

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What are some cool things to do in Japan?

The DSPORT Tour will be packed with a bunch of fun events. They are countless places to eat new foods, see unique things and have a great all around time.

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Is the DSPORT TAS tour geared for first-time visitors or frequent travelers to Japan?

The DSPORT Tour is designed for both. There’s no better way to experience so much of Japan on a single trip, yet there’s still elements of the tour that would be exciting for frequent travelers or repeat tour attendees.

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Will I get to meet some of the DSPORT Magazine and DVD staff on the tour?

A number of DSPORT staff members will be present on the tour along with some of the industry icons.

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What is the drinking age in Japan?

20.

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I don’t live in Los Angeles, can I still go on the tour?

Of course. You can either make arrangements to arrive in Los Angeles the day before the tour or Kintetsu can assist in making these plans for you.

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I have a free airline ticket to Japan but I want to go on the tour. Is there a tour option without the airfare?

A discount of $500 will be applied to the tour package price if you elect to make airfare arrangements on your own.

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Will my cell phone work in Japan? Can I rent a phone or how do I go about calling people back in the States?

Some cell phones will work in Japan if they are unlocked and you rent a sim card for the phone in Japan. You can also rent ready-to-go phones at the airport in Japan. Otherwise, a calling card can be purchased for international calls, if you are only interested in calling out from Japan.

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How old do you have to be to join the tour?

You must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to go on the DSPORT Tokyo Auto Salon Tour.

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