Coronavirus/COVID-19 Update

Transfer policy update – July 10, 2020

Oku Japan continues to closely monitor government travel advisories and restrictions designed to control the spread of COVID-19. We are directly contacting guests whose trips are impacted by these changes, and are working hard to provide you, our travelers, with flexible transfer options that are responsive to this ever-evolving situation: 

For guests travelling in the next two months

Guests who are or were due to travel in the next two months are eligible to transfer free of charge to a new date departing until 31 May 2022.

Notify us of your preferred dates by 30 September 2020 to receive price protection on your current tour price. As of 30 September 2020, non-refundable deposits will be carried over as a travel credit to be applied to a future tour until 31 May 2022.   

Notify us of your preferred dates by 31 December 2020 to receive a travel credit valued at the rate of your deposit or balance payment, with tour pricing set in accordance with your new dates.

Guests looking to make a change are asked to please contact us directly at or by emailing the individual team member handling your booking. Alternatively, the option remains to cancel according to our standard Booking Conditions.

Your booking is safe with us

We understand that your financial security is important, and as an officially bonded tour operator, Oku Japan’s bonding with the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT) means that your booking, balance, and any travel credit with us is financially protected. You can find The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 here:

Please note that bookings made outside the EU are only protected by ABTOT when purchased directly with Oku Japan.

Thank you…

Oku Japan prides itself on supporting communities and small businesses across Japan through tourism. We and our partners appreciate your ongoing patience and understanding in this ever-changing and complicated time.  We hope you will choose to postpone rather than cancel your tour, to help support the local guides, accommodations, and service providers that look forward to welcoming you to Japan. 

Important Resources

For regular updates on COVID-19, please visit:

The Ministry for Health, Labour and Welfare is providing updates on the situation within Japan.

For more information:

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COVID-19: Please see Oku Japan's response here.