Frequently Asked Questions

2012 Tour to Japan Information

 "You have not seen the world if you have not been to the Far East."

When is the tour?

What must I remember?
  • Visa is required for South African visitors, but with EU , USA or British passport it is not required.
  • You do not need a visa for Singapore.
  • Carrying drugs over borders can get you in very deep trouble. Do not try your luck.

How do we get there?

What do I get for my money?

What is the price? How do I get my ticket?  
How do we travel inside Japan?
  • We travel by bullet train from city to city with JR Rail
  • We use hired car or small busses to travel around the fish areas.
What breeders do we visit?  
What about my luggage?
  • We travel light because everyone carries his own bags. This is no problem because hotels are normally close to the station
  • Travel light. The hotel rooms are well appointed and has all the required items for a night.
  • It is the turn of the season, so have something light for sudden cold and rain as well
How do you deliver


Are the food safe?
  • Of cause! It is perfectly safe and you will not find "strange" things on you plate.
  • The Japanese eat a delicate blend of many foods under influence of different areas and countries.
  • It is a great experience for the adventurous to savior the many different tastes and styles of cooking.
Is my information safe?


Can I get hamburger and coke?
  • Like at home, most well-known fast-food chains can be found in Japan. The choice is yours.
Who are you?

When is the tour?

The 2012 Koi Buying Tour departs Friday 12th October 2012 from South Africa and arrives back Friday 2nd November 2012.(21 days) It starts in Fukuoka, Japan on Sunday 14 October 2012,  you can enjoy time in Singapore.
See Schedule

This year we do not do a Discover Japan Tour. (The 2012 Discover Japan Tour departs Friday 12 October 2012 and arrives back Friday 2nd or 9thth November 2012 (21 or 28 days). This tour integrates completely with the Koi Buying Tour, but emphasis is on flexibility and sightseeing.
See Schedule )

Tickets and paper work

We look after all preparations, bookings, itineraries and schedules.

For local tourists, the option is yours to buy your own own ticket or or let us do it. You must get your own visa near you. All paperwork will be delivered to you by courier in tine to go to the Japanese Consulate about 3 weeks before leaving. Make sure you have a valid passport with at least a clear page.

Foreign tourists buy their own ticket at their best possible price. They must just be sure to arrive in time. Since no visa is needed, all schedules  etc is sent by email or fax.

International tourists

Though we concentrate our marketing to the South Africa hobbyist, we cater for international tourists also. We concentrate on UK, Holland, Belgium and USA visitors and we specialize in getting your live purchases to you safe and sound. Our offering is unique and you will find our costs all-round are very competitive.

How do we travel?

We travel with outstanding Singapore Airlines, which means you can start and end your journey from either Johannesburg or Cape Town with the minimum amount of fuss and knowing that you and your baggage will be in the safe and secure hands of one of the best airlines in the world. It also means that you have an extendable stopover in Singapore where you can easily shuttle from the Changi airport to any spot on the island or simply 'shop till you drop' in Orchard Road. We fly with the Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in the world, whenever possible.

What do I get for my money?

The 2012 basic tour prices are listed here per person (twin sharing, optional small fee added per person for single rooms) subject to exchange rate, airfreight and tax fluctuations. Final price can only be fixed at time of your booking.

The price includes:

  1. Your flights from South Africa to Japan via Singapore and back. (International travelers get this deducted from the price)

  2. All trains, including the Shinkansen ('bullet train') and road transport in Japan (note price list)

  3. All accommodation in business class hotels

  4. One night in a Japanese onsen (hot spa) hotel, optional.

  5. Cities visited at least include Nagasaki, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Osaka, Tokyo, Nagaoka, Yamakoshi, Ojiya, Narita, etc

  6. Noteworthy places include at least Peace Park, Dejima, Miyajima, Electric City, Tsukiji Fish market, koi museum, etc

  7. Guides and interpreters when needed

  8. At least one meal per day, but mostly two

  9. Various sightseeing items of culture,  historic or nature are included

  10. Entrance to some museums, art galleries, shows and events (at least one)

Stopover in Singapore

Singapore is a handy stopover for many visitors with delightful items to visit and experience on this little island. Expenses in Singapore is for your own account, but we will gladly assist with guidance and arrangements if you wish to extend your stay on the way back home. An optional tour of the ornamental fish industry is also available.

If the interest in ornamental fish extends wider, we can arrange a tour of the ornamental fish industry hub in Singapore. Just ask.

Who is KoiNet?

We specialize in small group tours to Japan. Our tours coincide with the annual koi harvest and international koi show events in Japan. We cater for both the koi tourist who wants to buy outstanding koi at the best possible price AND those who care less about koi and want to explore the beauty, culture, sights and sounds of Japan. We provide a personal service tailored to your interests and requirements. We have been doing this tour since 1995 and every year since 2004.

We are based in De Kelders, PO box 1643, Gans Bay, Western Cape, South Africa.

You can contact Servaas de Kock any time by Email or +27824406770 if you have a question. We are on Skype also.

Please register your name and email address if you wish to receive more information as the preparations for the tours proceed. More tour information will also be posted here on our website.



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