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Our Vision for Sustainable Travel

At Eighty Days, our prevailing mission is to bolster the local economies of rural areas, to protect and rejuvenate traditional cultures in danger of being lost, and to bring visitors to the parts of Japan that we believe deserve more appreciation than they’ve received before. In order to succeed in this, we believe that we must adhere to a strong code of ethics so that the influence of tourism can benefit both locals and visitors alike.

Economic Impact

  • When our tours go off the beaten path, a key element of what makes a visitor’s experience special and memorable is the opportunity to meet and speak with local people. Hand in hand with that experience is how we select our guides. The guide we send with our visitors is a crucial player in their understanding and appreciation of the areas they visit, which in turn has a ripple effect on whether or not visitors will then recommend these wonderful places to others. Whenever possible, we select local guides who have passion and detailed knowledge of their area.
  • We also invite residents of Japan to take tours of the country. Residents of Japan, especially immigrants who came here out of love for the country, are often keen to explore and discover new and lesser-known parts of their adopted home. We believe in the benefits of bringing all types of locals together in the hope that these connections will foster strong communities that might not normally have formed otherwise.
  • Our tours feature locally-sourced food whenever possible. We search for and reach out to local restaurants using locally-sourced ingredients. We seek to include these places in order to stimulate the local economies of the areas we visit.
  • We are an official travel agency of a Fukushima revitalization project operated by the Tokyo government. We send visitors to appreciate the beauty of Fukushima that has been overshadowed by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
  • We work closely with local governments and grassroots organizations to create unique experiences. Our visitors can participate in local festivals, support local artisans in their own ateliers, learn and create traditional crafts, etc.
  • Our CEO regularly gives lectures hosted by local governmental associations about how social business can contribute to the welfare of local areas through tourism.

Animal Welfare

  • We feel a deep responsibility as a tourism company to ensure that our holidays do not cause harm or cause a negative impact on the health and welfare of animals and their natural environment. We believe in an ethically-minded appreciation of animals and strive to ensure that none are mistreated during our trips.
  • We promote local projects and organizations that have environmental protection as their goal. For our Tokyo Island Hopping tour, we work closely with a local eco-tourism company in the area called Dive Station Base. Its founder Yuki Kusachi actively works toward educating the public in wildlife preservation and eco-conservation through visits to schools and hospitals.
  • Regarding all of our activities and experiences that may involve the viewing of or interaction with animals, both in captivity and the wild, we work with our local partners to ensure the well-being of all involved. We are committed to promoting only ethical experiences and to discontinue any cruel tourism practices that compromise animal welfare.

Environmental Impact

  • We take action to protect wildlife and their homes. We work closely with local ecotourism companies to ensure that we and our visitors behave in a manner that causes no harm to any living creatures or their habitats.
  • We partner with locals who can facilitate the appreciation of wildlife in ways that are respectful.
  • Local governments in Japan collaborate with growers to create special dining experiences for overseas visitors, and we actively search out restaurants that provide locally-sourced foods.
  • As climate change becomes a more and more serious issue, we will continually seek out environmentally-conscious practices to lighten the weight of our footprints moving forward.
  • We recommend that our visitors bring reusable bottles for their water consumption in order to reduce single-use plastics. In particular, our Samurai Craft Tour includes a visit to a small local water shrine (we’ve met people at this shrine who have driven for hours to fill their gallon-sized containers from the shrine’s pure water source).
  • We promote local projects and organizations that have environmental protection as their goal. For our Tokyo Island Hopping tour, we work closely with a local eco-tourism company in the area called Dive Station Base. Its founder Yuki Kusachi actively works toward educating the public in wildlife preservation and eco-conservation through visits to schools and hospitals.
  • With the aim of making greener choices going forward both in our office and during tours, we are open to receiving advice and suggestions and implementing those that will have a strong benefit to our planet.

Social Impact

  • Our tours are made with the intention of presenting overseas visitors with unforgettable experiences and leaving impressed upon them fond memories as well as fascinating new information about Japan’s culture and history.
  • Our Samurai Craft Tour is based in Seki City in Gifu prefecture. We created this tour through the cooperation of local people in the hope that we can promote the revered art of katana craftsmanship to our visitors. Warriors who wielded the katana considered this sword to be an extension of themselves, and thus the creation of the katana is done with keen attention to religion as well as artisanship. On this tour, we bring visitors into the ateliers of Seki’s most prominent katana artisans and we wish for visitors to leave Seki with a deeper appreciation of the craft, while the artisans receive the opportunity to promote their work and art to a new and slightly wider audience than before.
  • Our Sawara Festival experience allows visitors the rare opportunity to go beyond passively watching a festival parade and actually joining the local participants and immersing themselves in the harvest celebration. We operate within a vast network of local festival organizers across the country, and we work with them regularly to facilitate unique and interactive experiences for our visitors.
  • We keep a constant eye out for potential new experiences that can also benefit local people. One of the indigenous groups of Japan called the Ainu are trying to preserve and promote their history and culture to the world. We aim to create Ainu-oriented tours in the future and are currently looking for English-speaking Ainu guides so that we can help promote Ainu culture through a member of the community itself.
  • We give detailed information about the areas visitors will visit in our itineraries and provide orientation with a local guide at the start of their trip to offer explanations and address any questions or concerns visitors may have before embarking on their journey.
  • Visitors on our guided tours are given a fully-guided experience. As long as our visitors are in Japan, we want them to feel as though they’re with a guide who can act not only as a navigator and interpreter but as a facilitator, a person who can assist in the absorption of local culture and enhance the emotional resonance of every destination.

Child Protection

  • In recent years, requests for experience-based tourism that allows for contact with local communities has been growing exponentially, and so have the risk factors connected to the physical and mental health and welfare of children and young adults. For our educational tours and school visit programs, we partner with the Tokyo Conventions & Visitors Bureau and others around Japan like them as part of the “Discover Tokyo” project to promote cultural exchange programs. Furthermore, we strive to guarantee the safety and security of all children and young adults involved.
  • Eighty Days condemns any form of maltreatment, manipulation, abuse of power, and/or control over children, and has a zero-tolerance policy towards any practices and/or behavior that could endanger them.