The service industry is a funny place. Not only does each type of service seem to have a standard for what is an “appropriate” tip, but what more it can often be vague as to what actually constitutes a fair tip and what criteria you should base your tip on. Much of the travel industry has a rather strong policy of requiring tipping for their guides from their guests much like the food service industry. We at Bike Tour Japan have tried this approach in the past but found it both less intuitive and a bit difficult culturally as it varies greatly between cultures and countries.
That is why in 2018 we are introducing our new All Inclusive Pricing Policy along with a guarantee for fair pay for all of our guides. Simply, we believe our guides are great people and that they deserve a fair wage that does not fluctuate greatly based on arbitrary estimates of service and on societal norms. Our guides on average will make over 3x the standard wage of our industry starting, and over 1.5-2x the standard wage if you include a 7% tip per guest (the industry standard is often quoted at 5-10%).
So what does this mean for you our guests? This means that when we say our trips are all inclusive that the price you see is your final bill. No hidden fees, no obligatory tips, no extra taxes (all of our prices are always advertised including tax). Simple, clear, responsible.
If you feel so inclined to tip your guides after they show you an unforgettable time in Japan I’m sure they won’t mind, but please do not feel you are obliged in any way or that our guides go home on anything short of a great wage for all of the time and energy they put into making your trip a once in a life time adventure!