Member Agreement

Last updated: June 25, 2018

By using our Services, you are agreeing to our terms. Please read them carefully. In order to use some of our Services, you may need a "Japan Travel Account" (become a "member"), in which case the following terms and conditions will apply.

Japan Travel KK (hereafter, JapanTravel), owner and operator of www.japantravel.com, created the following Terms of Use to protect JapanTravel, JapanTravel contributors and publishers, (hereafter Members) and JapanTravel content.

JapanTravel.com, is produced by Japan Travel KK, and references to JapanTravel, JT, JapanTravel.com or Japan Travel KK shall in general be interchangeable.

Registration

Visitors may browse and use the site without prior registration, but you may need a Japan Travel Account in order to use some of our Services. When registering, you promise that any registration information you submit to Japan Travel is true, accurate, and complete, and you agree to keep it that way at all times. Failure to do so shall constitute a breach of these Terms of Service, which may result in immediate termination of your Japan Travel account.

This Agreement takes effect as soon as you indicate your acceptance of these terms, by completing your registration of a Japan Travel Account, where you also acknowledge that:

  • You are either (1) older than 16 years of age, or (2) you are 13 years of age or older and have your parent or guardian's consent to this Agreement and to sign up for a Japan Travel Account.
  • You will abide by our User Rules.

In addition, you shall not:

  • create any account for anyone other than yourself without such person's permission;
  • provide any false personal information (including a false user name) or create any account for anyone other than yourself without such person's permission;
  • use a user name that is subject to any rights of a person other than you without appropriate authorization; or
  • use a user name that is a name that is otherwise offensive, vulgar or obscene or otherwise unlawful.
  • provide any false personal information on Japan Travel.
  • attempt to register as a business account without prior, appropriate authorization of Japan Travel.

Third Party Applications

Japan Travel is integrated with third party applications, websites, and services (“Third Party Applications”) to make available content, products, and/or services to you. These Third Party Applications may have their own terms and conditions of use and privacy policies and your use of these Third Party Applications will be governed by and subject to such terms and conditions and privacy policies.

You understand and agree that Japan Travel does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for the behavior, features, or content of any Third Party Application or for any transaction you may enter into with the provider of any such Third Party Applications.

User-generated Content

Japan Travel members may post, upload, and/or contribute (“post”) content to the Service (which may include, for example, pictures, text, messages, information, and/or other types of content) (“User Content”).

You promise that, with respect to any User Content you submit to Japan Travel, (1) you have the right to post such User Content, and (2) such User Content, or its use by Japan Travel as contemplated by the Agreements, does not violate the Agreements, applicable law, or the intellectual property (including without limitation copyright), publicity, personality, or other rights of others or imply any affiliation with or endorsement of you or your User Content by Japan Travel or any business or entity without express written consent from such individual or entity.

Japan Travel will review, edit and monitor User Content. In all cases, Japan Travel reserves the right to remove or limit access to any User Content for any or no reason, including but not limited to, User Content that, in Japan Travel's sole discretion, violates the Agreements. Japan Travel may take these actions without prior notification to you or any third party. Removal or disabling of access to User Content shall be at our sole discretion, and we do not promise to remove or disable access to any specific User Content.

You are solely responsible for all User Content that you post. Japan Travel is not responsible for User Content nor does it endorse any opinion contained in any User Content. YOU AGREE THAT IF ANYONE BRINGS A CLAIM AGAINST JAPAN TRAVEL RELATED TO USER CONTENT THAT YOU POST, THEN, TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE UNDER LOCAL LAW, YOU WILL INDEMNIFY AND HOLD JAPAN TRAVEL HARMLESS FROM AND AGAINST ALL DAMAGES, LOSSES, AND EXPENSES OF ANY KIND (INCLUDING REASONABLE ATTORNEY FEES AND COSTS) ARISING OUT OF SUCH CLAIM.

Site Management

Japan Travel may change, update, or delete content from this site at any time. JapanTravel may also interrupt or discontinue operation of this site whenever it is deemed necessary. JapanTravel is not responsible for correcting content on this site to ensure its accuracy.

Since we are specifically a website about travel to Japan and have historically committed not to take any stance over non-travel events and issues, we ask for your cooperation in respecting our desire for neutrality and to post your political views on other more appropriate fora.

If you feel the need to comment about politically sensitive issues, please do not post those views here as they are not relevant for a travel site. Neutrality does not mean we support ignorance, and we encourage you to visit other Japan-specific sites that do accept open-topic reader comments.

Rights we grant you

The Japan Travel Service and the Content are the property of Japan Travel or Japan Travel's licensors. We grant you a limited, non-exclusive, revocable licence to make use of the Japan Travel Service, and a limited, non-exclusive, revocable licence to make personal, non-commercial, entertainment use of the Content (the “Licence”). This Licence shall remain in effect until and unless terminated by you or Japan Travel. You promise and agree that you are using the Content for your own personal, non-commercial, entertainment use and that you will not redistribute or transfer the Japan Travel Service or the Content.

You agree to abide by our User guidelines and not to use the Japan Travel Service, the Content, or any part thereof in any manner not expressly permitted by the Agreements. Except for the rights expressly granted to you in these Agreements, Japan Travel grants no right, title, or interest to you in the Japan Travel Service or Content.

You promise that, with respect to any User Content you submit to Japan Travel, that the User Content is wholly unique and original, and no duplicate version (excluding derivative works) is published anywhere else on web.

In addition, you promise that such User Content is written from a neutral perspective and that, in particular, no conflict of interest arises from submitting such User Content with regard to personal, financial benefit—with the sole exception of Japan Travel Points—outside of any prior authorization from Japan Travel.

Rights you grant us

Japan Travel agrees that Content will remain the sole and exclusive property of Member. All content used off-site will typically either link to Member article and/or acknowledge the Member by name.

Member grants a perpetual, non-cancellable unrestricted license to Japan Travel to use, copy, translate, modify, display, publish or otherwise exploit text, images, photos, video or other Member created materials (hereinafter "Content") in whole or part in any medium without limitation on a non-exclusive basis.

Japan Travel uses content provided by Members in order to support the ongoing maintenance costs of Japan Travel. Content may be also bartered in exchange for products and services in our rewards store.

Member agrees to not assert any claim against future revenues, business, shares, privileges, or other advantages gained through such reproduction and Content use.

Member warrants that it is the sole and rightful owner, or rightful representative of such owner or owners, of Content and has the full rights and permissions to execute this Agreement, and will indemnify JapanTravel if an ownership or rights claim is made by a third party.

Compensation

Member agrees that Website exposure, crediting of Content, and any additional incentives or compensation mutually agreed upon, constitute full and fair compensation for providing the Rights herein to JapanTravel.

Usage of content

Member agrees that reproduction and use of Content may include but not be limited to: reproduction on Website, distribution through online and print affiliates and syndicators, reproduction on physical goods, PR and promotions, editing or manipulating of Content to create new works, and sale in digital format of copies of those original and new works.

JapanTravel agrees that Member retains its rights to enter into separate reproduction and use agreements with other parties besides JapanTravel and its related parties.

User rules

Japan Travel outlines the following ground rules for you to follow and requires users not to engage in any activity, post any User Content, or register and/or user a username, which is or includes material that:

  • is offensive, abusive, defamatory, pornographic, threatening, or obscene;
  • is illegal, or intended to promote or commit an illegal act of any kind, including but not limited to violations of intellectual property rights, privacy rights, or proprietary rights of Japan Travel or a third party;
  • includes your password or purposely includes any other user’s password or purposely includes personal data of third parties or is intended to solicit such personal data;
  • includes malicious content such as malware, Trojan horses, or viruses, or otherwise interferes with any user’s access to the Service;
  • is intended to or does harass or bully other users;
  • impersonates or misrepresents your affiliation with another user, person, or entity, or is otherwise fraudulent, false, deceptive, or misleading;
  • uses automated means to artificially promote content;
  • involves commercial or sales activities, such as advertising, promotions, contests, sweepstakes, or pyramid schemes, that are not expressly authorized by Japan Travel;
  • links to, references, or otherwise promotes commercial products or services, except as expressly authorized by Japan Travel;
  • interferes with or in any way disrupts the Japan Travel Service, tampers with, breaches, or attempts to probe, scan, or test for vulnerabilities in the Service or Japan Travel's computer systems, network, usage rules, or any of Japan Travel's security components, authentication measures or any other protection measures applicable to the Service, the Content or any part thereof; or
  • conflicts with the Agreements, as determined by Japan Travel.

Commercial and Trademark Protection

Product, service, or corporate names mentioned in the content may be protected by trademark or similar intellectual property laws of Japan. Any mention of such marks by JapanTravel.com in no way implies that they are not protected under applicable law, nor is it implied that there is any commercial relationship between Japan Travel K.K. and that trademark holder.

Infringement and reporting User Content

Japan Travel respects the rights of intellectual property owners and copyright owners.

If you believe that any Content on Japan Travel infringes your intellectual property rights or other rights, or does not comply with the User guidelines, please contact us – Japan Travel may in its absolute discretion take actions without prior notification to the provider of that Content.

Copyright and Trademarks

The content, information, design, layout, logos and other marks on this site are copyrights or trademarks of JapanTravel, or their use has been permitted to Japan Travel by their owners. Use of this site is conditioned on visitors not infringing on these copyrights and trademarks.

Service limitations and modifications

Japan Travel will make reasonable efforts to keep the Japan Travel Service operational. However, certain technical difficulties or maintenance may, from time to time, result in temporary interruptions. To the extent permissible under applicable law, Japan Travel reserves the right, periodically and at any time, to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, functions and features of the Japan Travel Service, with or without notice, all without liability to you, except where prohibited by law, for any interruption, modification, or discontinuation of the Japan Travel Service or any function or feature thereof.

You understand, agree, and accept that Japan Travel has no obligation to maintain, support, upgrade, or update the Service, or to provide all or any specific content through the Service. This section will be enforced to the extent permissible by applicable law. Japan Travel and/or the owners of any Content may, from time to time, remove any such Content without notice to the extent permitted by applicable law.

Terms and termination

The Agreements will continue to apply to you until terminated by either you or Japan Travel. However, you acknowledge and agree that the perpetual licence granted by you in relation to User Content, is irrevocable and will therefore continue after expiry or termination of any of the Agreements for any reason. Japan Travel may terminate the Agreements or suspend your access to the Japan Travel Service at any time, including in the event of your actual or suspected unauthorised use of the Japan Travel Service and/or Content, or non-compliance with the Agreements.

If you or Japan Travel terminate the Agreements, or if Japan Travel suspends your access to the Japan Travel Service, you agree that Japan Travel shall have no liability or responsibility to you, to the fullest extent permitted under applicable law. To learn how to terminate your Japan Travel account, please visit your Account Settings. This section will be enforced to the extent permissible by applicable law. You may terminate the Agreements at any time.

Warranty and disclaimer

WE ENDEAVOUR TO PROVIDE THE BEST SERVICE WE CAN, BUT YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE IS PROVIDED “AS IS” AND “AS AVAILABLE”, WITHOUT EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OR CONDITION OF ANY KIND. YOU USE THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE AT YOUR OWN RISK. TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, JAPAN TRAVEL AND ALL OWNERS OF THE CONTENT MAKE NO REPRESENTATIONS AND DISCLAIM ANY WARRANTIES OR CONDITIONS OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, OR NON-INFRINGEMENT. NEITHER JAPAN TRAVEL NOR ANY OWNER OF CONTENT WARRANTS THAT THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE IS FREE OF MALWARE OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. IN ADDITION, JAPAN TRAVEL MAKES NO REPRESENTATION NOR DOES IT WARRANT, ENDORSE, GUARANTEE, OR ASSUME RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS (OR THE CONTENT THEREOF), USER CONTENT, OR ANY OTHER PRODUCT OR SERVICE ADVERTISED OR OFFERED BY A THIRD PARTY ON OR THROUGH THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE OR ANY HYPERLINKED WEBSITE, OR FEATURED IN ANY BANNER OR OTHER ADVERTISING. YOU UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT JAPAN TRAVEL IS NOT RESPONSIBLE OR LIABLE FOR ANY TRANSACTION BETWEEN YOU AND THIRD PARTY PROVIDERS OF THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS OR PRODUCTS OR SERVICES ADVERTISED ON OR THROUGH THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE. AS WITH ANY PURCHASE OF A PRODUCT OR SERVICE THROUGH ANY MEDIUM OR IN ANY ENVIRONMENT, YOU SHOULD USE YOUR JUDGMENT AND EXERCISE CAUTION WHERE APPROPRIATE. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION WHETHER ORAL OR IN WRITING OBTAINED BY YOU FROM JAPAN TRAVEL SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY ON BEHALF OF JAPAN TRAVEL IN THIS REGARD. SOME ASPECTS OF THIS SECTION MAY NOT APPLY IN SOME JURISDICTIONS IF PROHIBITED BY APPLICABLE LAW.

THIS DOES NOT AFFECT YOUR STATUTORY RIGHTS AS A CONSUMER.

Links to External Sites

The content of websites that are linked to from this site, or of websites not managed by JapanTravel that link to this site (hereafter, linked sites) is wholly the responsibility of the creators of those linked sites. JapanTravel does not warrant any content on linked sites.

Visitor Acknowledgements

JapanTravel makes no warranty to the accuracy of the content of this site, or the safety of the content. Visitors must take personal responsibility for use of this site.

Limitation

YOU AGREE THAT, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY FOR ANY PROBLEMS OR DISSATISFACTION WITH THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE IS TO STOP USING THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE. WHILE JAPAN TRAVEL ACCEPTS NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS OR THE CONTENT THEREOF, AND WHILE YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH SUCH THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS MAY BE GOVERNED BY SEPARATE AGREEMENTS WITH SUCH THIRD PARTIES, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE LAW, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY, AS WITH RESPECT TO JAPAN TRAVEL, FOR ANY PROBLEMS OR DISSATISFACTION WITH THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS OR THE CONTENT THEREOF, IS TO STOP USING ANY SUCH THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS.

TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW, IN NO EVENT WILL JAPAN TRAVEL, ITS OFFICERS, SHAREHOLDERS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, DIRECTORS, SUBSIDIARIES, AFFILIATES, SUCCESSORS, ASSIGNS, SUPPLIERS, OR LICENSORS BE LIABLE FOR (1) ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; (2) ANY LOSS OF USE, DATA, BUSINESS, OR PROFITS (WHETHER DIRECT OR INDIRECT), IN ALL CASES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE, THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS, OR THIRD PARTY APPLICATION CONTENT, REGARDLESS OF LEGAL THEORY, WITHOUT REGARD TO WHETHER JAPAN TRAVEL HAS BEEN WARNED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF THOSE DAMAGES, AND EVEN IF A REMEDY FAILS OF ITS ESSENTIAL PURPOSE; OR (3) AGGREGATE LIABILITY FOR ALL CLAIMS RELATING TO THE JAPAN TRAVEL SERVICE, THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS, OR THIRD PARTY APPLICATION CONTENT MORE THAN THE AMOUNTS PAID BY YOU TO JAPAN TRAVEL DURING THE PRIOR TWELVE MONTHS IN QUESTION, TO THE EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW.

Nothing in the Agreements removes or limits Japan Travel's liability for fraud, fraudulent misrepresentation, death or personal injury caused by its negligence, and, if required by applicable law, gross negligence. Some aspects of this section may not apply in some jurisdictions if prohibited by applicable law.

Non-liability Statement

In no event shall JapanTravel be liable for any of the damages listed below or any other damage that might be caused by the use of this site.

  1. Any damage that might be caused by information contained on the site, as well as any damage caused by the changing or deletion of that information, or any damage caused by the interruption or discontinuation of the operation of the site.
  2. Any damage caused by data, information, views, opinions, and recommendations by JapanTravel staff, contributors or other individuals or companies provided in any JapanTravel media channel.

Protection of Personal Information

For more information on how we protect personally identifiable information, please visit our Privacy Policy.

Governing Law

This Agreement, and all transactions contemplated hereby, shall be governed by, construed and enforced in accordance with the laws of Japan, without regard to the principles of conflict of laws.