Japan Bound

A tour operator of Japan has to jump various hurdles to receive international tourists, though the market is supposed to open

A tour operator of Japan has to jump various hurdles to receive international tourists, though the market is supposed to open

AndBeyondTokyo, a Tokyo-based tour operator, run helter-skelter to receive its first international customers after the partial reopening of leisure-purpose travelers from San Francisco. Too many hurdles are still on the road to Japan. What are CEO Kuroiwa worried about?
Japan Tourism Agency draws up a guideline to accept international tourists, clarifying operators’ responsibility

Japan Tourism Agency draws up a guideline to accept international tourists, clarifying operators’ responsibility

Japan Tourism Agency announced a guideline for tour operators, tour conductors and accommodations in accepting international package tours, requiring to register tour applicants to the Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System or ERFS.
International arrivals in Japan exceeded 100,000 in April 2022 for the first time since March 2020

International arrivals in Japan exceeded 100,000 in April 2022 for the first time since March 2020

The number of international arrivals in Japan in April 2022 reached 139,500, exceeding 100,000 a month for the first time since March 2021.
Arrival test and quarantine in Japan will be exempted for visitors from low-risk countries and regions on June 1

Arrival test and quarantine in Japan will be exempted for visitors from low-risk countries and regions on June 1

The Japanese government has decided that international visitors to Japan from designated low-risk countries and regions will be exempted from arrival test and quarantine on June 1, raising the entry ceiling from 10,000 entries a day today to 20,000 entries a day.
Japan Tourism Agency tests leisure-purpose inbound travel in a way of a managed tour with a guide

Japan Tourism Agency tests leisure-purpose inbound travel in a way of a managed tour with a guide

Japan Tourism Agency will develop a pilot program to restart receiving leisure-purpose inbound travel by the end of Mayto draw up a guideline for tour operators and accommodation providers.
Spending by international visitors in Japan amounted to 35.2 billion JPY for the first three months of 2022

Spending by international visitors in Japan amounted to 35.2 billion JPY for the first three months of 2022

Spending by international visitors in Japan amounted to 35.2 billion JPY for the first three months of 2022. Based on 100,566 visitors, spending a visitor was 350,225 JPY.
JNTO survey finds 40% of travelers from Taiwan and Hong Kong have visited Japan four times or more

JNTO survey finds 40% of travelers from Taiwan and Hong Kong have visited Japan four times or more

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)'s survey finds that potential visitors to Japan are estimated at about 330 million out of the total population of 4.5 billion in 22 focus markets. About 40% of overseas travel experiences in Taiwan and Hong Kong have visited Japan four times or more.
JNTO virtual tours and cross-border e-commerce on the Alibaba platform were joined by 1.35 million Chinese viewers

JNTO virtual tours and cross-border e-commerce on the Alibaba platform were joined by 1.35 million Chinese viewers

Chineses viewers of the virtual tours connected to cross-border e-commerce on the Alibaba platform, which were broadcasted by Japan National Tourism Organization reached 1.35 million in total.
ANA Group and partners launch a concierge brand for luxury travelers to create unique and rich experiences

ANA Group and partners launch a concierge brand for luxury travelers to create unique and rich experiences

ANA X and ANA Business Jet, ANA Group companies, have joined ‘Travel concierge services for luxury travelers’ program to launch ‘nfinity,’ a travel concierge brand, which is engaged in development of unique and rich experiences.
The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry requests government's initiatives for tourism recovery, including effective operation of Go To Travel

The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry requests government's initiatives for tourism recovery, including effective operation of Go To Travel

The Tokyo Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TCCI) Tourism Committee compiled requests for tourism recovery in Japan, including effective operation of ‘Go To Travel’ and extension of the program.
Unreasonable challenges remain in entry into Japan, taking three hours to leave an airport, even though restrictions are eased

Unreasonable challenges remain in entry into Japan, taking three hours to leave an airport, even though restrictions are eased

This is the story that I, as Travel Voice reporter, experienced the first overseas coverage for Hawaii in the past two years and a half. I found that there were still a lot of challenges for outbound travel from Japan or inbound travel to Japan. Unreasonable procedures waited for me when I arrived in Japan.
Virtual tourism tour combined with live e-commerce for Kagoshima was broadcasted to Chinese high-end consumers

Virtual tourism tour combined with live e-commerce for Kagoshima was broadcasted to Chinese high-end consumers

Kouraku Japan, a marketing company for Chinese high-end consumers, broadcasted a virtual tourism tour combined with live e-commerce for Kagoshima Prefecture on Alibaba Group’s ‘Fliggy,’
Japanese government will ease the border restrictions on March 1, maintaining the most severe level among G7 nations

Japanese government will ease the border restrictions on March 1, maintaining the most severe level among G7 nations

Japanese prime minister Fumio Kishida officially announced that the current border restrictions will gradually be eased on March 1, adding that the most severe level among G7 nations will be maintained.
JNTO research finds Tokyo Olympics 2020 motivates 390 million people in the world to visit Japan in the future

JNTO research finds Tokyo Olympics 2020 motivates 390 million people in the world to visit Japan in the future

JNTO announced results of its research on how Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics affected foreign people’s willingness to visit Japan, and ‘higher value-added travel,’ ‘sustainable tourism’ and ‘adventure tourism’ as its promotional focuses.
How did foreign media report Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics? Seeing technology, hospitality and multi-languages as legacies

How did foreign media report Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics? Seeing technology, hospitality and multi-languages as legacies

How did foreign media in Japan see Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the last summer? Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) issued a summarized report.
International arrivals in Japan totaled 246,000 in 2021, down 94% over 2020 or down 99.2% over 2019

International arrivals in Japan totaled 246,000 in 2021, down 94% over 2020 or down 99.2% over 2019

The number of international arrivals in Japan in 2021 was 245,900, down 94% over 2020 (4,115,828) or down 99.2% over pre-COVID-19 2019 (31,882,049), according to JNTO.
30%  in U.K. and 26% in Australia say that Tokyo 2020 could be a motivation to visit Japan in the future

30% in U.K. and 26% in Australia say that Tokyo 2020 could be a motivation to visit Japan in the future

According to JTB Tourism Research & Consulting survey, the ratios of people who have been motivated to visit Japan by Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were 6% in China, 30.2% in U.K. and 26.7% in Australia.
JR EAST, a Japan’s railway company, launches an information site exclusively for Taiwaneses travelers to Japan

JR EAST, a Japan’s railway company, launches an information site exclusively for Taiwaneses travelers to Japan

JR EAST launched ‘JR TIMES,’ an travel information site exclusively for Taiwanese travelers for the future, offering a cross-border EC function to sell limited local products in Japan.
International arrivals in Japan were just 20,000 in November 2021, before quarantine enhancement due to Omicron variant

International arrivals in Japan were just 20,000 in November 2021, before quarantine enhancement due to Omicron variant

The number of international arrivals in Japan in November 2021 was 20,700 only, 63.5% fewer than a year ago. Omicron variant has forced the Japanese government to suspend the deregulations for a month at least.
Global travel restrictions still limited international visitors to Japan with 22,000 only in October 2021

Global travel restrictions still limited international visitors to Japan with 22,000 only in October 2021

The number of international visitors to Japan in October 2021 was 22,100 only even though the Japanese government has eased entry restrictions for vaccinated international visitors since October.