The Japanese government mandates pre-departure negative certificate and PCR test on arrival for travelers from China
The Japanese government has enhanced entry control for travelers who stay in China (except Hong Kong and Macao) and fly to Japan directly from China (except Hong Kong and Macao) since January 8 2023, requiring pre-departure negative certificate (72 hours before departure) and PCR test on arrival.
Virgin Australia will launch its first Japan service from Cairns in June 2023, expanding code-shares with ANA
Virgin Australia announced launch of its first Japan service between Cairns and Haneda with the Boeing 737-8 on June 28 2023, expanding code-share flights with ANA. They expect that Japanese passengers may be 60 to 70% of the total on average through a year.
Kyoto City saw the post-pandemic highest hotel occupancy rate in October 2022 and 4 times more inbound travelers than September 2022
The occupancy rate of 116 hotels in Kyoto City in October 2022 was up 9.3 points over September 2022 or up 24.9 points over October 2021 to 63.7%. Japanese guest nights in October 2022 totaled 533,611, which was 12.4% more nights than September 2022.
Japanese guest nights were up 5.8% in October 2022 even compared to pre-pandemic, boosted by the travel discount program
The total number of Japanese guest nights in October 2022 (provisionally) was up 32.5% year on year to 42.1 million, which were up 5.8% even compared to October 2019. The occupancy rate was 52.6% overall, higher than 49.5% in September 2022.
Navitime, a Japan’s leading navigation app, sees a rapid increase in searches for tourist spots in Japan by international users
Navitime Japan, a Japan’s leading navigation solution provider, says ‘Japan Travel by NAVITIME’ have increased rapidly in September and October 2022. Searches by users in Asia particularly grew, and Hokkaido, Yamanashi and Oita were more searched.
Domestic travel sales of 43 travel companies in Japan in September 2022 recovered to 80% of the 2019 level
Sales of 43 major travel companies increased by 114.3% year on year to 227 billion JPY in total in September 2022. Sales in domestic travel were up 94.2% year on year to 186.5 billion JPY, which were down 21% compared to September 2019.
A new platform to book high quality experiences in Japan debuts, covering from traditional cultures to outdoor activities
Japan Culture and Technology (J-CAT) recently launched a local experience booking platform ‘Otonami’ listing a variety of high quality tour contents.
Spending in Japan by international visitors this summer is estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day
Spending in Japan by international visitors for three months from July to September 2022 was estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day.
Malaysia Airlines has augmented its Kuala Lumpur-Japan network since November 2022 to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia, increasing flights for Haneda and Narita.
Japan National Tourism Organization focuses on higher-valued travel toward full-scale recovery of the inbound travel market
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has restarted full-scale promotions to the world, following practical open of the border on October 11 2022, focusing on adventure tourism as well as higher-valued travel from Europe, U.S. and Australia particularly.
Web-based CIQ for Japan ‘Visit Japan Web’ integrates health app ‘MySOS’ to make faster immigration possible
Digital Agency of Japan will integrate ‘My SOS,’ a health certificate app, into ‘Visit Japan Web’ on November 1 2022 to make faster immigration possible.
Universal Studios Japan introduces Alipay+ in the park and seeks a chance to collaborate with Fliggy
Universal Studios Japan (USJ) and Ant Group signed a corporate marketing partnership contract to introduce Alipay+ payment service in the park, expecting that the partnership will raise payment conveniences for visitors to Japan from Asia.
Korean Air will largely increase flights for Japan after October 2022, expecting to restart two-way traffic between Japan and South Korea in earnest, resuming Fukuoka and Sapporo services.
Searches for travel in Japan on OTA have been growing since lifting of the remaining inbound travel restrictions was announced
Searches for travel in Japan on major OTAs have been growing since the Japanese government announced the remaining travel restrictions on foreigners would be lifted on October 11 2022.
Japan will fully open the border on October 11 2022 by lifting visa requirement for foreigners and the limited entry cap a day
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan will fully open the border on October 11 2022 by lifting visa requirement for foreigners and the limited entry cap a day.
The tourism promotion committee for Taiwan in Japan met the counterpart in Taiwan in Taoyuan City, Taiwan for 2022 Japan-Taiwan Tourism Summit to share a goal to achieve 7.5 million two-way travelers a year.
Japan Tourism Agency has revised "Guidelines for Accepting Foreign Tourists." A travel agency or a travel service arrangement agency is responsible for the tour. They have to make arrangements for round-trip air tickets and all accommodations throughout traveling in Japan before entering Japan.
Japan will raise a cap of the number of entries into Japan from 20,000 a day to 50,000 a day and at the same time permits a foreign tourist tour without a tour conductor on September 7.
Why does Agoda invest a large scale of budget into the Japan market?A leader in Japan talks about its strategies
Singapore-based OTA Agoda has been raising its presence in the Japan market. A leader of the OTA in Japan talked about its unique strategies both for domestic travel and for inbound travel.
A Japan National Tourism Organization leader talks about the promotional strategies for rebound of the inbound travel market
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Executive Senior Vice President Kyoji Kuramotchi talked about the next steps for rebound of the inbound travel market, expecting FIT will be opened soon. How does JNTO develop its strategies to achieve the national goals.