The total number of Japanese guest nights in the calendar year of 2021 was down 0.2% year on year to 310.8 million, which were 35.3% fewer guests nights than 2019. The occupancy rate was 34.5% overall, 28.2 lower points than 2019.
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 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 in Japan see Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in the last summer? Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau (TCVB) issued a summarized report.
Mastercard and Wakayama Prefecture signed a five-years strategic partnership agreement for tourism promotions and DX, such as cashless or contactless payment system, for smaller businesses.
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 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.
Japan eases the quarantine regulation for vaccinated business persons and restarts accepting new international students
The Japanese government has shortened the quarantine days for vaccinated business persons to three days and restarted accepting new international students and technical trainees since November 8 2021.
Shizuoka Prefecture organizes an event to control a drone remotely from Singapore to introduce tourism attractions
Shizuoka Prefecture will organize a virtual event ‘Mt. Fuji Drone Challenge in Asagiri’ for Singaporean to control a drone remotely to experience tourism attractions virtually.
Japanese interpreter tour guides serve online tours for Olympic athletes forcibly staying in accommodations
For locked Olympic and Paralympic athletes, a website operator for inbound travelers serves online tours in cooperation with about 150 interpreter tour guides nationwide.
More than 90% of tour operators for international travelers in Japan are at the brink of devastation with loss of labour force
More than 90% of Japanese tour operators for international visitors cut jobs, and 40% have cut more than half of jobs in the pandemic, which will possibly be a big hurdle to catch a recovery wave, Japan Inbound Media Consortium (JIMC)'s survey says.
Five leading organizations for Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics this summer have decided to give up welcoming foreign spectators to ensure safe and security for Japanese people and to pay sold tickets back.
The Playbook for stakeholders of Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games 2020 is unveiled to ensure a safe event
The first Playbook for stakeholders is unveiled to show principles in order of time, before your travel, entering Japan, at the games and leaving Japan, and also what you have to ensure all the time, including ‘Do not use public transport unless given permission.'
Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture, deliver live Ninja experience in Japanese and English to guide martial arts
Odawara Tourism Association in Kanagawa Prefecture has started selling online tour ‘Online Ninja Experience (ONE),' expecting that Ninja will be a tourism content to attract international travelers after the pandemic.
Entries of short-term business travelers from 11 designated countries and regions into Japan are suspended
The Japanese government has decided to suspend business and residence tracks between Japan and 11 designated countries and regions until February 7 2021 to prevent a new variant of COVID-19 from flowing into Japan.
Japanese guest nights in Japan recovered to a 16% reduction in November 2020, though low occupancy rates continued in urban areas
The total number of Japanese guest nights was down 15.7% to 34.2 million in November 2020, improving from a 35.2% reduction in October 2020 clearly because of ‘Go To Travel,' and international guest nights increased from 270,000 in October 2020 to 440,000 due to the limited ease of the entry rules.
Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) surveyed the relevance between inbound travelers’ needs and spread of COVID-19 in Taiwan and Hong Kong as short-haul markets and U.K. and Australia as long-haul markets, giving insights toward reopening of the inbound travel market in the future.
Japan will suspend new entries from all of foreign countries and regions and 14-days quarantine exemption until the end of January 2021
Japan will suspend new entries from all of foreign countries and regions until January 31 2021 to avoid possible inclusion of new variants of COVID-19, and the 14-days quarantine exemption for short-term business travelers will also be suspended.
70% of Vietnamese travel agents want to restart selling travel in Japan by the next cherry blossom season
JNTO Hanoi Office’s survey finds that about 70% of local travel agents intend to restart selling travel in Japan by the next cherry blossom season, but 82% answered that ‘lifting of travel restrictions in both Japan and Vietnam’ will be required.
The Japanese government decides extension of ‘Go To Travel’ initiative to June 2021 and reception of small group inbound travelers
The Japanese government has decided to extend 'Go To Travel' to the end of June next year from originally January 31 2021 and also to receive small group inbound travelers step by step toward Tokyo Olympics next summer.