All of top 5 Japanese OTAs increased by 1.5 times or more in the first quarter of FY2022 (April to June) compared to a year ago. Top OTA was jalan.net with 13.7 million users increasing by 71%.
HIS, one of the biggest travel companies in Japan, will launch ‘Web 3.0 Virtual Project’ to offer NFT and metaverse services in a travel space and produce its original virtual liver of 2D or 3D avatars as a new advertising characters.
Japanese OTA ‘atta’ releases a new automatic function to change a booked hotel package to cheaper one if the price is cut
AI-based Japanese OTA ‘atta’ released an automatic booking change function, which changes a booked hotel package to cheaper one if the price is cut after completion of the initial booking.
Japanese SNS users are expected to reach 82.7 million by the end of 2022, which account for 82% of the whole population. The most-answered reason for using SNS was to gather information on hobbies or jobs with the ratio of 44%.
Nippon Travel Agency or NTA signed a comprehensive partnership agreement with Gaia Link to use ‘Virbela’ metaverse platform for local communities, corporate customers and eduction providers.
Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting survey finds the market scale of online tours in Japan was estimated at 9.56 billion JPY in 2020, growing by 30% a year, and the average payment to a paid online tour was 7,918 JPY a person.
ANA enhances its app to improve traveler experiences, taking out automatic check-in kiosk for domestic flights
ANA announced ‘ANA Smart Travel,’ an app-based new service to provide an individual passenger with personalized information and services, trying to increase online check-in passengers.
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.
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,’
Telecom Square begins offering a contactless Wi-Fi router rental service in Japan’s major international airports
Telecom Square began offering ‘WiFiBox,’ a an automatic and contactless Wi-Fi router rental service in major airports, such as Narita and Haneda, and The rental price is very competitive at 300 JPY a day or more.
‘Regya Pass! (Leisure Pass in English),’ a subscription service for leisure facilities, will be available for amusement parks, theme-parks, aquariums, zoos, museums, onsen or even camping.
ANA NEO, a virtual travel platform development company of ANA Group, has raised 4.5 billion JPY in total to develop a Metaverse travel ‘SKY WHALE.'
Metaverse space of Kyoto City opens in a virtual space Shibuya to deliver tradition and tourism attractions
Dai Nippon Printing (DNP) opened Metaverse space ‘Kyoto PlLUS X’ in virtual space ‘Shibuya Miyashita Park Powered by PARALLEL SITE’ to deliver and experience tradition and tourism attractions virtually.
OYO Japan will change its corporate and brand names to ‘Tabist,’ including ‘OYO Ryokan,’ on April 1 2022. Ryota Tanozaki, OYO Japan President, explained the reasons and its new strategy for Japan market.
Nippon Travel Agency organizes a SDGs-themed metaverse event, offering chances for avatars to move in the virtual space
Nippon Travel Agency (NTA) will hold SDGs-themed metaverse event ‘GO!SDGs’ on March 25 2022 in cooperation with GAIA LINK. Applicants can freely move as avatars in the virtual space.
Baseball stadium ‘Tokyo Dome,' a home of Yomiuri Giants, introduced the Panasonic’s face recognition system for admission and payment on ‘facethru’ platform provided by Tokyo Dome.
Metaverse ‘Virtual Osaka’ creates ‘New Cities’ to appeal Osaka toward EXPO 2025, connecting ‘Virtual Shibuya’ in the warp zone
Osaka Prefecture and Osaka City has started offering Metaverse ‘Virtual Osaka,' creating ‘New Cities’ virtually redesigned shopping streets and tourist spots in Osaka City, to appeal Osaka toward EXPO 2025 Osaka Kansai.
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.
The top internet service was Yahoo! Japan with the reach rate of 68.9% a month, followed by Goggle with 65.1%, according to Nielsen Digital’s ‘Tops of 2021: Digital in Japan’ ranking.
Tourism Ministry of Japan uses ‘Pokémon GO’ to help travelers discover local history in a designated city
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism has launched the ‘Pokémon GO’ program in Odawara City to help visitors discover local history by virtually placing poke stops on the game.