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Japan to reopen to independent, visa-free travel after 2.5 yearsJapan to reopen to independent, visa-free travel after 2.5 yearsNews

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honeymelonhoneymelon4 дня назад
Quick update for those who may not know.

Today, prime minister Kishida announced Japan is opening up to independent travel, similar to pre-covid conditions. Starts Oct 11th. Prior, a guided-tour via a travel agency was needed to enter the country.

This proved to be wildly unpopular considering the appeal of international travel is to explore an unknown country to its fullest. The additional cost is also not worth it for many; every city in Japan has English signage and you can get around comfortably without knowing Japanese at all outside of a few simple phrases. Japan had record low tourism numbers in 2021, with only 250,000 foreigners entering. The economic hurt was felt very hard, with the yen at a current all time low.

You will need to be triple vax'd in order to enter the country or neg covid test. Details are still coming out of requirements. There will be some discounts for travelers through a government program, allegedly.

Full article here: www.japantimes....

So, MFC, how do we feel about this?

I, for one, will be saving all my credit card points towards a trip back to Japan. I'm thinking autumn of next year. I haven't been to Japan since 2018, so I'm definitely overdue for a trip back. I really look forward to seeing more user articles about their trip to Japan. Haven't seen those ever since COVID.
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Does anybody know about how everything is covid-regulation-wise inside the country? I mean it's cool if we can all go there again, but if there are limitations to how many people can be in stores, restaurants, theme parks, cons etc. it will take a big chunk of fun out of things again. :(

My back-info: Was supposed to go on my first ever Japan trip in 2020, got force-canceled and I lost a ton of money. I basically only want to go again if I can be sure there are no things closed/limited, otherwise I rather wait another couple years more for a 'proper' trip there.
22 часа назад
Elise_Grimwald The other Warner sister
This is great news. I have no intention of going there, but it does mean Japanese guests will be more willing to go to conventions, as if the country feels good enough to open back up, they'll likely be more willing to travel. ACen had no Japanese guests this year, and it sucked. :/. Hopefully, that changes next year.
It's also good for tourism, and it's a good thing we can go there again if we want as well.

Another plus is the flights would HOPEFULLY mean Air and SAL come back. I will never use SAL again, but having Air open again for smaller items would be great. I'm amazed they didn't announce it already, as October 11th is fairly soon.
1 день назад
Erokawaii ロリオタク
Ohhhh yes I'm excited, literally jumped out of my seat when I saw the news a few days ago. Definitely putting money aside for a nice trip next year.
2 дня назад
my husband gets serious discounts on airfare and hotels in japan but i won't be traveling anywhere for a few years. i still don't trust the state of things rn and i've managed to avoid getting covid for this long.
2 дня назад
Cannot be arsed at these ticket prices. Sure, you can go as you would around pre-Covid times, but the ticket prices are many times more expensive and I do not feel like spending an average monthly wage on a ticket.
2 дня назад
I haven't been to Japan since may 2019 and I cannot wait to go back!!
I've been following this too and was so excited when I heard the news :)
I already have a trip planned for May 2023. I'm so excited!! Hopefully they don't revert this decision LOL.
3 дня назад
i'm going in november, i've been itching to go back for over 2 years so i'm super excited :)
3 дня назад
HazukiSama3 дня назад#113863231I've wanted to go since I was 11 ( about 2 decades ago almost lol)
but I've always felt so underprepared for it! I know some very basic (like 3yrs old) Japanese.
Does anyone that has gone before or is going know around how much a flight on average costs altogether? I'm still trying to decide what would be a good average for a hotel as well.
For now I have until early 2024 to figure all of that out.
I do wonder if the yen will go up though and with that figure prices will be higher because of it. Though shipping may go down a bit since more flights?

Flight depends a lot where you are from and time of year, I can say you do not need to know Japanese to go to the biggest cities so don't let that stop you, as for hotels my advise is: Just get one in which the room has a bathtub a toilet (it is common to see bathtub and toilet in different rooms in Japan) and a bed over a futon and you should be good, oh and check you are getting non smoker rooms, you will spend most of the day outside so don't need much else
3 дня назад
Hoping to go in another year or two. €2,000 for flights alone is a hefty sum. (´。_。`)
3 дня назад
I've wanted to go since I was 11 ( about 2 decades ago almost lol)
but I've always felt so underprepared for it! I know some very basic (like 3yrs old) Japanese.

Does anyone that has gone before or is going know around how much a flight on average costs altogether? I'm still trying to decide what would be a good average for a hotel as well.
For now I have until early 2024 to figure all of that out.

I do wonder if the yen will go up though and with that figure prices will be higher because of it. Though shipping may go down a bit since more flights?
3 дня назад
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