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Dreaming of a Visit to Japan? The Government Might Pay for Half of Your Trip to Jumpstart Tourism
The Mind Unleashed ^ | 05/24/2020 | Elias Marat

Posted on 05/24/2020 8:48:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

If you’re currently stuck at home and facing government lockdown orders in response to the coronavirus pandemic, we won’t blame you if you’re currently fantasizing about the vacations you want to take once the world returns to relative normalcy.

While books, YouTube travel vlogs, and even open world video games offer great distractions, in many ways they also offer serious fuel to our wanderlust – inspiring us to do nothing more than get out of our current environs and delve deep into other cultures, climes, and cuisines.

And of all the most amazing tourist destinations out there, one country stands tall with its dazzling combination of ancient culture and stunning modernity – and that country is Japan.

Mount Fuji — 日本 (@VisualsJapan) May 21, 2020

And now, Japanese officials are reportedly considering a plan that would see the government potentially step up to pay half of the travel expenses of foreign travelers to the Land of the Rising Sun.

However, the plan is merely just a proposal – at least for the time being.

Since the coronavirus pandemic became a global concern earlier this year, the brakes have been hit on global travel – as well as the lucrative tourism industries of various countries.

This has been no less true in Japan, where a mere 2,900 tourists visited the country this April – a vast and precipitous drop from the 2,926,685 people who visited the country last April, according to leading Japanese newspaper The Mainichi. On a nationwide level, the country has seen a staggering 99.9 percent year-on-year drop in tourism.

To prevent the continuation of the brutal collapse of tourism, the Japanese government is now considering giving the green light to a 1.35 trillion yen (over $12.5 billion USD) fund to lure back foreign visitors. Japanese Tourism Agency chief Hiroshi Tabata said that the scheme could begin as soon as July if COVID-19 infections continue to subside.

No tourists in #Japan? No problem. 😎 😏

Cherry blossoms 🌸, Japanese style
🇯🇵 🗾 🏯

More than 1,000 deer 🦌 enjoying the flowers and calm at Nara Park, Osaka.

The animals even know how to bow after getting fed crackers by the visitors. — 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐨𝐬𝐨𝐩𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝙋𝙨𝙮𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙡𝙤𝙜𝙞𝙨𝙩 (@PsychologyDoc) May 17, 2020

It remains unclear what exactly would be covered under the plan in terms of airfare or which categories of hotels and lodging.

Japan is currently facing its lowest number of visitors from abroad since 1964. Normally, spring is one of the country’s most popular tourist seasons, especially because it’s cherry blossom season, when the blossoming trees around Tokyo, Kyoto and Mt. Fuji attract thousands of sightseers. This year, however, visitors have largely been restricted to these deer – which, needless to say, doesn’t do much for the tourism industry in terms of generating revenue.

Additionally, Japan has barred entry to nationals and passenger flights from roughly 100 nations. This includes China – one of Japan’s major tourism markets, which had been hitting record highs during the winter amid warming people-to-people relations between the Chinese and Japanese people, who have been plagued by poor bilateral ties in the past.

Flowers fields, Japan 🇯🇵 — World Tourism 🌎 (@WorldTourisms) May 16, 2020

To make matters worse, Japan has also been forced to postpone the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympic Games that were due to take place in Tokyo.

The country’s other landmarks and attractions have also been temporarily closed, including Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Universal Studios Japan, and a number of museums, festivals, and other mass events.

However, in a sign that good news may be on the horizon, only three new coronavirus infections were reported in the capital on Friday – the lowest figure since the government declared a state of emergency in April.

So while Japan is not quite out of the woods yet – as is the case in much of the rest of the world – the reported plan to slash travel expenses in half for tourists does seem tantalizing.

After all, where else can we be treated to the priceless scenery of Japan’s villages, the brilliant natural beauty of the country’s mountains and islands, or the irreplaceable flavors of genuine Japanese cuisine?

Well, this might just be the chance you’ve been waiting for.

TOPICS: Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: japan; tourism

1 posted on 05/24/2020 8:48:16 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

I heard it was half off all DOMESTIC TRAVEL IN JAPAN. So no airfare until you get there.

2 posted on 05/24/2020 8:51:46 PM PDT by struggle
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To: SeekAndFind

One of the best family vacations we’ve ever had was a trip to Japan three years ago. Incredible food, amazing architecture, every public garden is a work of art.

I stuck out like a sore thumb, and our mixed-race family got the side eye all of the time, but it’s worth it.

I’m gonna go back, get a bareboat charter, and sail and fish and eat onigiri all summer long. Seriously, if you get the chance, go!

3 posted on 05/24/2020 8:53:56 PM PDT by absalom01 (You should do your duty in all things. You cannot do more, and you should never wish to do less.)
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To: struggle

RE: So no airfare until you get there.

No worries, all airlines are willing to give discounts as well ( if you DARE travel ).

4 posted on 05/24/2020 8:58:38 PM PDT by SeekAndFind (look at Michigan, it will)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bump for future reference?

5 posted on 05/24/2020 9:08:48 PM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I was set for the last week in March to fly in for two weeks, and the week prior....the airline started dumping flights. The whole thing was cancelled in a matter of hours. Luckily, wasn’t out any cash. Will review the options for 2021, and see what happens then.

6 posted on 05/24/2020 9:27:12 PM PDT by pepsionice
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Nara is actually a separate community in the Kyoto/Osaka area. One of the world’s largest Buddhas is located there, along with all the deer that wander around the temple. One of them came up behind me and tried to put its nose in one of my pants pockets.

I’d go to Japan in a heartbeat if someone would pay half my airfare. The train system, the hot springs (onsen), the horse races, the scenery, surprisingly good beer, the friendly people, quite a bit of English signage (even if most people don’t speak English)—fantastic country to tour and enjoy, with something new and fascinating around every corner.

7 posted on 05/25/2020 12:08:06 AM PDT by nd76
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I’d love to visit Aomori and Hokkaido. Eat at a Lucky Pierrot in Hakodate. Maybe find a fisherman to take me out to catch yellowtail.

8 posted on 05/25/2020 7:50:29 AM PDT by RitchieAprile (available monkeys looking for the change..)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’d like to visit Japan, but even half off is too expensive.

9 posted on 05/25/2020 9:09:07 AM PDT by Tax-chick (You can't buy happiness, but you can buy books! (Washington County, UT, Library))
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