The new rules mean that travellers from ‘Blue’ countries such as the UK, US and Australia can now enter the country and be given a visa on arrival. Triple vaccinated travellers do not need to test before they travel, nor on arrival but unvaccinated travellers, will still need to provide proof of a negative test before they depart.
Inside Travel Group and InsideJapan Tours’ Co-founder, Simon King said: “After two and a half years of various restrictions, Japan is now fully open to tourists without the hassle of visas. For our customers and agents, this removes the final barrier to travel and any uncertainty around travel allowing them to plan and look forward to their trips,”
InsideJapan saw a huge increase in enquiries and bookings after the previous announcements back in late August, with tour bookings exceeding the same month in 2019.
Tourists visiting in 2023 can enjoy the return of the Snow Festival for the first time in three years, which comes as the Susukino nightlife district grows with a new OMO3 property aimed at more adventurous travellers and a new Tokyu complex (2023) on the iconic Susukino crossing, including entertainment spaces and a new hotel.
The Yokohama Biennale art festival returns in 2023, timed with the reopening of the Yokohama Museum of Art post-renovation. The opening of Yokohama’s first high-end Hilton property is also scheduled for 2023 in a waterfront development that will house the K-Arena, one of the world’s largest live music venues, as part of the new ‘Music Terrace’.
Next year will also see the opening of the remaining two areas of the Studio Ghibli Park and the TIAD luxury hotel in the Sakae/Shin-Sakae entertainment districts, after the opening of the art deco hotel The Tower Hotel Nagoya on the upper levels of Nagoya’s TV tower, with the large beams of the tower as a centrepiece within each room.
“The Japanese government has at last announced the resumption of individual travel for tourism purposes, visa waivers, and the elimination of the daily arrival cap. I am incredibly pleased to finally welcome back individual travellers after coping with the pandemic during a wait of two-and-a-half years,” said JNTO President Seino Satoshi.