Japan’s New Go toTravel: National Travel Support(ZenkokuRyokoShien)Begins October 11, 2022

Japan was open to foreign visitors on October 11, 2022, and the negative certificate before departure will be waived if you have proof of three vaccinations. From now on, free travel to Japan will be possible again.

At the same time, the “National Travel Support” campaign has been launched for domestic visitors. The campaign started in Tokyo on October 20, while the other 46 prefectures started from Oct. 11th.

“National Travel Support”

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The “National Travel Support” offers discounts on travel expenses and, like the 2020 go to travel, offers discount coupons by region.

Discount of the “National Travel Support”

The “National Travel Support” offers discounts of up to 40% on travel.

The maximum amount per person per day is 8,000 yen for accommodation including transportation and 5,000 yen for other expenses.

Regional coupons (地域クーポン) can be used at some stores in your travel destination for 3,000 yen on weekdays and 1,000 yen on DAY-OFFs.

There are different criteria for determining DAY-OFF.

In the case of the day of stay, if both the day of stay and the following day are a day of rest (Saturday, Sunday and Japan Day), then the day of stay is a DAY-OFF day. For example, if the day of stay is Saturday and the following day is a Sunday, then the day of stay(Saturday) is a “DAY-OFF”; if the day of stay is a Sunday and the following day is a Japanese holiday, then the day of stay(Sunday) is also a “DAY-OFF”.

In the case of a round-trip trip on the same day, Saturday, Sunday, and Japan’s holiday will be considered as a DAY-OFF

For trips of 8 days and 7 nights or less, you are eligible for the “National Travel Support” discount, and each person can receive the discount an unlimited number of times.

However, the maximum amount of subsidy per person per trip is 11,000 yen.

Requirements for the “National Travel Support” discount

Only Japanese nationals or foreign nationals with resident status in Japan are eligible for the discount. When applying for the discount, you will need to confirm your identity and residence.

The following forms of identification can be used

My Number Card, Driver’s License, Passport, Resident Card, Special Permanent Resident Certificate, etc.

In addition, you must have proof of three vaccinations or a negative PCR certificate.

Implementation date of “National Travel Support”

October 11, 2022 – December 20, 2022

Only in Tokyo, the program will start on October 20.

The implementation of the program in 2023 will be determined based on the infection situation and demand at that time.

Minimum amount of “National Travel Support”

The minimum amount of “National Travel Support” per person per day/per person per trip is 5,000 yen on weekdays, and 2,000 yen on DAY-OFFs.

If the purchase of goods/accommodation is less than the minimum amount, the discount will not be applied.

Areas where “National Travel Support” is available

This program is available throughout Japan.

However, if there is an area in one of the 47 prefectures that does not wish to participate, that area will not be included in the program.

How to make a reservation for “National Travel Support”

There are several ways to receive discounts for “National Travel Support”.

  1. Reservation through the travel reservation website
  2. Reservation through a travel agency
  3. Reservation by phone or online through an accommodation facility

When making a reservation, you must select or indicate to the staff that you need to make a reservation for discounted travel under the National Travel Support.

After confirming your identity and proof of vaccination, the staff will issue a discount coupon for that area at the time of your stay.

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