Earlier this year, Japan opened its borders to British tourists. However, travellers had only been able to jet off if they were booked onto a guided tour and, later, only if they had booked their flights through a travel agency.
But that has all changed because Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced on Thursday in New York that Japan will reopen visa-free travel from October 11. And, the daily entry cap has been lifted so you can just bet that everybody around the world is going to be swarming back ASAP.
Prior to closing its borders, Japan allowed visa-free short-term travel from people from 68 countries and regions. In 2019, visitor numbers reached a mind-blowing record of almost 32 million before falling sharply in 2020 and rising to only 246,000 last year.
The move comes as a way to bolster the economy since the Yen has plummeted to a 24-year low. It’s not great for the Japanese, but travellers can definitely get more bang for their buck. However, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida also announced a domestic travel incentive scheme that will give discounts on travel, theme park prices, sporting events and concerts.