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Japan To Open In June For Tourists With Three Shots Of Covid-19 Vaccine And Other Criteria

Japan To Open In June For Tourists With Three Shots Of Covid-19 Vaccine And Other Criteria

Covid-19 cases have been on the decline in Japan’s main cities until recently.

Fernando Fong

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Japan is arranging to resume accepting foreign tourists to the country starting in June.

Government sources said that foreign nationals who meet specific criteria will be allowed to visit Japan for sightseeing purposes.

The criteria include being vaccinated three times against the Coronavirus and participating in small group tours.

Previously, the Japanese government has banned foreign tourists to prevent the spread of COVID 19.

A gingko tree at Hitachi Seaside Park, two hours away from Tokyo. The park is famous for its exquisite flower gardens year-round. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

It will consider allowing group tours to enter Japan starting this month on a trial basis.

The sources said the government plans to expand the arrival restrictions depending on the infection situation gradually.

In his speech in London on 5 May, Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio said that Japan would ease its border controls to the levels of other G7 countries.

Cautious Optimism

As Golden Week comes to a close, the next few weeks will be crucial.

The Golden Week is a series of four national holidays that take place within one week at the end of April to the beginning of May each year.

Visitors taking photos at JR Shimonada Station in Ehime Prefecture. It is one of Japan’s closest station to the sea and popular with photographers and tourists. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

This time around, people in Japan are enjoying their first spring holidays in three years with no restrictions.

And as a result, popular tourist spots have come back to life, but so are the number of infections.

Domestic travellers have also crowded train stations and airports across Japan as departure flights of Japan Airlines (JAL), and All Nippon Airways (ANA) were almost fully booked, according to the airlines.

According to Japan Railways (JR), reservations for Shinkansen bullet trains increased from 56% to 284% in the period compared to last year.

A passenger aboard the Sunrise Seto, a long distance overnight sleeper trains operated by JR Central and JR West from Tokyo to Okayama, Izumo and Seto Inland Sea. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

Malaysians Waiting Patiently For The Rising Sun

Japan has always been a popular destination for Malaysians.

The Office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Kuala Lumpur welcomed Malaysia’s recent move to reopen its doors to travellers.

The Japanese are hoping that Malaysians will visit Japan once the country’s borders are opened.

Autumn leaves are amazing at the Miharashi Park in Hakodate, one of the main cities on Hokkaido. (Pix: Fernando Fong)
Clear blue water at Kurobe Gorge, a beautiful, forested ravine in the rugged mountains of the Northern Japan Alps. (Pix: Fernando Fong)
Japan has a lot of anime foods that every anime fan needs to try. (Pix: Fernando Fong)

JNTO Executive Director Fumi Matsumoto said although Japan is still closed to tourists, for the time being, it is gradually beginning to loosen border restrictions at the national level.

Concerning international tourists, we at JNTO are still waiting for an announcement from the Japanese government. As Malaysia has started accepting vaccinated international tourists without quarantine, as announced recently, we know that Malaysians are interested in travelling abroad.

JNTO Executive Director Fumi Matsumoto on Malaysians wanting to travel to Japan

In a recent feedback survey, JNTO found that the pre-pandemic trend of travel to Japan sought by Malaysians has not changed and even to date, the top two answers are still food and nature.

Most Asian countries are fully open for travel, only Japan remains effectively closed to tourism. (Pix: Exotravel)

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