Japanese Travelers

Japan Railway East prepares remote work environment in the bullet train ‘Shinkansen’ for business travelers

Japan Railway East prepares remote work environment in the bullet train ‘Shinkansen’ for business travelers

Japan Railway East will operate a special remote-work train car on the Tohoku Shinkansen line for business travelers, looking for a new business opportunity under new normal lifestyle.
Kyoto City saw a 43% increase in Japanese guest nights in hotels in November 2020, the largest YOY growth ever

Kyoto City saw a 43% increase in Japanese guest nights in hotels in November 2020, the largest YOY growth ever

Japanese guest nights in 66 hotels were up 42.8% year on year in November 2020, which was the largest YOY growth since the survey began.The average occupancy rate was 63.2%, 22.2 points higher than October (41.0%), improving for seven months in a row.
Japanese guest nights in Japan recovered to a 16% reduction in November 2020, though low occupancy rates continued in urban areas

Japanese guest nights in Japan recovered to a 16% reduction in November 2020, though low occupancy rates continued in urban areas

The total number of Japanese guest nights was down 15.7% to 34.2 million in November 2020, improving from a 35.2% reduction in October 2020 clearly because of ‘Go To Travel,' and international guest nights increased from 270,000 in October 2020 to 440,000 due to the limited ease of the entry rules.
More than half of Japanese are interested in vacation rental as an option of accommodations, despite low awareness as a whole

More than half of Japanese are interested in vacation rental as an option of accommodations, despite low awareness as a whole

45% of Japanese respondents are interested in vacation rental as on option of accommodations, selecting ‘condominium or apartment' as the top, although the awareness rate is still low at 19%, according to Expedia survey.
Japan will suspend new entries from all of foreign countries and regions and 14-days quarantine exemption until the end of January 2021

Japan will suspend new entries from all of foreign countries and regions and 14-days quarantine exemption until the end of January 2021

Japan will suspend new entries from all of foreign countries and regions until January 31 2021 to avoid possible inclusion of new variants of COVID-19, and the 14-days quarantine exemption for short-term business travelers will also be suspended.
Travel consumption of 318.7 billion JPY may be lost due to  nationwide tentative suspension of the Japan’s domestic travel recovery initiative

Travel consumption of 318.7 billion JPY may be lost due to nationwide tentative suspension of the Japan’s domestic travel recovery initiative

JTB Tourism Research & Consulting has calculated losses of 9.6 million travelers and 318.7 billion JPY in travel consumption due to the tentative suspension. Japanese domestic travelers during 2020-2021 New Year holiday period is expected to reduce by 73% to 7.9 million from 29.3 million a year ago.
Japanese overseas travelers were down 98.1% to 30,000 in November 2020

Japanese overseas travelers were down 98.1% to 30,000 in November 2020

The number of Japanese overseas travelers was down 98.1% year on year to 30,700 in November 2020.No large increase was seen in November, despite ease of quarantine for Japanese business travelers after returning to Japan and start of pre-test program for Japanese travelers in Hawaii.
Kyoto saw the first growth of Japanese guest nights in the past 13 months in October 2020 with the occupancy rate of 40% of higher

Kyoto saw the first growth of Japanese guest nights in the past 13 months in October 2020 with the occupancy rate of 40% of higher

Japanese guest nights in Kyoto City in October 2020 were up 2.2% year on year, the first monthly growth in the past 13 months since September 2019, and the average occupancy rate was also up 8.2 point to 41.0% compared to September, marking the first 40% or higher since Declaration of the State of Emergency.
JTB survey finds 85% have no plan to travel during the New Year holidays amid an increase in COVID-19 cases

JTB survey finds 85% have no plan to travel during the New Year holidays amid an increase in COVID-19 cases

The JTB survey on travel trend in this coming New Year holidays results find that the ratio of ‘traveling including homecoming’ accounted for 14.8% including ‘probably traveling (6.9%),’ which was 5.2 lower points than a year ago.
Japanese domestic guest nights recovered well to a 20% reduction in October 2020, clearly boosted by ‘Go To Travel’ initiative

Japanese domestic guest nights recovered well to a 20% reduction in October 2020, clearly boosted by ‘Go To Travel’ initiative

The total number of Japanese guest nights in October 2020 was down 17.2% year on year to 33 million, improving by 19 points from a 36.2% reduction in September 2020, clearly boosted by the government’s domestic travel recovery initiative ‘Go To Travel.'
JAL proposes a new lifestyle amid COVID-19, selling tours to motivate living in two regions

JAL proposes a new lifestyle amid COVID-19, selling tours to motivate living in two regions

JAL has started selling ‘JAL Dynamic Package ‘ tours to motivate living in two regions for Obihiro City (Hokkaido), Toyoka City (Hyogo), Munakata City (Fukuoka) and Aso City (Kumamoto).
JAL-affiliated LCC ZIPAIR sells an optional PCR test package to  Hawaii flight passengers for their confidences

JAL-affiliated LCC ZIPAIR sells an optional PCR test package to Hawaii flight passengers for their confidences

JAL Group LCC ZIPAIR sells optional PCR test package to passengers on it Narita-Honolulu flights, which will be launched on December 19, to ensure their travel confidence.
Japan’s domestic travel recovery initiative ‘Go To Travel’ users reached 52.6 million by November 15 with discount amount of 300 billion JPY

Japan’s domestic travel recovery initiative ‘Go To Travel’ users reached 52.6 million by November 15 with discount amount of 300 billion JPY

Users for the Japanese government’s leading domestic travel recovery initiative ‘ Go To Travel’ reached about 52.6 million by November 15. For the half a month by November 15 only, about 8.25 million users increased.
Okinawa targets 7 million incoming travelers in FY2021, focusing on revival of school trips in the recovery project

Okinawa targets 7 million incoming travelers in FY2021, focusing on revival of school trips in the recovery project

Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) targets 3.7 million arrivals in FY2020 and 6.7 million domestic arrivals and 300,000 international arrivals in FY2021, supposing that the current COVID-19 condition including travel restrictions, will improve.
Japanese overseas travelers were down 98.1% to 31,000 in October 2020

Japanese overseas travelers were down 98.1% to 31,000 in October 2020

The number of Japanese overseas travelers was down 98.1% year on year to 31,000 in October 2020, as the reduction rates of international flights and available seats were unchanged from the previous month.
Japanese LCC Peach Aviation offers one-stop service of flight booking and antigen test for confidence to travel

Japanese LCC Peach Aviation offers one-stop service of flight booking and antigen test for confidence to travel

Japanese LCC Peach Aviation offers an antigen test opportunity to a passenger at test fee of 3,000 JPY on domestic Kansai-Miyazaki and Kansai-Amami routes. Peach expects to verify how the test is effective to improve travelers’ confidences.
ANA will augment its Haneda-Honolulu service to two flights a week in this coming December

ANA will augment its Haneda-Honolulu service to two flights a week in this coming December

ANA will increase Haneda-Honolulu services in this coming December and during the New Year holiday period, following start of pre-test program for Japanese travelers by State of Hawaii.
Japanese guest nights in Japan recovered to a 37% reduction in September 2020, boosted by the domestic travel recovery campaign

Japanese guest nights in Japan recovered to a 37% reduction in September 2020, boosted by the domestic travel recovery campaign

The total number of Japanese guest nights was down 37.4% year on year to 25.3 million in September 2020, improving from a 51.8% reduction in August 2020, and the average occupancy rate was still low with 35.6%, but improved from 31.9% in August 2020.
Kyoto City recovered Japanese guest nights to 80% a year ago in September 2020, boosted by ‘Go To Travel’ campaign

Kyoto City recovered Japanese guest nights to 80% a year ago in September 2020, boosted by ‘Go To Travel’ campaign

Japanese guest nights in Kyoto City were down 23.9% in September 2020 year on year, but the monthly result recovered well to the 80% level a year ago. The average occupancy rate was 33.0%, 10.2 points higher than August (22.8%).
30% of Japanese travelers rethink their overseas travels after July next year, further delayed from the previous survey

30% of Japanese travelers rethink their overseas travels after July next year, further delayed from the previous survey

The latest survey of the well-known guidebook shows that 30.4% of the total said that they hope to go abroad ‘after July 2021,' and 35.8% said that they will reselect a destination. Also, an interesting finding is that 35.8% answered that they hesitate to travel abroad if a test is charged.