Japanese railway JR East starts offering designated ‘Shinkansen Office Car’ with no additional fare on all lines
JR East will begin offering the 8th Shinkansen car on all Tohoku, Hokuriku and Jyoetsu lines as ‘Shinkansen Office Car’ exclusively for business travelers to establish a seamless work space network.
11 travel companies join the government-leading ‘vaccination and test package’ demonstration for their selected 38 tours departing mostly from Tokyo to a variety of destinations nationwide.
How are travel and transportation companies in Japan changing after emergency declaration was lifted?
Since declaration of a state of emergency related to COVID-19 in Japan was lifted, travel and transportation companies have seen good signs for demand recovery. How are their businesses changing?
Kyoto anticipates quick recovery of tourists in this autumn leaves season from low occupancy rate of 26.8% in August
Japanese guests in 100 hotels in Kyoto City were up 30.4% in August 2021 compared to a year ago or down 20.6% compared to two year ago. DMO KYOTO has foreseen that the occupancy rate will rise in November, the autumn leaves month, due to ease of travel restriction.
Ministry of Tourism of Japan is demonstrating ‘vaccination and test package’ for smooth and safe travel
Ministry of of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism will begin demonstrating ‘vaccination and test package' for designated tours or accommodations, following lifting of declaration of a state of emergency on September 30 2021.
Airbnb Japan gives financial supports for renovation of old folk houses in Tatsuno Town, Nagano Prefecture
Airbnb Japan signed a partnership agreement with Tatsuno Town in Nagano Prefecture, in which Airbnb gives financial supports for renovation of old folk houses and trial Workcation.
Rakuten Travel opened a special page featuring more than 1,000 lodgings with specific benefits for vaccinated travelers on its booking site.
The Sankei Research & Data survey on the future tourism finds that 69.8% of respondents intend to use domestic travel boosting program ‘Go To Travel’ if its restarts.
ANA has started selling a 3-days/2-nights tour for Miyakojima with A380 ‘FLYING HONU,’ which is usually operated for the Honolulu flights. The tour will be performed on October 30 this year.
The Japanese government plans to restart social activities, including travel, with a vaccination passport as early as November
Japanese Prime Minster Yoshihide Suga said, "“The government has a plan to ease restrictions even under declaration of a state of emergency, and taking advantage of a vaccination or test certificate package."
The most desirable thing for Japanese consumers to do after vaccinated is domestic travel, and 10% have already booked travel
According to CCC Marketing's awareness survey on so-called ‘Revenge Consumption,' the most desirable thing to do is domestic travel with the ratio of 22.7%, and even overseas travel is ranked 3rd with the ratio of 9.7%.
20s to 30s males and females and senior males strongly desire to travel within the next year by June 2022
JTB Tourism Research & Consulting’s regular awareness survey finds that 34.5% said they have plans to travel within the next year by June 2022, particularly higher ratios among in 20s to 30s males and females and 60 years old or older males.
Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept, kicks off in Japan, visualizing meanings and values of contents on a digital map
Meta Tourism, a new tourism concept that oversees a variety of content layers for a particular place or a particular phenomenon, has started its activities in earnest, when it held a kick-off event for Sumida Meta Tourism Festival on August 24 2021.
Expedia survey finds that the most-searched destination for New Year holidays by Japanese travel planners is Oahu
Expedia said that the most-searched destination by Japanese people for New Year holidays was Oahu, and Bangkok (3rd), Singapore (6th), Bali (7th), Taipei (8th) and Phuket (10th) were ranked in top 10.
JAL launches ‘Flight Subscription Service’ from/to Haneda in tie-ups with a subscription-based accommodation service start-up
JAL demonstrates ‘Flight Subscription Service’ with Kabuk Style, a start-up providing a subscription-based accommodation service ‘HafH,' offering a package of three return flights and three nights at fixed 36,000 JPY.
JTB forecasts 40 million Japanese domestic travelers for this summer vacation period, 45% fewer travelers than two years ago
JTB has forecasted that Japanese domestic travelers for this summer vacation period will be about 40 million, 5.3% more travelers than a year ago but 44.8% fewer travelers than two years ago.
KLOOK offers a driving lesson product for an inexperienced driver in Japan, expecting driving will become more popular amid COVID-19
KLOOK, an in-destination experience booking platform, sells a driving lesson product in Tokyo for an inexperienced drive , expecting to meet new needs from an inexperienced driver amid the pandemic.
70% of Japanese Gen.Z choose long-haul domestic travel as their next travel after COVID-19 pandemic ends
69.5% of Japanese Generation Z answered the next travel after the pandemic ends would be ‘long-haul domestic travel’, followed by ‘short-haul domestic travel (62.8%)’ and ‘traveling to Europe (34.3%).’
Okinawa gives a blue wristband a visitor with vaccination certificate or negative certificate for safe and privilege traveling
To address economic activities and infection prevention together, Okinawa will give a blue wristband to a visitor who shows a vaccination certificate or a negative certificate in August and September.
the number of Japanese guest nights was still down 50.1% 21 million in May 2021 compared to March 2019, and the average occupancy rate was 27%, worse than 31.7% in April due to the third declaration of a state of emergency.