International cruise travelers to Japan were down 12% to 2.15 million in 2019, affected by a decrease in cruises from China
The number of international cruise travelers to Japan was down 12.2% year on year to 2.15 million in 2019 because of a decrease in cruises departing from China, and port calls in Japan also down 2.2% to 2,866.
Japan is selected as the top destination in Asia and the second in US, Europe and Australia in willingness of post-COVID-19 travel
Japan is the most preferred destination to visit after COVID-19 ends among Asian travelers, according to the joint survey by DBJ and JTBF. They point out that ‘traditional cleanness’ of Japan will be one of the keys to attract international travelers again.
Economic impact of the Rugby World Cup Japan 2019 reached 646.4 billion ($6.1 billion) JPY in total. Local consumption by spectators amounted to 388.9 billion JPY ($3.6 billion), out of which consumption by international spectators amounted to 348.2 billion JPY ($3.3 billion).
The Japanese government is about to talk with 12 designated countries and regions for restart of bilateral travel
The Japanese government has decided to start talking with 12 designated countries and regions in Aisa for restart of bilateral travels in preparation for precautions against flow of COVID-19 into Japan.
The total number of guest nights was down 84.8% year on year to 78.1 million in May 2020, 7.67 million Japanese guest nights (-81.6%) and 140,000 international guest nights (-98.6%).
JNTO has revealed its three-steps roadmap toward recovery of the inbound travel market of Japan, though the end of COVID-19 spread is still far away. JNTO said that giving stronger motivations to international travelers will be required.
The Japanese government permitted cross-prefecture travel nationwide and has started ‘Travel Bubble’ discussions with four countries
Japanese prime minister Abe officially announced to allow people to travel crossing prefectures on June 19 and also to start discussion with four designated Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand for exceptional travels in advance.
The total number of guest nights was down 76.9 year on year to 10.8 million in April 2020 in Japan, deadly damaged by COVID-19. International guest nights were down 97.4%.
Linktivity of Japan connects railway companies or tourist facilities to sales agents for e-ticketing service to international visitors
Linktivity is a new service in Japan to connect suppliers, such as railways or tourist facilities, to international travelers with QR code e-ticket service sold through travel agents.
Travel Voice summarizes the COVID-19-related travel restrictions between Japan and Southeast Asia and India as of May 6 2020. Japan has refused entries from all of the countries.
COVID-19-related travel restrictions between Japan and U.S., Europe and Australia (As of May 7 2020)
Travel Voice summarizes travel restriction information related to the COVID-19 between Japan and U.S., Europe and Australia as of May 7 2020. Japan refuses entries of foreigners from all of the countries.
The COVID-19-related travel restrictions between Japan and South Korea, China, Taiwan and Hong Kong (As of April 30 2020)
The COVID-19-related travel restrictions between Japan and East Asia are still effective (as of April 30 2020). Japan continues refusing entries of foreigners from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.