Japan is preparing to reopen its domestic tourism, as the state of emergency in the country has been lifted. The nationwide state of emergency was in place for seven weeks. The officials are hoping to reopen sections of the economy, as their new COVID-19 cares are descending. Tokyo and Hokkaido were one of the last prefectures to have their restrictions lifted.
A phased approach was implemented throughout Japan
In the first phase, the schools, gyms, libraries, and galleries will reopen, with restaurants allowed to stay open longer. Shinkansen services, Japan’s railway system, run by JR will continue to operate at the scheduled timetables. The professional baseball season will restart in June, without spectators.
Tokyo mayor, Yuriko Koike has urged the public to cautiously maintain sanitization and social distancing, to prevent a further wave of COVID-19 cases.
Japan focuses on domestic travel as restrictions are lifted
The ‘Go to Travel’ campaign run by the Japanese government and Japan Tourism Authority is focused on rejuvenating the domestic tourism market. With the decline of new cases, people in Japan are waiting to enjoy what their beautiful country has to offer while maintaining safety and hygiene.
However, international travelers looking for a cheap trip are out of luck. Recently, stories circulated that authorities would pay half of the travel expenses of tourists arriving in the country. The Japan Tourism Agency has now clarified the rumors – saying the offer only applies to domestic travelers.
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