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Why Aussies will be there when Japan opens


From 11 October, Japan will remove the ban on individual travel, visa requirements for short-term stays and the cap on daily entrants to the country. And Australia can’t wait. 

 

According to Skyscanner data, searches to Japan have increase by almost a third since news broke.

 

38 percent of Aussies have said that they intend to travel to Japan in the next six months once restrictions ease, Skyscanner revealed.

 

 

But why Japan? Almost 48 percent of Aussie travellers say that they’re most excited to get back to Japan to eat the country’s authentic food and 44 percent are looking forward to experiencing cherry blossom season. 

 

The news comes just in time for Aussies to start planning for ski season in Japan which peaks from January to April, with Aussie travellers telling Skyscanner that they’re most excited to get back to Japan to eat the country’s authentic food (48%) and experience cherry blossom season (44%).   

 

“Japan has long been one of Australia’s much loved destinations, and after over two years of strict travel restrictions, we expect the much anticipated news of Japan’s restrictions easing will be welcomed by Aussie travellers,” Skyscanner’s Japan travel expert, Masahiro Yamazaki said. 

 

“Travel restrictions easing are a key step towards fully unlocking traveller demand and as we’ve seen in other countries, once restrictions are eased further, intent to travel turns into bookings.”

 

But Yamazaki warns Aussies planning travel to Japan to ensure they follow local Covid measures. 

 

“Be sure to stock up on face masks, as there is an expectation these are to be worn, particularly in airports and crowded spaces. Social distancing is commonplace too, and expected where possible, including in restaurants, popular tourist attractions, and on public transport.”

 

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Published: 23 September 2022

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