Published on: Thursday May 26, 2022
Seven people from the United States came to Japan on Tuesday, part of the first limited trial tours under the Japanese government’s premeditated phased reopening for all inbound tourists from June.
Of these seven tourists, six are from Hawaii and one from Los Angeles. All landed at Narita Airport near Tokyo. They will be on tours that have coronavirus countermeasures in place.
The number of incoming tourists to Japan has seen record highs since the Japanese government temporarily imposed pandemic border restrictions in December 2020. The Japan Business Federation, which is a business lobby known as Keidanren, has called for “realistic talks” about reopening.
The seven tourists will be subject to two routes. One includes Nikko Toshogute Temple and Zenkoji Temple in Tochigi Prefecture in Nagano Prefecture, and the route includes Hanamakionsen Hot Spring in Iwate Prefecture as well as Mogami River in Yamagata Prefecture.
People from the United States, Australia, Thailand and Singapore are qualified for these test tours, which include around 50 people, including travel agency managers. Visitors would be divided into 15 groups to visit tourist spots in 12 prefectures.
To comply with infection avoidance rules, groups will be able to accommodate a maximum of around four people, and participants will be required to wear masks when visiting tourist sites or using transport services.
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