The definitive information to Japan’s vacationer reopening in 2022


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**Final up to date seventh November 2022**

Don’t get us fallacious, we love Japan (sufficient to dedicate 22 years of our lives to the place), and a part of loving Japan is marveling at how delightfully complicated it may be at instances. 

However Japan’s border opening strategy? It was difficult, convoluted and at instances irritating.  

Nonetheless, after greater than two and a half years of ready, the nation totally reopened to tourism. From 11th October 2022, visa-free journey resumed and all arrival caps have been eliminated as effectively.  

We’ve all of the solutions you want about Japan’s full border opening on 11th October. Because the Japan consultants, we’ve sought all of the requirement data immediately from Japanese authorities sources and damaged them down into easy-to-understand sections. 


When can I journey to Japan in 2022?

From October eleventh 2022, Japan eliminated visa necessities and arrival caps, returning to pre-pandemic journey preparations. Visa-free journey is feasible for all nations that initially had this association with Japan, which incorporates nations like Australia, New Zealand, the UK, most of Europe, the US and Canada.  

Beforehand, journey necessities included reserving your journey by a government-approved tour operator and in addition get hold of a visa and ERFS certificates, however each these necessities are not obligatory. Totally unbiased, visa-free journey to Japan is now potential from October 11th onwards.  

 Simply in time for autumn leaves!  


Do I’ve to take a PCR check to journey to Japan? Do I’ve to be vaccinated?

You don’t should be vaccinated to journey to Japan, however whether or not you want a PCR check does rely in your vaccination standing:

  • If you’re unvaccinated, you need to take a pre-departure check.
  • If you’re triple vaccinated, you should not have to take a pre-departure check.
  • There isn’t any requirement for arrival testing no matter vaccination standing.
  • Kids beneath the age of 18 don’t have to have vaccination certificates and nor will they want have damaging Covid check certificates if they’re travelling with dad and mom or guardians who’ve been vaccinated and have vaccination certificates.

Weren’t the borders already open?

Form of, therefore the confusion! From June tenth 2022, Japan opened to “escorted excursions”. What have been these, you ask? Principally, travelling with a information both as a part of a gaggle or a personal information only for you and your journey companion(s). Guided journeys additionally needed to be booked by a government-licensed supplier. Then, on September 7th, unbiased journey grew to become potential, however nonetheless wanted to be booked by a government-authorised company and required a visa. Nonetheless, as we talked about above, from October 11th onwards totally unbiased, visa-free journey to Japan is feasible.  

Can I simply purchase a aircraft ticket, ebook a resort and go to Japan?

Sure! Journey restrictions akin to visa necessities and arrival caps have been eliminated on October 11th, and Japan is totally open for tourism. Naturally, if you wish to take advantage of out of your journey and have a really unforgettable expertise you possibly can ebook an incredible unbiased itinerary or small group tour by us, with the additional benefit of our a long time of experience, 24/7 help and tried-and-tested security protocols within the unlikely occasion of Covid-related journey disruptions throughout your journey.

Will I’ve to put on a masks in Japan?

Sure, in some conditions. Authorities recommendation is for masks to be worn on public transport and a few indoor venues however, opposite to what one would possibly anticipate, there has by no means been a masks mandate within the nation. Constitutionally, the Japanese authorities can’t mandate one thing like masks sporting. It’s says so much about Japan is a socially acutely aware society that so many people select to put on masks even with out mandates in place! You may be free to make your personal decisions the place masks aren’t suggested – we wouldn’t advocate selecting to not put on one the place they’re suggested.


The place can I journey in Japan from October 2022?

Wherever you select! Japan has a few of the largest, boldest and most enjoyable cities on this planet, frozen-in-time samurai cities, distant alpine villages, tiny islands brimming with modern artwork, and mountaintop temple communities unchanged for hundreds of years. Making an attempt a little bit of all the things is one of the simplest ways to get beneath the floor of this fascinating nation.


What’s going to Japan be prefer to journey in 2022 and early 2023?

Quick reply: as unbelievable as ever however with far fewer vacationers!

The remainder of 2022 gives a uncommon likelihood to expertise Japan earlier than the crowds return in 2023. Life within the nation is regular, all the things is open, however there are solely a tiny proportion of worldwide guests, particularly with out vacationers from neighbouring China. It’s akin to the expertise we had after we began InsideJapan within the 12 months 2000, again when the thought of Kyoto being over-touristed appeared not possible. Japan is all the time magical, however should you prefer to have the magic all to your self, 2022 could possibly be a as soon as in a lifetime alternative!


I’ve by no means booked with a journey firm earlier than, how does it work?

All journey firms are completely different. Right here at InsideJapan, we delight ourselves on creating (hands-down) one of the best cultural adventures to Japan (and we measure that by our common buyer score of 4.9/5). Our journeys to Japan are available two journey kinds:

  • We provide (genuinely small) Small Group Excursions with the world’s greatest Japan guides, passionate Japanophiles who dwell within the nation, communicate the language and can deliver the tradition to life for you. All you need to do is choose one in all our artfully made Excursions and your required departure date. Simple.

Try our Small Group Excursions departures calendar

  • We additionally create tailormade journeys. You’ll be matched with a Journey Advisor who’ll get to know you, your pursuits, your concepts and add their very own recommendation and suggestions. Collectively, you’ll craft your itinerary. We then deal with all of the preparations, create you a completely bespoke Data Pack detailing each facet of your journey and provide steerage and help all through.

Try our Better of Japan itinerary – it’s excellent as inspiration for a first-time journey

Nonetheless and wherever you select to journey, we’ll take distinctive care of you from the primary name to arriving again residence.





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