Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and it has been that way for centuries. However, recently there have been some problems with tourism to Japan. The country hasn’t been welcoming visitors through all airports and many people are not allowed to visit certain areas because they are deemed too dangerous. But what do you need to know about visiting Japan right now? Is going during the Olympics months an option? We’ll cover all these topics below!

While Japan still struggles to contain the coronavirus, tourists are welcome in some parts of the country under strict conditions.

While Japan still struggles to contain the coronavirus, tourists are welcome in some parts of the country under strict conditions.

Japan’s borders were closed in late March and entry has been banned for most foreign nationals without special permission since April. However, as tourism accounts for 4% of GDP (which is larger than many other major economies), visitors are starting to return. If you plan on visiting Japan this summer – or if you live there – here’s what you need to know:

  • You must have a visa before entering the country but once inside can travel freely within designated zones which include major cities like Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka.
  • Travelers should be aware that many Japanese domestic flights have been cancelled due to poor demand since the outbreak began; check with your airline prior to departure.*

Japan on opening its doors to travelers.

Group of Japanese tourists taking pictures
Group of Japanese tourists taking pictures

In a bold move, Japan is opening its doors to travelers.

The government decided to ease the entry restriction on foreign nationals from around 100 countries and regions in an effort to revitalize international tourism.

It will allow them to visit Japan without applying for a visa first.

The government decided to ease the entry restriction on foreign nationals.

The government decided to ease the entry restriction on foreign nationals from around 100 countries and regions in an effort to revitalize international tourism.

The following restrictions will be lifted:

  • The visa-free period will be extended from 15 days to 30 days for visa waiver program travelers.
  • Inbound tourists can stay up to 90 days per year, instead of 60 days per year under the previous law.

The Ministry of Justice says it has been working on revising its immigration policy since 2017, when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced plans for Japan’s first tourism campaign since 2013. The goal is that by 2021, the number of annual visitors will rise above 40 million people.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a nationwide state of emergency in April 2020, but it was lifted at the end of May after some key economic indicators improved.

The state of emergency was in place for 14 days, and it is not expected to be re-declared. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a nationwide state of emergency in April, but it has been lifted at the end of May after some key economic indicators improved.

There are still some challenges that need to be addressed though. For example, many domestic airlines have been struggling because they were forced to cancel flights due to volcanic ash disruptions.

The easing of rules comes as Japan prepares to host the postponed Olympics next summer.

The easing of rules comes as Japan prepares to host the postponed Olympics next summer.

The country’s Olympic committee said it had shifted its policy to allow more people from outside Japan’s borders into the country for sporting events and other purposes, including tourism. The change was put into effect on April 1, 2020.

International tourism makes up part of the Japanese economy and helps fuel the country’s GDP.

Japanese macaques, Honshu Island, Japan
Japanese macaques, Honshu Island, Japan

International tourism makes up a significant part of Japan’s economy and helps fuel its GDP. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, in 2016 international tourism contributed $229.6 billion to Japan’s GDP. This is more than what Germany or France make in a year, making tourism a major contributor to the country’s economy.

Tourism accounts for 4% of GDP, which is larger than many other major economies, including Germany and France, according to figures from the World Tourism Organization.

While tourism accounts for only 4% of GDP, according to figures from the World Tourism Organization it’s larger than many other major economies including Germany and France. Tourism is a major source of income for many people in Japan as well as a major source of revenue for the government.

A number of factors could contribute to a decline in tourism numbers after 2020. The first is nuclear power plants being built by TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company). These plants are expected to be completed in 2022, but there is still concern over their safety because they were damaged during the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11th 2011.

Tourists must agree to a 14-day quarantine upon arrival

In the event that you decide to visit Japan in 2022, there are a few things you need to know. Upon arrival in the country, tourists will be required to spend 14 days in quarantine. This is for your health, safety and protection of the people. The government has deemed it necessary for the protection of their economy as well as yours.

Japan is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and we hope that tourists will visit Japan soon.