Japan, recently named the best country to travel in, has been notoriously slow in its reopening process. But if the country’s media is correct, visiting the island nation could be about to get far easier.
According to multiple outlets, the Government is considering dropping pre-testing requirements for travelers and doubling its current tourist cap to 50 thousand at any one time. Japan is currently functioning under a “test tourism” period, with visitors only allowed in as part of an organized tour.
Inside the country, the government has been pushing domestic tourism using some unique programs and incentives. The most recent trend to pick up steam is the “random travel” program, where tourists apply for heavily discounted round-trip train tickets. The catch? They have no clue where they’re going.
It’s been an overwhelming success so far, with interest currently outweighing demand. Several other regions of Japan are now considering similar programs, as well as some other countries.