That was what John, a Londoner mentioned it was like visiting Japan recently. We crossed paths in Furano when he was visiting his in-laws in Hokkaido.
He mentioned that things were nearing normality in London, “so it was strange visiting Japan and having to jump through all the hoops that the government makes you jump to visit here,” he said.
The chance meeting with John was a week ago. Since then, the Japanese government, having obviously realized tourist numbers are still well down, will discontinue the requirement of a PCR test
from September 7. The daily cap on new arrivals will also be increased from 20,000 to 50,000 people per day.
So what are the hoops that need to be jumped to ski some powder in Japan this winter right now as a ski tourist?
Prime-Minister Kishida has stated in a press conference today (Wednesday 31 August) that the government will allow independent travel which has been booked by a Japanese travel agent. He didn't
elaborate on when these changes will take affect.