Japan gradually reopening borders, but firms remain cautious towards international travel
-- Oct 17
Japan is moving to gradually reopen its borders to business travellers.

Singapore was the first to reach a business track arrangement with Japan. The green lane exempts business travellers from 14-days of self-isolation. But nearly a month after applications opened, the take-up remains slow. To raise awareness about the reciprocal green lane, the Singapore Tourism Board conducted an online seminar for travel agents in Japan in late September. Singapore's mission in Tokyo said as of early-Oct, it's not aware of any Japanese travelling on the business track to Singapore.

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Dec 01
Subway operator Tokyo Metro says it will move forward the schedule for its last trains of the day by as much as 16 minutes. (NHK)
Dec 01
Data from mobile phones show that considerably fewer people went to tourist spots outside Tokyo over the weekend, compared to the 3-day holiday that ended on November 23. (NHK)
Dec 01
Universal Studios Japan is going ahead with its plans to open a US$580 million "Super Mario" attraction. Called the Super Nintendo World, it turns the virtual world of Mario into reality. (CNA)
Dec 01
Get away from it all in Itoshima, a hidden paradise tucked between the mountains and the seaside of Fukuoka Prefecture. Uncover why it's such a popular destination for people looking to live a more balanced life. (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
Dec 01
Here's a list of stylish travel destinations for those who seek them. (newsonjapan.com)
Nov 30
Sightseeing spots across Japan have been welcoming visitors on the first Sunday since the government declared the next three weeks as crucial to curbing the spread of the coronavirus. (NHK)
Nov 30
Japan and China are resuming business travel between the countries on Monday, as part of efforts to ease entry restrictions and promote economic activities. (NHK)
Nov 30
Taiya Ryokan is a traditional Japanese Inn with a history going back 300 years! (ONLY in JAPAN * GO)
Nov 28
Bars, karaoke lounges and restaurants serving alcohol in parts of the city of Osaka began operating under shorter hours Friday, a day after the prefecture saw a record daily total of 12 deaths due to COVID-19. (Japan Times)
Nov 28
With its enormous cities and towering skyscrapers brightly clad in neon lights, Japan is a fun country to visit, full of history and with a rich cultural heritage. (touropia)
Nov 27
Japan's transport ministry has asked taxi drivers to use the fresh air mode of their vehicles' air conditioners to reduce the risk of coronavirus infection. It also requested that they wear masks and ask passengers to do the same. (NHK)
Nov 26
Welcome to Tokorozawa! This town about 30 minutes from Central Tokyo is where you’ll find some of the coolest manhole covers in the world. (ONLY in JAPAN * GO)
Nov 25
Pull back the curtain on Kamiyama, a mountain village in Tokushima Prefecture undergoing a quiet transformation as a hub for technology companies, sanctuary for traditional performing arts, living workspace for international artists and checkpoint for religious pilgrims. (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
Nov 25
Data from mobile phones show that during a three-day holiday through Monday, bigger crowds were seen at some tourist destinations near Tokyo than before the coronavirus outbreak. (NHK)
Nov 24
Japan will exclude Sapporo and Osaka from its domestic travel subsidy campaign for three weeks due to a recent resurgence in coronavirus cases in the two popular tourist destinations, senior government officials said Tuesday. (Kyodo)
Nov 24
Hokkaido and its capital are making preparations to suspend new bookings for Sapporo under the state-run Go To Travel subsidy program given the high number of coronavirus cases there, local government sources said Monday. (Japan Today)
Nov 23
On this a three-day holiday weekend here in Japan, plenty of people have been venturing out and traveling, despite the risks of coronavirus infection. (NHK)
Nov 23
Japanese Capsule Hotels are an experience everyone needs to have. (Only once). (Abroad in Japan)
Nov 21
Take in the rugged beauty of Aomori Prefecture's Hakkoda mountains, an endless winter landscape blanketed in powdery white snow, making it a haven for backcountry skiing. See why travelers from around the world have fallen under the spell of this awe-inspiring area. (NHK WORLD-JAPAN)
Nov 19
The Resort Shirakami runs on the Gono line through the stunning seaside scenery of Shirakami-Sanchi, a World Heritage Site. (ONLY in JAPAN * GO)