Japanese residents can get 40% off domestic travel – here’s how

To boost the local tourism industry, Japan has implemented a national travel subsidy program for residents. The nationwide travel discount program is available in almost all prefectures until the end of December, with discounts of up to 40% (a maximum of ¥8,000 per person per night) on transportation and accommodation . It will be very convenient for those who are on a budget and planning to visit the most beautiful autumn destinations in the country.

What is the National Travel Discount Program?

The travel promotion offers discounts on public transportation and accommodation packages up to ¥8,000 per person per night. For accommodation alone, you can save up to ¥5,000 per person per night. The offer also includes discount coupons for local restaurants and other attractions worth up to ¥3,000 on weekdays and ¥1,000 on weekends and holidays, which you will receive when visiting. check in at your hotel or ryokan.

Note that this travel grant is only available to people with residency status in Japanso don’t forget your residence card when checking in. You will also need to either submit a negative PCR test result where to be triple vaccinated to qualify for the discount. The accommodation will verify your negative PCR test certificate or vaccination status upon check-in.

The campaign is currently running and working until December 20 (including departure on December 21). However, there are a few exceptions: Gunma Prefecture’s discount offers are only available until October 31 (departing November 1 inclusive), while Tokyo only joins the national travel discount program at from October 20. Discount offers are also limited, which means that the campaign in each prefecture will end when the capacity has been reached.

For details and additional requirements, check each prefecture’s campaign website here.

How to book

Reservations can be made in person at any domestic travel agency such as HIS, JTB or Nippon Travel Agency. You can also book directly in hotels.

However, the easiest and fastest way is through a travel booking site. Jalan and JTB are the simplest.

Jalan

Booking through Jalan is by far the easiest option. Here’s how.

  • Go to the campaign website and enter your preferred travel dates and destination under the subtitle “今すぐプランを探す(国内宿・ホテル専用)”.
  • Click on the ‘検索する’ search button and all participating accommodations will be displayed.
  • Look for the red icon attached to each offer that says “全国旅行支援対象” to identify participating accommodations.

Currently, Jalan’s package tours only include trips to Okinawa via flights with ANA or JAL. To book a tour package, follow these steps.

  • Fill in the required fields here and choose from the available plans.
  • Be sure to select the coupon ‘全国旅行支援クーポン’ during the booking process. It will be available on the payment page.

JTB

If you want to book through JTB, here are the steps.

  • Go to JTB’s campaign website and scroll down to the two tabs labeled “Hotels and ryokan” (ホテル・旅館) and “JR or flights + accommodation” (JR・飛行機+宿泊).
  • Choose the prefecture you want to visit and select the number of people.
  • A coupon code and password for that specific area will be displayed, divided by weekday and weekend travel.
  • Write down the codes before clicking the button under “Step 4” to see the offers available.
  • Choose an accommodation or package and proceed to the booking page. Here you will need to insert the coupon code and password in order to apply the discount.

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