Will Japan invite Sri Lankan tourists next summer, 2021?
|The situation in Japan is different to USA, India and many other countries. Japan opened its boarders from 18th September for Singaporeans to travel between Singapore and Japan without any quarantine requirements; however, a PCR test will be carried out at the airport. Similarly, Japan has now allowed citizens of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Taiwan with long term resident permits to enter into Japan with a prior approval through the Japanese officials.|
|It is further encouraging to notice that the Japan government is now conducting discussions with Australia, Brunei, and South Africa in order to open up boarders for international travel.|
|There had been several communique of the newly appointed Prime Minister, His Excellency Yoshihide Suga and his government expressing a new optimistic vision of achieving tourist arrivals to Japan in the new normal.|
|Likewise, we are optimistic that Sri Lankan tourists also will be welcomed to Japan for the next summer.|
Embrace the “new normal” and explore the great outdoors with experiential adventures in Japan
|Travel in the wake of COVID-19 is going to look a little different. An emphasis on sustainability, experience based breaks and rural locations, where social distancing comes easily are at the forefront of many travelers’ minds. Venture off Japan’s well trodden paths and discover vast expanses of extraordinary landscapes rich in culture. Let me introduce you to a new side of Japan.|
Action-packed adventure an hour from Tokyo
Enjoy rafting on Tone River in early summertime
|“The first time I came here, I was struck by its natural beauty,” says Mike Harris, operating a tour company in Minakami, Gunma Prefecture, who set up business here in 2000. “There are flowing river and dramatic mountains all around. I was amazed by the rafting here—it is world class. I’m still impressed by the abundance of natural resources the Tone River and its tributaries, Dogen Lake surrounded by virgin beech forests. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the world.” (Source – Roy. F Publication in JANTO)|
|Fewer and fewer people have continued this way of life, due to rapid changes in people’s lifestyles. Satoyama’s aging communities have prompted fears about their survival. To help preserve this fascinating way of life, Satoyama Experience provides enjoyable, immersive experiences in these rural environments.|
|Shiho Yamada, who runs Satoyama Experience, was born and raised in Tokyo. “Traveling the world made me realize the great things about Japan, especially the countryside. We started the business so that people from overseas could discover and experience Hida Takayama, where the streetscapes still feature expressions of our culture, like historical buildings from the Edo period, and the Takayama Festival, which first started in the mid-1600s.” (Source – Roy. F Publication in JANTO)|
|Takayama Festival is held in April and October every year|
|Source – Roy. F Publication in JANTO|
We all are looking forward to explore Japan once again when it’s ready and open for tourism.