Japan reopens to independent travelers from October 11, no visa or travel agency needed

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Is Japan open to independent tourists?

The good news is finally here as Japan lifts a major COVID-19 travel restriction next month.

From October 11, Japan will reopen its border gates for international tourists who have completed the COVID-19 vaccination.

The Land of the Rising Sun had previously closed its borders to foreign tourists for more than two years due to the pandemic.

In addition, the minimum daily arrival rate of foreign tourists in the country has also been abolished.

However, tourists must still show proof that they have completed the Covid-19 vaccination, including a booster dose injection and a negative drug test.

The influx of foreign tourists to Japan is expected to boost the country’s economy.

A train arrives at the scenic Shimonada Station in Iyo, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. (Photo: Fernando Fong)

Japan has been affected by COVID19 and has seen the value of its currency drop sharply against the United States (US) dollar.

Japan will reopen the border gates, and it is hoped that the decision will raise the value of that country’s currency to the same level as the US dollar.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on fully reopening the country to tourists.

The country has already allowed the entry of tourists since last June, but this must be done through a travel agency, not a private one.

Why is Japan so popular?

Japan is famous for its architecture, art, traditions and crafts. Also, he is known worldwide in pop culture (including manga, anime, and video games).

It’s something that only Japan can offer. No other country has the same characteristics.

A cafe at Lake Towada, the largest caldera lake in Honshu, the main island of Japan. (Photo: Fernando Fong)

Japan is considered one of the safest countries in the world and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

Japanese people often leave their doors unlocked, children ride alone on the subway safely, while visitors can stroll through cities at night without worry.

The Odaiba Statue of Liberty in Tokyo was originally erected in 1998 as a temporary tribute to Japan’s relationship with France. (Photo: Fernando Fong)

Traveling by train is one of the best ways to get around Japan.

Japanese trains are punctual and fast, especially the famous Shinkansen line, also called bullet train.

The Japan Rail (JR) Pass is a convenient and affordable way to travel around the country and see the best sights the country has to offer.

The interior of popular long-distance night trains in Japan. Seats are free for Japan Rail Pass holders. (Photo: Fernando Fong)

The JR Pass is an economical rail pass for long-distance train travel in Japan.

The pass can only be used by foreign tourists and offers unlimited rides on JR trains for one, two or three weeks at a price that residents of Japan can only dream of.

The beautiful clear turquoise waters of the river and lakes along the road to Kurobe Gorge in the mountains of northern Japan Alp. (Photo: Fernando Fong)

Which month is the best to go to Japan?

The best time to visit Japan is spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November).

This is when Japan is at its most vibrant, with delicate cherry blossoms or bright red leaves contrasting with the landscape.

In Japan, cherry blossoms are a flower symbolic of spring, a time of renewal, and the fleeting nature of life. (Photo: Fernando Fong)

Don’t forget that it can also be very crowded at this time.

After all, Japan is the most populous country in the world.

It has 102 million inhabitants crammed into a string of narrow islands.

Traveling to Japan can be complex and confusing, especially for the first time, but it is doable.

Malaysian tourists in Asakusa, one of Tokyo’s neighborhoods, where the atmosphere of the Tokyo of past decades survives. (Photo: Fernando Fong)

It will be much more convenient and easy with a guide by your side, but it’s not impossible without it either.

On average, tourists in Japan will generally spend between 12,000 and 15,000 yen, or about RM380 to RM480, per day.

If your budget is flexible, it’s very easy to spend money here, but even if your budget is tighter, it’s possible to have a wonderful experience.

A view of Ohori Park in central Fukuoka. (Photo: Fernando Fong)

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