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Despite the removal of COVID-19 travel restrictions, overseas travel bookings during the holiday period were still 46.7 percent lower than the same period in 2018

Not surprised to learn that overseas travel bookings are 46.7 percent lower.

It’s hard for the average Japan resident to travel when they’re making only $28,600/year in base and overtime pay.

(Average nominal wage of ¥369,239/month for full-time workers. At a 155 exchange rate, that’s $2,380/month x 12 = $28,600/year)

6 ( +18 / -12 )

If you stay in Japan the effect of the tanking yen will not hit you as hard as it will if you decide to travel abroad. Airfares are sky high even though there are tons of flights coming to Japan daily bringing in the hoards of tourists. Hotels abroad and domestically have also risen exponentially more than they need to, and then there is food! I can't imagine what it costs to go out for a nice meal in Hawaii now with inflation, tax and tip. It is not worth it even if you have the money!

16 ( +24 / -8 )

Japan's income levels are now the lowest in the developed world, so travelling overseas has become a luxury most cannot afford.

https://data.oecd.org/earnwage/average-wages.htm

-12 ( +17 / -29 )

The LCCs are full of non Japanese and the 4 star airlines too.

It’s rare to hear and see Japanese tourists in gaikoku now

The average Japanese doesn’t have the disposal income to even choose foreign vacations anymore-basic survival takes precedence.

-18 ( +11 / -29 )

If you stay in Japan the effect of the tanking yen will not hit you as hard as it will if you decide to travel abroad. 

Yes, lots of great places to travel domestically. But isn’t the article expressly about overseas travel bookings?

7 ( +10 / -3 )

It has nothing to do with the weak yen. Every year they have the same article with different reasons for why… more to do with stagnant wages, only 4 - 5 days off and exorbitant prices anyway because Japanese only take vacations during golden week and new years.

9 ( +11 / -2 )

I recently had a holiday in Australia from Japan.

It was very expensive to eat out so most days we are Maccas and sometimes fish and chips.

The minimum wage in Australia is $23 an hour so that equates to ¥2,380 in JPY.

Japanese minimum wage is around ¥1,000 per hour and sometimes less in Kyushu etc .

How can the average Japanese person travel abroad when the salaries are so abysmal and the yen is so weak !

-15 ( +15 / -30 )

Japan's income levels are now the lowest in the developed world, so travelling overseas has become a luxury most cannot afford.

I know I'm one of them. We had friends come over from overseas recently. They were marveling at how cheap everything was.

I don't think this is going to get any better. I think this will become the new normal.

-13 ( +18 / -31 )

Seeing as Golden week has been separated in to 2 long weekends this year it only seems mantural that people are forced to take shorter trips to closer destinations. Im sure th weak yen has some impact too, but SK have seen their currency tumble just like JPY.

13 ( +15 / -2 )

Flights are astronomical. I left the old lady at home and went off myself. I think she might as well toss out her passport.

5 ( +11 / -6 )

GW is rubbish this year. Three days off, then work three, then off for four. And because the yen is now a trash currency, it's not even worth going abroad.

1 ( +18 / -17 )

Hawaii dropping to third place can be interpreted as Japan's travel IQ has definitely increased.

-11 ( +8 / -19 )

They're all coming down here to Ryukyus instead of Hawaii.

A lot cheaper,and similar vibe.

Inundated at the restaurant,and surprisingly great weather for this time of year.

-3 ( +3 / -6 )

Good News for inbound tourism...and for domestic tourism as those of us who can't afford to fork out for outrageous airfare costs and higher prices abroad will look to spend our money close to home. Our family of 7 has rented a cottage in Kamikochi where 3 nights costs us less than half of one airline ticket.

5 ( +6 / -1 )

If they were anything but short it would not be a golden week trip.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Time for a minimum wage in Japan, if you want more spending insist companies pay lower salaried workers more, it’s getting impossible to live with the cost of living and taxes continuing to go up..

3 ( +6 / -3 )

It is understandable that young people don't go because they don't have money.

However, the reason why elderly people don't go abroad is not because they don't have money.

Although it seems to have been completely forgotten in other countries, elderly people in Japan are still afraid of contracting the coronavirus.

This is because if you become infected, even if you have been vaccinated, it can directly lead to death for elderly people. And most of all, it causes trouble to my family and others.

And this Golden Week is so intermittent that it's difficult to schedule dates.

All generations simply don't have money! , I think that if you lump them all together, you are only looking at the superficial aspects.

(Financial assets such as deposits, stocks, insurance, etc. held by Japanese people are approximately 21.4 trillion dollars)

-5 ( +0 / -5 )

As the posters above mentioned, the three working days coming right in the middle of the week has split this year's GW into two short vacations rather than one long one had those working days fell mostly on the weekends as in other years.

The really weak yen reminds me of the 70s and 80s and when Japanese travellers really had to save for and think carefully of where to go since the yen didn't go very far back then either.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Overseas travel is now out of reach for many people receiving a Japanese wage.

Netfix and chill dudes.

Just watch Youtube and you can travel the world on a dime.

The 'remote travel' for the new normal minded.

This is also better for not spreading pathogens too I believe. No need for another pandemic right?

Less travel is better for the climate crisis too right? - Well done Japan for being so environmentally thoughtful.

Be careful what you wish for and even more prepared for what you scream for.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

I learned from this article that HIS are still in operation. I totally forgot that travel companies have actual premises that you can walk into and let them take a cut from your travel expenses.

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Students earn minimum wage so, even if they could find reasonably priced flights (good luck during GW!) would find it too expensive overseas to enjoy.

Workers in their 20s/early 30s find it hard to get the non-holidays off, so GW isn't a long holiday. It's a couple of short holidays. Plus they're hardly any better off financially. Trying to save to provide for a family (or future family) while the value of their earnings goes down by the day.

Those currently in their 60s see the diving yen and are tightening their wallets to prepare for the rest of their retirement or to help their family.

Those who, before COVID were in their late 60s and happy traveling overseas are now in their 70s - when it's much more of a hurdle to travel overseas.

It really is the perfect storm. And what will airlines do? Put the price up to cover the short-fall, leading to less (Japanese) people flying.

As much as I love Japan and love living here - what a depressing state of affairs it is!

0 ( +4 / -4 )

I was jokingly talking to my family while watching a tv program on how everyone is doing 節約旅行 or (penny pinching travel) and that I wouldn't go anywhere if I had to do something like bringing my own water to save money and that I would want to enjoy my travel to the fullest. To my surprise, this couple came on who quite literally stuffed their suitcase with water and exceeded the luggage weight limit paying an extra 8,000 yen in fees. They thought that this would be a cheaper method to bring their own water to Hawaii since it would likely cost more to buy locally. Sad to see couples needing to do something like this for their honeymoon.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

Not bigging up Japan at all

Just reporting that this idea of Japanese tourists going abroad is total nonsense.

They're just grabbing cheap flights during campaigns and staying in the cheapest accommodation they can find.

2 ( +4 / -2 )

MoskolloToday  10:08 am JST

Time for a minimum wage in Japan, if you want more spending insist companies pay lower salaried workers more, it’s getting impossible to live with the cost of living and taxes continuing to go up..

There is a minimum wage in Japan, and it is one of the lowest in the industrialised world.

Japan is not even in the top 30 in the world for minimum wage:

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-3 ( +6 / -9 )

 as they feel the pinch from the yen weakening to 34-year lows and higher inflation abroad, according to a major travel firm.

Don't forget the fact that the scheduling is idiotic.

As one Saturday and one Sunday "count" as a Golden Week Holiday.

3 working days in between and 2 separated Monday's are a part of the "week."

Do they REALLY not know ho observance days work?

At least give the minions, one uninterrupted week off.

Or better yet, get rid of the entire Golden Week idea, completely. Then travel prices won't JUMP absurdly.

Let people take off, when THEY want to take a vacation.

Save people some money for once.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

Golden Weekend, is more like it

4 ( +6 / -2 )

To my surprise, this couple came on who quite literally stuffed their suitcase with water and exceeded the luggage weight limit paying an extra 8,000 yen in fees. They thought that this would be a cheaper method to bring their own water to Hawaii since it would likely cost more to buy locally. Sad to see couples needing to do something like this for their honeymoon.

To be honest, it sounds like they might have "learning difficulties" or something.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

To my surprise, this couple came on who quite literally stuffed their suitcase with water and exceeded the luggage weight limit paying an extra 8,000 yen in fees. They thought that this would be a cheaper method to bring their own water to Hawaii since it would likely cost more to buy locally.

Ah, Hawaii has the cleanest and tastiest tap water in the US, and it's free!

Why do they need bottled water?!

1 ( +5 / -4 )

Rise minimum wage, the boss will simply fire you.

Rise it even more, the boss will close the company and move it overseas.

-3 ( +4 / -7 )

I think the situation is different for everyone.

If you make in the 300s a month and have regular expenses you cannot save much and that has been made even less in the last few years.

I’ve never liked getting ripped off during GW personally regardless of my income at the time. In a week my friend will be traveling for about 1/ 3 of the cost of now.

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Many Japanese certainly do not have the means they used to for international trips. So many used to regularly visit Guam, Saipan, Hawaii, Singapore, Cairns and so on. But it is a great chance to visit parts of the country so many have never been to - the Okinawan islands, northern Tohoku, Hokkaido - even trips to the Noto region to boost the earthquake-stricken economy.

Its a win-win for the Japanese tourism sector, to be honest.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Japanese should travel locally ? That could work if not because of a million foreign tourists with much more spending power causing hotels and onsen to triple the prices.

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

(Average nominal wage of ¥369,239/month for full-time workers. At a 155 exchange rate, that’s $2,380/month x 12 = $28,600/year)

@Asiaman7 - I'm not sure I would call that wage "nominal." Try aiming a little lower.

0 ( +2 / -2 )

Golden Week? More like Golden Weekend these days.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

Spent a few days in Cairns for the golden week and the plane was full of Japanese people.

I’m amazed at how cheap Australian hotels are compared to the Japanese ones.

I’m happy to spend a lot of money to travel overseas, but I don’t particularly enjoy going to restaurants in Japan which at this point of my life feel same old same old.

It’s a matter of priorities: if you spend money locally, you won’t have money to travel overseas.

-5 ( +1 / -6 )

@DDK

Did you stay in a tent?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

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