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Tourists flock to Japan after COVID restrictions lifted

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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Where’d the thread go?

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I hope they enjoy their trips and it can be a welcome relief to many who have been hurt and punished and abandoned over the last 2.5 years.

6 ( +16 / -10 )

The only protocols left for entry are that you must be fully vaccinated with one booster or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. 

‘so not so open.

what state of mind was the author in?

Eager to admire colorful foliage, eat sushi and go shopping, droves of tourists from abroad started arriving Tuesday in Japan for the first day of lifted border restrictions, 

Droves?

sushi is available globally, Autumn, Fall also happens globally and

with one booster or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. Well that’s a border restriction. So this story is full of misrepresentation and lies.

‘Droves, let’s compound the lie and call it a mass migration.

‘Third biggest economy with the poorest population don’t think me or my neighbour think mmm third biggest economy.

-5 ( +35 / -40 )

Hopefully it will show people here wearing masks are so last year

16 ( +35 / -19 )

Open the floodgates, cash in on that cheap yen visitors! Revitalize and reopen the nation. Just in the nick of time too, was feeling a bit boxed in! tanoshindekudasaine!

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Hurray! Welcome and have a look around (feel free to spend some money too. The Yen is quite cheap at the moment.)

I recommend Tottori if you want off the beaten path but Boyle too far off.

The Sand Sculpture museum is wonderful.

Do us a favor and wear a mask on public transportation.

-11 ( +13 / -24 )

WELCOME BACK Japanophiles!!! Enjoy Japan after more than two years of isolation!

-7 ( +12 / -19 )

Most of the tourists to Japan tend to fall into the 'When In Rome' type of visitor. They will wear masks as required.

There seems to be a great deal of projection from certain resident commenters that these visitors will somehow all flock in unmasked just to prove some spurious point to the Japanese.

I haven't seen an unmasked foreigner here in 3 years but judging by some comments over that period every village has one.

11 ( +24 / -13 )

The only protocols left for entry are that you must be fully vaccinated with one booster or have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of departure. 

Well it seems that Japan is still no open for all travellers yet.again halfway measure.or maybe rich Japan dont need money from unvaccinated travellers-one and only normal explanation from my point of view?

-10 ( +12 / -22 )

Japan is going to make billions in USD for taking my advice. Wink, wink. Lol. ;)

-12 ( +5 / -17 )

kurisupisu

Where’d the thread go?

This is a new post

https://japantoday.com/category/national/japan-reopens-to-tourists-with-shuttered-souvenir-shops-hotel-staff-shortage

7 ( +9 / -2 )

"Maido Ookini"

2 ( +6 / -4 )

Too bad! The real target for the reopening is the Chinese. They can't come because China is still closed.

-9 ( +9 / -18 )

@wallace

I know,the recycled picture had me confused.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

I'm booking for this time next year - allow Japan to fully get back into the swing of things. I cancelled my holiday for November this year because it didn't look like Japan was going to open up in 2022. So in one respect I'm a little annoyed, but on the other hand, unless there's WW3, another more lethal strain of Covid or the UK economy utterly tanks I'm going back to Japan in 2023 :)

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@Paustovsky

I haven't seen an unmasked foreigner here in 3 years …

I guess you haven’t been to Yoyogi Park in the past three years!

8 ( +17 / -9 )

Man purses, man purses everywhere.

Guy wants to see nature but is planning on staying in only cities. Enjoy that one tree in Tokyo.

-5 ( +18 / -23 )

Good news - sorely welcomed by the tourist industry and the hundreds of thousands connected to it. Win-Win.

While it may take a year to return to 20 million+ tourists per month, foreigners everywhere are literally sprinting to their local airports to get into Japan for autumn and winter delights! Hokkaido in particular will be in full flow this ski season, with enormous falls predicted - and foreigners flocking en-masse!

-7 ( +9 / -16 )

While it may take a year to return to 20 million+ tourists per month, 

Oops - make that 3 million tourists/month.

It should be back there by 23/24.

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@Asiaman7

I guess you haven’t been to Yoyogi Park in the past three years!

No, I haven't. But Japan is not just a park in Tokyo.

Listen, I understand Japan is deeply insular and the rest of the world is relatively back to normal but the idea that droves of maskless foreigners are going to pitch up and convince the locals the errors of their ways is wishful thinking at best.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

It may be coincidence, but I got my first criticism for not wearing a mask outdoors today. I was walking to the station and I heard a very unfriendly 'Unbelievable' just behind me. I spun around and saw a middle-aged man, all masked up, shoot off down a side street on his bike.

I suppose the reopening to foreigners has been reported on heavily on mainstream TV, and I'm guessing the narrative is that foreigners are welcome as long as they follow our rules (even if they're not really rules). Sad.

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Hopefully it will show people here wearing masks are so last year

No they'll wear them harder somehow because they'll be terrified of the foreigners bringing it in even though it's already here

4 ( +22 / -18 )

I haven't seen an unmasked foreigner here in 3 years.

just look at the photo of the arrival lobby at the top of the story. I count at least 3.

9 ( +16 / -7 )

The previous photo showed a crowed of Narita incoming tourist WITHOUT masks. Now, we see this "politically correct" MASKED group.

5 ( +17 / -12 )

I personally welcome all of the International visitor to my City, Tokyo! We missed you all and understand that your funds help us to survive ~ albeit we truly do love you all and wish you have a great time in Japan!

5 ( +13 / -8 )

“Flock” and “droves”. Not quite.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

Welcome to JP. Although I would try to avoid places where there might be many loud visitors.

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No, I haven't. But Japan is not just a park in Tokyo.

Maybe you only see what your echo chamber allows you to.

I see plenty of people, jpnese and foreign, not wearing masks and getting on with their lives.

Wear a mask and get vaccinated as many times as you want - then the behavior of the unmasked should be of little consequence to you, and you can get on with your life too.

13 ( +21 / -8 )

Tourists will be asked kindly to put their masks on before going into an extremely crowded and maskless izakaya - they will then be allowed to take them off. None of it makes any sense anymore.

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@zulander

Maybe you only see what your echo chamber allows you to.

That doesn't make any sense at all. I have eyes. In the city I live in of just under a million people you can count the number of people not wearing a mask each day in the tens. And that's outside. Anywhere inside, even cars and that figure almost disappears.

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foreigners everywhere are literally sprinting to their local airports to get into Japan for autumn and winter delights!

Are they? They aren't doing that here in Scandinavia or neighbouring northern European countries.

Where are all these foreigners you speak of?

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Welcome back tourists!

A friend arrived today and said the whole plane of over 250 people (minus 4-5) didn't wear masks throughout the airport and no one ever said a word. Same for the trip on the NEX. Same for the hotel. love it.

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 you can count the number of people not wearing a mask each day in the tens.

Daily, none of them were foreign? or was the original statement an exaggeration?

I see plenty of indoors unmasked both, granted still between 10-20% of people but growing daily. I commute daily to Tokyo from out past Yokohama.

I do see plenty outside, masked up, which is their choice if not rather sad. This is more indicative of how much fearmongering has gone on if anything, as even though the govt says there is no need for masking outside.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

But visitors may have to adjust to face masks

May have to ? No !

Require face masks

There's no law that enforces the wearing of face masks and the business can't legally refuse them service !

Ive noticed they tell you to wear a mask however its not their right to tell them to do so.

Try eating tonkatsu or drinking sake through a mask ? It isn't possible is it ! ! !

Good Tonkatsu

Tonkatsu has to be the simplest of all Japanese fast food to make and you don't have to visit Japan to get it

-4 ( +10 / -14 )

Wear a mask please foreigner!

-21 ( +5 / -26 )

I am against wearing of mask at this time after Covid vaccination, things to come to normal the sooner the better, the vaccine protects like the influenza virus vaccine, people should not be very scared special the young people the older people to be more concern about the covid. Life to go on to normal again. I hope the tourists enjoy their visit to Japan.

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Do us a favor and wear a mask on public transportation.

y’all are multiple vaxed, wear masks, and maybe the maskless person is vaxed too- how is them masking up making a difference to you?

Hows about you do you. Let people get on with their lives. Find some actual meaningful way of visually indicating that you are a good person.

8 ( +13 / -5 )

So, will Japan close again when the COVID cases go up in winter? It will be interesting to see what kind of response will happen.

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Welcome back ! Great news, btw masks are not mandatory here folks, feel free to breathe Japan’s air.a poll showed 2/3 s of people here want to stop wearing’em , but they must do what everone else does, so that’s it!

6 ( +13 / -7 )

@Awa no Gaijin : Tonakatu of the quality of Butagumi (for example) Not a chance anywhere outside Japan. I've looked. Sure, your Coco Curry quality.. If that's what rocks your boat.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

Glad to see japan opening up, welcome back guys we missed you all.

0 ( +6 / -6 )

It seems like a counterintuitive choice to open the boarders with the struggling ambulances, Japan just coming out of its worst wave yet but we’ll see.

-12 ( +2 / -14 )

Actually the vaccinated do seem to be more at risk.

I’ll go with the intrusive PCR test e erytime though.

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covid-19-vaccine-booster-shot-infection-rate/

1 ( +4 / -3 )

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Somewhere I have missed your point!

If you haven't left in years notrintend to, then what possible interest is this topic of tourism for you to being up what you consider a ludicrous requirement! Non Residents of the USA still have to prove vaccination for entry - I assume you think that is ludicrous too?

-3 ( +2 / -5 )

The hostility in some of these comments is really disheartening.

1 ( +1 / -0 )

I think the message Washington Post gave potential American tourists was you have to wear a mask if going to Japan.

Now for most westerners, “have to” means must by law. They don’t suspect the insidious social pressure that drives mask wearing here.

And since most of the early western arrivers will be of the PC type politically, they will mask up, sad to say.

I hope I’m wrong.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Funny, on the J news last night none of the tourists were wearing the useless face masks. Absolutely loved it! ;D

Not sure about Flock either until the remove the remaining measures. The J times article said most of those it interviewed were returning business people not tourists.

0 ( +3 / -3 )

It's good for all the small businesses that rely on tourism, and for the economy in general, of course. But, I'll miss the comfortably uncrowded streets of Kyoto. And, do not look forward to the return of the throngs of people jamming the sidewalks, side streets, historical destinations, and nature's beauty.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Foreign tourists to Kyoto are only 20% and 80% are domestic.

3 ( +3 / -0 )

Why are so many posts about masks??? What is the fixation?

If you're indoors in a public place (shops, restaurants, trains, buses, etc), wear a mask.

If you're outdoors, don't wear a mask. (Unless you're shoulder-to-shoulder in a crowd, of course.)

What's the problem?

Mask-wearing has been common here for decades during cold/flu and allergy seasons, well before Covid.

-2 ( +3 / -5 )

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