No, Japan Will Not Pay For Half Your Travel Costs If You Visit

PHOTO: Shibuya shopping street in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo via iStock / Getty Images Plus / Daniel Machacek)

Have you heard the rumor that Japan wants to pay for half your travel costs? Sorry, but it’s not happening.

The Japan Tourism Agency has quickly tamped down rumors that its newly proposed Go To Travel campaign would pay half of tourists’ travel expenses.

The campaign aims to stimulate domestic travel within the nation after the COVID-19 pandemic, and would apply to Japanese tourists traveling within their own country.

In a series of tweets in both Japanese and English, the nation’s tourism agency has issued a clarification after a media report said the program would cover half of travelers’ expenses.

Last week, media reports quoted Hiroshi Tabata, the head of Japan’s tourism agency, as saying that they aimed to launch the Go To Travel campaign after COVID-19 was brought under control, in July at the earliest.

According a budget document released by Japan’s economy ministry, the proposed plan would dole out travel vouchers toward lodging and dining, up to a maximum of 20,000 yen per person, per stay. That’s the equivalent of $185 US per person.


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