Japan to open to tourists in….June!

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It’s been a long time coming but finally, after two ski seasons, Japan looks set to open borders in June meaning the 2022/2023 season will be GO.

Japan’s Prime Minister Kishida suggested at the G7 summit in London overnight that the country’s borders would be open to tourists come June.

“At the end of last year, Japan strengthened its border control measures in response to the global spread of the Omicron variant,” said the Prime Minister as reported by The Nikkei.

“We have now eased border control measures significantly, with the next easing taking place in June when Japan will introduce a smoother entry process similar to that of other G7 members”.

That’s the closest we’ve had to an official announcement thus far.  With other G7 members being Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the USA all open to tourists already, then it’s only a matter of weeks until we can enjoy the cherry blossoms again.

Prime Minister Kishida also later added a note of caution in another press conference, saying that the border changes for tourism would be set up in stages.

“I will continue to listen carefully to the markets, to those on the ground, and press ahead with policies,” said Kishida.

With a strong Australian dollar against a weak yen, now is the time to book ahead.

Watch this space.

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Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.