Summer festival season is BACK! Niseko, Rusutsu and Furano are home to some of the best cultural festivals this summer, so mark the dates in your calendar!
Will Japan borders open by December?
Well folks, that’s the million-dollar question! Truthfully, whilst we are staffing and planning on the borders being open, we really don’t know - but what we can tell you however is that whilst COVID cases are at near all-time high levels, Japan has NOT implemented any domestic travel restrictions as they have done over the past 2 years. Meaning there has been no state of emergency travel restrictions nor reduced business hours for restaurants and bars. This is a very positive sign telling us that the Government is starting to move forward in accepting and dealing with COVID.
As for International travel, Japan’s border remains closed for general tourism except for those travelling on a guided tour group package. A colour coding system is in place and offers those travelling from a “blue” country such as Australia, Singapore, UK, USA, Thailand and others - No PCR test on arrival & no quarantine, regardless of your vaccination status.
With local cases high and still no real international travel, this proves that the spread is domestic and case numbers are not being increased by allowing tourists in the country.
We are now counting on a definitive timeline and plan in September. If an announcement isn’t made by late October, we will then become more concerned that borders won’t open until the new year in 2023.
Keep posted on this page or contact us directly for any updates and more information.
Fingers and toes are all crossed!
|Country/ Region||Valid vaccination certificate||Pre-departure PCR test||On-arrival PCR test||Quarantine|
|Yellow||If not submitted||Yes||Yes||3 days at home*|
|Red||If submitted||Yes||No||3 days at home*|
|Red||If not submitted||Yes||Yes||3 days at designated facility**|
* Your quarantine would be terminated if you take a COVID-19 test on the 3rd day and the result is negative. If you do not take the test, you would be required to quarantine for 7 days.
** Your quarantine would be terminated if you take a COVID-19 test on the 3rd day at the facility and the result is negative.
Recently many flights to Japan have been filling up for peak dates, however more international flights are opening up weekly, and we are especially monitoring the new flights scheduled into Chitose Airport to be announced from July and will keep you updated. In the meantime, there are still many flights into Tokyo & Osaka and can be the best option to confirm now.
Flying into Honshu gives you the perfect excuse for spending a few days in the big cities and to even better to maximise your Japan experience and convenience, why not catch the bullet train to Hokkaido instead of a domestic flight?!
Some great deals are currently available on the bullet trains with a Japan Rail Pass. Check out more details on the official website.
The Vale Rusutsu has been awarded the World's Best New Ski Hotel 2021 in the 9th edition of the prestigious World Ski Awards on 17 January 2022.
Check out the operating schedules at three Hokkaido Ski Resorts you must visit.