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Japan 2021

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This is very much a "how long is a piece of string" question but does anyone here have any special insight into the chances of me skiing in Japan next year? I've booked flights as I really wanted something to look forward to. I anticipated the economic catastrophe opening everything up again pronto but it's the end of July and the Japanese don't seem to be shifting...
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I get the sense the Japanese can be pretty stoical so when it comes to short term sacrifice of tourist income versus longer term survival of their nation I'd bet toward the latter. Now whether that stoicism extends as far as next winter - who knows?
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boobleblooble wrote:
I've booked flights as I really wanted something to look forward to.

"wanted something to look forward to" is quite a strange justification for committing to the significant cost of a long haul flight! Unless you've seized some substantial discount with that booking.
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It's more a case of Flights and evn more so how UK (just guessing you are UK based) is doing than Japan. Skiing in Japan will be open for business
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Idris wrote:
It's more a case of Flights and evn more so how UK (just guessing you are UK based) is doing than Japan. Skiing in Japan will be open for business


Agreed.

Life continues as normal on Hokkaido.

Golf season in full swing.
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Yes, life continues as normal for those in the country. And indeed, tourism going ahead as normal. But whether foreigners will be allowed in is the problem. Currently, they’re not.

So much of Japan’s tourism has traditionally been aimed at the domestic market (until recent years).

Even foreign nationals who are resident in Japan were not allowed back in to the country until a week or two ago.

Hopefully the restriction on foreign visitors be lifted by winter. If the Aussies are still forbidden from leaving their island, it could be a very good year to ski in Japan.

Fingers crossed....
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@MagSeven, I didn't realize the Japanese had closed their borders.

Precisely because Hokkaido appeared to be 'business as usual', I've been considering skiing Japan in the coming winter, in case skiing in Europe and north America are being curtailed.

Granted, I wasn't going to book anything this far in advance. Just weighing all the options.

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Now I vaguely recall the border closing, and even some talk about re-opening with selected country forming a "travel bubble".
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Sorry, not so much closed their borders to all foreigners, that could’ve been misleading, sorry. There is a list of countries from which arrivals aren’t permitted. The U.K. is on the list, among many others.


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If the Aussies are still forbidden from leaving their island, it could be a very good year to ski in Japan.

Except Australia has very low infection rate. And it's an island, easy to stay isolated and stay that way. So if Aussies wouldn't be allowed to visit Japan, I doubt any other country would be allowed.
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I didn’t mean if Aussies were allowed into Japan. I meant if the Aussie government allowed international travel for their citizens. (Easy to isolate etc etc!)
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MagSeven wrote:
I didn’t mean if Aussies were allowed into Japan. I meant if the Aussie government allowed international travel for their citizens. (Easy to isolate etc etc!)

Good point!

But that would also means not many English speaking workers in Japanese resorts... a little harder for those of us who doesn't understand Japanese to get oriented. Minor problem, I know.
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Well the infection rate in Australia is going through the roof. State of Victoria had over 700 new cases yesterday, 627 reported today and increasing deaths and lower numbers but still on the increase in the neighboring state of New South Wales. I can't see many Aussies going any where fro a while.
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@abc, yes it does appear odd. The price was good (£540 all in) and I thought that the world would re-open pretty quickly. My bet was on the borders opening pronto for tourism and trade when the colossal recession bearing down on us finally hits. Most sensible countries would want all the income they can get, especially when the impact from the virus itself is so minor: it's the response to it that has been a disaster.

Now the people previously smugly patting themselves on the back (esp that awful Ardern woman) are throttling their citizen's and economies' freedoms in response to a 'second wave' (actually the first one moving through as it has everywhere else) it seems it's on hold.

OK, looks like it'll be France instead!

@MagSeven, it's essentially all foreigners. Even those who have long-term residence permits were barred until very recently as you've said. I'm still hoping against hope anyway!
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@boobleblooble, Dont give up, things could change a lot between now and your flight dates. I hope you do go as we were in Japan last winter for nearly three weeks and had a great time, ours was a family trip which included sight seeing with 10 days skiing, 5 days in Shiga Kogen then 5 in Niseko.
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@larry1950, thanks I'd still love to go. Booking a few weeks with the hostels in France (UCPA) is a tricky bet as there's 5% off if you booke early. I'll have to gamble towards the end of the discount period and see what happens.
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