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TR: Hokkaido May 2022 - The Man From Del Monte He Say Yes

 Poster: A snowHead
Poster: A snowHead
He's gaming the older, Japanese voters who voted him in - risk averse, not that fussed on foreigners - versus the tourism industry - who need foreign, independent tourists.

The only definite announcement is the relaxation of pre-arrival covid testing for triple vaccinated travelers from some countries from 07 September.

https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/japan-pm-kishida-brief-about-new-measures-handling-covid-kyodo-2022-08-24/
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We have an update, effective from 7th September 2022:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/08/31/national/tourism-measures-kishida-covid/

Now no need to be on a chaperoned/escorted tour - BUT do need to be on a 'package tour' (as yet undefined what that will mean).

But definitely no free-range independent tourists, backpackers etc - at least for now.
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 Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
HOLD YOUR HORSES

All the companies stating they're Japanese registered 'travel agents' who can organise everything for you are living in hope not fact.

The Japanese Government has

NOT outlined the specific conditions of entry for independent, non-guided tourists

NOT specified which Japanese registered 'travel agents' will be authorised to act on behalf of said independent, non-guided tourists

If you are going to book something in hope, please check the T&C

Caveat emptor
Buyer Beware
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Indeed some UK companies recently been promoting their Japanese ski courses as back for 2023!!
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The Japanese government has released guidelines for "unguided" tours which start today, and a long Q&A document (in Japanese)

It seems a bit unclear, lots of people are debating the specifics online!

But general consensus seems to be that your flights and hotels need to be booked by a Japanese agency, who then issue an ERFS certificate which allows you to apply for a visa (London embassy are now taking applications by post with a 2-week estimated turnaround time, but you still have to pick up your passport and pay the fee in person when it's been issued). Some debate over whether all your fights and hotels need to be booked by the agency or not.

For me it's not acceptable for my potential winter trip because I already have my flight booked (for Jan-Feb), and I would much rather have the flexibility of not having all my accommodation pre-booked and be able to use Airbnb. Usually in Japan I only book a few days ahead because I like to move around and not make detailed plans in advance etc. So, I will wait and hope for further relaxation of the rules before the end of the year. I'm hoping at the very least, we will be able to travel independently and normally this winter without all the pre-booking through an agency BS, even if a visa is still required.
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Yep, they're not making it easy
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There could be light at the end of the tunnel - at last...
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/09/12/national/border-independent-tourists-visa-waiver/

Fingers crossed for you musehead
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 After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
After all it is free Go on u know u want to!
Hopefull we might not have to fill out this on.
https://www.city.oda.lg.jp/files/original/20200207121538801d93591c4.pdf

Paying and return envelope is not easy! Puzzled
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Love it Hyst!! Laughing

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Bloody hell, learned hiragana and katakana but without kanji it is like a car on 3 wheels and no engine … need a longer lockdown to improve on kanji Smile
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No direct flights to Sapporo though with RU airspace closed. Flinging optionS reduced substantially atm
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Strong rumors / 'plans' from the Japanese Government that visa-free independent travel to be announced at the start of October.

Implementation that month or the start of November.

The visa process and getting EHRC has been a logistical nightmare. And expensive to boot.

It looks like it could be on.
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So if you're just off somewhere snowy come back and post a snow report of your own and we'll all love you very much
Light at the end of the tunnel! wink


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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
mountainaddict wrote:
Love it Hyst!! Laughing



Seems we do not have to fill it out! Madeye-Smiley No return envelope with Japanese stamps and no fixed amount of money to send!

https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Coronavirus/Japan-set-to-announce-restart-of-visa-free-tourist-travel

Flights will be a mess. Shocked
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Just booked a couple weeks for February.

Had to go cheap on the digs because I didn’t think Japan would happen and therefore blew loads of money on helicopters this week
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Should be all sorted by then
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wiigman wrote:
@mooney058, have done the Tohoku/Sendai tours and most of the spots you mention not that long ago (2019). If you are still looking/gathering data, I have a load of info but not the time to put it all down as in busy season for me until late Aug. Mike Pow will vouch for me being half sensible... hopefully!


If you have a minute or two would be interested in your insights on Tohoku/Sendai.

Flights might looking at flight options, more complicated than in previous years
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Well, the person's real but it's just a made up name, see?
@mooney058, have sent you a DM.
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Nice to read that it looks like there may be a bit of movement for entry to Japan soon, hopefully in place by early or mid Dec so I can squeeze in a few weeks before Christmas ... extending to Christmas & New Year is eye wateringly expensive Shocked
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Any recommendations for guided bc day tours around myoko? Going with my other half who maybe isn’t as keen as me on that, so hoping to find some kind of group thing to avoid paying 1:1 for a guide.
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hang11 wrote:
Any recommendations for guided bc day tours around myoko? Going with my other half who maybe isn’t as keen as me on that, so hoping to find some kind of group thing to avoid paying 1:1 for a guide.
One possible is Powder Recon; super when I used them for an Odyssey tour, and Myoko based. They have a good website, but I'd be inclined to email or FB them, as they seem to be holding back on announcing what they are doing this year, due to the border/via situation.
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wiigman wrote:
hang11 wrote:
Any recommendations for guided bc day tours around myoko? Going with my other half who maybe isn’t as keen as me on that, so hoping to find some kind of group thing to avoid paying 1:1 for a guide.
One possible is Powder Recon; super when I used them for an Odyssey tour, and Myoko based. They have a good website, but I'd be inclined to email or FB them, as they seem to be holding back on announcing what they are doing this year, due to the border/via situation.


Awesome thanks
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Looks like Japan will finally reopen properly from October 11th:

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2022/09/23/national/kishida-japan-border-opening/
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Start looking & booking

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Hatsu Yuki / First Snow on Hokkaido

About normal for the Central Hokkaido mountains of Asahidake and Kurodake in the Daisetsuzan Range

Early for Mt Yotei in the Niseko Resort Area

Very early for An'nupuri home to the Niseko United Resorts

Will be gone and back a couple of times yet but great early signs

Difference in a couple of days

https://www.instagram.com/p/CjTptXzs0Yk/
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Excellent info and inspiration for Aomori and Hokkaido here

https://www.tetongravity.com/forums/showthread.php/348715-Coronacation-Japan-W20-W21-W22
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Flights are still an issue.
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Mosha Marc wrote:
Flights are still an issue.


Price?
Route?
Availability?
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 You know it makes sense.
You know it makes sense.
The first two really, as at this morning:

Prices are up by around £3/400 per person, and
There isn't yet a route to Hokkaido that doesn't have at least 2 stops and nothing with a total travel time under 20 hours.

I'm presuming it will improve though
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Mosha Marc wrote:
The first two really, as at this morning:

Prices are up by around £3/400 per person, and
There isn't yet a route to Hokkaido that doesn't have at least 2 stops and nothing with a total travel time under 20 hours.

I'm presuming it will improve though


Yep that's been my experience

Dates?
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