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Japan COVID-19 Update
For the latest COVID-19 information in Japan please visit JNTO website Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advisory Information.
"Japan continues to implement strict border controls to prevent the spread of the virus, banning in principle the entry of foreign nationals from 146 countries and regions.
In tandem with the resumption of domestic socioeconomic activities, the Japanese government has started talks with 16 nations and regions, including Australia and some Southeast Asian countries, on easing travel restrictions for long-term residents and for short-term business trips provided sufficient precautionary measures are taken. " (Source: Kyodo News 26 Aug 2020)
Three of Japan's hospitality industry peak bodies have united and issued a joint guideline for all their member hotels and ryokans how to respond to COVID-19 in May 2020.
|September 2020||Missing Japanese food? Why not cook for yourself? We have easy to make Japanese food recipes in our blog below.
|August 2020||We have launched our 2021 Autumn Tours. Happy browsing and give us a call if you are interested in any of our Group Tours. We do understand that there is still some uncertainty about traveling next year. We are happy to just note your interests and keep communicating with you.|
Message from Journey to the East team
How are you all doing? It's been a tough few months for everyone.
We would like to convey our heartfelt thank-you to those of you who sent us warm and kind messages. Col, Yuki, Ritsuko, Angus, Sachi and our staff in Japan are all well, and still here ready to serve you as soon as travel to Japan restarts. We have been using this downtime to improve our internal system, creating more exciting tours and enhancing our website. Now, more than ever , we are the tour operator of choice when it comes to creating the holiday of life time in Japan.
"I just wanted to let you know that, while you probably are not doing many bookings, the memories of your wonderful trips are living long after. If you are in contact with any of your fantastic guides and employees in Japan, please pass on our Australian best wishes. Fond regards, Ian and Robyn Mitchell"
"Keep well and safe. We send our very best to you all and will certainly be in touch again very soon, once this situation is under more control. Take care, Michael and Laurie"
"Was just wondering about Journey to the East and how your travel business is doing... and what might happen to our March 2021 tour if this goes on and on. Hope you are doing well and are healthy and safe.. take care, Linda and Geoff"
Japan made personal
Journey to the East is a specialist of tours in Japan. We have been delivering highly personalised authentic experiences in Small Group Tours and customised Private Tours for the past 8 years.
Five reasons why you will choose Journey to the East
for your post COVID-19 travel
Reason No. 1 - Extra small group tour size
Our group size has always been extra small, typically only 8 guests . Not only this has allows us to give you intimate and boutique experiences, in the post COVID-19, it will also mean more safety and care. Read more.
Reason No. 2 - Knowledgeable Japan tour specialist
Our biggest strength is breadth and depth of our knowledge of Japan. Our staff have personally walked (and usually stayed at) all our destinations, and have met our suppliers from Hokkaido to Okinawa. Using this knowledge, all our tours are carefully crafted to give you most authentic and memorable experiences. Each tour is unique taking advantage of local and seasonal features. This means we can create off-the-beaten-path, yet safe and efficient tours offering greater value for your money. Read more.
Reason No. 3 - All tours directly managed
You can feel secure and comfortable that your tour is directly managed by Journey to the East. We do not use layers of subcontractors and DMCs. Journey to the east researches and develops, arranges and delivers all our tours. We directly communicate with all our customers and suppliers. This means swift and accurate communication as well as saving you time and money. Read more.
Reason No. 4 - Tours with unique experiences
Over the years, we have established relationships with many local experts and colorful characters who are willing to interact with our customers. Our customers have unique access to these friends and gain insights of real life in Japan. Read more.
Reason No. 5 - Secure and well supported tours
We are ATAS accredited and all our tours are attended by Japanese government qualified tour guides. We also have our own staff in Japan tracking every detail of your tour. You will be provided with comprehensive handbook and very detailed itineraries. In short, we remove every possible travel stress from your experience by ensuring you’re properly briefed and well supported. Read more.
Had a fabulous time with a great group of people. I loved the country, the culture, the people and everything about the tour – hope to do another tour with JTTE – maybe Hokkaido or Kyushu next time
Vivien Hewitt, Western Australia
This was my first trip with JTTE and already I am looking at the program for next year thinking about another one. I liked the fact that it was a small group, the organisation was spot on and the food everywhere was outstanding.
Dee Mason – NSW Australia
Autumn in Japan is when history, culture and nature colaborate best to show off the sheer beauty you will never forget. Autumn starts in northern Japan and rolls south as the year progresses. This presents so many more opportunities to experience this natural beauty and to select what pleases you best. Because each region…
Fish is Japanese people’s favourite protein and we have so many ways of cooking fish. It is spring in Australia and I am so happy to see fresh mackerel and Spanish mackerel at my local fish market. I will share with you three of my favourite ways of cooking mackerel. Saikyo-yaki (miso marinated grilled fish)…
Journey to the East launch a wide range of tours for the 2020 Autumn (Fall) Colours Season…