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By justine@japanskiexperience.com | Thu, 02 Dec 2021
Can I book a Japan Ski Holiday?
Can I book a Japan Ski Holiday?
This is the question on many people’s minds as they contemplate their winter travel plans . Can I travel to Japan? And if not now, then when?
The current status of Japan travel
Japan has been closed to international travel since April of 2020, at which time all foreign travellers were barred from entering the country. Just recently in early November 2021, Japan eased some of these travel restrictions by lifting the entry ban for short-term business travellers, certain foreign exchange students, as well as for foreign workers, though there were still daily limits on the number of eligible international arrivals per day, and a 3-day quarantine policy was still in place.
With the emergence of yet another COVID variant, Omicron, last week, Japan closed up again, even to business travellers for a period of 1 month. We are hopeful that this closure will indeed be a temporary one while countries assess the risks of the Omicron variant.
This earlier easing of restrictions was definitely a step in the right direction toward Japan eventually reopening for travel. Japan COVID-19 case numbers have returned to their lowest average since May of 2020, vaccination numbers are at over 75%, and most of the country is back to operating as usual, including most tourist attractions, restaurants, and other businesses.
Japan Airport COVID restrictions
Photo courtesy of The New York Times
Can I ski in Japan this year?
As Japan continues to be a leader in COVID-19 recovery, it is likely international travel restrictions will soon be eased. There is a possibility that borders will reopen sometime in 2022, and we are hopeful that ski resorts like Niseko and Hakuba will once again welcome international visitors at some point this 2021-2022 winter ski season.
Given the ongoing uncertainties of travel, many accommodations in Niseko and Hakuba are offering the chance to reserve your stay without advance payment required. If you would like to enquire about booking our flexible booking terms, please get in touch with us.
Shrine in Japan ski resort
2022-2023 Japan Winter Season
Some more positive news is that many accommodation providers plan to open 2022-2023 season bookings much earlier this year than usual. In fact, there is talk of this happening as early as January 2022 . This is great news, because it will allow those guests who have been itching to lock something in to do so at incredible early bird season prices, and while availability is still high.
Book Early
Availability
If you are in the position to be able to book early, do so! With so many restrictions in place, and the virtual impossibility of Japan travel over the last two ski seasons, we expect there to be an absolute flurry of activity for next season bookings, and you do want to make sure you are getting in early before peak availability books out.
Early Bird Discounts
Booking early for next season also helps to secure some of the amazing early bird discounts which will most certainly be on offer for the new season. Be one of the first to secure up to 30% off your Japan ski holiday accommodation.
To keep up to date with all new Japan travel developments, early bird specials, and 2022-2023 ski season booking opening dates, make sure you sign up to our mailing list, and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. You can also get in touch with us at any time to enquire about your next Japan ski holiday!
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