Finally: Japan Will Reopen To Tourism Next Month

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After being mostly closed to tourism since early 2020, Japan will finally reopen on October 11th.

There are no testing or vaccine requirements and countries that had visa free travel before COVID, such as the US, will be able to arrive with no visa required once again.

With the strong dollar, it’s a great time to visit Japan. Pre-COVID, a dollar bought about 105 yen. 1 dollar now buys about 143 yen!

You can use AA or Alaska miles to fly to Japan on JAL for just 60K miles in business class:


Virgin Atlantic charges just 45K-47.5K miles to fly ANA business class or 55K-60K miles to fly ANA first class each way to Japan, though fuel surcharges apply.

United has very good availability to Japan for 70K United miles or less when booked with partner airlines.

El Al plans to fly nonstop between Israel and Japan starting in March and there’s excellent award availability via Qantas miles. You can combine a trip to Japan and Israel by stringing together those awards!

I wrote about my accidental trip to Japan in 2015 here and spent several weeks there in 2005, it’s a fascinating country to explore!

Will you book travel to Japan?

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I wish award availability through Virgin Atlantic wasn’t so hard to find. I ended up canceling a trip 2 years ago due to the pandemic and have points just sitting there that I transferred over from Chase Ultimate Rewards


@Eitan there is plenty of availability on ANA that you can book with Virgin, or what a I missing?


JAL F vs ANA F which is better.
How much of a step down is J on these carriers? Compared to Polaris, LY?


Already booked. :O)


Best way to book ANA J or F ?


Any kosher restaurants in Japan?


Is there random testing in Japan like in China? What happens if you test positive?


In the immortal words of Tom Lehrer:
I really have a Yen to go back, once again