Domestic travel subsidies set to begin for Japan residents

As Japan’s border fully opens to foreign visitors on Tuesday, so too does a national travel subsidy program aimed at turbocharging the domestic tourism industry’s post-pandemic recovery.

The National Travel Discount program — which is available only to those with residency status in Japan and does not extend to overseas visitors arriving on tourist visas — uses government subsidies to fund discounts on meals, shopping and accommodation worth up to ¥11,000 ($77) per traveler per day.

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