COVID-19: UPDATES FROM JAPAN
With the unpredictability of the outbreak and increasing international cases, this is a serious situation that we are following closely. Many precautions are currently being taken at airports and other transport hubs in Japan, and many flights to/from Japan have been cancelled or postponed.
Currently, travelers are not permitted to enter Japan for tourism (updated Apr 2021). Considering these travel bans, we have made the difficult decision to postpone all scheduled tours for our international guests from March 2020 to July 2021. If you are currently residing in Japan, your tour will continue as planned, unless otherwise announced.
We would like to deeply thank everyone for your support and cooperation. We truly appreciate your understanding under these circumstances, and can't wait to see you in Japan when borders open safely again. We want to be as transparent as possible throughout this challenging situation, so please check back on this page for updates.
When Can I Travel to Japan Again? | Vaccine Rollout Timeline
While things are uncertain on exact dates, as of April 2021 the Japanese govenrment has made its Covid-19 vaccination schedule public. Please refer to this article for more information on the most up to date projected timeline for vaccinations in Japan.
WHAT ABOUT MY BOOKED TOUR?
For all our guests who have booked tours from March 2020 to July 2021, we are issuing 100% travel credit, which can be applied to any future guided or self-guided tour.
We understand that in challenging times like this, it’s a great feeling just to get some plans on the calendar. It gives something to look forward to as well as motivation to get on the bike to train for an adventure ahead!
We currently have tours starting in April 2021 that are accepting bookings. Please note that our current cancellation policy applies. Given these uncertain times, we are allowing all guests to transfer tour payment into future travel credit (no fees) up to 30 days prior to your trip’s start date.
For example, if you decide to book a tour that begins on May 31, 2021, you can confirm your spots on tour by submitting your deposit now. We will check in with you in March 2021 to check on your ability to travel to Japan. If travel bans are still in place between your country and Japan, you have the option to transfer the amount paid to travel credit, which can be applied to any future tour dates (guided or self-guided).
CURRENT SITUATION INTERNATIONALLY
Keep in mind that although these daily situation reports tend to lag behind some news headlines, figures have been verified by WHO. Also, please note that WHO has separated the numbers between the Diamond Cruise Ship and Japan’s country metrics.
ADVICE FROM INTL GOVT ADVISORIES
Advice from GOV.UK – https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/japan
Advice from CDC – https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/japan
Advice from Australia’s Chief Medical Officer – https://www.smartraveller.gov.au/destinations/asia/japan
Advice from the Govt of Canada – https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html
While news headlines do their job of alerting the public, we recommend keeping up with the situation from sources that are not motivated by clicks or views and that come from the source rather than through the lens of the distant media not present in the situation.
Once again, thank you so much for your understanding, support, and patience during this challenging time. Our team will continue to keep this page updated as we receive new information from the above sources.
山川异域 风月同天 – Lands apart, shared sky
A CULTURAL NOTE – MASK WEARING IN JAPAN & ASIA
In Japan (and much of Asia), face masks are often worn as a sign of courtesy. When an individual feels like they experiencing even a mild cold or seasonal allergies, they will wear a mask in public out of courtesy as to not sneeze on those around them. Some individuals with sensitive respiratory systems will also wear a mask to avoid smoke or poor air quality. What more, in places like Japan with cold dry winters many people choose to wear a face mask simply to help keep their airways humid.
This can be a little disconcerting for visitors from non-Asian countries where there is no culture of wearing masks. Just keep in mind that most masks in Japan are worn as a sign of courtesy, a seasonal precaution, or a fashion choice.