How to Apply for the Go To Travel Campaign

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The Japanese government has launched the Go To Travel Campaign to encourage people to travel around Japan from July 22nd, 2020 onwards. This is a great opportunity to travel cheap in Japan! This campaign is not for international travelers but only for residents in Japan. So if you already live in Japan, why not go for a trip around Japan with the Go To Travel Campaign? In this article, we will explain what the Go To Travel Campaign is and how to travel cheap with it!

What is the Go To Travel Campaign?

The Go To Campaign consists of 4 different campaigns which will support the industries which have been severely affected by COVID-19 such as travel, food and entertainment industries etc. Go To Travel Campaign is one of these campaigns and the government will cover half of the domestic travel costs up to ¥20,000 per person per day (up to ¥10,000 for a day trip) by issuing coupons which are worth 15% of travel costs (up to a total of ¥6,000 per day) and giving 35% off discount on the travel package.
There is no limit for the number of traveling with the campaign, so you can repeatedly travel at a half price in Japan during the campaign.

Current situation of Go To Travel Campaign 2021

It’s been suspended since March 2021, but the government is now considering resuming the campaign in the process of introducing the vaccine/ test package. The government plans to start the vaccine/test package in November in 2021 that allows it to lift some restrictions such as traveling between prefectures. If the Go To Travel Campaign resumes, you will likely need to get this vaccine/test package to apply for it. 

The government initially announced that they would likely resume the campaign from the middle of January to February and will last until Golden Week in May, but it’ll be postponed due to the surge of COVID-19. (As of January 14th)

At the moment, what we expect for the new campaign is as follows; 

  • More discounts may be applied to the trip to the disaster area?
  • More discounts may be applied on weekdays than weekends? 
  • Require the vaccination/ negative test certificate? 

Go To Travel campaign will be resumed as GoTo 2.0 when it’s ready, and the discount rate is likely to change. The discount rate is originally 35 percent of the trip cost (up to 14,000 yen) and comes with local coupons that is 15% worth of the whole travel costs (up to 6,000 yen). ▶See how it works
GoTo 2.0, however, will give a 30% discount (up to 10,000 yen) with 3,000 yen (weekdays) or 1,000 yen (weekends) coupons.

And good things will continue even after the new Go To Travel campaign!
After Golden Week, the special prefectural campaign will begin which will give you up to 20% discount (max. 8,000 yen) with up to 3,000 yen coupon. It will last until the peak season in summer.

We’ll update the latest information accordingly when the official announcement is made.

Meanwhile, you can use the prefectural discount on prefectures under stage 2, giving you a discount on travel packages and a coupon ticket for local restaurants. It gives you a maximum of 7,000 yen in total for both a travel package and a coupon ticket (5,000 yen for accommodation + 2,000 yen for coupons).  This discount is valid until the end of December 2021, and you can use this discount only in the prefecture you live in. 

Prefectures that you can currently use (or resume in October 2021):
Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata, Nagano, Toyama, Fukui, Tottori, Shimane, Yamaguchi, Tokushima, Saga, Nagasaki, Oita
*Please make sure to check the latest updates on each prefecture

For example, for the Aichi prefecture residents, Aichi trip e-money campaign started on October 8th. You can use this campaign on accommodation in Aichi prefecture. It will cover 50% (Maximum 5,000 yen) of the accommodation fee and reimburse maximum 2,000 yen with electric money if you shopped or dined at the registered stores/ restaurants on the campaign.  It will be valid until December 31st.

How does the Go To Travel Campaign work?

It is basically a package deal, and the campaign will cover half of the travel costs up to ¥20,000 per person per day. About 70% of reimbursement is actual discount on the package and about 30% of it is with coupons that you can use for gift shops, restaurants, amusement parks and transportation.

Go to Travel Campaign

Here’s how it works;

  1. If your travel package costs ¥20,000, you can save half of the cost which is ¥10,000 with the campaign. You will pay ¥13,000 for your trip but you will get coupons with a total value of ¥3,000. With that, you can save ¥10,000 in total.
  2. If your travel cost is ¥50,000, a half of the costs will be ¥25,000, however, the reimbursement is up to ¥20,000 per day. So you will pay ¥36,000 of the total costs and will get coupons with a total value of ¥6,000. With the coupons, eventually you can save ¥20,000 in total.

How to use Go To Travel Coupons

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How to apply for the Go To Travel Campaign

Book a package via travel agencies or book the accommodation directly.
If you book a package via travel agency, accommodations and transportation (trains, highway fee, airplane, bus etc.) will be included but if you book accommodations directly, transportation will be excluded from the discount. But either way, you will get coupons.

The discount is not only valid for the accommodation but also if you book overnight transportation such as a cruise ship, the overnight ferry or a sleeper train (excluding overnight transportation that only offers seats), you can get a discount for those too. If you want to go on a day trip, the campaign will cover your transportation fee + food or activities.

Website you can book Go To Travel Campaign:

We (Japan Wonder Travel) are not currently operating the service.
The websites you can book Go To Travel Campaign are as follows,

JTB(in Japanese)
Jalan net(in Japanese)

PCR test

If you have any plans for traveling or business trips, taking a PCR test beforehand is recommended. There’s an English service that allows you to get a test quickly and easily in Tokyo and Osaka. You can choose the test type between swab and saliva. There’s an option to receive the negative result certificate on the same day as well, so if you are in a rush, this will be very useful!
Book PCR test from here

FAQ

If you have any questions about coupons, please read these articles first!
Everything you need to know about Go To Travel Campaign Coupons (General)
The best way to use go to Travel Campaign Coupons in the popular destinations

Q. Is the hotel for the quarantine also included for the Go To Travel Campaign?
It can be used for the quarantine hotel if you are a resident visa holder. Basically only the Japan resident can use the Go To Travel Campaign. But not every hotel accepts the quarantine, so please check with the hotel before you make a booking.
If you are an international traveler and look for the quarantine hotel, please check this website for more information (Self-Isolation Japan.com)

Q. How can we get coupons?
Please check this article! (Where can you receive the coupons?)

Q. If I want to stay for a couple of nights at my friend’s house, can I still use the Go To Travel Campaign?
As long as you stay at the hotel on the same day of your arrival, your trip can be applied partly for the Go To Travel Campaign. For example, if you go on a trip for 3 nights 4 days and you stay at the hotel for the first night and stay at your friend’s house for the rest of your trip, it’s considered as a 1 night 2 days trip for the Go To Travel Campaign and you will get the discount for it. However, if you only stay at your friend’s house, it is not applicable for the Go To Travel Campaign at all.

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Comments

  1. Rashomon says:

    Great article!
    “[…]If you already made a booking for your trip before the campaign started, you can still apply the discount if you went on a trip between July 22nd to August 31st. “ 🤓 I checked the indicated website to apply online and unfortunately it looks like the application deadline for this was 14 September. Does anyone know of this is the case or if there is another way of applying still? Thank you.

    • Japan Wonder Travel says:

      Hi Rashomon-san,
      Thank you for pointing it out, and that’s correct, the deadline for the application was September 14th.
      Sorry we haven’t updated with that information. We updated on the article as well.

  2. Mark Hobart says:

    I was going to request a motel quote using Go To Travel. However, found the information requested to be intrusive and not required for just my asking for a quote.

    • Japan Wonder Travel says:

      Hi Mark,
      Thanks for your message. In terms of the price for accomodation: you can check the prices of the hotel online yourself and add our service fee to the amount. However, we cannot only book your accommodation, as a travel agency we need to sell packages (transportation & accommodation + optional activities). If you are looking to only book a motel I recommend you do this yourself (as this is the cheapest way). For the actual booking we need to collect some information such as proof of living in Japan (and being able to make use of the Go To Travel campaign) and keep it on file. That’s why we ask for a copy of your residence card. Hope we could clarify some things for you, otherwise please send us an email or reply here again.

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