Tokyo resumes travel subsidy program

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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government resumed its own travel subsidy program on Thursday to encourage residents to enjoy trips to Tokyo while taking thorough coronavirus prevention measures.

Tokyo originally launched the program in 2020 with the aim of supporting the tourism industry which has been hit hard by the pandemic.

The government launched this year’s program in June but suspended it in July due to an increase in the number of infections. He will resume the program for a month from Thursday on a trial basis.

Subsidies will be applied to bookings made from noon on Thursday and can be used for travel through September 30, including hotel departures on October 1.

A resident of Tokyo can get a discount of up to 5,000 yen – or about $35 – for an overnight stay that costs at least 6,000 yen, or about $42. For day trips, a discount of approximately $18 per person will be given for tours costing approximately $21 or more.

Reservations must be made with travel agencies, online travel sites, hotels and other businesses that have joined the program.

Travelers will need to have received three injections of a coronavirus vaccine or present a negative PCR test result to benefit from the program.

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