Japan Opens for Tourists!

By Katie Thompson
Updated: September 29, 2022

It’s finally happening! The Japanese borders are opening to tourists. As of Oct 11, 2022 Japan will allow visa-free, independent tourism. The current requirement of traveling with an organized tour group will be dropped, and tourists will be allowed to travel freely. 

Travel to Japan 2022

Women in yukata looks down an old Japanese street in Narita, Japan

Japan was a top tourist destination in 2019, but due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the borders were closed in 2020. After over two long years, the byFood team is thrilled to welcome foodies, tourists, and travelers from all over the world to Japan! 

Here’s some quick info to know before traveling to Japan: 

Visa Free Countries

There are 68 countries and regions that can visit Japan visa-free. This list includes the US, Canada, Australia, the UK, and New Zealand. The full list of countries can be viewed here

Entry requirements

Visitors to Japan must be fully vaccinated (three doses of approved covid vaccines) OR provide a negative PCR test before entering the country. For more information, please look over the requirements on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan official website.   

Mask Wearing

Japan is still very conservative with corona prevention, so mask-wearing is the norm. Please keep in mind that you may be asked to wear a mask while visiting, especially indoors and on public transit. You can bring masks with you, or easily purchase them here at convenience, drug, and grocery stores.

Men making grilled eel in Narita, Japan

Discover Japan

As you plan your trip to Japan, let us help you connect with local chefs and small businesses through our immersive and in-depth food experience! Whether you’re visiting for the first time, or you’re a seasoned Japan traveler, byFood has you covered with restaurant reservations, tastings, food tours, and experiences

On behalf of the byFood team, we look forward to welcoming you to Japan!

We strive to be as accurate as possible and keep up with the changing landscape of Japan's food and travel industries. If you spot any inaccuracies, please send a report.
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Katie Thompson
Katie is a Tokyo-based, lifelong nomad whose love language is food. Blessed (and sometimes cursed) with a discerning palate, she’s on a constant journey to find the best flavors the world has to offer.
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