Japan is hoping for a surge in foreign tourists as Covid visa restrictions ease and the yen weakens against the US dollar.
Japan eager to welcome tourists from abroad amid cheap yen
It’s hard to tell from his serious demeanor, but Akky International Corp Chief Executive Hideyuki Abe can barely contain his excitement.
Foreign tourists are coming back, those money-laden visitors from abroad who used to flock into his colorful store in Tokyo’s Akihabara electronics district, cluttered with watches and souvenirs like samurai swords and toy cats with bobbing heads.
Individual travelers will be able to visit Japan without visas beginning on Tuesday, just like in pre-Covid-19 times, and electronics stores, airlines and various tourist spots have big hopes for a revival of their businesses.
Japan kept its borders closed to most foreign travelers during much of the pandemic. Only packaged tours have been allowed since June.