Japan Travel Updates You Need to Know in 2024

Last Updated on November 17, 2023 by Jerardo Gomez

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Update 2024:

Removal of Kyoto Bus Pass

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This pass was a convenient and cost-effective option for visitors to navigate the city and access various attractions using public transportation.

Its removal might increase individual transportation costs for tourists, making it slightly more expensive to explore Kyoto’s numerous cultural and historical sites.

Limiting Guests to Mount Fuji

Limiting the number of guests allowed on Mount Fuji could significantly alter the experience for tourists visiting this iconic site.

This restriction was due to the overcrowding from pre-pandemic levels.

Increase in JR Pass Cost

The increased cost of the JR pass that for many years, made it super affordable for tourists to travel with has now become obsolete.

    Japan has finally lifted all COVID-19 travel restrictions! Many countries now do not require any visas for tourists. In-addition you no longer need proof of vaccination, negative covid test, or quarantine if you have covid.

    Yen is at a all-time low!

    The Yen has reached 151 to the dollar making it super affordable for American’s to travel to.

    How long long this will last, no one knows but my guess is that 2024 will be a good year for tourists.

    2023 Updates

    For those who were looking to get into Japan during COVID, it was impossible due to the travel restrictions for foreigners. As of October 11, 2022. Restrictions have been lifted and tourists are able to enter the country.

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    As of December 7, 2022 vaccines are no longer required. However! They will make your travel experience easier and safer to get into the country. Without vaccines, you will need to test 72 hours beforehand. The latest information can be found here.

    Proof of vaccination is no longer required. I recommend filling out your declarations beforehand because it will make your arrival much faster. You will need to do this to take advantage of your tax-free shopping. and this will be best to be done beforehand with Japan’s customs declaration website or app. A guide can be found here.

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    Medication restrictions

    Most medications are banned to bring, even OTC medicine. To bring in medications you must bring a certificate that allows your medications. Weeks before the flight, email the inquiry to yakkan@mhlw.go.jp, please include the following information:

    • The drug’s active ingredients
    • The name of the medicine
    • The dosage and quantity
    • Your e-mail address

    Additional info can be found with the embassy.

    From my experience, if it is a non-narcotic or psychiatric medication, they will not check if the amount of medication is for personal use.

    I took tums, advil, zofran, and some prescriptions and it was not even checked.

    Carry a passport with you at all times

    It’s required by law for tourists to have their passports with them at all times. Normally it should be kept in a safe place, however, in this instance make sure you have it secured on you at all times. Police can stop you and ask for a passport.

    When you do tax-free shopping they will need your passport!

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