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Small group tours start as Japan announces the lifting of restrictions for international group tours

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Small group tours make up approximately 20% of InsideJapan’s business and have been part of the company’s portfolio since the company was founded more than 20 years ago.

Broomfield. CO, US – Another piece of the Japan tourism puzzle has been put in place today, with the latest announcement from Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Ahead of the previously announced doubling of daily entries from June 1 and with the ‘test tours’ currently taking place in Japan, it has been announced that from June 10, Japan will open to foreign tourists, initially limited to travellers on guided group tours. 
 
“We will resume accepting tourists on package tours with guides from the 10th of next month,” Kishida said in Tokyo. “Step by step we will aim to accept (tourists) as we did in normal times, taking into consideration the status of infections.” 
 
Simon King, the co-founder of the leading independent Japan travel specialist, InsideJapan Tours, said, “We welcome yet another step in the right direction for tourism and look forward to showcasing Japan again on our small group tours this summer onwards.” King continued, “We hope that this will be another small but quick step towards opening the country for all our customers that are booked to travel on one of our self-guided cultural adventures and expect more clarity in the coming weeks.” 
 
Small group tours make up approximately 20% of InsideJapan’s business and have been part of the company’s portfolio since the company was founded more than 20 years ago. InsideJapan’s small group tours include a maximum of fourteen people, are led mainly by the specialist’s own ‘Insider’ tour leaders, utilize the country’s excellent public transport network, stay at independent hotels and traditional guesthouses, use their vast cultural network and aim to get people ‘beneath the surface’ of well-known and lesser-known parts of Japan. 
 
King added, “Our Insider tour leaders, private guides and partners cannot wait to welcome actual people again to help them discover this special place. We look forward to the further repealing of Covid restrictions soon”.

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