Japan’s 10,000 Flight Giveaway

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It was actually my sister who first told me about this. It seems the Japanese Government may be looking at giving away 10,000 round-trip flights to Japan next year.

Here’s the details!

Why the Flights?

As everyone knows, Japan has had a rough go this last year. With the earthquake and nuclear power plant problems, tourism is way down (over 60%). The Japanese Government would like to turn this around as quickly as possible.

In a effort to get tourism kick-started, The Japan Tourism Agency has purposed a campaign offering 10,000 free round-trip tickets to Japan. Although the idea has not yet been approved, I think it’s a great way to to stir up some interest in Japan.

So what’s the catch? Nothing that extreme, really. Those who were chosen would just have to report on and submit reviews about their travel experiences. Pretty worth it if you ask me.

To snag the tickets, would-be travelers will need to submit online applications detailing what parts of the country they’d like to visit. Successful applicants will fill out a questionnaire after the trip and write reviews about their experiences to be published online. These (hopefully positive) reports will be used to showcase what the country has to offer, ease concerns among international visitors, and lure travelers back to Japan. – Shermans Travel

Travelanthropist tells us the agency has requested about ¥1.1 billion ($14.3 million) – that’s roughly 10% of the tourism agency’s overall 2012 budget – to pay for the tourism campaign from lawmakers. If approved, you can sign up as early as next April.

“We are hoping to get highly influential blogger-types, and others who can spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit,” – Kazuyoshi Sato, Japan Tourism Agency

The simple truth is, travel to Japan is completely safe and I would do it in a heartbeat. If it takes 10,000 more people to prove that, then sign me up!

I’ll be sure to let you know if the program goes forward.

Update: Looks like the program isn’t going ahead. Read the announcement here.

7 Responses to “Japan’s 10,000 Flight Giveaway”

  1. John (TentBlogger)  on October 21st, 2011

    i hope this goes through… man, that would be cool.

  2. Lynn@home  on October 25th, 2011

    I really hope i can get some as i was supposed to be going last march/april and cancelled because of having 2 young children and the uncertainty of the situation at the time .I now dont have enough money to fly next april to see our friends in Tokyo and Kyoto this is an oppurtunity not to be missed if it happens !

  3. Travis  on October 25th, 2011

    It’s well worth it Lynn. We were in Tokyo and Kyoto a few weeks after the quake and it was great.

  4. Will  on November 15th, 2011

    Sounds like a great opportunity, can’t wait to see if it gets approved.

  5. nnbernal  on December 20th, 2011

    I would do this in a heart beat!!!

  6. prettybirdjoan  on December 26th, 2011

    The reason we would love to see your beautiful city of Tokyo and the surrounding areas is because major national TV networks, such as TV Tokyo broadcast anime regularly. I am writing to you because my 15 year old son Ryan, is an inspired cartoonist. His drawings of anime cartoons are wonderful. He breaths, talks and walks Anime. He has told me that his decision in life is to move to Japan and work as a cartoonist. He tells me that Japan will give him the best opportunity to have a wonderful life. He is now (own his own) learning Japanese. I am a single parent and would love to fulfill my son’s dreams. Seeing Japan will give my son more of an opportunity to fulfill his dreams. If given this trip, Ryan will be able to expand his characters to a level of intelligence and beauty that Japan has to offer. From Tokyo – we would love to travel north to Fukushima and Morioka and let the world know that Japan is still the most fascinating place to visit and possible live. Let us tell our story about a wonderful trip to a country that we would only dream about. Let my son use his pencils to draw about it. Thank you so much for a wonderful opportunity.

  7. damera rama krishna rao  on March 30th, 2012

    Japan is my most favorite country and the immediate next loved county after my mother land. wish to go as early possible to see the land of raising son

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