August 16, 2022

5,000 yen off per night + 2,000 yen coupon for nearby trips. Prefectural Discount/Block Discount Extended Until the End of August

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Currently, many prefectures are implementing tourism campaigns to subsidize travel expenses to the prefecture where you live or neighboring prefectures. In these campaigns, generally called “prefectural discount/block discount”, you can receive a discount of up to 5,000 yen per person per night, and you can also receive a coupon worth up to 2,000 yen that can be used at participating stores in the prefecture. I’m here.

The government’s tourism demand stimulus “Go To Travel” has been suspended since December 2020. The “Kenminwari” started as an alternative, and initially covered only trips to the prefecture where one lives, but has gradually expanded to include trips to neighboring prefectures. Initially, the government plans to end the “Prefectural Discount / Block Discount” on July 14, 2022 and start the “National Travel Assistance” (subsidy content is different from Go To Travel), a measure to stimulate tourism demand on a nationwide scale. did. However, due to the increase in the number of people infected with the new coronavirus, we decided to postpone the “National Travel Support”, and on the other hand, we decided to extend the period of “Prefectural Discount / Block Discount” until the end of August.

The basic subsidies for “prefectural and block discounts” are the same for each municipality, but there are some subtle differences, such as discount amounts and eligible residents. Therefore, based on the information as of July 29, 2022, we have summarized the implementation status of each of the 47 prefectures.
(When traveling, please try to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus by wearing a mask and thoroughly disinfecting. Also, depending on the infection status of the local government, the “Prefectural Discount / Block Discount” may be canceled. Please be sure to check the latest information on the official website when using or making a reservation.)
[1] Prefectural Discount/Block Discount is a basic content of up to 5,000 yen off per person per night + 2,000 yen coupon distribution
As mentioned above, “Prefectural Discount/Block Discount” includes:
・Up to 5,000 yen off for accommodation and travel per person per night
・Coupon worth up to 2,000 yen that can be used at souvenir shops and restaurants participating in the campaign within the prefecture
The basic package is to distribute one per person .

However, for day trips, the discount amount is set at 2,500 yen, which is half the 5,000 yen, and for weekday trips, coupons are added to 3,000 to 4,000 yen to promote diversified travel, as in Miyazaki Prefecture. In some cases, it may happen, so be sure to check before using it. Also, it should be noted that the subsidies are not for all accommodation facilities and travel agencies in the prefecture, but for facilities and companies participating in the campaign.

[2] Prefectural and block discounts are subsidized for trips to the prefecture where you live or neighboring prefectures.
Basically, “Prefectural Discount/Block Discount” applies to trips to the prefecture where you live or neighboring prefectures, and not to trips all over the country like “Go To Travel”. There is none. For example, under the Dominwari program run by Hokkaido, in addition to residents of Hokkaido, residents of the six prefectures of Tohoku (Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, and Fukushima) are subsidized when traveling within Hokkaido. You can receive it. The reverse is also true. In the “Aomori Prefecture Odekake Campaign” implemented by Aomori Prefecture, residents of the six Tohoku prefectures and Hokkaido residents can receive the same assistance when traveling in Aomori Prefecture. When making reservations for accommodation, you will need an ID card that shows the address of all travelers, so don’t forget it.

Limited to Tokyo residents only, and Okinawa Prefecture to Okinawa residents only
In this way, the contents of the subsidy are for travel within a certain area, but the exceptions are Tokyo and Okinawa prefectures, and these two prefectures limit the eligible residents to residents of Tokyo and Okinawa. . In addition, residents of these two prefectures are not included in campaigns conducted by neighboring prefectures (for example, residents of Tokyo are not eligible for “block discounts” in Saitama, Kanagawa, and Chiba prefectures). On the other hand, Nara Prefecture is expanding its frontage nationwide. The “Imanara Campaign 2022 Plus” is expanding nationwide, so any resident can receive a discount when traveling within Nara Prefecture during the period.

[3] Many local governments target until August 31, 2022, but be aware that some prefectures have a shorter period.
Many municipalities offer subsidies for travel up to August 31, 2022 (for checkout on September 1), but some municipalities end earlier. For example, Osaka Prefecture decided not to extend the travel support measures at its own discretion and ended it on July 14, 2022, while Tokyo and Hiroshima currently set the campaign period to July 31 (Tokyo The metropolitan government states on its official website that it is considering reopening on August 22 while monitoring the infection situation. However, depending on the infection situation, the schedule may end early, so be sure to check the latest information.

[4] In most municipalities, 3 doses of vaccine or negative proof is a condition for participation
All prefectural campaigns are required to submit a certificate of vaccination against the new coronavirus (three doses in many local governments) or a negative certificate such as a PCR test or antigen test. In this case, not only the representative but also everyone who travels will need a certificate of vaccination, so don’t forget to prepare it when you participate. However, in principle, children under the age of 12 do not need to be vaccinated or have a negative certificate.

[5] There are various reservation methods such as accommodations, online reservation sites, travel agencies, etc.
The reservation method differs depending on the municipality, but the most common patterns are as follows.
・Accommodation facilities and travel agency counters: Tell them you are using the campaign when making a reservation, and receive a discount when paying.

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