How Can You Benefit From the Go To Travel Campaign?

Jul 30, 2020

How Can You Benefit From the Go To Travel Campaign?

The “Go-To” Campaign allows you to receive reimbursements for travel. But where should you go and what should you do?

The country’s Go To Campaign went into effect on 22 July, allowing domestic travelers to receive discounts and vouchers to help reinvigorate the travel industry as well as the many villages and cities throughout Japan that depend on tourism to maintain their local economy.

What if you are located in Tokyo?

Currently, Tokyo is exempt from this program due to the high level of alert the area is under. However, if the situation improves, Tokyo may be added back into the campaign. Considering this campaign is scheduled to last into 2021, there is still hope for you if you are based in Tokyo or hoping to travel there with the Go To Campaign!

How does it work?

At first, you will be able to receive a discount of 35% on your travel expenses, expanding to include an additional 15% for in-location vouchers.

If you have been itching to get out but are unsure of where to go, rural Japan may be the perfect option for you. Vast landscapes, fresh air, and an array of hiking and cycling options that allow you to enjoy traveling without the crowds.

One of the many destinations to choose from is the Kumano region in Western Japan, home to the Kumano Kodo. This ancient trail is renowned for its connection to history and spirituality. Synonymous with nature worship, it is believed to be protected by the gods as the deity who gave birth to Japan was laid to rest here.

Hikers and walkers are drawn to the Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage for a few key reasons:

  • There is enough variety that the hike is suitable for active travelers as well as those looking for a challenge (along with options to shorten it!)
  • The sense of calm and serenity gives people peace. Many speak of “forest bathing” while enjoying the solitude.
  • The opportunity to experience culture unique to the region and enjoy homemade meals from the small villages

Are you considering a rural getaway to refresh your mind? Get in touch with us at to find the trip that best suits your needs.


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Photo Courtesy of Oku Japan

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