Last updated June 22nd 2022

There are currently no domestic travel restrictions within Japan and we are operating all of our tours for domestic travellers and Japanese residents, provided they are fully vaccinated.

We can host non-Japanese residents travelling from “blue zone” countries on our guided tours. However, current government regulations require our guides to be with you from the moment you arrive to the moment you depart. In reality this means we will need to travel to Tokyo or Osaka to meet you at the airport, which will increase the cost of the tour. We are currently unable to offer self-guided tours for non-Japanese residents.

We hope these restrictions will be eased soon and that we can freely host travellers from overseas soon.

We are currently accepting bookings for 2022 summer under the following circumstances. We are also taking tentative bookings for all tours for winter 2022/2023 and summer 2023.

Can I join a tour this summer?

Guided Tours Self-Guided Tours
Resident of Japan ✅ Yes provided all guests are vaccinated ✅ Yes provided all guests are vaccinated
Not a resident of Japan ✅ Yes provided all guests are vaccinated and travelling from “blue zone” countries.

However we will have to update the tour price to include our guides’ travel to meet you at the airport

❌ Not presently. Unfortunately all visitors from overseas need to be accompanied by a guide

Our Covid-19 travel guarantee

We want you to have peace of mind when booking a tour in these unsettled times. All bookings are covered by our flexible Covid-19 Travel Guarantee which includes lifetime deposits and free date changes or refunds in the event of Covid-19 enforced cancellations.

Vaccination Requirements

Guests on any of our tours are required to have received at two/three doses of a Covid-19 vaccine that meets the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare’s requirements. We have made this decision to reduce the risks and provide peace of mind for all guests, our team and the communities we will be travelling through.

At the time of booking, we ask you to show us a copy of the certificate issued in your country. Please have your certificate ready to share with us, and let us know if you have any medical reason not to receive vaccination against Covid-19.

Immigration Requirements

If you are already in Japan then great, you just have to hop on your favourite form of transport and head to Hokkaido. For non-Japanese residents travelling from overseas things get a bit more challenging.

Can I travel to Japan to join an Adventure Hokkaido Tour?

Currently, Japan only accepts inbound tourist visitors who are traveling from “blue zone” countries to join a guided tour organised and managed by a company licensed under the Travel Agency Act. We meet this requirement at Adventure Hokkaido and can host you on guided tours.

The current rules require inbound tourists to be accompanied by a guide at all times, from the moment they arrive into the country until the moment they depart at an international airport. Although some private situations are exempt; we don’t have to bathe, go to the toilet or sleep together!

This requirement means that if you are arriving in Japan at an airport outside of Hokkaido, as most visitors will, we will need to send a guide to meet you. As our tours start and finish in Hokkaido, we will unfortunately have to add the extra costs of the guides’ travel to the tour price. We are hopeful that this restriction will be lifted in the not too distant future.

Visas

Prior to Covid-19, Japan had a visa waiver allowing many people to visit Japan without applying for a visa before travel. However, Japanese immigration suspended this policy and currently all non-Japanese visitors are required to get a visa before travel.

If you are travelling for tourism you will need to have a “Certificate for Completion of Registration to the ERFS system” (ERFS stands for Entrants, Returnees Follow-up System) issued by a travel agent. Adventure Hokkaido can issue this for you. You will then need to use this certificate to apply for a visa at a Japanese Embassy or Consulate-General in your country.

For more information about the visa and immigration process, see our guide to traveling to Japan under the current Covid-19 restrictions.

On Tour

Once we depart, we require guests to follow the latest Covid-19 guidelines, your guide will explain them at the time. Currently masks need to be worn while indoors and in vehicles, but you are free to remove your mask outdoors provided we maintain a suitable distance.

More information about travelling to Hokkaido in 2022

Read our Hokkaido travel updates relating to Covid-19

Covid-19 information from the Japanese government in English

Japanese domestic travel guidelines in English

Want to visit Hokkaido soon?
We can host inbound travellers on our guided tours