The state of emergency announced in April 2021 to curb the spread of COVID-19 was lifted across Japan on September 30th. This was due, in part, to the increasing vaccination rate, with 74.9% of the population having their first dose and 66.2% completely inoculated as of October 13, 2021.
With vaccine passports currently under consideration, many businesses have taken it upon themselves to offer special deals available to those already vaccinated. With such news, it seems the end of the pandemic era is fast approaching!
This article will introduce several discounts and special deals for vaccinated people currently offered in Japan. With food, airplane tickets, and even accommodation, there’s a surprisingly hefty array of deals worth checking out! Let’s take a look!
*The information presented in this article is accurate as of the time of publication. This article was not written with the intention to promote vaccination; please use your own judgment when deciding such matters.
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1. Shofukumon: 1,000 Yen Cash Back on the All-You-Can-Eat Hong Kong Yum Cha Course
Shokumon, a restaurant in Yokohama’s Chinatown specializing in Hong Kong yum cha, is currently holding a 1,000 yen cash back campaign for those who have received the COVID-19 vaccine. The deal will last from October 12 until the end of November 2021 (current plan).
To receive 1,000 yen cash back, you’ll need to be a fully vaccinated adult who has booked the “All-You-Can-Eat Hong Kong Yum Cha Course” on the Shokumon official website and can present a vaccination card or certificate at the register.
Extremely popular with locals, the course is held in the restaurant’s second-floor “Tenshinshuka” space. It boasts around 25 different authentic Chinese dim sum dishes, including steamed buns and dumplings, which are made fresh upon ordering and come out piping hot.
The course costs 3,500 yen for adults, 1,650 yen for elementary school-aged children, and 1,100 yen for children aged 3+. The course lasts for two hours, and the vaccine discount can only be booked during the following times:
・Weekdays: From 11:30 am, from 5:00 pm
・Weekends/Holidays: From 11:00 am, from 5:00 pm
*Cannot be used together with a coupon or different discount.
2. Watami Group Outlets: One Free Beer, Highball, or Soft Drink!
The Watami Group, which manages various izakaya, yakitori outlets, and restaurants across Japan, is offering fully vaccinated customers a “one free drink” deal at all their outlets. The free drink is available until December 31, 2021, to those who have received two vaccine shots.
A whopping 327 Japan-wide eateries are offering the deal, including MIRAIZAKA, Torimero, Sumishun, Ginmasa, Shirokuma Store, Yakiniku no Watami, Kamimura Bokujo, TEXMEX FACTORY, WANG'S GARDEN, Niku Star, MOTSU-RIKI, and TGI Friday's.
Each individual can use the deal once per day as many days as they like during the campaign. While it depends on each restaurant’s menu, the free drinks on offer generally include beer, highballs, and all kinds of soft drinks.
3. Kissho Caren: Extra Service at a Hot Spring Ryokan!
Kissho Caren, a hot spring onsen ryokan located in Higashiizu in Shizuoka Prefecture boasting ocean-view rooms, is offering fully vaccinated guests a special accommodation plan.
By showing proof of vaccination upon checking in, you’ll receive a free dish of cooked turban shells with dinner, a glass of red wine, a packet of original “guricha” tea along with special service on the Thalass 60 Minute Course at the Kissho Spa (10% off 13,200 yen).
This deal will last until December 24, 2021, and will cost each person roughly 22,000 yen (2 people, 1 room) or 20,000 yen (3 people, 1 room) for one night with dinner and breakfast included.
You’ll be able to spend time unwinding in a gorgeous Japanese-style room while soaking in views of the morning sun rising out of Sagami Bay and the trail of moonlight reflecting on the ocean at night.
・Check-in: 2 pm, check out: 11 am
*Including tax. Bathhouse tax is a separate 150 yen. Prices may increase during Fridays, weekends, public holidays, and days before public holidays.
Kissho Caren吉祥CAREN（KISSHO CAREN）
- Address Hokkawa Onsen, Higashiizu, Kamo District, Shizuoka
- Phone Number 0557-23-1213
Vacancy search, reservation
from 72,000JPY 1room, 2adults
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4. UNPLAN Shinjuku Hostel: 500 Yen Off Early Booking Discount!
Swanky Shinjuku hostel UNPLAN Shinjuku are revamping themselves as a hostel only available to the fully vaccinated. From September, vaccinated people-only floors and areas have been incrementally implemented alongside additional benefits like early booking discounts!
The early booking discount campaign will run until November 15th and will require a check-in reservation.
Those who book this early bird discount directly from the official UNPLAN Shinjuku website will receive a 500 yen coupon that can be used at all UNPLAN hostels.
Each person will receive one coupon per night booked, with 3 coupons being the maximum (3 nights, total 1,500 yen). These coupons can be used against the accommodation cost or for dining and drinks. An additional plan is only available on the Japanese website offering 500 yen off the regular fee for each booking.
Plus, as a new service for current guests, UNPLAN Shinjuku will provide vaccination center information for all areas and introduce other hostels where uninoculated guests can stay.
Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 5-3-15, Tokyo-to, 160-0022
Shinjuku-Gyoemmae Station （Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line）
10 minutes on foot
Vacancy search, reservation
Please enquire directly about rates.
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- Address Shinjuku-ku Shinjuku 5-3-15, Tokyo-to, 160-0022
5. JAL: Domestic Return Ticket Lottery Campaign!
The JAL Group, Japan’s oldest airline company, is offering a myriad of services as part of its vaccination campaign to ensure safe travel.
One of these is the “Domestic Return Ticket Lottery,” which will present 100 groups of 200 fully vaccinated people with a domestic return airline ticket to use within the JAL Group (Japan Airlines, Japan Transocean Air, Ryukyu Air Commuter, SPRING JAPAN). The campaign will run between October 11 to December 11, 2021, and can be accessed through the official page listed below.
Winners can use their ticket between December 15, 2021 and June 30, 2022 for Japan Airlines, Japan Transocean Air, and Ryukyu Air Commuter, or December 15, 2021 to March 26, 2022 for SPRING JAPAN (some dates may be unavailable even during this period).
6. ANA: Win a Free Airline Ticket!
ANA (All Nippon Airways) is also offering fully vaccinated people the chance to win a domestic return airline ticket to help revitalize the economy and increase the vaccination rate.
To enter the draw, you’ll need to be older than 12, have received two vaccine shots while residing in Japan, and be a member of the ANA Mileage Club.
100 pairs totaling 200 people will be selected to receive an ANA domestic return airline ticket for any area (economy round trip itinerary on a direct flight operated by ANA). The tickets can be used between February 2022 - January 2023 by the winner and one companion.
*The following dates are unavailable:
・2022: 2/11-2/13, 3/1-4/3, 4/29-5/8, 7/1-8/31, 9/16-9/19, 9/22-9/25, 10/7-10/10, 11/3-11/6, 12/1-12/31
*Indirect flights operated by partner companies are not applicable.
*Depending on seating availability, some dates may not be available.
7. Nippon Travel Agency: 3,000 Yen to Use at Your Accommodation!
Nippon Travel Agency, Japan’s first-ever travel agency company, is giving fully vaccinated travelers a special ticket to use at their accommodation as part of their “Travel While Preventing the Spread of COVID-19” campaign. The campaign will be held until November 30, 2021.
The deal is available on the travel packages website “Akai Fusen” and will allow those who present proof of vaccination a ticket worth 3,000 yen to use at the accommodation facility booked (1 ticket per each room and stay).
This deal is limited to the first 1,500 room bookings and will end once all the rooms have been booked. You can also book domestic trips that include JR trains + accommodation and airline tickets + accommodation. The period of travel is from October 1st to December 26, 2021 (until check out on the 27th).
・Plan is intended for customers who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine (unvaccinated children are also accepted).
・Upon checking in at your accommodation, all adults must present proof of vaccination (copies or pictures are accepted).
8. Bigholiday: 5,000 Yen Tour Discount!
Since July 2021, travel company Bigholiday has been offering limited-period 5,000 yen discounts on their tour prices for inoculated customers.
These individual travel plans allow customers the freedom to choose their own flights and hotels and can be booked from the day prior to departure to up to 7 days beforehand for trips between August - November 2021.
Those who provide proof of vaccination or a copy of vaccination records will receive a 5,000 discount on the displayed travel price per person (adults only). Those who haven’t been vaccinated can also join the tour and travel with someone who is vaccinated; however, they must pay the original price.
9. Fuji-Q Highland: Win Yourself a Free Pass!
Most famous for the terrifying FUJIYAMA roller coaster alongside numerous other attractions, the Fuji-Q Highland theme park is currently offering numerous deals aimed at the fully vaccinated or those that can provide proof of a negative PCR test.
One of these will see 50 groups of 100 people win a Fuji-Q Highland free pass! Application is limited to members of “Club Fuji Q” who have received two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or possess a negative PCR test (taken within 3 days prior). You can apply through the official Fuji-Q Highland app between October 9-31, 2021.
The winning passes can be used until December 31, 2021. You can still apply even if you haven’t yet received your two vaccination shots; however, when you arrive at the park to use the pass, you’ll need to provide proof of double vaccination or a negative PCR test.
10. Tokyo Wakushon App: The Tokyo Vaccine Drive Campaign
In order to promote vaccination, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government is holding the vaccination drive campaign “Tokyo Wakushon” between October 15 and March 31, 2022.
The word “Wakushon” is a combination of “wakuchin,” the Japanese word for vaccine, and the English word “action.” On the Tokyo Wakushon website is accurate vaccine information, directions on how to receive a vaccine, and more. This is bolstered by an app providing vaccination record registration and special offers.
Alongside this abundance of vaccine information are loads of special deals from organizations and groups supporting these efforts, along with recruitment for more. In addition, if you add the official LINE account set up in November and register your vaccination record, you’ll also receive loads of additional benefits!
With cases staying low and the end of the pandemic in sight, more and more Japanese companies are jumping on board to offer vaccinated residents special deals and opportunities.
If you’re vaccinated and enjoy a bargain, check out the links above to save some cash while having fun and staying safe!
*The information in this article is accurate as of October 18, 2021.
*The COVID-19 vaccination campaigns listed above are subject to change, alteration, and cancellation depending upon the situation. For accurate information, always confirm on the official website or social media.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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