According to news sources, the Japanese government will soon launch a new plan designed to increase tourism, utilizing “cultural assets” in order to accomplish this goal.
Of course, this all ties in with the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
Under the plan, many historical sites that are usually ignored would be given new repairs, and explanations would be available to tourists in English.
The idea is to expand the base beyond the usual historical places in Kyoto and the modern decor of Tokyo.
Japan Rail passes are reportedly part of the renovation as well, and will be available for purchase in Japan.
Currently, only travelers planning to visit Japan can purchase them, which makes travel for Japanese residents prohibitively expensive (but affordable for tourists).
I, for one, would welcome this change.
I think it’s a great idea to open Japan up to more than just the usual haunts for tourists.
There’s much more to explore.
Also, given how costly it is to go from one place to another, giving tourists and residents alike some relief would be a most welcome change.
Everyone would benefit, and that’s a good thing!