Here you can find up-to-date information about traveling to Hokkaido, Japan in the post-lockdown world, as well as the covid-19 countermeasures taken by Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel private tours and our local partners. For more accurate information on covid-19 in Hokkaido, please check the information published by the Japanese and Hokkaido Goverments.
Starting June 10, 2022, tourism will resume in Japan. However, currently tourists to Japan will require a tourist visa.
Yes, you can! We have been welcoming travelers since July. We will:
The guidelines for obtaining a visa and travel for tourism in Japan were issued on June 7, 2022. These guidelines apply to travelers coming from Classification Blue countries in June, and who have been in those countries 14 days before traveling to Japan. Countries that are not classified as Blue have different requirements for entry into Japan, potentially including quarantine periods. Those wishing to travel to Japan with a tourism visa must join a guided tour and adhere to the current following guidelines.
We cannot predict how long these guidelines will be in place or how they will change in the future. The requirements and situation in Japan are changing quickly, and we will update this page when we have more information.
For details, please refer to the link below:
Latest Covid-19 situation updates in Japan in English: https://covid19japan.com/
Japan travel instructions and entry bans: https://www.japan.travel/en/coronavirus/
Summary of Latest Information Regarding COVID-19 in Hokkaido : https://www.hiecc.or.jp/soudan/emg/index.html?lang=en
Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel continues private tour operations normally for domestic travelers and overseas travelers who follow the visa guidelines at the time of their private tour. Designing a tailor-made private tour according to your wishes always takes some time. We are more than happy to take it slow and prepare for your well-deserved vacation for late 2022, 2023, or after, while monitoring the situation.
*COVID-19 may prevent us from providing some of the services previously offered in Hokkaido. Please take advantage of our private tours in Hokkaido, where detailed consultation and coordination are possible.
Cancellations and Deposits: We have a flexible deposit and cancellation policy now. Please feel free to inquire us now for a future trip.
You can find the detailed Terms and Conditions under:
Please check page 11 about the cancellation policy. For cancellations related to covid-19, we will generally offer you a full refund.
However, even for a cancellation due to Covid-19, please note that in some cases you will have to cover the cancellation fees for some hotels and other contractors, especially during peak season bookings and depending on their cancellation policies.
Insurance: We are part of a Japanese insurance package for foreign travelers that includes also hospitalization in case of coronavirus. Please ask for details when contacting us. We warmly recommend our customers to take also a travel insurance on their own. It is currently required that insurance covers the novel coronavirus, including hospitalization due to the virus, fees in a quarantine hotel, plane fees for unplanned return to your home country, etc. We are a local travel agency, so in case of any emergency situation we will be here in Hokkaido together with you, supporting you through the process.
All our tours are private, so there will not be other tourists traveling with you; you can travel comfortably with your close contacts only. We specialize in rural and off the beaten path locations of Hokkaido, so there is no need to visit any potentially crowded touristic places.
We will take care of the preparations for you, so that you can just concentrate on your long-anticipated trip. Some examples:
・Wearing a face mask: A common custom in Japan, especially in the current situation.
・Good hygiene: There will also be disinfection available in your private car. Cleaning the car and regular disinfection takes place between customers. During the private tour the car will be used only by your group.
・Ventilating the car regularly.
・Latest information: Your driver and guide will provide you with information on places where you can wash your hands etc.
・Monitoring personal health: There will be a no-contact infrared thermometer available in the car. Our drivers have been instructed to monitor their body temperature and any cold symptoms, so that they do not work when under the weather.
We are a private tour operator based in Hokkaido, Japan. Our specialty is arranging off the beaten track multiple day private tours with a personal driver. Sustainable travel and supporting the local communities are important for us. Our service includes:
Hokkaido Treasure Island Travel has deep connections with the local businesses of Hokkaido. We find supporting the small local businesses especially important in the current world situation. You can trust our high standards and that we will choose the accommodation, activities and restaurants that best fit your needs.
We kindly ask that everyone traveling with our private tours will cooperate with safe travel etiquette, for the protection and comfort of themselves and the people around them.
Please do not hesitate to come say hi and let us know if you have any questions or concerns regarding your travel plans to Hokkaido, Japan!