The Japanese travel agency reveals the most popular destinations of summer 2022 at home and abroad

As the first summer since the pandemic began, with more and more countries beginning to relax their border policies and encourage tourism again, the summer of 2022 is shaping up to be a big season for the travel industry. To give travelers a taste of what exactly this summer has in store for them, Japanese travel agency HIS recently released a report titled 2022 Summer Vacation Travel Reservation Trends. The report reveals information on the most popular destinations (both domestic and international) booked for this summer through his company, how certain locations stack up compared to last year’s bookings and even what the most popular travel departure dates are are. The dates of the report correspond to July 21 to August 31, which is the typical period for school children’s summer vacations.

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First, a statistic: Reservations for international travel are up a whopping 2,191.1 percent compared to last summer. Despite increased leisure travel opportunities, international travel from Japan is still just 10 percent of pre-pandemic levels due to limited flights and other restricted services.

The ten best overseas travel destinations for Japanese travelers

  1. los Angeles

  2. vancouver

  3. Guam

  4. Singapore

  5. Paris

  6. manila

  7. London

  8. Seoul

  9. Bangkok

  10. Honolulu

Honolulu remains the top international spot as of last year, continuing its longstanding status as a popular overseas destination for families where they can largely speak Japanese. South Korea also started welcoming overseas tourists this month, and the country expects a large influx in the coming months. Finally, it is interesting to note that demand for overseas travel to North America and Western Europe has also increased to nearly 90 percent of 2019 levels, at 83.2 percent and 89.2 percent, respectively.

The five most important departure dates for trips abroad

  1. Friday, August 5th

  2. Wednesday, 10.8

  3. Tuesday, August 2nd

  4. Saturday, August 6th

  5. Thursday, August 11 (also mountain day and public holiday)

The most popular departure dates for international travel are around the beginning of August, especially before Obon festival Period (13-16 August 2022) when many employees take time off. You might want to avoid these specific dates if you are going to the airport at this time.

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Meanwhile, domestic travel within Japan is up 486.4 percent year-on-year. It’s also slowly returning to just under 90 percent of what it was before the pandemic.

The five most popular domestic destinations for Japanese travelers

  1. Fukuoka Prefecture

  2. Osaka Prefecture

  3. Nagasaki Prefecture

  4. Hokkaido Prefecture

  5. Okinawa Prefecture

For domestic destinations, HIS only published the top 5. Perhaps it’s no surprise that Okinawa and Hokkaido, voted the prefectures with the residents with the best personalities, top the list. Reservations for Osaka are also up 2,002.9 percent year-on-year, possibly due to pent-up demand to visit Universal Studios Japan’s Super Nintendo World as this marks the first summer for the expansion since the widespread rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Japan will be.

▼ Of the Okinawa reservations, 75 percent is on the main island of Okinawa, 15 percent on Miyako Island, and 8 percent on Ishigaki Island. Okinawa’s popular Eisa Festival will be held in late August for the first time in three years.


Photo: PR Times

The top five departure dates for domestic travel

  1. Sunday 31 July

  2. Sunday, 21.8

  3. Wednesday, 08/17

  4. Sunday 24th July

  5. Thursday 21st July

Compared to international departure dates, departure dates for domestic travel are more spread out. However, it seems many families are planning to fly away just after the start of the summer holidays.

Source: PR times

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