The tour operator companies record the growing interest of Russians in trips to Japan. According to experts, it is too early to talk about the restoration of demand to the level of 2019, but there are certain positive trends in sales of the destination.
“Japan was not a mass destination before the pandemic, and remains so today. Tourists who really want to travel to this country will find opportunities to do so,” said the tour operator China Travel.
The Bsi Group characterizes the demand for Japan as stable. Nowadays, there are a lot of requests from private clients and agencies, including both for winter and spring 2023. In high demand are group tours with duration of 10-11 or 11-12 days on classic sightseeing routes with visits of Tokyo, Osaka, Nara and Kyoto.
On average, tours to Japan are booked with a depth of 2 to 4 months. Most of the requests at the moment fall on March-April, when the cherry blossom season comes. So, tours to Sakura are in the top demand among clients of the tour operators Bsi Group, China Travel and Pac Group.
Intourist company is also waiting for tourists in spring Japan: tours with arrivals in March-April on Turkish Airlines flights with a connection in Istanbul have appeared on sale.
According to experts, sales of tours to Japan could be higher, but the lack of direct flights seriously slows down demand. As for connecting flights to Japan, they, according to Russian Express, have risen in price at least 3 times.