Numerous Hotels in Japan Fell Into Crisis Because of Covid-19

The Osaka Corona Hotel is unusually quiet for the past few weeks.

Before the Covid-19 raging, Japan witnessed a boom in hotel construction and once raised concerns about the sustainability of the market. Kohei Fujii, the retail manager of Corona Hotel in Osaka, said they have noticed a large number of rooms being launched in the past few years. He predicted that many places would be difficult to exist.

Between 2015 and 2018 alone, Osaka added 21,000 new hotel rooms. Currently, many of these are vacant. One of them is the Corona Hotel. Kohei Fujii sighed as she sat in the empty cafe in the lobby. On the front desk is a beer bottle with a price notification but no customers.

Spring is always the busiest hotel season, Fujii said. Companies continually rent conference rooms and banquet halls to host seminars, trainings, and welcome new employees.

But when Covid-19 broke out, travel was restricted and businesses shut down, the number of bookings dropped to one-third from the same period last year. Another hotel experiencing the same situation is Vista Osaka Namba. Hisao Ikawa opened a 121-room hotel in February, the same day Japan encouraged schools to close across the country. Sitting in front of a giant mural depicting a golden tiger in the empty hotel lobby, Ikawa said that at this time Japan has almost no bright spot in attracting tourists.

In the ancient capital of Kyoto, a drop in international tourists is threatening the survival of many traditional inns, or small inns run by households.

Momoka Matsui is the fourth generation to run a family inn near the famous Nishiki Market. She said she recently received a lot of cancellation calls at a time when her inn should have been the most crowded – spring, cherry blossom season. Very few of her bookings can charge a cancellation fee. If this happens during the summer, the owner doesn’t know how to maintain the business. Her business has 100 employees, and many of them are being asked to stay home and receive government benefits, with two-thirds of their food.

The Kyoto Hotel Association, which represents more than 200 mid-sized hotels across the country, said it expects more bankruptcies this year if the disease continues to occur throughout the summer and the government does not rescue them.

Nature Tourism Combines Fruit Picking in Japan and Things to Note

Nature tourism combines fruit picking in Japan and things to note

Nature tours are no longer strange to tourists, but the trend of natural tourism combined with fresh fruit picking is very popular today.

Fruit picking is currently very popular in Japan. Both locals and tourists especially love this kind of activity. Many farms across the country offer fruit harvesting services included in tours for visitors. The basic procedure is that visitors pay a certain amount of time, after which they are entitled to pick and enjoy the fruit on the spot.

Farms usually charge between 1,000 and 3,000 yen, depending on the type of fruit picked. Grapes and plums tend to be a bit cheaper while peaches and cherries are usually more expensive. The time allowed usually ranges from 30 to 60 minutes and some farms have a longer amount of time for visitors to pick many fruits in one session.

Occasionally, there are some farms that charge based on the weight of fruits that visitors can pick up. Depending on the time period, the weather of the year and the specific location, there are different kinds of fruits for the collection. Some of the most popular fruit seasons in autumn-winter are estimated to be peaches, grapes, apples and tangerines.

Guests can choose from a variety of ways to participate in fruit picking activities. One of the most convenient options is to join the bus tour organized by the tour company. For those who prefer to travel dust, some farms are welcome while others require reservations, usually via email or phone.

In this country, visitors can visit provinces like Yamanashi to enjoy Cherry fruits in April and May, or harvest apples and peaches in June – July. Or if you want to enjoy the sweetness of melon then the fruit gardens in Ibaraki are a destination not to be missed.

In addition to the fruit picking experience, Japan is a country with many traditional festivals and majestic and magnificent ancient architecture suitable for young tourists who like to explore the culture and history of the country of the Rising Sun.