Would you go for a free trip to Japan?

@enelym001 (8333)
Philippines
October 15, 2011 7:54am CST
I've read in a news couple of days ago that Japan is offering 10,000 free trip to foreigners to go to Japan. It will include the foreigners accommodation expenses too. The only thing they would require is for the person to write about their trip in Japan on the internet. This is their way to boost their tourism industry since it has bit greatly affected because of the nuclear scare. I've been wanting to go to Japan, but where do we apply for it? I could not really find any website that tells you how to try... my dad travels there most of the time and it was just last month when they were there. I'm pretty sure that they are continuously doing all they can to clear our everything there.... hmmmm but latest news about it was the Occupy Tokyo...well, I'd choose a different city to visit, anyway =) Would you want to go there too? Or still scared to go there?
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@owlwings (39233)
• Cambridge, England
15 Oct 11
This news has, indeed, been widely circulated and here is just one report from a reputable British website: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/8818400/Japan-offers-10000-free-trips-to-foreigners.html Notice that the report specifically says that Japan will NOT cover accomodation expenses! I did some further research, however, and find that the idea is still very much under discussion - see this notice on the Japan Tourism Agency's official website: http://www.mlit.go.jp/kankocho/en/page01_000222.html Clearly, if you are interested in the competition, you should bookmark the site and, if possible, register your interest so that they can send you an announcement. Japan is a country which I would love to visit and the recent earthquake and associated problems would certainly not make me less likely to want to visit although I would not in any way want to add to their problems. I think that most people would feel the same if they were planning a tourist vacation in Japan and that that is probably the main reason why tourism has decreased of late.
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@owlwings (39233)
• Cambridge, England
15 Oct 11
It is well worth noting the last paragraph in the official statement. This kind of offer is VERY MUCH the kind of thing which fraudsters are likely to take advantage of. If you see anything like this, make certain that you do your research properly and that you trust ONLY official information from legitimate organisations!
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@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
15 Oct 11
Oh yeah I must have forgot that accommodations and other expenses would be shouldered by the foreigners... good thing you cleared it out to me. Thanks for giving me the link and it is now clear to me that this might have been exaggerated and taken advantage of by fraudsters. 10,000 free ticket - something that scammers and fraudsters would do. =) I am scared of Earthquake but is still willing to visit Japan if given a chance to go there =)
@owlwings (39233)
• Cambridge, England
15 Oct 11
I don't think that any of the news reports you can find online are the work of fraudsters. It seems that someone made a rather rash 'press release' and that many newspapers and online media have published it as something 'newsworthy' (there hasn't been much in the news about Japan recently). However, I can easily see how unscrupulous persons might turn this sort of news to their benefit. Watch out for things circulating in Facebook or by email - especially if they ask you to 'Like' a page or to contact them for more information. Don't forget that allowing unknown persons access to your information (which is what happens to a certain extent when you 'like' a page on Facebook) or giving them your email address (when there is no guarantee of how it will be used) leaves you very open to fraud in many ways.
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• Philippines
20 Oct 11
Oh I would definitely go! I have only been to Japan once, back in the 90s. I was an exchange student and sponsored by the Rotary. I visited Tokyo and Saitama. It was a very memorable experience. My husband had a chance to go there too just last year, and he too fell in love with the country. He visited Tokyo and Yokohama. I wonder too how we can apply for this free trip to Japan. Do let us know once you've found out.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
23 Oct 11
I will definitely try to check and discuss about it once it has been pushed through. Currently I learned that they are planning about it, so let's hope it will happen, though definitely we won't be selected hahaha!
• Mexico
16 Oct 11
I'm not scared of going there, even less since it's free ! Free stuff is always nice, so I would surely take advantage on it. If you find the offer please let me know too, I'd surely love to apply too.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
17 Oct 11
I agree free stuff is something that I love too ^^ It's just a matter of being lucky to be selected and awarded these free things =)
• Philippines
16 Oct 11
Yes, I'd love to! I m very interested in the Japanese history, culture, customs & traditions. There are so many places I would love to visit in Japan. I would like to see historical places there.
@phillyguy (3008)
• Philippines
16 Oct 11
I'm just wondering what are the places you would love to visit in Japan coz I've never heard that much tourist sites in japan.
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
16 Oct 11
Where did you hear this? Really, a free tour of Japan with all expenses paid? That is so epic! But surely there's a bigger catch than writing about your trip but I would really want to check it out. My friends at school took a trip to Japan as a school excursion because they did Japanese as a school subject. They shows pictures of it and Japan looked simply superb! They stayed with a few folks that the teachers knew and my friends had heaps of fun! I really want to immerse myself in the Japanese culture, especially the food, the food simply looks glorious! I always loved japan and I'm planning to one day go there with my friends when the school is over and we have a long school break.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
16 Oct 11
Hi there Triple0... first off, I'd like to say that I also love everything about Japan. But I would suggest you to read Owlings response to this discussion. He very well explained some info about this and provided few links to learn more about this. I quoted this line from Japan Tourism website... this initiative to be carried out from April 2012 onwards is still under examination for government budgetary approval and is at this moment undecided. Let's wait for it and who knows, one of us might be lucky to be chosen if they push through this plan. ^^
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
15 Oct 11
They were supposed to be looking for people who would blog about Japan or perhaps people on Twitter who have a lot of followers. In the latter case I guess Ashton Kutcher would get a free ticket.
@enelym001 (8333)
• Philippines
16 Oct 11
You're right, a lot of celebs will be favored by them because they can easily publicize such articles that can be viewed by many.
@kaichoukebz (1190)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
Oh, I would like to travel at that place. I heard a lot of stories about Japan. Those beautiful sceneries and those nice people really amuse me. Hope I can go there. someday.
• Philippines
20 Oct 11
Oh I would definitely go! I have only been to Japan once, back in the 90s. I was an exchange student and co-sponsored by the Rotary Club. I stayed in Saitama but was also able to visit Tokyo. It was a very memorable trip and experience! My husband had a chance to go there too for training last year. He also feel in love with the country and its culture. He stayed mainly in Yokohama but also got to visit Tokyo a couple of times. I am very much interested in this free trip offer and wonder how we can go about applying for it. Do let us know once you've found out how?
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
17 Oct 11
It would really be great if i could go there for free and be the lucky one of 10000 to go to Japan.I like the delicious food of Japan and the beautiful scenery there.Of course,this is just the plan of them,i'm looking forward of this plan to be carried out.
@sjvg1976 (18386)
• Delhi, India
16 Oct 11
Hello Enelym, I will always love to visit any country if it is free hehehe I would love to see JAPAN because i know it is a beautiful country full of top class technologies used in everything there. I know people these days are afraid to go there due to recent disaster and nuclear plant failures and its a step from japaneses government to get back that confidence in the tourist about JAPAN as in every country tourist play the important role for generating revenues.
@sexyice (874)
• Latvia
15 Oct 11
When you live smaal country like - Latvia, of course I was very very lucky, if I can go trip to Japan or China. I thnk this country are very exotic. There are different people and differenc culture, it is something new.... Japan people are very bright, my country are very grey, for me... Yes, and /i think every trip are something nice and somthing interesting...
@maximax8 (28247)
• United Kingdom
15 Oct 11
I would be very keen to get one of those 10,000 free air tickets and accommodation to Japan. Although I think I would have to pay the child fares for my 4 year old disabled son and my 2 year old daughter. I don't know where to apply for it. I am keen to visit many places in Japan not just Tokyo. I would wish to get a 7 or 14 day train pass because otherwise Japanese trains are very pricey. I am not scared to visit Japan at all. I can understand with a nuclear scare Japan is scared this will affect the numbers of tourists.