National tourism support has finally begun. As I wrote in this post, my long-planned day trip to Kamikochi coincided with the start date of nationwide travel support (October 11). I am.
When Rakuten Travel initially announced that the discount could be applied for even bookings made before the start of the nationwide travel support program, they were very lucky. “MOVE-IN AFTER OCTOBER 12, 2022”! I will report on this trip to Kamikochi, which was very exciting.
This time, I did not choose “on-site payment”, but chose “online credit card payment”. After all, even on the day of travel, the long-awaited “discount application” button was not displayed. While national tours are supported starting on the 11th, honestly (why?!), only booked accommodation for the 11th is not included. Even without the discount on the room rate, I thought maybe I could get a 3,000 yen coupon on weekdays! ?
By the way, from October 1st, Nagano Prefecture has been distributing transportation coupons that can be used for buses, taxis, trains, etc. within the prefecture to users of block discounts at accommodation facilities and nationwide travel support. The price is 1,000 yen per person per night (500 yen ticket x 2 tickets), and it can be used from the day of check-in to the day of check-out. I have studied that this transportation coupon can be used to take the shuttle bus and taxi to Kamikochi, so I bought a one-way ticket instead of a round-trip ticket at the ticket office on the first day. I hope you get this with a sightseeing ticket!
Arrive at the hotel around 4pm and check in. First, I received a room key and a voucher for breakfast. So far, as usual. Next, I was asked, “Would you like to use the national travel support starting today? Please show proof of your vaccination.”
When I showed the vaccination certificate app on my smartphone, I got a 3,000 yen weekday coupon and a 1,000 yen transportation coupon. In addition, “With this, the accommodation fee will be reduced by 5,000 yen per person.” Thank you!
Use the coupon to pay for beer and wine with dinner when you check out the next day. I used the remaining coupon to pay for the bento lunch I ordered at Gosenjaku Kitchen. My friend bought a bear proof coupon for the first time as a souvenir from Kamikochi. Oh, by the way, there will be no change when using sightseeing coupons, so pay attention to how to use them. And don’t forget to have coins as the difference is cash only.
Back from the trip, when I checked my personal page on the Rakuten Travel APP, I saw that 10,000 yen (5,000 yen x 2 people) discounted for this nationwide travel support was displayed as the refund card amount.
The original accommodation fee has been settled, and it seems that Lotte Travel has processed a refund. Fortunately, the weather was fine and we were eligible for national travel support to enjoy two days of autumn Kamikochi even with an advance reservation.