“If you buy just two bottles of whiskey, you can still make money”… ‘Surge in day trips to Japan’

Mr. Yoon (31), an office worker living in Gangnam, Seoul, took annual leave on weekdays and went to Fukuoka, Japan for a ‘day trip’. Her schedule is to arrive locally on the first flight in the early morning, visit restaurants such as sushi and udon, enjoy whiskey and other shopping, and return on the last flight in the evening.

Mr. Kim said, “Local prices in Japan are low, and the won/yen exchange rate is low, so going to Japan, eating, sightseeing, and returning is cheaper than traveling domestically to places like Jeju or Busan.” He added, “You can also take a day trip to Japan in the surrounding areas. Even if you go out and buy just a couple of bottles of whiskey, they say it’s ‘extra business.’ “This is because whiskey is often cheaper than the domestic price by more than half,” he said. The number of tourists taking day trips to Japan using

cheap low-cost carrier ( LCC ) tickets is rapidly increasing. This is because the expense burden has decreased significantly due to the historically low yen phenomenon. As the price of Japanese airline tickets has fallen, it is often cheaper than traveling to Jeju or even domestic rail travel.

According to the aviation and travel industry on the 26th, the popularity of nearby Japan among domestic travelers shows no signs of cooling down due to the weakening yen amid the virtual pandemic of COVID-19. The won-yen exchange rate fell to the lowest level of the year this month, falling to the 800 won per 100 yen range. Due to the historically low yen phenomenon, where prices remain in the 800 to 900 won range per 100 yen, it is now possible to visit Japan as if traveling domestically without burden. This is a way to enjoy shopping and food by purchasing a one-way special airline ticket under 50,000 won, which is cheaper than the round-trip KTX fare between Seoul and Busan.

Low cost carrier ( LCC))’s prices for Japanese airline tickets available until October are listed starting from 100,000 won or less. In the case of Fukuoka , a day trip is possible for about 58,000 won, including fuel surcharge and airport tax, and 110,000 to 120,000 won round trip. The cost burden is less than traveling by train not only to Jeju but also domestically. An airline industry official said, “The Fukuoka and Osaka routes depart in the morning and return in the evening, so many travelers choose them as same-day destinations.”

If you search for ‘Japan day trip’ on SNS (social network services) such as Instagram, more than 500 reviews will come up. If you include experiences from online communities such as Naver cafes and blogs, the number of posts exceeds 10,000. The number one day trip destination is Fukuoka, Japan, where the airport is close to the city center. Osaka, Tokyo, etc. Such travel is possible because low-cost carriers ( LCCs ) are expanding their routes one after another to meet the increased travel demand due to the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to this, airline tickets have become cheaper and itineraries have become more diverse. With the record low yen phenomenon, if you plan your itinerary well, you can visit for around 200,000 won.

Despite the controversy over the discharge of contaminated water from Fukushima, the number of travelers heading to스포츠토토 Japan is at an all-time high. According to Incheon Airport Corporation statistics, the number of travelers heading to Japan last month was 1.777 million. As of August, this is the second highest level ever since August 2018 (1.908 million people). On a monthly basis, this is the highest number this year. Compared to just before COVID-19, there are much more this year. The number of travelers to Japan in August 2019 was 1.502 million, an increase of about 18% this year.

Mr. Kim (30), who works at a foreign company, recently went on a two-day, one-night trip to Osaka over the weekend. The purpose is whiskey shopping. Mr. Kim purchased two bottles of ‘Royal Salute 21 Year Old’ for about 12,500 yen including commission. He received some of the money back through tax exemption benefits and bought it at more than half the price in Korea. Mr. Kim said, “The domestic price of this alcohol is 250,000 to 288,000 won per bottle.Considering that the price is around 10,000 won, the price of buying two bottles in Japan is not even the price of one bottle in Korea,” he said. “Even after deducting airfare and travel expenses, I still have money left.”

Housewife Yang (29) also visited Fukuoka with her local friends on a weekday. Her purpose was to purchase the ‘Bao Bao’ handbag, ‘Pleats Please’ clothes, and luxury ‘Gucci’ wallet that she always wanted. Mr. Yang said, “In Japan, expensive items are discounted at department stores and there are many purchase benefits for each credit card company, so I was able to buy luxury goods that I couldn’t buy in Korea at least 40% cheaper because I received cashback.” He added, “Even though I bought a few items, including clothes and wallets, the duty-free limit was not reached. He said that he ‘got it’ at a low price that did not exceed .

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