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What is Dominwari? New Hokkaido Style? Go To Campaign Japan?

1. What is Dominwari?

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Dominwari Update: 13th July, 2020

Please note that the Dominwari budget allocation for Vacation Niseko has now been exhausted, along with the prefecture-wide budget for Hokkaido. Thank you to the guests who chose to stay with us under this program, and if you are still interested in visiting Niseko this Summer, be sure to visit our special offers page where we are continuing to offer great deals and discounts (link in bio)!

Dominwari [ どうみん割 ] is the Hokkaido-based incentive for residents to encourage travel within the prefecture. It will launch in the final week of June/early July, and will run until the end of January, 2021 or until the total grant is exhausted. The incentive gives tourism providers a certain amount of money (based on the numbers in their application) to offset rates, making it cheaper for guests to book accommodation, transport and activities. Vacation Niseko are happy to announce they are participating in this incentive, and will be offering decreased rates for Hokkaido residents who choose to stay with us.

The amount of money Hokkaido residents save on each product depends on its initial price, you can see the table below for the different price tiers:

  • Total grant amount by Hokkaido government: 2.3billion yen
  • Eligible for: Hokkaido residents only
  • Discount offered to traveller: up to half the amount
  • Scheduled start: 1st July
  • Businesses eligible for the funds: Those who practice the "New Hokkaido Style" - more info on this below
Product Target Business Expenditure per person Discount
Accommodation Accommodation providers, tourist associations, OTAs, travel agents 6,000 yen ~ 9,999 yen 3,000 yen
10,000 yen ~ 14,999 yen 5,000 yen
15,000 yen ~ 19,999 yen 7,500 yen
20,000 yen or more 10,000 yen
Accommodation with transport OTAs, travel agents 10,000 yen ~ 14,999 yen 5,000 yen
15,000 yen ~ 19,999 yen 7,500 yen
20,000 yen or more 10,000 yen
Day tours with transport OTAs, travel agents 4,000 yen ~ 5,999 yen 2,000 yen
6,000 yen ~ 9,999 yen 3,000 yen
10,000 yen 5,000 yen
Outdoor activity day tours OTAs, travel agents (limited to tours), Hokkaido Experience Tourism Promotion Council 4,000 yen ~ 5,999 yen 2,000 yen
6,000 yen ~ 9,999 yen 3,000 yen
10,000 yen 5,000 yen



2. What is the "New Hokkaido Style"?

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Only businesses who implement the 'New Hokkaido Style' safety recommendations will be eligible to receive the Dominwari funds. The recommendations aim to shift the way businesses run in a post-pandemic world, and to move forward in the coming years with the goal of Japan being COVID-free. The recommendations consist of 7 steps:

  1. Ensure that all staff wear masks and frequently wash their hands
  2. Monitor the health condition of the staff
  3. Regularly ventilate and air out your facility
  4. Regularly sanitize and wash facility equipment
  5. Ensure that all staff keep a safe distance
  6. Call upon customers to follow proper cough etiquette and wash their hands
  7. Proactively inform customers about your efforts

Further to the 7 points, the new style suggests the following as best practice for all in Hokkaido (and around Japan):

  • Social distance where possible
  • Frequently wash your hands
  • Use cough and sneeze etiquette - wear masks and cough/sneeze into tissues or your elbow
  • Circulate the air where possible
  • Avoid the 'Three C's' - closed spaces, close contact and crowded places
  • Consider using take out and delivery services rather than eating in at restaurants
  • Make use of online shopping services

Vacation Niseko has actively implemented these recommendations into the summer and winter operations through our 'Safe Stay Guarantee' and we have been approved for Dominwari funds as per the conditions of the incentive. For more information on how we are adjusting to the "New Hokkaido Style", visit the link below.

Vacation Niseko's Safe Stay Guarantee Government Info on New Hokkaido StyleFurther government info [JP]


What is the "Go To" Campaign?

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The nationwide "Go To" campaign is also set to launch very soon, however it has not been fully confirmed by the national government.

Similar to Dominwari, tourism providers as well as restaurants will receive funds to offset prices for guests, however it will be on a national scale, encouraging local and inter-prefectural travellers to stimulate the tourism industry.

There hasn't been a lot of solid information on this campaign as the Japanese government is outsourcing the execution of the campaign to a third party contractor, however we know that it will cover more tourism products than Dominwari, will have a very large sum of money going towards the expenditure pool and will focus on reinvigorating domestic tourism rather than international tourism (for now).

We expect to hear more on the exact conditions of the campaign and how easy/encouraging it will be for guests from other prefectures to save on their trip to Hokkaido. Visit the link below for some key information, and stay tuned to Japanese news outlets like The Mainichi, The Japan Times and NHK to get the latest updates on this campaign. Vacation Niseko will also be watching for updates on "Go To" and adjusting our website and publishing news as we go. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for regular news!


We've been keeping a close eye on these initiatives, and are working hard to make your next holiday in Niseko as easy and affordable as possible! If you have any questions about these incentives, don't hesitate to contact us or check out our Safe Stay Guarantee and Fresh Start Campaign.

CONTACT US Vacation Niseko Safe Stay Guarantee Get a Fresh Start in Niseko

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