Nationwide travel support has finally started. As I wrote in this article, the one-night trip to Kamikochi that I had been planning for a long time coincided with the start date of the nationwide travel support (October 11th). I was.
When Rakuten Travel first announced that it was possible to apply for a discount even if the reservation was made before the start of the nationwide travel support program, they were very lucky. Staying after check-in on October 12, 2022″! I will report on this trip to Kamikochi, which was quite thrilling.
For this stay, I chose “online card payment” instead of “on-site payment”. After all, even on the day of the trip, the long-awaited “discount application” button was not displayed. Although the national travel support started on the 11th, I honestly thought (why?!) that only the pre-booked accommodation for the 11th was not covered. Even if I didn’t get a discount on the room rate, I thought maybe I could get a coupon for 3000 yen on weekdays!?
By the way, from October 1, Nagano Prefecture has been distributing transportation coupons that can be used for buses, taxis, trains, etc. in the prefecture to users of block discounts and nationwide travel support at accommodation facilities. The price is 1,000 yen per person per night (500 yen ticket x 2), and it can be used from the check-in date to the check-out date. I had researched that this transportation coupon could be used for shuttle buses and taxis to Kamikochi, so at the ticket office on the first day, I bought a one-way ticket instead of a round-trip ticket. I hope you can get this along with the sightseeing coupon!
Arrive at the hotel around 4pm and check in. First of all, I received a room key and a breakfast coupon. And so far, as usual. Next, I was asked, “Do you want to use the nationwide travel support that started today?” Please present your vaccination certificate.”
When I showed the vaccination certificate app on my smartphone, I got a weekday coupon of 3000 yen and a transportation coupon of 1000 yen. In addition, “With this, the accommodation fee will be discounted by 5,000 yen per person.” thank you!
When I checked out the next day, I used the coupons to pay for the beer and wine I drank at dinner. I used the leftover coupons to pay for the bento lunch I reserved at Gosenjaku Kitchen. My friend bought a coupon to ward off bears as a souvenir of Kamikochi for the first time. Oh yeah, when you use sightseeing coupons, you don’t get change, so be careful how you use them. And don’t forget to prepare coins as the difference is cash only.
When I came back from the trip and looked at the personal page of the Rakuten Travel app, the 10,000 yen (5,000 yen x 2 people) that was discounted with this nationwide travel support was displayed as the amount refunded to the card.
The original accommodation fee had already been settled, so it seems that Rakuten Travel has processed a refund. We were blessed with good weather, and we were able to enjoy autumn Kamikochi for two days, even with advance reservations, as we were eligible for national travel support.