Not sure exactly how much of a discount you'll get with the Go To Travel discounts? With the different forms of rebate floating around, it can definitely get confusing. Plus, those travel coupons only come in denominations of 1,000 yen! The simple explanation is that the campaign offers a travel rebate of up to 1/2 the trip's total cost, with 70% of that money returned as a direct discount and 30% in the form of travel coupons
, but let's go over a few examples to make it clear!
🚗 An Overnight Trip
If you book an overnight trip
for 40,000 yen through one of the designated travel agencies, the government will contribute 20,000 yen. Of that 20,000 yen, 70% will be directly subtracted from the cost when you pay for the trip: 70% of 20,000 = a 14,000 yen discount. For trips in August, this is where it ends, with a 35% discount. But, for trips from September on, you'll receive the remaining 30% (6,000 yen) in the form of travel coupons, which can be used at a variety of shops at your destination.
If, however, the total cost for your overnight trip is 50,000 yen, you'll still only receive the maximum of 20,000 yen per-night traveled
, even though half of the total cost would be 25,000 yen! Since you're only spending one night away, the maximum rebate is a total of 20,000 yen. Just like the 40,000 yen trip, 14,000 yen will be discounted, and 6,000 will be distributed in the form of coupons.
🚗 A 2-Night 3-Day Trip
If you book a longer trip of two nights and three days, and the total cost is 50,000 yen, then you'll receive the full 25,000 yen. That's because half of the total cost adds up to less than 20,000 yen per night spent away―the max would be 40,000 yen for two nights (if your trip cost a whole 80,000 yen)! So, for your 50,000 yen two-night trip, you'll receive a 17,500 yen discount (70% of 25,000 yen) and then 8,000 yen in travel coupons (30% of 25,000 is 7,500 yen, but the coupons are rounded to the nearest 1,000).
🚗 A Daytrip
If you book a daytrip like a bus tour
for 8,000 yen, the government will chip in 4,000 yen. The 70% discount means a total of 2,800 yen off the initial price, and the 30% travel coupon means 1,000 yen (rounded from 1,200) to spend at your destination―perfect for souvenirs, perhaps?