Japan’s national parks install wifi for digital nomads

As a part of a brand new scheme, Japan’s national parks are offering facilities for distant employees to take a ‘workation’ within the wilderness. Rose Dykins reports

Each autumn, Japan’s national parks are a riot of color, with vibrant golden and burnt orange foliage. Now, several of the nation’s parks are being adapted to welcome distant employees wanting to take a “workation” surrounded by natural beauty.

Having received support from the Japanese Environmental Ministry, distinguished Japanese national parks now have designated workstations installed at their campsites and hotels, available for digital nomads to rent.

Following a successful trial run between April and July this 12 months, the workation scheme has restarted in time for autumn 2020. The concept is to draw professionals who’ve been homeworking for months, offering scenic surroundings as a substitute for the 4 partitions of their apartment.

A trend often covered by Globetrender, digital nomads have location-independent jobs. They’re capable of travel the world – working from anywhere with their laptop and an honest web connection – fulfilling their travel dreams in addition to their profession aspirations. And the rise of homeworking during Covid-19 has accelerated this trend, as more people than ever shall be working outside of their usual office space indefinitely.

What’s more, as identified in Globetrender’s Travel Within the Age of Covid-19 report – Wilderness Searching for is a key travel trend at this moment in time, as people crave wide open spaces away from crowds after being homebound for thus long.

Among the many Japanese parks included within the workation scheme are Setonaikai – home to the famous 97-metre-high Kegon waterfall; Nikko – which has stunning UNESO World Heritage temples and shrines; and Aso-Kuji, which is surrounded by steaming volcanoes and flowering marshland.Each designated workspace comes with high-quality web access, with the choice to enrol in nature-based activities when it’s time for a break, similar to canoeing or trekking.

“We wish people to interact in distant work while relaxing in an environment away from their usual day by day life,” an official on the Kyukamura Kishu Kada resort hotel at Setonaikai National Park told The Japan Times.

While the scheme will appeal to travellers from all around the world, in the interim, it can only be domestic digital nomads who reap the benefits of it.

Currently, Japan’s entry requirements for travellers are strict. Since October 1, certain non-Japanese arrivals from the UK who’re staying for no less than three months have been permitted. This doesn’t allow for entry on a short-term tourist visa, but does permit those working in medical, cultural or sports-related activities.

What’s more day by day arrivals are soon expected to be capped at 1,000 people, and there’s a compulsory 14-day quarantine for all arrivals (who must also test negative for Covid-19 after they land).

The FCO advice on Japan’s entry requirements for UK travellers currently says: “From 1 October, non-Japanese nationals who must move to Japan to review, work or join family should give you the chance to achieve this, subject to essential visa requirements.

“Other entry to go to Japan on a short-term basis continues to be denied in principle for any non-Japanese nationals who’ve been to the UK or this list of nations within the last 14 days, aside from in exceptional circumstances.”

It’s believed that several types of longer-stay international travellers shall be welcomed in stages as restrictions step by step chill out. Hopefully in time, digital nomads who’ve the means and the time to barter Japan’s travel restrictions and quarantine – and who plan on an extended stay within the country – will give you the chance to establish office in considered one of the country’s stunning national parks.

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