Japan is encouraging people to try remote working from its national parks. This follows increased interest in the idea of a “workation”, reports The Japan Times.
What is a workation, you ask? It’s the marriage of business and leisure allowing people to take a vacation but maintain teleworking. This is now the reality in 2020, and we’re all for it.
How is Japan encouraging remote working from its national parks?
In the hopes that it will help local economies damaged by the Covid-19 pandemic, Japan’s national parks are taking steps to attract remote working from national parks.
Upgraded Wi-Fi, private workstations and tents, portable power stations, and food deliveries are among the amenities used to attract visitors to camping grounds, hotels, and other accommodations.
For instance, Kyukamura Kishu Kada resort hotel in Wakayama Prefecture offered guestrooms to daytrippers earlier this year. Between the months of April until June. This allowed visitors to work but also enjoy the nearby Setonaikai National Park. Setonaikai the largest park in Japan, famous for its fishing villages. Following the positive response, Kyukamura Kishu Kada has reintroduced it for the fall.
The National Park Resorts of Japan (and operator of Kyukamura hotels) will rent out large tents, portable power stations, and Wi-Fi devices at camping grounds in four national parks. These include Setonaikai and Aso-Kuju. Conveniently, it will erect and dismantle tests and supply food for guests.
Elsewhere, the Chuzenji Kanaya Hotel has prepared non-guestroom working spaces for up to three people. The hotel is located in the beautiful Nikko National Park in Tochigi Prefecture near Lake Chuzenji.
“We would like to offer a plan in which guests can work in the morning and enjoy activities such as trekking and canoeing with their families in the afternoon,” said a hotel official of their workation plan.
Due to Covid-19, officials are encouraging people to keep it local. Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi said, “We would like people to start visiting national parks in their vicinity first.”
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