Japan to Fully Reopen in October, as Asian Holdouts Dwindle

TOKYO — Nearly two and a half years after it instituted some of the world’s tightest pandemic-related border controls, Japan said on Thursday that it would finally welcome back most tourists next month as it seeks to revitalize its once lucrative travel industry.

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who is in New York for the U.N. General Assembly, said that on Oct. 11, Japan would remove numerical limits on daily arrivals and start allowing tourists — who had been forced to arrange visits and receive visas through travel agencies — to move freely throughout the country.

“People around the world have been asking ‘when can we travel to Japan,” Mr. Kishida said during a reception, according to the public broadcaster NHK. “Now, I hope they’ll make plans to visit Japan and get a taste of Japanese cuisine.”