After having its borders closed due to the Covid pandemic for more than two years, Japan will once again welcome international travellers.
Starting on October 11, visitors won’t require a visa and won’t have to go via a travel agency to enter the nation.
A cap on daily arrivals will also be lifted.
Japan’s announcement comes at around the same time Taiwan and Hong Kong also relaxed entry rules for visitors.
Taiwan will drop quarantine requirements for international arrivals by mid-October, while Hong Kong on Friday said it would move from hotel quarantine to stay-at-home requirements from 26 September.
For Japan, the anticipated influx of travelers will be a welcome boost to government and local businesses and comes as the Japanese yen has slid to its slowest point against the US dollar in six months.
The country has allowed visitors since June, but they had to be part of tours.
Mr Kishida also announced a domestic travel incentive scheme that will give discounts on travel, theme park prices, sporting events, and concerts. Japanese residents and citizens will be eligible for an 11,000 yen (£69; $77) subsidy.
Similar programmes have been introduced in other countries re-openings to encourage locals to spend and stimulate the economy. However, like elsewhere, the rise in the cost of living has been a dominant concern for locals.
The world’s third-largest economy was one of the last Asian powerhouses to keep its borders closed due to Covid health concerns.
Its death rate is the lowest among the world’s wealthiest nations, while the country’s vaccination rate is among the highest.
Japan also never mandated lockdowns or mask-wearing, but many locals readily adopted protections.
Japan saw nearly 32 million foreigners visit in 2019, the last year prior to the pandemic. And the restrictions on travellers in recent months had precluded many foreigners from visiting, reports showed.