With over 70 percent of Japan now fully vaccinated, special offers including travel discounts of Rakuten are starting to appear to encourage people to get vaccinated. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has even launched a new free app that you can use to show proof of vaccination – and get exclusive offers in the process.
Known as the Tokyo Vaction app, the smartphone application displays official proof of your vaccination against Covid-19. The app is completely optional, but if you sign up you can view your vaccination status in shops and restaurants in Tokyo for discounts and other specials. The app was launched this month and already has over 200,000 registered vaccination records.
How to sign up for the Tokyo Vaction app
To register, you must have installed the Line messaging application. Add the official Tokyo Vaction account as a friend, and after confirmation by the Tokyo Vaction account, you will be able to open the app from your chat screen. This will then lead to a login page where you can link your Line account. Once logged in, select “save your identity documents” and follow the instructions to upload photos of your identity card and vaccination record. Once your details are confirmed, you will receive a notification via Line. For now, registration on the app is done entirely in Japanese, but you can follow these detailed step-by-step instructions (in English) with the photos. here.
Where to use the app
The Tokyo Vaction app has partnered with over 140 (and growing) businesses in the capital, including restaurants and shops, where you can enjoy exclusive benefits by showcasing your app. We’ve sifted through the list of participating sites and here are some of the offers to note.
teamLab without borders: The En Tea House inside teamLab Borderless offers a 10 percent discount on drinks when presenting the app.
Little Worlds Tokyo: For groups of two or more people, one person can benefit from a free entry.
Omotesando Hills: Take advantage of discounts at restaurants and cafes in the building and one hour of free parking on weekdays.
Roppongi Hills: Enjoy discounts and drinks at resort restaurants, 1 hour free parking, and 10% off shopping at Mori Art Museum and Tokyo City View.
Toranomon Hills: Enjoy discounts and drinks at the resort’s restaurants and cafes, plus one hour of free parking.
LaForet Harajuku: Enjoy discounts at various restaurants and cafes and one hour of free parking on weekdays.
Aeon Cinemas: Free upgrade of popcorn upon presentation of the application and your movie ticket.
Bio C Good: ¥ 50 reduction on take-out coffee.
Toyosu Market: The first 2,000 people to present the app will receive a ¥ 300 coupon to be used at shops and restaurants in Toyosu Market.
A full list of participating locations can be found here (in Japanese only).
For more information, see the official Tokyo Vaction website.
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