On 24 and 25 October 2022, H.E. Mr. Singtong Lapisatepun, Ambassador of Thailand to Japan, and his spouse, together with economic affairs officers, joined a tourism promotion project arranged by Yamanashi Prefecture. Thailand is considered a main target group for promoting Yamanashi’s tourism as Thai travelers are the third largest group of foreign visitors visiting Yamanashi.
On this occasion, the Thai delegation was briefed about Yamanashi’s tourism potential followed by friendly discussion between the Ambassador and Mr. KOIZUMI Yoshiyuki, Deputy Director General of Culture and Tourism Department.
The topics discussed included long-standing relationship between Thailand and Yamanashi, safe tourism policy where Thailand has adopted the Amazing Thailand Safety & Health Administration (SHA) for tourism and service industries while Yamanashi Prefecture has issued a Green Zone Certificate, and the gradual relaxation of entry restrictions to Thailand to restore tourism starting off with the Phuket Sandbox scheme. The two sides also exchanged views on creative tourism in Yamanashi that would allow more choices for Thai visitors such as Temple Stay where guests would enjoy the experience of peaceful stay in the quarters of Japanese temples and marionette shows (Sasago Oiwake).
In this trip, Yamanashi Prefecture proudly introduced Kiyosato Terrace (observatory spot on top of a hill in Kiyosato highland), the Nakamura Keith Haring Collection (a museum that collects works by the unique artist Keith Haring), Fugaku Wind Cave (a cave created by lava tube from volcanic eruption) and Lake Kawaguchi with the background of snow-capped Mt. Fuji in autumn. The delegation also enjoyed a taste of local food at Souju Café & Dining (healthy food with ingredients from local organic farms) and Fudou Houtou (Houtou noodles, a local Yamanashi cuisine).