Japan Tourism Agency Is Offering 10,000 Free Round Trip Tickets To Blog About Japan

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Photo by Daryl Benson/Getty Images

Are you a blogger or Twitterer with a travel bug to visit Japan? The Japan Tourism Agency has an opportunity for you! In an effort to lure tourists back to the earthquake riddled nation, they are offering 10,000 free round trip tickets to visit Japan. But wait! There’s a catch!

Who can forget the catastrophic earthquake and subsequent tsunami that ravaged parts of Japan and sparked a nuclear emergency earlier this year? In the first 3 months since the disastrous trifecta, the number of foreign visitors dropped 50% in comparison to the same months last year, according to ABC News.

In an effort to bring tourists back to Japan, the Japan Tourism Agency is setting up a website for people to apply for the free tickets. Applicants have to supply a detailed itinerary of their dream trip to Japan as well as what they hope to get out of the trip. You would still have to pay for lodgings and meals.

The catch. You have to blog about your trip online.

“We are hoping to get highly influential blogger-types, and others who can spread the word that Japan is a safe place to visit,” said Kazuyoshi Sato, from the Japan Tourism Agency.

The agency is looking for a billion yen (over US$10 million) to fund the tourism campaign. If lawmakers approve it, potential visitors could start signing up as early as April, says Sato.

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