Following the first batch of Go to Eat coupons released in Japan last month, Tokyo is following up with its own fresh set of vouchers to go on sale from Friday November 20. The vouchers are exclusive to the region and designed to give diners a discount for their meals while also supporting restaurants coping with the prolonged Covid-19 pandemic. Restaurants will be selected based on the measures they are taking to prevent the spread of the virus at their venues, and diners will be receiving up to 25 percent off their meals.
There are two types of vouchers to be distributed this time round: paper and digital. They each have different application methods and offer different discounts.
Paper vouchers can be purchased for ¥10,000 a set. One set contains ten ¥1,000 vouchers and five ¥500 vouchers, for a total value of ¥12,500. The process for procuring these is a bit of a hassle as you need to apply for a separate coupon online, then head to one of the official pick-up counters and exchange it for the set of paper discount vouchers. The full list of pick-up counter locations is yet to be released, but there are more than 400 around the city, including select JR East Travel Centers, Bic Camera stores, and tourist information kiosks.
Digital vouchers, on the other hand, will be distributed through a lottery process which you need to apply for online. A set of digital vouchers costs ¥8,000 and includes ten ¥1,000 vouchers for a total value of ¥10,000. The online application will only be accessible during the sales period, which is between November 20 2020 and January 31 2021. Lotteries will run in stages, with the first entry period running from November 20 to 24. All the vouchers are valid for use until March 31 2021.
The full list of venues where the vouchers can be used will be released at a later date.
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