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Japan hotel prices surge in hot spots as travel subsidies roll out

High season and inflation also boost room rates depressed since pandemic

Queues form at Zenkoji, a historic Buddhist temple in Nagano prefecture. (Photo by Shuhei Hatakeyama)

TOKYO -- Japan hotel room rates have soared since the country launched financial incentives to get people to hit the road, and with international tourists expected to flood into the country in the coming months, the prices are not expected to go down any time soon.

The spike in prices comes at a time of pent-up demand for travel during the pandemic and inflation driving up the cost of just about everything.

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