When the Japanese government said it was throwing its weight behind the concept of “workations”, Yoshimasa Higashihara did not have to be asked twice.

An assistant manager with Japan Airlines, 37-year-old Higashihara has already had one “workation” this summer, catching up with a friend in Osaka for a few days, and is planning another trip in the coming weeks.

“I really want to visit the Blue Pond in Hokkaido because I’ve seen pictures but never been able to get there myself,” he said.