National parks across Japan have improved internet access and taken other steps to attract teleworkers as the coronavirus pandemic has increased interest in the idea of a "workation" — a vacation that combines business and leisure and allows people to work remotely at their destinations.

Lodging facilities and camping grounds at national parks have upgraded Wi-Fi access points with financial support from the Environment Ministry, but it is unclear how soon remote workers will be welcomed with open arms amid the ongoing virus spread.

"We would like people to start visiting national parks in their vicinity first," said Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, as many people remain hesitant about making long-distance trips.