Japan's daily COVID-19 cases topped 100,000 on Tuesday for the first time in two months after the government scrapped coronavirus border controls and implemented a domestic travel subsidy program in a bid to spur inbound and local tourism last month.

With the country bracing for its eighth wave of infections, Tuesday's number of 105,184 topped the 100,000 mark for the first time since Sept. 14, when daily cases totaled 100,260.

People wearing face masks walk in Sapporo in Hokkaido, northern Japan, on Nov. 15, 2022. (Kyodo)

The northernmost main island of Hokkaido, a popular tourist destination, reported a record 10,906 cases, while Tokyo saw 11,196, topping the 10,000 mark for the first time in two months.

In October, the government removed its cap on daily arrivals and its ban on individual travelers and non-prearranged trips. It also started the National Travel Discount program, offering subsidies of up to 11,000 yen ($79) per person per night up to a total of seven nights.