Japan has record high tourism in January

posted on February 17, 2016

A record high number of foreign tourists visited Japan in January, mainly due to a weaker yen.

Officials at the Japan National Tourism Organization say over 1.85 million people visited Japan last month. That's up 52 percent from a year earlier.

The largest number of tourists came from South Korea, at 514,900. The figure was up 43.8 percent from the previous year and exceeded 500,000 for the first time.

Visitors from mainland China increased just over 2-fold, to 475,000. Those from Taiwan totaled 321,000, up 47.9 percent.

The officials attribute the rise to the weak yen and holidays at many Asian schools in January.

source by NHK
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