No. of visitors to Japan tops 16 mil. mark

posted on November 19, 2015

The number of visitors to Japan continued to soar in October, sending the total for the first 10 months of this year above 16 million, already higher than the country's annual record, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.

The number of visitors to Japan in October was estimated at 1,829,300, up 43.8 percent from a year earlier. It is the second-highest monthly figure on record.

For the 10 months from January, the total visitor number reached 16,316,900, up 48.2 percent, far above the annual record of 13.41 million, scored last year.

The growth reflected the yen's continued weakness and an increase in visitors from China, which had a string of holidays in early October, the JNTO said.

Demand for trips to Japan remained strong also thanks to easier visa requirements, new flight routes to and from Japan, and expanded consumption tax exemptions, according to the government body.

By region, mainland China accounted for the biggest proportion of the total visitor figure for October.

Visitors from the mainland numbered 445,600, double the year-before level.

Visitors from the mainland totaled 4,283,700 between January and October, making it the first region to top four million annual visitors.

In October, South Korea followed mainland China, with visitors totaling 370,800, up 48.6 percent. Coming third was Taiwan, with 343,600 visitors, up 32.0 percent.

source by the-japan-news
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