The Japan National Tourism Organization said that approximately 944,000 foreigners were recorded to have visited Japan just in January of this year. The number is 41.2 percent higher than the number of tourists registered from the same month last year.
The organization credits the increase to visa requirements being more lenient, most specifically to Southeast Asian visitors. Other reasons include the holiday travel from the Chinese-speaking nations during the Lunar New Year and Japan becoming a cheap travel destination because of the weakening yen. South Koreans who visited the country decreased three months in October following reports by the media on radioactive leaks from the ruined Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. But it went on an upward turn with a 9 percent increase this January, from the same period last year. In fact, they were the most number of foreigners to have visited Japan in January with a record of 255,500 travelers. Taiwan follows at 196,900 with China being third with 155,700 visitors.
Prior to this month’s record, the last time Japan had this many foreign visitors travelling to the country on a January was in 2011. The tourism organization recorded 714,000 foreigners who visited the country that time. The record for most number of visitors still remain to be July of last year when an estimated 1 million foreigners entered Japan, just a slight difference with this month’s record.
[via Global Post]