From January until July, Japan received 5,957,700 visitors. But the Japan National Tourism Organization reported on Wednesday that the previous month recorded the most number of tourists entering the country with 1,003,100 visitors. The record-high numbers of July were attributed to the weaker yen. The low-cost carriers coming to Japan have also encouraged foreign travelers.
Most of the tourists were from neighbouring countries in Asia. South Korea topped the list with 244,000 coming in to Japan. The discounted fares from South Korea to Japan have also helped bring in the 28.6 percent increase. Taiwan with 238,500 came next to the most visitors. With low-cost carriers available in the autonomous island, Taiwanese visitors have increased by 48.7 percent. Hong Kong visitors have also increased to 85, 300 or 65.7 percent.
If by percentage, Thailand marked the highest increase with 84.7 percent. Malaysia also showed a significant 25.2 percent increase of tourists coming to Japan. These have resulted from the waived visas for both countries. The JNTO hopes that these numbers from Malaysia and Thailand will continue in August and the coming months, as July marked the observance of Ramadan.
Visitors from China the previous month were 140,000. It may be more than Thailand’s 30,200 and Malaysia’s 9,900 put together, but the record hit a decline of 31.5 percent. The growing tension between Japan and China also affects the tourism in the country.
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