|Above, an ornate gate of Kyoto's Nijo Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
With record numbers of foreign tourists coming to Japan, the city of Kyoto is taking steps to fortify its attractiveness to foreigners.
As Japanese tourism undergoes one of the most prosperous periods in its history, it’s also undergoing changes from within as new destinations inside Japan are rising to challenge the most established attractions in the country. After Tokyo, Japan’s primary gateway and capital, the top attraction is Kyoto, which has been hard at work to continue to enhance its appeal.
In 2014, Japan attracted a record number of tourists. The 13 millionth overseas visitor arrived at Tokyo’s Narita Airport on Dec. 22. That’s pretty impressive when you consider that in December, 2013, the airport was celebrating its 10 millionth arrival. U.S. visitation to Japan is also setting records. Some 818,000 Americans arrived in Japan from January through November 2014 for an increase of 11.9 percent. That number exceeded the total US visitors in the entire 2013.
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