|Above, Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japan's tourism industry has had many reasons to smile about over the past few years. 2015 appears to be no exception.
If tourism figures continue as they are or expand, a new record number of foreign tourists will be visiting during this tourism year.
The Wall Street Journal reported:
The number of foreign travelers to Japan hit an all-time high of 13.4 million last year, but that record may be short-lived.
The Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday that 9.14 million people visited Japan from overseas during the first six months of 2015, up 46% from the same period the previous year. The numbers are also likely to rise in the second half of 2015. Record numbers are expected in July, typically the peak month of tourism. At least 40 cruise ships from east Asia are also scheduled to visit Japan later this year, the tourism organization said.To read more, go here.