|Above, Kyoto from Kiyomizu-dera. Kyoto is a favorite destination for Americans. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japanese tourism is continuing to soar. Record numbers of foreigners, including Americans, are visiting Japan.
TravelPulse.com has an article on this.
It begins with:
A little perspective helps to comprehend the growth of Japanese tourism over the last three years. In 2012, Japan attracted 8.5 million international visitors. In 2014, Japan attracted a record 13 million overall foreign visitors including 891,668 Americans (+11.6 percent). Tourism to Japan from the U.S. is making incredible strides as the Japan National Tourism Organization just marked May, 2015 as the 14th consecutive month of record U.S. visitor arrivals when 92,200 Americans traveled to Japan. Last year, international travelers in Japan spent $16.8 billion, a growth of 43 percent more than 2013. The revenues have grown so robust that in June, Japan’s tourism industry turned in a surplus for the first time in more than 50 years. When you consider the amount that the Japanese travel outbound, that surplus is clearly an amazing statistic.To read more, go here.