|Above, Shibuya Crossing. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japan's foreign tourism numbers for October are now in and it hit a new record, according to an article in the Japan Times.
A total of 1.82 million people arrived in Japan in October, a record high and up 43.8 percent from the same period a year ago, the Japan National Tourism Organization announced Wednesday.
The increase was aided in part by the continued depreciation of the yen and a surge in the number of Chinese visitors.
During the 10-months through the end of October, the number of arrivals reached 16.31 million, also a record high, which means arrivals for 2015 could hit the 20 million mark, the highest annual number ever.When we went to Japan in October, we did notice quite a number of Chinese tourists. I spoke with one at the Narita International Airport, a fertilizer salesman, and was in Japan on business.
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