|Above, Mount Fuji from a shinkansen. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
While we're still waiting for Japan's final tourism numbers for 2015, they are already projecting the expected foreign tourism numbers for 2016.
The Japan Times reported:
The number of visitors to Japan in 2016 will surge 19 percent from the previous year to hit a record high of 23.5 million, topping the government’s target of 20 million, according to a recent estimate by major travel agency JTB Corp.
The upbeat outlook is attributed in part to a growing number of foreign tourists visiting a variety of tourist destinations in Japan, not just the so-called Golden Route covering the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, as well as the nation’s iconic Mount Fuji.Japan may have drawn 20 million foreign tourists in 2015. But it is likely that the final count will probably be a bit over 19 million. Thus far, the 2015 numbers have not as yet been reported.
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