|Above, Osaka Castle. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
This year, Japan is seeing its best year ever in tourism and travel.
The Japan Association of Travel Agents released its bi-monlhly report on the state of the travel and tourism industry in Japan.
Foreign Visitors & Japanese Departure
The foreign visitors to Japan in May grew by 15.3% on year‐on‐year basis, up to 1,894,000. In June, the increase was 23.9%, up to 1,986,000. During the first half of the fiscal year a total of 11,714,000 or 28.2% more foreigners visited Japan compared to the same period last year. The first half of the fiscal year set a record, surpassing the 10‐million mark for the first time and becoming the highest ever half‐year total in the history of Japanese inbound travel. (The previous record was set in the first half of FY 2015 when 9.14 million foreigner traveled to Japan.)
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