|Above, Asakusa's Nakamise Street. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japan's drive to be a more inviting destination for foreign tourists is paying off. The country is now number 15 in the world.
The Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) reported:
TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Japan ranked 15th in the world in terms of the number of visitors from abroad last year, a government white paper said Tuesday.
The number of visitors to Japan grew 21.8 percent from the previous year to 24.04 million, according to the 2017 white paper on tourism.
Nine of the country’s 10 regions saw an increase in the total number of foreign visitors who stayed at accommodation facilities. Notably, the Shikoku region had a sharp increase of 46 percent, led by visitors from Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Chubu region was the only region that saw the number fall.
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