|Above, Hotel Sunroute Asakusa in Tokyo. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Japan has been breaking records in numbers of foreign tourists visiting the country. But those numbers haven't translated into higher numbers for accommodations.
According to the Asahi Shimbun:
Japan’s tourism authorities are baffled. The number of overseas tourists is increasing to new all-time highs, but that rise is not necessarily reflected in the number of foreign customers staying at hotels or Japanese-style ryokan inns.
So where are they all going?
One theory is that they are spending nights in airport lobbies, express night buses, love hotels, 24-hour public bath houses, Internet cafes, or other venues not included when tourism authorities tally up the count.
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