Seoul top yearend travel destination

JIJI

Seoul is the favorite overseas destination for yearend and New Year travel among Japanese for the third straight year despite soured ties between Japan and South Korea over disputed Sea of Japan islets, a JTB Corp. survey has revealed.

Bangkok ranks second, unchanged from a year before, and Taipei is third, up from sixth, according to the top 10 list of popular foreign cities for travel during the holiday season. Singapore ranks fourth and Honolulu fifth. Seoul remains popular because Japanese continue to favor cheap, short-distance and short-term travel, JTB officials said.