Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan top 11 million in 10 months

Nov 20, 2014

Foreign passenger arrivals in Japan top 11 million in 10 months

The number of foreign passenger arrivals in Japan in the first 10 months of this year hit an estimated 11 million, topping last year’s annual record of 10.36 million, the Japan National Tourism Organization said. Tourists from China and other countries are apparently traveling ...

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

Sep 12, 2014

Mayor of Kyoto has big plans for tourism

by Chiho Iuchi

For Kyoto to continue growing as a tourism-oriented city, it must take steps that combine landscape planning with services, the mayor says. Fortunately, many aspects of Japanese culture that originated in Kyoto have gained international recognition in the past 20 years, even as the ...

Aug 28, 2014

Next on Olympic agenda: foreigner-friendly parks

The government plans to make national parks more friendly to foreign visitors by introducing the essence of “omotenashi,” or hospitality, toward the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The Environment Ministry will seek ¥2.5 billion for the effort in next year’s budget, officials said. According to a ...

Aug 27, 2014

Agency plans big data survey to gauge foreign tourists' needs

The Japan Tourism Agency plans to use big data to conduct a survey on foreign tourists’ behavior so that local governments and tourism industries can develop tours and events that meet their needs, NHK reported Wednesday. For foreign visitors who agreed to cooperate, the ...

Aug 21, 2014

Japan logs record 1.27 million foreign visitors in July

About 1.27 million foreigners came to Japan in July, surging 26.6 percent from a year ago and the highest figure ever for a single month, government data show. The 7.53 million visitors received in the first seven months of the year also constitute a ...

Aug 15, 2014

Don Quijote to boost duty-free sales with dedicated paperwork counters

Major discount chain Don Quijote Holdings Co. plans to boost duty-free sales for foreign tourists in October, when consumable goods will be added to tax-free items, company officials said. The company will create dedicated counters where visitors from other countries can complete the procedures ...