Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

Jan 17, 2017

Japan saw record foreign visitors, tourist spending in 2016

The number of visitors to Japan from overseas rose 21.8 percent to 24.04 million in 2016 and their spending grew 7.8 percent to ¥3.75 trillion ($33 billion), both all-time highs, the government said Tuesday. But the pace of increase for both was much slower ...

Tatami rides wave of newfound popularity among overseas visitors

Jan 5, 2017

Tatami rides wave of newfound popularity among overseas visitors

Tatami mats, a trapping of traditional Japanese life, are attracting the attention of growing numbers of tourists from overseas. To meet the newfound demand, lodgings, including high-end urban hotels, are publicizing Japanese-style rooms featuring the traditional mats. At the Hotel Grand Ark Hanzomon, tatami ...