Next stop on government's tourism drive: national parks

Feb 26, 2017

Next stop on government's tourism drive: national parks

The Environment Ministry has launched a project to get 10 million foreign people visiting Japan’s national parks each year by 2020 amid record-breaking tourism numbers.Overseas visitors are believed to have numbered 4,902,000 in 2015 and 5,457,000 in 2016. To increase the appeal of the ...

Himeji attracted record 2.87 million visitors in 2015

Apr 6, 2016

Himeji attracted record 2.87 million visitors in 2015

Himeji Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Hyogo Prefecture, attracted the biggest number of visitors among the nation’s historical castles in fiscal 2015, it emerged this week.Himeji Castle attracted 2,867,051 visitors, taking the No. 1 spot for the first time. Among them, overseas ...

Mar 16, 2016

Number of visitors to Japan rose 36% in February

The estimated number of visitors to Japan in February increased by 36.4 percent from a year earlier to 1,891,400, marking the second-highest monthly total ever, the Japan National Tourism Organization said Wednesday.The figure was second only to the 1,918,400 recorded in July 2015. The ...

Jun 19, 2014

Foreigners visiting in record numbers

About 5.2 million foreign travelers arrived at Japanese ports and airports in the first five months of the year, setting the nation on track to surpass last year’s record of 10.36 million arrivals, the government estimates.It was an increase of more than 28 percent, ...

Tokyo Skytree falls short of visitor forecast

May 7, 2014

Tokyo Skytree falls short of visitor forecast

Shutdowns due to poor weather were to blame for missing the targeted number of visitors to the observation deck of Tokyo Skytree in fiscal 2013, the operator’s officials said.Almost 6.2 million people visited the observation deck of the world’s tallest broadcasting tower in the ...