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 33 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Jan 31, 2014

Grand shrine Izumo-Taisha drew record 8 million visitors in 2013

The number of visitors to Izumo-Taisha, the grand shrine in the city of Izumo, Shimane Prefecture, reached a record 8.04 million in 2013 after major repair work on its buildings was completed for the first time in 60 years, the prefectural government said. The figure ...

Jan 16, 2014

South Korea saw 22% drop in Japanese tourists in '13

The number of Japanese who visited South Korea fell sharply in 2013 as the yen continued to depreciate, according to the South Korean Justice Ministry. "About 2.71 million Japanese visited South Korea in 2013, a 22.4 percent drop from the previous year," the ministry said ...