Published on : Thursday, October 27, 2016
Visitor numbers to Japan in September 2016 were up 19% on the previous year, marking this as the busiest September for tourism in the country’s history. Visitor numbers for September 2016 totalled 1,918,000, with 24,700 visitors from the UK travelling to Japan.
In overall numbers, Jan – Sep 2016 has seen a record number of travellers visit Japan, as the end of September saw the country welcome a total of 17,977,700 visitors. An increase of 24.1% on the previous year, these numberｓ suggest that Japan is set for another record year in 2016.
2015 was a very strong year for Japan, as tourism numbers soared past the expected targets to reach a total of 19,737,400. As the interest in Japan from the UK and other countries across the globe continues, 2016 is already on target to beat this record, especially as one of Japan’s busiest seasons is fast approaching in the form of the autumn leaves season.
New flight routes, along with an increase in the number of flights to Japan and continuous travel promotion efforts are all thought to have contributed to this firm increase in foreign visitor numbers. Visitors from the UK may have been encouraged by the continued promotion of low cost airfares from London – Tokyo/Osaka, with return flights from airlines such as KLM and Air France well below £500 throughout the year (check the latest offers here). Japan’s largest carrier, ANA, has been offering direct flights from London to Japan’s capital for just £629 return.
The strong figures are further underpinned by a large increase in the number of cruises visiting Japan, with over 70 cruises docking in Japan’s many ports this year. The number of cruises visiting Japan is set to increase in 2017, with many cruise companies adding additional Japan itineraries to their cruise schedules due to a continued surge in popularity.
As Japan enters the autumn leaves season from October, visitor numbers from the UK and other European countries are likely to surge, leading to another record year for tourism to Japan. The Japanese government has set a target to welcome 40 million visitors by 2020, when Japan will host the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.