Wednesday, 2nd February 2011
In Japan Travel News,
Chinese New Year boosts Japan tourism
Chinese tourists are expected to descend on Japan in a bid to snap up electronics and other retail goods ahead of the Lunar New Year.
Reuters reported that many shoppers from China have been seen in the Akihabara area, an "electronics mecca" in Tokyo.
The holiday officially starts on February 3rd but already consumers have been visiting Japan to purchase new items.
"The number of Chinese customers in our store has increased a lot compared to last month because of the Chinese New Year holiday," Chen Rui, a sales clerk at the Laox electronics shopping centre, told the news provider.
"Most of them buy electronics such as watches, rice cookers, cameras and camcorders."
Figures from the Japanese foreign ministry cited by the news agency suggest that the total number of Chinese visitors to the country will eventually reach ten million a year.
It is believed that Japan will provide multiple-entry visas to Chinese travellers visiting the nation regularly.
Written by Mark Smith