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Tuesday, 9th July 2013
In General Japan News,

Increasing number of people travelling within Japan, statistics show

Mount Fuji's new status as a World Heritage Site may be boosting the number of Japanese who are choosing to travel within their country this year.

That is the suggestion from Japanese travel agency JTB, which announced that there would be some 76 million people travelling domestically between July 15th and August 31st this year.  

The figure represents an increase of just over two per cent compared to the same period last year.

JTB stated that Mount Fuji is proving to be a popular destination for many Japanese travellers.

According to Japan's National Tourist Office, there has been a significant increase in the number of visitors to the country. It stated that there was an 18 per cent boost in tourists in April this year compared to the same month in 2012.

In 2010, Japan experienced an all-time high number of visitors to the country with 8,611,175 people visiting its shores. That number fell significantly in 2011 to 6,218,752 no doubt influenced by the country's earthquake and subsequent tsunami. In 2012, visitor numbers recovered to near 2010 levels with 8,368,100 visitors. 

Written by  Graham McPherson