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Thursday, 20th February 2014
In Japan Travel News,

Foreign visitor numbers soar in Japan

The number of foreigners visiting Japan soared in January, new figures have revealed, with a 41 per cent increase on last year's numbers as the nation opens its borders to southeast Asian countries.

Recent adjustments to visa requirements have made it much easier for nationals from Thailand the Philippines, Singapore and others to travel to the country resulting in the surge. 

According to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, 943,900 foreign tourists and business travellers were welcomed to Japan in January, making it the second busiest month on record after last July.

The agency added that the Lunar New Year also had an impact on visitor numbers, with visitors from Hong Kong and mainland China more than doubling towards the end of the month.

Japan is hoping to build its tourism industry over the next few years in the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games, which will be held in Tokyo.

Written by Mark Smith


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