Japan to see 23.5 million visitors from abroad in 2016: private estimate
Jiji Press -- Jan 10
The number of visitors to Japan in 2016 will surge 19.0 pct from the previous year to hit another record high of 23.5 million, topping the government's target of 20 million, according to a recent estimate by major travel agency JTB Corp.

The upbeat outlook is attributed in part to a growing number of foreign tourists visiting a variety of tourist destinations in Japan, not just the so-called Golden Route covering the major cities of Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, as well as the nation's iconic Mount Fuji.

For instance, Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture, north of Tokyo, attracted about 50,000 foreign tourists in the year through last September, up tenfold from two years before.

In the estimate, JTB also took account of the government's plan to expand the country's capacity to receive cruise ships, on which over one million foreign tourists arrived in Japan in 2015.

News source: Jiji Press
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