Foreign visitors to Japan top 10 million in first half of 2023

TOKYO, Jul 20 (NHK) - The number of foreign visitors to Japan topped 10 million in the first half of this year according to a government estimate.

It is the first time arrivals have reached that level since before the coronavirus pandemic.

The Japan National Tourism Organization estimates about 10.7 million travelers arrived in the six months through June. The government relaxed entry restrictions last autumn.

Visitors from South Korea made up the largest proportion at just over 3.1 million. There were more than 1.7 million arrivals from Taiwan and roughly 970,000 from the United States.

There was also an increase in travelers from China on private trips although Beijing still does not allow group tours to Japan.

Jul 20 (ANNnewsCH) -  先月、日本を訪れた外国人は207万人余りで、新型コロナの感染拡大が始まった2020年2月以降、初めて200万人を超えました。  ...continue reading