In Japan the approximately number of foreign visitors in January increased 7.5% from a year. Previously, 2689400 an all time high for the month, supported by the relaxation of visa rules for Chinese tourists, official data showed Wednesday.
By country and region, visitors from South Korea were the most numerous at 779,400, down 3% from a year earlier, followed by those from China at 754,400,up 19.3%, Taiwan at 387,500, up 10.5%and Hong Kong at 154,300, down 3.9%, according to the data released by the Japan Tourism Agency.
Commissioner of the agency named Hiroshi Tabata, said the effect of a series of natural disasters last year, including a deadly earthquake that hit the northernmost main island of Hokkaido in September, has been decrease.
Tabata, however, said the step of growth has not returned to the levels seen in the first half of 2018, partly because visitors from South Korea and Hong Kong are not
Japan relaxed visa requirements for Chinese citizens in January. Recently, increasing wealthy people from China are travelling independently to foreign countries and are now less likely to join tour groups.
Number of visitors from other countries rose in the reporting month. Travelers from Vietnam jumped 27.8% from a year ago to 35,400, while those from Australia, many of whom head to Japan’s mountains on skiing holiday, renewed a monthly record of 81,000 up 16.0%.
On the trend of visitors travelling around the time of the Lunar New Year holiday season celebrated by some Asian countries in February, Tabata said, “Its comparison is good & think the figure rose about 20% from last year.”