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What’s the top country people want to visit after the pandemic? Japan, survey says

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

Japan is feeling a little lonely these days. After several years of skyrocketing popularity as an international travel destination, coronavirus-triggered restrictions on non-essential entry to the country has brought inbound tourism to a halt.

But it looks like the lull in international travel to Japan is only going to be a temporary situation. The Development Bank of Japan and Japan Travel Bureau Foundation have released the results of a recent survey on would-be travelers’ post-pandemic plans, and Japan is at the top of their to-go lists.

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The online survey collected roughly 6,200 responses from people in 12 countries, including the U.S., China, France, and Korea. 82 percent said they plan to travel overseas once the pandemic ends, and when asked where they want to go, Japan was the top answer, chosen by 46 percent of respondents. Korea and Taiwan ranked second and third, with 22 and 17 percent, respectively.

When asked where in the country they want to go, Tokyo was naturally the most common response, coming from 47 percent of respondents who want to visit Japan. This was followed by the northern island of Hokkaido (42 percent), famed for its beautiful mountains and world-class ski slopes, and the central Kansai region (37 percent), which includes cultural Kyoto, scenic Kobe, and the urban attractions of Osaka, such as Universal Studios Japan. Tokyo-area attractions outside the capital city, such as Kanagawa Prefecture’s seaside city of Yokohama and Hakone hot springs, came in fourth, at 30 percent.

When asked why they hope to visit Japan, 47 percent of respondents mentioned having specific sightseeing destinations they want to see. Japan’s reputation for delicious food (43 percent) and cleanliness (36 percent) were also strong motivating factors.

Of course, all these potential travel plans are predicated on “when the pandemic is over,” which unfortunately isn’t a completely binary status. In discussing the survey results, Development Bank of Japan representative Takako Naito stressed the importance of enacting effective health and hygiene policies as soon as possible to bring down infection numbers and put travelers’ minds at ease that Japan is a safe country to travel to once that once again becomes an option.

Source: NHK News Web via Hachima Kiko

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What’s the top country people want to visit after the pandemic? Japan

Says Japanese survey.

'Cool Japan' syndrome?

14 ( +16 / -2 )

I’ve been to Hokkaido few times for ski trip and definitely will visit again during winter. I just can’t stand the humidity during summer months.

-4 ( +4 / -8 )

Japan is feeling a little lonely these days. After several years of skyrocketing popularity as an international travel destination, coronavirus-triggered restrictions on non-essential entry to the country has brought inbound tourism to a halt.

Japan just can't stop feeling sorry for itself. Even when it knows that it is reaping what they sowed.

coronavirus-triggered restrictions on non-essential entry to the country has brought inbound tourism to a halt.*

coronavirus-triggered restrictions on non-essential entry to the country has brought inbound tourism to a halt.*

actually its restrictions on non Japanese entry to the country

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

I confess I wish to go but that is mainly because some of my family is there.

As I have a family, it is still overcostly to visit Japan and go from place to place. I should try maybe trip drive to go to spots out of cities.

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

Yes, just who exactly is behind this survey? After the Olympics fiasco when they downplayed the virus, and then the shut-out of all foreigners (which is still on-going), foreign tourists deserve better and deserve another destination.

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Pukey2Today 09:58 am JST

Yes, just who exactly is behind this survey?"

Reading not your strong point?

"The Development Bank of Japan and Japan Travel Bureau Foundation have released the results of a recent survey.."

Also explains the survey results...

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I personally want to visit Wuhan, China.

-1 ( +2 / -3 )

I must admit I am thoroughly enjoying the complete lack of hordes of sightseers stampeding around. The government will make it even worse when they come back by trying to be one of the first to open up resulting in an even bigger bottleneck

-1 ( +1 / -2 )

Egypt's great Egyptian museum.

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I'd actually want to hop on the first flight to Japan when they open up again as it is probably so much better without bad behaving tourists.

-4 ( +0 / -4 )

A survey put out by a couple Japanese entities showed that Japan was the top destination...shock of all shocks! And almost half the people surveyed chose Japan? Who would have thought?! Wonder how much of your tax dollars they doled out for each response? Joke.

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Hahaha, you could not make this up!

Country conducts survey as to which country foreigners would like to visit.

Shockingly, the answer is said country.

I can only imagine their questioning..

"So, question 1, would you say Japan was the country you most wanted to visit?"

"Errr, yes...."

"Thankyou! Survey owari!"

1 ( +1 / -0 )

BS!

1 ( +1 / -0 )

Well honestly now people, if you were among those who were surveyed where would you wanna go? =)

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