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No. of foreign tourists reaches all-time high in July-Sept

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The number of foreign tourists to Japan reached a record high from July to September this year.

According to the Japan Tourism Agency, a record high 2,777,000 foreigners visited Japan during the three-month period, TBS reported Friday.

On average, each individual is said to have spent 117,151 yen during their travels, and in the wake of the declining value of the yen, cameras, video cameras, and watches were an especially popular commodity among tourists this year.

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Plenty of tourists roaming around Ginza having a good time taking pictures and shopping.

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That's what happens when your currency isn't in the toilet.

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That's what happens when your currency isn't in the toilet.

whose currency are you talking about?

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I know loads of folks from Aus and the UK planning trips to Japan - it is a very reasonably priced holiday now that the yen is low. Many are shocked at how cheap hotels, restaurants and a night out in Japan can be!

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Most of the growth in tourism is now from other Asian countries rather than traditional Western developed nations.

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I should be coming to Japan next Summer as a graduation present! So till then, I REALLY hope the yen will remain low or I wouldn't afford it at all ^^; (sorry)!

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While the Yen may be low flights from the UK have gone up by 50% approx since 2010. I used to pay around £650 for a return trip with KLM. It's closer to £1000 now. True i could get a cheap flight via Dubai but I don't really want to spend 36 hours travelling. If European and British airport taxes weren't so high you would see even more tourists in Japan.

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Ah_so - The majority of Japan's tourism is and always has been from other aisian countries.

I would be interested to know the breakdown of which parts of Japan were most visited by tourists

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@Ah-so; ofc, cheaper from other Asian countries that's probably why! Like, why do European countries visit mostly European countries? One reason is because shorter route = cheaper flight, and cheap flights are available!

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yen is not low..just look at exchange rates from the decade before the financial crisis. its very still high.

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This is a reflection of the growing affluence in Asia. I should think that Asian tourism is increasing throughout the entire region which can only be a good thing. Japan is one of many countries in the region they are visiting.

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yen isnt low, in the last 30years yen has only been below 100 yen/$ for around 5 years, 6 months in the 90s and the rest during the last 4+ years thanks to all the money printing from the Americans. if it wasnt for that $4Trillion+ in quantitive easing the yen would still be above 100yen/$

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While the Yen may be low flights from the UK have gone up by 50% approx since 2010. I used to pay around £650 for a return trip with KLM. It's closer to £1000 now. True i could get a cheap flight via Dubai but I don't really want to spend 36 hours travelling. If European and British airport taxes weren't so high you would see even more tourists in Japan.

Actually, you could book direct flights with KLM from Amsterdam to Tokyo, Fukuoka or Osaka for just 550 euros (£460) last week for the December-Februari time span, including the holidays. Unfortunately this action has ended yesterday. At the time of writing, a two-way flight to Tokyo costs 645 euros (£540) in the holiday season (dep 27 Dec, return 6 Jan). Still far below the price you stated. I don't think a flight to Amsterdam costs £460 ;-)

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CheeseHeadNL it is a pity there is no Direct messaging feature here lol. Teach me sensei!! I have to catch flights to Rome or Uk or any other EU destination to catch a flight to Japan unless it is in August and Emirates are operating direct flights Malta-Japan.

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Maybe more people come to Japan because less chance to get attacked by suicide car bombers? You don't have to worry to be shot by a gun either not mentioning Japanese cops are not 'shoot first and ask later" like some tourist mecca city in USA. maybe some want to visitt ancient city Kyoto, Nara, or maybe Hiroshima, Nagasaki, or maybe Hokkaido's nice summer weather?

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Id be more concerned about the fact that the environment is being compromised for the sake of tourism and building large skyscrapers, hotels etc

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