The number of foreign visitors to Japan in April was a record 1.765 million, according to figures released by the Japan National Tourism Organization on Wednesday. The figure was 43,3% higher than last year, smashing all previous records.
According to the monthly figures which are continually updated by JNTO, the number of foreign tourists to Japan between January and April totaled 5.9 million.
By country, the greatest number came from China -- 404,000, which was a 110% increase over 2014, followed by Taiwan (up 29.9% to 335,100). Visitors from Thailand, South Korea, Hong Kong and the United States also increased.
Tourism officials attribute the hike in tourism numbers to the weak yen, more international flights in and out of Haneda Airport, as well as the easing of visa regulations for countries in Southeast Asia.© Japan Today