The number of tourists visiting Japan so far this year has already surpassed the 20 million target set for 2016, the Japan Tourism Agency announced Monday.
According to the agency, as of Sunday, an estimated 20 million tourists have visited Japan in the first 10 months of the year, Fuji TV reported. The total number of visitors for 2015 was 19.74 million.
Tourism officials attribute the hike in tourism numbers to the weak yen in the first half of the year, more international flights in and out of Haneda Airport, more cruise ships visiting Japanese ports, as well as the easing of visa regulations for countries in Southeast Asia. Agency officials also noted that the list of duty-free products has been expanded leading to an increase in sales at department and other stores.
However, agency officials said the yen's recent appreciation and a slowdown in the Chinese economy may lead to lower tourism numbers, reducing buying sprees by Chinese tourists.© Japan Today