So many grumpy people :-) I lived in Japan for 3 years (learned bugger all japanese though) and have been back 4 times as a tourist. I love Japan. It might help to have and promote a service designed for people thinking of travelling to Japan. Many of my friends have this idea that it will be very, very difficult so they put it off. There's also this image that Japan is just mega cities. Perhaps promoting the beauties of the Japanese countryside (aah Sakura, open air onsen's in the snow) and the ease of travel within Japan. Promotions perhaps need to be a little less ... japanese. The politeness of Japanese culture sometimes comes off as overly formal. Great idea about asking departing tourists what they liked but also ask them why they chose Japan in the first place. Oh, and don't tell them about Nara too much ... i want to keep it as much for myself as possible.
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