Japan Hosts Record 24 Million International Visitors in 2016 (News)


Tokyo, Jan. 10 (Jiji Press)—The number of visitors to Japan in 2016 jumped 21.8% from the previous year to an estimated 24,039,000, renewing its record high for the fourth successive year, Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Ishii Keiichi said Tuesday.

The growth was led by visitors from China, South Korea and Taiwan.

An increase in the number of air routes to Japan, including those operated by budget airlines, and the relaxation of visa requirements contributed to the record-breaking travel demand, officials said.

The Japanese government targets 40 million foreign visitors in 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"If the annual number grows 15 percent every year from 2015, we can achieve the target," Ishii said.

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Tourists crowd around the Kaminarimon (Thunder Gate) of Sensōji temple in Asakusa, Tokyo, on October 14, 2016. (© Jiji)

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