30 Million People Visited Japan In 2018

Foreign visitors to Japan in 2018 topped 30 million which is an historic event. This marks an all-time record on an annual basis since the country attracted a high proportion of travelers from its Asian neighbors.


The figure dwarfed the previous record of 28.69 million set in 2017 and is expected to reach 31 million by the end of 2018 (or approach that number). However, the pace of increase slowed after a number of natural disasters, including earthquakes and torrential rains hit the country this summer.


With 30 millionth people, the Japanese held a ceremony at Kansai International Airport in Osaka; the main international air gateway to western Japan.


Photo credit to: https://www.thejakartapost.com

Japan is hoping to bring 40 million travelers in 2020 when Tokyo hosts the Olympic and Paralympic Games. To meet the target, Japan has eased visa laws and expanded airports for budget airlines to promote private lodging services to address a shortage of accommodation for tourists.


Asian tourists from China, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong contributed to majority of this year’s increase with the number of visitors in the first half already reaching about 16 million, up 15.6% from 2017. This is from official government data.


However, the number on a monthly basis dropped 5.3% in September from a year earlier. The fall was blamed on the magnitude 6.7 earthquake that rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido on Sept. 6 which killed more than 40 people. Also in the same month, a supertyphoon forced the temporary closure of Kansai International Airport. Fortunately, visitors flocked back again in October.


Natural disasters, particularly the earthquake and the supertyphoon forced many foreigners into very hard times, often borderline homelessness, due to the nature of the circumstances. The foreigners say that Japan should have better language comprehension for their services especially in the transport sector.


Reference: Japan sees record 30 million-plus foreign visitors in 2018


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Want to know the latest news and openings in Japan.

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Promise, we’ll keep you posted!