Japan’s Tourism Industry Rebounded Strongly, International Tourist Consumption Increased by 11.5 Times

The number of tourists traveling to Japan has increased significantly, resulting in a large increase in the number of people visiting many shopping streets. (Photo via WS News Publisher)

Japan’s domestic tourism rebounded strongly in the second quarter of 2023, with travel spending increasing by 27.7% and the number of tourists increasing by 15%. International tourism has also recovered, reaching 11.5 times the total tourism spending in 2019, led by Taiwan, the United States and China, boosting Japan’s tourism industry.

TOKYO, JAPAN (WS News Publisher) – Japan’s domestic tourism industry is making a remarkable comeback, according to the latest “Travel and Tourism Consumption Trends Survey” released by the Japan Tourism Agency. Between April and June 2023, domestic travel consumption in Japan soared to 5.5963 billion yen, marking an impressive increase of 27.7% compared to the same period the previous year. During this time frame, Japan welcomed a total of 133.64 million domestic tourists, reflecting a significant 15% uptick from the previous year. Notably, 72.82 million of these tourists were overnight visitors. Although this surge hasn’t quite surpassed pre-pandemic records, both the surge in travel consumption and the surge in tourist numbers represent new post-pandemic highs, signaling a gradual return to pre-pandemic standards for Japan’s domestic tourism sector.

Japan’s resurgence in tourism is not limited to domestic travelers, as international tourism is also on the rise. The “Survey on Consumption Trends of Foreigners Visiting Japan” reveals that between April and June 2023, foreigners traveling to Japan spent a staggering 1,205.2 billion yen, reaching 11.5 times the total tourism spending in 2019, a clear indicator of the gradual recovery of the international tourism industry. Among the top spenders, Taiwan led the way with 173.9 billion yen (14.4%), followed closely by the United States at 173.3 billion yen (14.4%), and China at 151.5 billion yen (12.6%). While foreign tourists’ spending in Japan still represents only about a fifth of domestic tourism, it undeniably provides a significant boost to Japan’s tourism sector.

What is interesting is that, compared with the same period in 2019, among the number of foreign tourists traveling to Japan, accommodation expenditure has become the most crucial consumption expenditure, and the proportion has risen to 35%. Shopping expenditure dropped from first to second place, and the ratio dropped to 25.2%, which shows that foreign tourists pay more attention to accommodation, and will drive the recovery of Japan’s hotel industry.

According to the Japan Sudo Travel Statistics Survey, the total number of overnight visitors in May was 49.26 million. Among them, Tokyo (7,874,610 people) had the highest number of overnight stays, Osaka Prefecture (4,119,880 people) was the second, and Hokkaido (2,949,450 people) was the third. Tokyo is the city where the most tourists stay and stay, with a growth of 20% compared to the same period in 2019. Reservations at hotels in all regions rose sharply, showing growth in both domestic and foreign tourists.

Due to the different cultures, geographical locations, and other factors of various regions in Japan, each area has its popular accommodation types. Japan Hotels can be divided into different forms: Japanese City Hotels, Business Hotels, Japanese Resort Hotels, Inns, and Simple Accommodations. Travelers can choose different types of accommodations according to different needs and budgets. Most are Japanese-owned, but foreign investors also operate many world-famous hotels.

Business hotels are the first choice for most tourists when visiting Tokyo. Although the rooms in business hotels are smaller, the accommodation costs are cheaper and are suitable for business travelers and general travelers. Simple accommodation is the most popular accommodation method in Osaka Prefecture. Simple accommodation only provides simple equipment and services, mainly low-cost and convenient accommodation space.

Japanese City Hotel is the most famous hotel type in Shimane Prefecture. City hotels are generally located in the city center and vary in size. The hotel has relatively complete equipment, luxurious decoration, large room size, and ample guest beds. Shimane Prefecture is known as the “Land of Japanese Mythology” and is one of the birthplaces of ancient Japanese culture. The most famous shrine in the prefecture is “Izumo Taisha Shrine,” one of Japan’s loftiest shrines and attracts an endless stream of people visiting it. After completing their pilgrimage activities, tourists can stay in a Japanese City Hotel and enjoy a spacious and luxurious accommodation experience.

Japanese Resort Hotels have the most occupancy in Chiba Prefecture. Chiba Prefecture has an excellent geographical location. In addition to Narita Airport being within the prefecture, it is also close to Tokyo, making transportation more convenient for travelers. Located between Tokyo Bay and the Pacific Ocean, it has a pleasant climate all year round, making it one of the best vacation spots. Therefore, Chiba Prefecture has many resort hotels, allowing travelers to enjoy a luxurious and comfortable hotel life and leisurely vacation in nature.

With the end of pandemic restrictions, the number of tourist arrivals has increased in various regions of Japan, making tourism again one of Japan’s critical economic development projects. Although the recovery speed of each area is different, they have developed other characteristics according to the history and culture of each site, providing different accommodation experiences and enjoyment for Japanese domestic and international tourists. These characteristics are one of the reasons why many tourists visit various places in Japan repeatedly and continue to bring more tourists to Japan.

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