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8:40 am - 01/26/2013

Foreign visitors to Japan surge 34.6% in 2012

The number of foreign visitors to Japan in 2012 surged 34.6% from the previous year as the tourism sector rebounded after the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster, the government said Friday.

Overseas arrivals totaled more than 8.3 million, just short of the record 8.6 million seen in 2010, the Japan National Tourism Organisation said.

“The inauguration of new services by low-cost carriers and the easing of visa-issuance conditions by the Japanese government have also contributed to the increase,” an official from the organization said.

The number of visitors in 2011 plunged to 6.2 million, hit by the massive earthquake and tsunami that ravaged Japan’s northeast and sparked a nuclear crisis at the Fukushima power plant in March that year.

The number of visitors from mainland China slipped by more than a third in December from a year earlier following a flare-up in a territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing, however for the full year, numbers were up 37.1%.

Annual arrivals from Taiwan were up 47.6% to a record 1.4 million.


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inachan89 26th-Jan-2013 01:51 pm (UTC)
If i'm lucky i may be able to go this summer for the first time,but more probably next year...
stole_away 26th-Jan-2013 02:21 pm (UTC)
went last year for my graduation trip, too bad we missed the sakura season, gna go again this year to celebrate new year there! :D
eiko_c 26th-Jan-2013 02:35 pm (UTC)
I ended up going twice last year lol orz
zaziemuto 26th-Jan-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
three times :D
*high five*
zaziemuto 26th-Jan-2013 02:41 pm (UTC)
Mh... I went to Japan three times last year :D
And I'm planning to go this year as well :D
nanaenam 26th-Jan-2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
Haha me too!
Three times last year & going again this year :D
mikarocker 26th-Jan-2013 02:45 pm (UTC)
For once I was a part of this percentage which makes me extremely happy >w
hpswf1 26th-Jan-2013 03:28 pm (UTC)
>the easing of visa-issuance conditions by the Japanese government have also contributed to the increase
yeah, that's why it's still too hard for russian to go to Japan >
kashiwashipashi 26th-Jan-2013 04:13 pm (UTC)
hey, I went in 2011 but not 2012, lol. going again this year though.
kerplunk 26th-Jan-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
me 2, went in 2011, trying to so hard to go this year in the summer maybe.

Edited at 2013-01-26 04:41 pm (UTC)
kerplunk 26th-Jan-2013 04:41 pm (UTC)
i wannnaaaa goooooooo~ someone take me in all expenses paid trip thx
kachie_kurayami 26th-Jan-2013 05:05 pm (UTC)
My school forced us to come home after the tsunami (even though I was in Osaka and there was no danger there) so I missed Sakura season and had to leave all my friends. Going back is all that I think about.
lanysakurai 26th-Jan-2013 06:07 pm (UTC)
Next year is my turn! So anxious already~
arara_chan 26th-Jan-2013 07:40 pm (UTC)
I want to go there agaaiin :( Why does it have to be so expensive?? :/
But perhaps I will go in summer for an language course! :)
madongaku 26th-Jan-2013 07:52 pm (UTC)
went 3 times in 2012
and hopefully the same this year
YEN, please drop more and more!!!
asaphira_sachi 26th-Jan-2013 10:35 pm (UTC)
*went for Waku Waku 2012* :')
gashinenai 26th-Jan-2013 11:19 pm (UTC)
I'm going there in a couple of weeks for the first time.
I'm so excited \*o*/
any good places you guys can recommend?
yami_no_hoshi 27th-Jan-2013 03:56 am (UTC)
Asakusa in Tokyo ♥ it's such a nice area! I also loved Odaiba.
I know it's super cold here right now but if you're coming in a couple weeks you should try to head up to Sapporo for the Snow Festival! And Sapporo itself is an awesome city, great vibe and very easy to get around!
placetohide looking at the comments27th-Jan-2013 02:04 am (UTC)
Jesus Christ how is everyone on arama rich enough to take multiple international vacations a year?!
arashic5 Re: looking at the comments27th-Jan-2013 06:21 am (UTC)
dont worry, I'm still poor :(
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