The number of visitors to Japan grew 21.8 pct from the previous year to 24.04 million, according to the 2017 white paper on tourism.
Nine of the country’s 10 regions saw an increase in the total number of foreign visitors who stayed at accommodation facilities.
Notably, the Shikoku western region had a sharp increase of 46.0 pct, led by visitors from Taiwan and Hong Kong. The Chubu central region was the only region that saw the number fall.
Japan ranked 15th in the world in terms of the number of visitors from abroad last year, a government white paper said Tuesday. (Jiji)
An ancient ball game known as “kemari” was staged at a major shrine in Nara. The event held at Kasugataisha shrine is named “Manyo-kemari”. (NHK)
While the number of foreign tourists to Japan increases, operators of bathhouses and other such facilities are perplexed, after the government approved a written statement that said access to public bathing facilities should not be restricted just because customers having tattoos, at a Cabinet meeting in February. (the-japan-news.com)
With the aim of revitalizing its tourism industry in the wake of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Fukushima Prefecture is teaming up with neighboring Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures to establish a so-called “Diamond Route” to serve as an inbound tourism route linking major sightseeing spots. (the-japan-news.com)
A former juvenile prison in the city of Nara in western Japan, built in 1908 and designated as an important cultural asset, will be converted into a hotel, the Justice Ministry said Friday. (Jiji)
Outdoor theme park Legoland Japan on Thursday started selling one-day family tickets that offer discounts of up to 25 percent in response to complaints about higher fees compared with other parks. (Japan Times)
I hope you’re hungry because we’re about the go on a street food eating binge on Hiroshima’s amazing island, Miyajima. (ONLY in JAPAN)
There’s never a bad time to visit Japan’s former capital, but May is an especially good time. (rocketnews24.com)
Budget carrier Peach Aviation is set to become Japan’s first airline to accept bitcoin as payment for tickets. (NHK)
Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Tuesday it will suspend the public viewing of giant panda Shin Shin from Thursday as chances of her pregnancy have increased. (Jiji)