Foreign tourists to Japan reach record high 28.7 mil. in 2017
Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii attributed the growth to an increase in low-cost carrier flights from South Korea and other Asian countries and cruise ship services between China and Japan as well as relaxed visa requirements for Chinese and Russian travelers.
The government will release a regional breakdown and other details next week.
It plans to use revenue from the 1,000 yen departure tax it will impose on every traveler leaving Japan from January 2019, to promote tourism.