With the Yen relatively weak, to the tune of 110 to 120 per US dollar, the number of tourists visiting Japan explodes as the travel costs including airfare and hotel accommodations are much more affordable. However, here in Japan there is a boom of all things Japanese from the upcoming Olympic Games, the visit to ancient Kyoto, and the attractions of fish markets and Akihabara which showcases the newest technologies from the Land of the Rising Sun.
One of our first audiovisual packages that we published here at Classiarius was about the Olympics as we had viewed some research on the subject. Currently, the waves of visitors coming to Japan will likely hit over 31,000,000 by December 30, 2018 – this is impressive as these tourists are seeing all the sights. Note that we passed the new Olympic Stadium yesterday and saw groups of European and Australian tourists taking photographs of the stadium, which is being constructed at break-neck speed.
The Japanese government has released new statistics that point to 40 million visitors in 2020, up from 10 million in 2013 (remember this was only two years after a great earthquake leveled Tohoku) and 20 million for the first time in 2016. Keep in mind that the Japanese economy has benefitted from these tourists who travel from Tokyo to Osaka to Kyoto – soaking up the modern tech, Blade Runner-esque night views and temples and shrines.
Japan has continued to upgrade its airports and hotels to accommodate this explosion of tourists, with these upgrades giving Tokyo and Osaka a new energy and modern look. Please see our audiovisual packages – tourism research on our platform.