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Number of visitor arrivals to Japan down 5.3%

Japan Kanazawa

Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) announced the total number of travelers visiting Japan in September 2018.

The number of foreign tourists to Japan dropped for the first time in more than five years during September. Japan experienced the biggest fall in arrivals from Hong Kong (-23.8%), followed by South Korea (-13.9%).

On the other hand, the biggest increased in arrivals is recorded from Italy (20.6%), followed by Russia (17.1%) and Spain (13.1%).

According to reports, Typhoon Jebi and earthquake beginning of the month are believed to be the reasons of the fall in tourist arrivals.

Typhoon Jebi, the strongest tropical cyclone to strike Japan in 25 years, ripped through Osaka on Sept 4, flooding the country’s third most-used airport and cancelling inbound flights for weeks.

Just days later, a magnitude 6.7 quake struck Hokkaido in northern Japan, killing more than 40 people and knocking out power to the entire island.

Preliminary figures estimated by JNTO

Country/Area

Total

Total

2017
September

2018
September

growth rate ( %)

2017
Jan. - Sep.

2018
Jan. - Sep.

growth
rate ( % )

Grand Total

2,280,406

2,159,600

-5.3

21,196,584

23,468,500

10.7

South Korea

556,885

479,700

-13.9

5,217,993

5,697,900

9.2

China

678,313

652,700

-3.8

5,560,590

6,448,300

16.0

Taiwan

347,796

329,100

-5.4

3,460,265

3,689,800

6.6

Hong Kong

165,513

126,200

-23.8

1,680,296

1,661,700

-1.1

Thailand

49,526

54,400

9.8

673,307

783,000

16.3

Singapore

22,203

23,400

5.4

235,088

260,800

10.9

Malaysia

26,478

26,700

0.8

283,261

306,100

8.1

Indonesia

22,041

24,400

10.7

244,322

282,500

15.6

Philippines

22,473

24,800

10.4

292,754

354,000

20.9

Vietnam

25,388

29,300

15.4

231,879

291,200

25.6

India

11,513

13,300

15.5

102,071

116,700

14.3

Australia

44,102

48,600

10.2

359,152

401,500

11.8

U.S.A.

100,174

104,600

4.4

1,017,960

1,128,500

10.9

Canada

22,312

23,100

3.5

224,133

241,000

7.5

United Kingdom

27,114

26,900

-0.8

229,317

246,900

7.7

France

18,283

20,100

9.9

202,272

230,800

14.1

Germany

18,316

20,000

9.2

146,119

159,500

9.2

Italy

10,203

12,300

20.6

94,571

114,500

21.1

Russia

6,492

7,600

17.1

54,385

68,500

26.0

Spain

9,374

10,600

13.1

74,804

90,000

20.3

Others

95,907

101,800

6.1

812,045

895,300

10.3

Source: JAPAN NATIONAL TOURISM ORGANIZATION





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