Push to Make Japan More Tourist Freindly

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Photo by lestaylorphoto.

Just came across this article published by the Yomiuri Shimbun on how Japan wants to put a greater effort into promoting tourism. Of course the devastating tsunami and resulting nuclear scare has certainly effected the tourism numbers, I had no idea how low they actually were.

Japan ranked 39th in the world as a destination for foreign visitors in 2011, trailing far behind China (third), Malaysia (ninth), Thailand (15th) and South Korea (25th). Although the earthquake and tsunami disaster must be factored into the equation, the figures are sobering.

While it’s too soon to tell how Japan will increase their tourism draw, there are already a few ideas (yay more internet!) already being purposed.

The tourism industry must improve its capability to disseminate information on expenses, facilities and services, and increase the number of places where Internet service is accessible free of charge, thereby improving the environment for foreign tourists to travel easily and comfortably.

You can read the full article here.

2 Responses to “Push to Make Japan More Tourist Freindly”

  1. JC  on May 18th, 2013

    I don’t see why its ranked so low. I’m currently spending a 2 month extended vacation in Japan. I’ve only been in Tokyo and there is so much to do and see here. Everyone is so friendly and helpful, as I don’t speak much of a drop of Japanese.

    Even just aimlessly roaming the streets here is a pleasure.

    For a view of old Japan you could take a day trip to Kamakura from Tokyo. Also you could take a bullet train to Kyoto.

    Love it here.

  2. Travis  on May 18th, 2013

    Agreed JC. It’s funny what ideas people get in their heads when they only educate themselves from mass media :) Have fun on your trip. We’d love to hear about it!

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