Japan sees record 31mn tourists in ’18

17 January, 2019 12:00 AM printer

TOKYO: Japan welcomed a record 31 million foreign visitors in 2018, official data showed on Wednesday (Jan 16), as the country gears up to host the Rugby World Cup this year and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The world's third largest economy, also known for its ancient temples and vibrant pop culture, welcomed 31.2 million visitors in 2018, up 8.7 per cent from the previous year, according to the Japan National Tourism Organisation, report agencies.

Fellow Asian countries dominated the inbound tourist figures, with more than eight million Chinese tourists (up 13.9 per cent) and 7.5 million South Koreans (up 5.6 per cent) visiting Japan.

Taiwanese tourists were next, accounting for 4.8 million people.