The number of foreign tourists arriving in Japan in October increased more than fivefold from the previous month to 288,909, government data showed on Friday, as the country lifted nearly all COVID-19-related entry restrictions on 11 october.
From October 1 to 10, the daily number of foreign tourists entering Japan was around 1,900, but rose to around 12,900 after the government removed its cap on daily arrivals and its ban on individual and non-individual travel. organized, according to the Japan Tourism Agency. .
The agency compiled the preliminary figures based on data from the Japan Immigration Services Agency, revealing them at a meeting of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
As of Monday, the number of foreign tourists to Japan in November was 140,315, the agency said.
“Many tourist destinations are seeing more travelers than at the same time last year,” Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Tetsuo Saito told a press conference.
In October 2019, before the pandemic, the number of foreign tourists to Japan exceeded 2 million.
The government has lifted entry restrictions that required foreign tourists to travel on package tours and obtain a visa if they are citizens of one of the 68 countries and regions with which Japan had a visa agreement. waiver before the pandemic, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.