Domestic and foreign tourism contribution to Japanese GDP 2019

In 2019, domestic travel spending generated around 81 percent of the direct travel and tourism GDP, compared to foreign visitor spending which made up 19 percent. Travel and tourism accounted for about two percent of Japan’s total GDP.

How does Japan’s inbound tourism industry compare internationally?

Looking at global tourism trends, Japan was just shy of the top 10 performing countries, ranking eleventh in the world in terms of international tourist arrivals in 2019. Japan’s inbound tourism industry has generated high expectations, likely due to the number of international visitor arrivals having more than tripled in the past decade. Concerning international tourism revenue, Japan ranked ninth in the world in 2019. Tourism expenditure of foreign visitors experienced considerable growth in recent years, yet domestic tourism still accounts for the lion’s share of Japan’s travel and tourism expenditure.

Which sectors of domestic tourism generate revenue?

Looking at domestic tourism by travel purpose, more than two-thirds of the expenditure was generated by leisure travel, while the rest was produced by business travel. From the perspective of trip length, domestic tourism expenditure on overnight trips was more than three times as high as domestic tourism expenditure on day trips.

Distribution of domestic and foreign tourism's contribution to the gross domestic product in Japan in 2019

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March 2020



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