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Number of overseas tourists in Tokyo 2010-2019

In 2019, the number of inbound tourists visiting Tokyo in Japan amounted to around 15.2 million, a record high within the last decade. The number of foreign visitors dropped to a temporary low in 2011 due to the Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred in March of the same year, but had constantly increased during the rest of the decade to reach nearly thrice its 2010 value.

Why did foreign visitor numbers in Tokyo increase during the past decade?

Foreign visitor numbers significantly increased in the whole of Japan during the past decade, reflecting the Japanese government’s endeavors to promote tourism and proliferate Japanese culture. This is perhaps best embodied by the marketing term “Cool Japan” developed by Japan’s government. Various policies and long-term projects, such as the “Inbound Travel Promotion Project”, or the “Promotion of MICE Hosting and Attraction”, had been devised to attract international tourists. The government started investing substantially in tourism more than a decade ago, as it realized the potential of tourism to invigorate the Japanese economy. The improvement of facilities and infrastructure to meet foreign expectations were accompanied by the relaxation of visa entry requirements, which resulted in heightened inbound travel.

How does Tokyo compare to other places in Japan?

Tokyo was the most visited prefecture among international tourists , with nearly half of foreign travelers coming to Japan paying a visit to the capital. This situation was also reflected in data regarding airports. Narita International and Tokyo International (Haneda) were among the leading airports in terms of the number of passengers handled on international flights and together accounted for more than half the international entries by airplane to the country.

Who is visiting?

Most international visitors to Japan come from Asian countries, with China, South Korea, and Taiwan occupying the first three places. Visitor numbers from the U.S. are the only exception to the otherwise predominant Asian traveler base, with figures surpassing the one million mark regularly.

Number of inbound tourists to Tokyo, Japan from 2010 to 2019

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

2010 to 2019

Supplementary notes

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