Recent overseas travel destinations among Japanese 2019

According to a survey conducted in June 2019, the most popular destination of overseas travelers from Japan was the East Asian region surrounding South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao. In contrast, Western regions were among the most desired travel destinations, with Hawaii, France, and Italy leading the ranking.

Overseas travels from Japan

Japanese travelers undertake less than one overseas trip per year on average, with residents in large metropolitan regions such as Kanto and Kinki going on trips more frequently. A commonly stated reason against future travel plans was the financial burden that comes with the purchase of travel products. Therefore, regions in close proximity to the archipelago such as South Korea and Taiwan are typically popular destinations for short and affordable trips.

Japanese travelers

Despite the low participation in travel activities, the trend in Japanese residents going overseas exhibited a steady growth in recent years. Gender distributions reveal that men were making up the largest share of Japanese outbound travelers in the last decade, but the gender gap is shrinking as young adults are showing an increasing interest in overseas travel destinations.

Destinations of overseas travels* among Japanese people as of June 2019

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Release date

June 2019



Survey time period

June 12 to 14, 2019

Number of respondents

4,539 respondents

Age group

18 to 79 years

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

*Including business trips.

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