International arrivals in Japan totaled 2.3 million in July 2023, recovering to 80% of the 2019 level

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) reported that the number of international arrivals in Japan in July  2023 was down 22.4% to 2,320,600 compared to the same month 2019. The total for the first seven months reached 13,032,900.  

The largest source market was South Korea with 626,800 visitors(up 11.6% over 2019), followed by Taiwan with 422,300 visitors (down 8.0%),  China with 313,300 visitors (down 70.2%),  Hong Kong with 216,400 visitors (down 0.2%), and U.S. with 198,800 visitors (up 26.7%). Visitors from China are expected to increase more because group travels from China to Japan have been restarted since August 10. 

More visitors than July 2019 were seen in 12 source markets, such as Philippines (up 36.9%) or Canada (up 32.5%). 

According to OAG, international flights arriving in six major airports in Japan (Narita, Haneda, Kansai, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo) recovered to a 27.5% decrease compared to July 2019. Haneda handled 4,126 flights and 1 million available seats, both of which were more than the same month of 2019, and Fukuoka recovered to 90% of the 2019 level in terms of both flights and available seats.  

The following graph shows international visitor arrivals by month and by source market.




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