Japan Tourism Agency announced that the total number of guest nights was down 47.6% year on year to 25.5 million in September 2020 (preliminary report), which were divided into 25.3 million Japanese guest nights (-37.4%) and 210,000 international guest nights (-97.4%).
The monthly result of Japanese guest nights improved by 14.4 points from a 51.8% reduction in August 2020, clearly boosted by the government’s domestic travel recovery initiative ‘Go To Travel’ beginning on July 22 2020.
The average occupancy rate was still low with 35.6%, but improved from 31.9% in August: 29.2% for ryokan (-10.2 points), 34.1% for resort hotel (-25.7 points),43.9% for budget hotel (-32.4 points) and 34.5% for city hotel (-44.8 points), as the graph below shows.
By prefecture in August (secondary report), the lowest occupancy rate was found in Tokyo with 21.1% (-57.7 points), while the highest in Shimane with 43.4% (-18.1 points). By accommodation type, the highest rate for ryokan was 42.3% in Shizuoka, for resort hotel 63.1% in Ibaraki, for budget hotel 58.2% in Wakayama and for city hotel 55.2% in Kochi.