Japan Tourism Agency announced that the number of Japanese guest nights was up 37.5% to 21 million in May 2021 (preliminary report) compared to March 2020, but still down 50.1% compared to March 2019. International guest nights were just 240,000.
The average occupancy rate was 27%, worse than 31.7% in April because of the third declaration of a state of emergency in Tokyo and Osaka during the big holiday Golden Week.. The rates of all accommodation types remained low: 17.8% for ryokan, 20.6% for resort hotel, 24.5% for budget hotel and 35.4% for city hotel.
By prefecture, the highest occupancy rate was found in Shimane with 48.5%, while the lowest in Nagano with 18.7%. Low occupancy rates were also seen in Tokyo with 32.8%, Osaka with 23.4%, Hokkaido with 28.3% and Okinawa with 26.2%.