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Spending per international traveler in Japan in the last three months of 2022 exceeded the pre-pandemic level

Spending per international traveler in Japan in the last three months of 2022 exceeded the pre-pandemic level

Spending in Japan by international travelers for three months from October to December 2022 was estimated at 595.2 billion JPY. Spending per international traveler was up 24.6% to 212,000 JPY even compared to three years ago.
International arrivals in Japan in December 2022 were 1.5 times more than the previous month, totaling 3.8 million in 2022

International arrivals in Japan in December 2022 were 1.5 times more than the previous month, totaling 3.8 million in 2022

The number of international arrivals in Japan in 2022 was 3,831,900, which were 88% fewer arrivals than 2019. In December 2022, arrivals were up 1.5 times to 1.37 million compared to November. The largest source market in December 2022 was South Korea with 456,100 visitors.
The Japanese government mandates pre-departure negative certificate and PCR test on arrival for travelers from China

The Japanese government mandates pre-departure negative certificate and PCR test on arrival for travelers from China

The Japanese government has enhanced entry control for travelers who stay in China (except Hong Kong and Macao) and fly to Japan directly from China (except Hong Kong and Macao) since January 8 2023, requiring pre-departure negative certificate (72 hours before departure) and PCR test on arrival.
Foreigner arrivals in Japan were close to 1 million in November 2022 with more arrivals from South Korea than 2019

Foreigner arrivals in Japan were close to 1 million in November 2022 with more arrivals from South Korea than 2019

the number of international arrivals in Japan almost doubled to 934,500 in November 2022 from 498,600 in the previous month. The largest source market in November 2022 was South Korea with 315,400 visitors, which were 53.8% more than even November 2019.
Virgin Australia will launch its first Japan service from Cairns in June 2023, expanding code-shares with ANA

Virgin Australia will launch its first Japan service from Cairns in June 2023, expanding code-shares with ANA

Virgin Australia announced launch of its first Japan service between Cairns and Haneda with the Boeing 737-8 on June 28 2023, expanding code-share flights with ANA. They expect that Japanese passengers may be 60 to 70% of the total on average through a year.
Princess Cruise will restart Japan cruises in March 2023, offering 22 courses on 32 departure days

Princess Cruise will restart Japan cruises in March 2023, offering 22 courses on 32 departure days

Princes Cruise will restart cruises in Japan in March 2023, offering 22 courses on 32 departure days in the period between March 13 and November 9 2023.
Kyoto City saw the post-pandemic highest hotel occupancy rate in October 2022 and 4 times more inbound travelers than September 2022

Kyoto City saw the post-pandemic highest hotel occupancy rate in October 2022 and 4 times more inbound travelers than September 2022

The occupancy rate of 116 hotels in Kyoto City in October 2022 was up 9.3 points over September 2022 or up 24.9 points over October 2021 to 63.7%. Japanese guest nights in October 2022 totaled 533,611, which was 12.4% more nights than September 2022.
Japanese guest nights were up 5.8% in October 2022 even compared to pre-pandemic, boosted by the travel discount program

Japanese guest nights were up 5.8% in October 2022 even compared to pre-pandemic, boosted by the travel discount program

The total number of Japanese guest nights in October 2022 (provisionally) was up 32.5% year on year to 42.1 million, which were up 5.8% even compared to October 2019. The occupancy rate was 52.6% overall, higher than 49.5% in September 2022.
Navitime, a Japan’s leading navigation app, sees a rapid increase in searches for tourist spots in Japan by international users

Navitime, a Japan’s leading navigation app, sees a rapid increase in searches for tourist spots in Japan by international users

Navitime Japan, a Japan’s leading navigation solution provider, says ‘Japan Travel by NAVITIME’ have increased rapidly in September and October 2022. Searches by users in Asia particularly grew, and Hokkaido, Yamanashi and Oita were more searched.
A new platform to book high quality experiences in Japan debuts, covering from traditional cultures to outdoor activities

A new platform to book high quality experiences in Japan debuts, covering from traditional cultures to outdoor activities

Japan Culture and Technology (J-CAT) recently launched a local experience booking platform ‘Otonami’ listing a variety of high quality tour contents.
Japan welcomed 2.5 times more international visitors in October 2022 than previous month, reflected by open of the border

Japan welcomed 2.5 times more international visitors in October 2022 than previous month, reflected by open of the border

The number of international arrivals in Japan in October 2022 was 498,600, which were up 2.5 times from 206,500 in September 2022, but remained a 80% decrease compared to three years ago.
Spending in Japan by international visitors this summer is estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day

Spending in Japan by international visitors this summer is estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day

Spending in Japan by international visitors for three months from July to September 2022 was estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day.
 Malaysia Airlines to increase flights for Japan to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines to increase flights for Japan to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines has augmented its Kuala Lumpur-Japan network since November 2022 to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia, increasing flights for Haneda and Narita.
Japan National Tourism Organization focuses on higher-valued travel toward full-scale recovery of the inbound travel market

Japan National Tourism Organization focuses on higher-valued travel toward full-scale recovery of the inbound travel market

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has restarted full-scale promotions to the world, following practical open of the border on October 11 2022, focusing on adventure tourism as well as higher-valued travel from Europe, U.S. and Australia particularly.
Web-based CIQ for Japan ‘Visit Japan Web’ integrates health app ‘MySOS’ to make faster immigration possible

Web-based CIQ for Japan ‘Visit Japan Web’ integrates health app ‘MySOS’ to make faster immigration possible

Digital Agency of Japan will integrate ‘My SOS,’ a health certificate app, into ‘Visit Japan Web’ on November 1 2022 to make faster immigration possible.
International arrivals in Japan exceeded 200,000 in September 2022 for the first time in the pandemic

International arrivals in Japan exceeded 200,000 in September 2022 for the first time in the pandemic

The number of international arrivals in Japan in September 2022 was 206,500, which were the first over 200,000 a month in the pandemic. Compared to August 2019 (2,272,883 arrivals), the result remained a 90.9% decrease.
Universal Studios Japan introduces Alipay+ in the park and seeks a chance to collaborate with Fliggy

Universal Studios Japan introduces Alipay+ in the park and seeks a chance to collaborate with Fliggy

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) and Ant Group signed a corporate marketing partnership contract to introduce Alipay+ payment service in the park, expecting that the partnership will raise payment conveniences for visitors to Japan from Asia.
Searches for travel in Japan on OTA have been growing since lifting of the remaining inbound travel restrictions was announced

Searches for travel in Japan on OTA have been growing since lifting of the remaining inbound travel restrictions was announced

Searches for travel in Japan on major OTAs have been growing since the Japanese government announced the remaining travel restrictions on foreigners would be lifted on October 11 2022.
International arrivals in August 2022 were still 170,000 only, despite more than 100,000 for five consecutive months

International arrivals in August 2022 were still 170,000 only, despite more than 100,000 for five consecutive months

the number of international arrivals in Japan in August 2022 was 169,800 only. The partial reopen of the inbound travel market since June 2022 did not work well, though arrivals were more than 100,000 for five consecutive months.
Japan will fully open the border on October 11 2022 by lifting visa requirement for foreigners and the limited entry cap a day

Japan will fully open the border on October 11 2022 by lifting visa requirement for foreigners and the limited entry cap a day

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan will fully open the border on October 11 2022 by lifting visa requirement for foreigners and the limited entry cap a day.