Digital Wallet for Osaka Kansai EXPO is in service on November 1, naming e-money as ‘MYAKU-PE！’ and reward point as ‘MYAKU-PO！’
‘EXPO 2025 Digital Wallet’ service started on November 1 2023 to connect the EXPO with wallet users, nicknaming e-money as ‘MYAKU-PE!' and reward point as ‘MYAKU-PO!’
Tourism Expo Japan 2023 was held in Osaka to appeal tourism in Japan to the world toward EXPO 2025 Osaka Kansai
Four-days ‘Tourism Expo Japan 2023 Osaka/Kansai’ was held with a theme of ‘OPEN THE DOOR TO THE FUTURE,’ from October 26 to 29 2023 to showcase the future of diversified tourism industries in Japan after the pandemic.
The most-attractive prefecture in Japan is Hokkaido for 15 years in a row, and seven prefectures raise tourism attractiveness rankings
Brand Research Institute' survey finds that the most-attractive prefecture was Hokkaido for 15 years in a row, and the most-attractive city was Sapporo for three years in a row.
Spending in Japan by international travelers for the third quarter of 2023 (July to September 2023) was estimated at 1.39 trillion JPY, and the top market was China with 282.7 billion JPY.
Japanese outbound travelers exceeded 1 million for two months in a row, but still reduced by 40% over 2019
The number of Japanese overseas travelers were 1,004,700 in September 2023, marking more than 1 million for two months in a row, but the result was still down 42.6% compared to September 2019.
The number of international visitors in Japan in September 2023 was 2,184,300, recovering to a 3.9% reduction compared to the same month 2019. The largest source market continued to be South Korea with 570,400 visitors.
Japanese government approves a policy package for measures against over-tourism, emphasizing joint tourism promotions with local communities
The Japanese government approved a policy package for measures against over-tourism with three pillars of manner eduction, more international visitors to local regions and joint tourism promotions with local communities.
Tourism DX on an app for rent-a-bicycle users is tested in Shimanami area, a popular destination in Japan for cyclists
Shimanami Japan, a local DMO, has started tourism DX demonstration on its app for rent-a-bicycle users in Shimanami area in order to increase local spending by them.
Princess Cruises starts selling Yokohama-based cruises in 2025, serving 17 cruises to rediscover Japan
Princess Cruises has started selling Yokohama-based cruises in 2025, serving 17 cruises visiting 34 cities in South Korea and Taiwan as well as in Japan.
Air Asia X will restart serving Kuala Lumpur- Sapporo flights, expecting to carry inbound travelers from Malaysia
Air Aisa X will restart serving four flights a week on the Kuala Lumpur- Sapporo route on December 3 2023.Hokkaido is a popular destination for Malaysians.
A leading Japanese cruise operator unveils a new luxury ship, targeting not only regular senior travelers but also new customers
MOL Cruises announced that the Japanese cruise operator will begin operating a new cruise ship ‘MITSUI OCEAN FUJI’ in December 2024, expecting to attract senior working people or couples in Japan and even inbound travelers as new customers.
Booking.com apologizes the unpaid matter to partners, explaining it results from shift to a new payment system
Booking.com released a apology letter to partners regarding delay of payment to partners and explained that it happened in the process of shifting to a new payment system to secure higher security.
Celebrity Cruises will serve four Japan-based cruises in 2023 and expand to 18 cruises in total through 2024, expecting to welcome more than 30,000 passengers on board.
Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau installs generative AI on its official website, responding inquiries with more than 20 different languages
Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau will install multi-language generative AI ‘Kotozna laMondoI’ with a capability of more than 20 different languages on its official website.
NAVITIME Japan navigation app clarifies which cities in Japan are getting popular among tourists from Europe and U.S.
NAVITIME Japan, a navigation app provider of Japan, revealed which cities in Japan is getting popular among tourists from U.S., U.K., Germany, France, Spain and Italy, based on the search results on ‘Japan Travel by NAVITIME’ app.
Okinawa forecasts that tourists will reduce 20% to 8.22 million in 2023 compared to 2019, as domestic tourists recover to the pre-pandemic level
Okinawa Convention & Visitors Bureau (OCVB) has forecasted that the number of tourists to Okinawa will increase by 44.3% year on year to 8.22 million in 2023. International arrivals in Okinawa are expected to reduce 65.5% to 1.02 million compared to 2019.
JTB Outbound Travel Report 2023 says that the Japan’s outbound travel market in 2022 was affected by weaker Yen and rise in prices in destinations
JTB published ‘JTB Outbound Travel Report 2023,' saying the outbound travel market of Japan was far from full-scale recovery because of weaker Yen and rise in prices in destinations.
Japan is selected as top 3 ‘next destination’ in 11 APAC markets, and 85% want to spend more money for local experiences
Japan is selected as top 3 ‘next destination’ in all of the 12 targeted APAC markets except India, according to Klook, an experience booking platform. In contrast, 84% of Japanese respondents select Japan as the next destination.
International arrivals in Narita Airport in August 2023 recovered to the same level of 2019, while Japanese passengers were still less than half
Passengers using Narita International Airport were up 91% year on year to 3.21 million in August 2023. International flight passengers totaled 2.41 million, 155% more than a year ago or 29% fewer than August in 2019.
JTB sells a New Year cruise tour for Guam and Saipan on a TV shopping program in ties-up with QVC Japan
JTB has began selling a 9-days New Year cruise tour for Guam and Saipan with MSC Bellissima on the Shopping Channel QVC, a TV shopping program.