The latest survey on foreign travelers’ spending trend, reported by Japan Tourism Agency, finds that travel spending in Japan by foreign travelers totaled 706.6 billion JPY in the first quarter of 2015, 64.4% more than a year ago. The quarterly result was the first over 700 billion JPY and renewed the previous records for five consecutive quarters.
Spending per capita was up 14.4% to 171,028 JPY on average. Spending by a Chinese traveler was remarkably up 20.9% to 300,000 JPY on average, and spending by Chinese travelers totaled 277.5 billion JPY (+133.7%).
By category, spending for shopping per capita was up 35.5% to 71,926 JPY, which accounted for 42% of the total spending. As far as a Chinese traveler is concerned, spending for shopping per capita was up 35% to 176,975 JPY, which accounted for 58.9% of the total spending. Spending for accommodation per capita was down 2.8% to 44,533 JPY as the average overnights reduced to 10.9 nights from 13.1 nights a year ago.