The number of Russians who crossed the Japanese border in 2019 increased by 26,6% compared to the same period last year and amounted to 120 000 people. This was reported by the Moscow office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO).
The 2019 figure for the Russian tourist flow to Japan is a record for all the time. In 2018, 94 810 tourists from Russia visited Japan.
At the same time, as it was noted in the JNTO, the flow of tourists in the winter season is growing. So, in December 2019, 8 800 Russians visited Japan, which is 39,8% higher than last year's figures, when a little more than 6 000 people visited the country.
The increase in tourist flow, according to JNTO, is connected with an increase of flights and frequency from the Far East, an increase of seats in airplanes flying from Moscow to Tokyo, and the active promotion of Japan as a tourist destination.
Russia also is in the Japanese TOP-5 countries leading in terms of the annual growth rate of tourist flow to the country. Vietnam is leading in growth (+ 27,3%), followed by Great Britain (+ 27%), Russia is in the third place (+ 26,6%), followed by the Philippines (21,7%) and Thailand (16,5%).
In total, more than 31 million people from around the world came to Japan in 2019, which is 2,2% higher than last year's figures. In the TOP-3 in terms of the absolute number of tourists, as before, are China (9 594 300 people), South Korea (5 584 600 people) and Taiwan (4 890 600 people), JNTO reports.