The tourist flow from Russia to Japan continues to grow: in January - November 2019, the country was visited by more than 111 thousand Russians, which is 25,5% higher than last year's results. A significant role in this is played the advertising of the destination, and the increase of transportation volumes.
The interest of tourists from all over the world in Japan, according to Airi Motokur, the director of the Moscow office of the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), annually demonstrates positive dynamics. According to the results of 11 months of this year, 29 million tourists visited Japan, which is 2,8% higher than the data for the same period last year. The plans of the tourism authorities of the country are to increase the tourist flow to 40 million people by 2020.
As for Russia, it ranks third in terms of the growth of tourist flow to Japan. “Three years ago we opened the JNTO representative office in Moscow. In 2016, volumes were significantly lower - about 54 839 tourists from Russia. Then, we set ambitious goals - to reach 111 thousand tourists from Russia by 2019. Today we have already completed this task,” said Ms. Motokur.
Starting March 29, the departure airport in Moscow will be changed. Japan Airlines will fly daily to Tokyo from Sheremetyevo instead Domodedovo. Also in the summer schedule, Aeroflot will launch new flights from Sheremetyevo to Osaka with a frequency of four times a week.
Also from March 29, 2020, the airport of arrival in Tokyo will be changed. The flights from Moscow will be operated not to Narita Airport, as it is now, but to Haneda Airport, which is conveniently located - just 16 km away from the center of Tokyo.
In addition, Japan Airlines will operate flights from Vladivostok to Tokyo (Narita) from February 28, 2020 with a frequency of 3 times a week, and from March 29 the flights will become daily. In total, four airlines will fly to Japan from Vladivostok five times a day.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.