The demand for Japan from Russian tourists has been steadily growing in recent years. This year the trend will continue due to lower prices for tours. This will be connected with an increase of the intensity of flights and an expansion of the geography of flights: Aeroflot launches flights to Osaka in the summer season.
Ms. Motokura, director of the Moscow office of JNTO (Japan National Tourism Organization). reminded that last year Russian tourists set a record of visiting Japan - 120 thousand tourists visited the country, which is 26% more than a year earlier.
This year, the growth trend continues: in January 2020, Japan hosted 8,4 thousand tourists from Russia, which is 33% higher than in January 2019 (6 316 Russian tourists). In total, 2 million 661 thousand tourists from all over the world visited Japan in January.
According to Ms. Motokura, there are several reasons for the positive dynamics in the Russian market: a loyal visa policy, active promotion of the tourism potential of Japan and, of course, an increase in transportation volumes, both from Moscow and the regions of the Far East.
“This year, new Aeroflot flights will help to increase tourist flow to Japan. The carrier will operate on the Moscow-Osaka route with a frequency of 4 times a week,” said Airi Motokura. The start of the flight program from Moscow to Osaka is scheduled for June 1. Tickets are already on sale.
Takeshi Kodama, vice president and regional manager of Japan Airlines (JAL) for the markets of Russia and the CIS, also said that starting 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 from the center of Tokyo (Narita Airport locates more than 70 km away).