As of August, over 8,600,000 foreigners have visited Japan so far in 2014. This represents a 25.8% increase relative to the same period last year, and it looks as if the number of visitors to Japan this year will be substantially higher than last year’s total of 10,363,000. Historically, Japan has had an economically weak hotel sector which has not reached the levels expected of the world’s third largest economy. In recent years, the sector has grown after undergoing a major recovery following the damage endured during the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

AsiaOne, Foreign Tourists Hit Record High in Japan, 2013
Japan National Tourism Organization, 2014 statistics

Table of Contents

  • Attitudes to Tourism
  • Accommodation Options
    • Traditional
    • Western-Style
    • Dormitories & Hostels
    • Unconventional Options
    • Apartment Rental
  • Omotenashi
  • Further Reading
  • Relevant Organisations and Trade Fairs