The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) revealed that 1,269,700 people visited Japan in July, a 26.6 per cent increase from last year and the largest recorded number ever.
According to the JNTO, the largest monthly number recorded was 1,231,000 people in April of this year. Arrivals have seen 18 consecutive months of positive growth, and has reached over 1 million people for 5 months straight.
According to a data organized from country to country, the largest number of visitors were Chinese (281,200 people), next Taiwanese (279,300 people), and South Korea (250,600 people).
Taiwan, Thai, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, US, Canada, France, and Germany all saw record highs in July.
US and Europe both show a two-figures upward trend. Canada, in addition to an expanding relationships with travel companies on both sides of the world, is also starting direct flights to Haneda.
This lead to a record of 15,800 visitors in July, 19.5 per cent increase over last year.
Promotions to visit Japan have reportedly stimulated desires of travellers looking for a summer getaway. The expansion of flights to Haneda airport in March this year and expanded number of chartered planes and ships from East Asian have also given the numbers a push.
The Director General of the Japan Tourism Agency, Narihito Kubo expects the number of visitor arrivals will reach the 12 million range in the next year, unless there are more natural disasters or extended causes for delayed flights.