Japan gears up for record tourism ·

Japan gears up for record tourism

Already one of the fastest growing tourism destinations worldwide, with the hosting of the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in 2020, Japan is gearing up for further record international visitation. Its inbound goal of 40 million visitors by 2020 makes Japan one of the top 10 most visited countries in the world. This increase represents an exceptional 28% leap from 31.2 million in 2018, particularly when considering that inbound has already increased by 300% in the past 5 years.

Japan inbound airline capacity is now increasing rapidly, with greater frequency of existing carriers and the introduction of new carriers and routes into the country. Within Australia a new daily ANA flight from Perth to Narita commenced on 1st September 2019. Qantas launches new direct seasonal flights from Sydney to Sapporo from 16 December 2019 to 28 March 2020 to meet growing ski demand. This is on top of the extra 32 weekly direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane over the past few years, and more flights to Japan from other Australian cities are expected to be announced soon.

Besides Tokyo it is Central Japan that will benefit greatly from this increase, and the region is already gearing up. Development in tourism infrastructure is underway, including a massive anime theme park, the introduction of new global hotel brands, extensive convention and exhibition facilities and the world’s fastest transportation system.

In 2022 Hayao Miyazaki’s iconic film Studio Ghibli, known for making Academy Award-winning Spirited Away, will officially open the world’s first anime theme park at Aichi Commemorative Park near Nagoya.

Japan is welcoming for the first time an increase of globally recognised hotel brands in regional cities to further meet inbound visitor expectations. Inuyama, in Japan’s Aichi Prefecture, will get its first internationally-branded IHG Indigo hotel. IHG has signed an agreement with Nagoya-based Meitetsu to open Hotel Indigo Inuyama Urakuen Garden in late 2021. Boasting a garden setting beside Kiso River and the historic national treasure of Inuyama Castle, its 150 guest rooms support a traditional onsen and spa. Kanazawa, on Japan’s north coast in the Hokuriku region, also sees the opening of a Hyatt Centric hotel and a Hyatt House hotel in mid-2020. This hotel complex near the JR Station offers 250 guest rooms and 90 apartment-style suites, with restaurants, a rooftop bar, a fitness centre and meeting facilities.

JR Central’s Chuo Shinkansen maglev line is currently under construction between Tokyo and Nagoya, with plans for extension to Osaka. The line is expected to start operating in 2027 and will connect Tokyo to Nagoya in 40 minutes (from its current 1 hour and 40 minutes), and eventually Tokyo and Osaka in 67 minutes (from its current 2 hours and 30 minutes), running at a maximum speed of 505 km per hour.

Central Japan offers so much of the country’s cultural authenticity. Now it will be so much more accessible for international visitors. Discovery of Japan’s ancient samurai Nakasendo Trail and the destinations of Nagoya, Ise, Takayama and Kanazawa are now just so much easier!

About Central Japan

Central Japan: an area which encompasses the nine prefectures of Aichi, Toyama, Ishikawa, Fukui, Nagano, Gifu, Shizuoka, Mie and Shiga, including the three major metropolitan areas Nagoya, Shizuoka and Hamamatsu. It occupies the centre of Japan’s main island, Honshu, and lies between Tokyo and Kyoto.

The key tourism themes of Central Japan include samurai, ninja, sacred Mt. Fuji, the mystery of Geisha, Shinto shrines and medieval castles, traditional village life, enigmatic festivals, secluded onsen hot springs and ancient pilgrimage routes.

For more information about Central Japan https://en.go-centraljapan.jp

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