If it seems like everyone on your Instagram feed has been to Japan lately, that’s because, well, they have. The populous (126 million-strong) country has seen a dramatic uptick in tourism over the last five years, with overseas visitor numbers increasing threefold from 10.3 million in 2014 to 31.1 million in 2018. In February this year, the month before the tourist-heavy sakura (cherry blossom) season began, Japan saw a record 2.6 million visitors, up 3.8 per cent on February 2018. While the UK currently account for 1.1 per cent of visitors to the Land of the Rising Sun, (Korea and China make up over 50 per cent of annual foreign visitors), with the Rugby World Cup in September and the Olympics to be held there in 2020, that number is sure to grow in the coming years. April sees the most visitors to Japan as sakura season reaches full bloom making for incredibly pretty scenery. Another spike in visitor numbers is October, when the autumn leaves turn gold and Japan is also an excellent destination for a long-haul skiing trip come winter. We recently spent a week in Japan in mid-April (catching the end of the cherry blossom season), and below… Read full this story
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