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Japan logs 3.8m visitors for 2022, 15 times more than 2021

Gradual tourism recovery continues but pre-pandemic highs remain elusive

Tokyo's Asakusa district is packed with tourists on Dec. 26, as Japan revives its COVID-hit travel industry.

TOKYO -- Japan welcomed an estimated 3.83 million visitors in 2022, over 15 times more than the 245,900 it logged in 2021, thanks to a full border reopening.

Preliminary statistics released by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) on Wednesday showed that the industry still has a long way to go to repeat the boom seen before the COVID-19 pandemic. The number of visitors last year was still 88% lower than that for 2019.

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