ArrowArtboardCreated with Sketch.Title ChevronTitle ChevronIcon FacebookIcon LinkedinIcon Mail ContactPath LayerIcon MailPositive ArrowIcon Print

Asian tourists push Japan visitor spending tally to record $40bn

Figures for 2017 also hint at a need to adapt to travelers' changing habits

Tourists check out Tokyo's Asakusa district. (Photo by Maho Obata)

TOKYO -- International visitors to Japan spent a record 4.41 trillion yen ($39.87 billion) in 2017, with tourists from the rest of Asia driving much of the growth, fresh statistics show.

Overall tourist spending increased 17.8% from 2016, crossing the 4 trillion yen mark for the first time, according to preliminary data released by the Japan Tourism Agency on Tuesday. The number of travelers also grew 19.3% on the year to a new high of 28.69 million.

Sponsored Content

About Sponsored Content This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau.

Nikkei Asian Review, now known as Nikkei Asia, will be the voice of the Asian Century.

Celebrate our next chapter
Free access for everyone - Sep. 30

Find out more