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Foreign tourists enrich areas beyond Japan's sightseeing corridor

Repeat visitors venture off Tokyo-Osaka-Kyoto 'golden route'

Destinations like Shirakawa-go, famous for its traditional houses, are gaining popularity among visitors to Japan. (Photo by Masayuki Kozono)

TOKYO -- Visitors to Japan spent roughly 1.8 trillion yen ($16.4 billion) outside Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto in 2018, exceeding their consumption in the capital, as the growing influx of tourists prompts people to choose alternate destinations.

Inbound consumption came to 4.8 trillion yen, according to the Japan Tourism Agency. Spending was greatest at 1.75 trillion yen in Tokyo, 874 billion yen in Osaka and 290 billion yen in Kyoto. The three cities are called the golden route as Japan's most popular destinations for foreigners.

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