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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.

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