In 2019, Japan recorded its highest number of foreign visitors , ending a ten-year growth period in the country’s tourism sector, with more international travelers using Japanese railways than ever before in the decade. Visitors are also increasingly choosing to travel with a JR Pass as the number of pass sales doubled during the year.
Japan’s tourism boom in 2019 in figures
The number of foreign visitors to Japan reached its highest level in 12 months, reaching 2.3 million in September 2019.
68,400 British tourists visited Japan in October 2019, enough to fill 51 Shinkansen trains during the peak period.
Japan ends the decade with its highest overall tourism statistics in the past ten years (more than 32.5 million foreign visitors).
In 2019, Japan welcomed 3% more train passengers compared to 2018, reaching 25.6 million rail passengers .
The number of JR Passes sold in 2019 doubled compared to the previous year, with 44% more American citizens buying a pass, as well as 8.5% more British travelers.
Japan carries 4.5 million more rail passengers per year than the German railways, despite 28,000 fewer rail routes.
The number of international travelers to Japan in September 2019 reached 2.3 million (an increase of 5.2% compared to 2018).
Japan’s revolutionary transportation plans for 2020
Japan aims to target 40 million foreign visitors in 2020, with a high number of vacationers scheduled for the Tokyo Olympics .
This year will also see the launch of the N700S Shinkansen trains on the Tokaido Shinkansen line between Tokyo and Osaka . The N700S class is the first improved Bullet type train to be introduced in 13 years and has the potential to reach speeds of 360 km / h.
A new station will be opened on the Yamanote line from Tokyo to serve events taking place in Tokyo Bay during the Olympic Games. The Takanawa entrance station will be the first new stop in 48 years on the Yamanote line.
The Tokyo Olympics will also host 100 autonomous vehicles , the operation of which is planned around the new station and the Olympic venues. These autonomous cars will be supplied by the national car manufacturers Nissan and Toyota.
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