International arrivals in Japan recovered to 2.18 million in September 2023, the same level of 2019

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) announced that the number of international visitors in Japan in September 2023 was 2,184,300, recovering to a 3.9% reduction compared to the same month 2019 (2,272,833).  The total in the first nine months of 2023 reached 17.4 million visitors, 28.8% fewer visitors than the same period of 2019.

The largest source market continued to be South Korea with 570,400 visitors(up 83.4% over 2019), followed by Taiwan with 385,300 visitors (up 2.4%), China with 325,600 (down 60.2%), U.S. with 156,600 visitors (up 23.1%) and Hong Kong with 151,100 visitors (down 3.1%).

The entire market was boosted especially by increases in visitors from Southeast Asia and North America including Canada. Visitors from 15 source markets were record-high for September.

According to OAG, international flights arriving in six major airports in Japan (Narita, Haneda, Kansai, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo) recovered to a 23.3% decrease (16,383 flights) compared to September 2019, and available seats to a 22% reduction (3.86 million seats). Haneda handled more flights (4,100) and available seats (999,089) than September 2019. 

The following graph shows international visitor arrivals by month and by source market.




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