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Kyoto City saw the post-pandemic highest hotel occupancy rate in October 2022 and 4 times more inbound travelers than September 2022

Kyoto City saw the post-pandemic highest hotel occupancy rate in October 2022 and 4 times more inbound travelers than September 2022

The occupancy rate of 116 hotels in Kyoto City in October 2022 was up 9.3 points over September 2022 or up 24.9 points over October 2021 to 63.7%. Japanese guest nights in October 2022 totaled 533,611, which was 12.4% more nights than September 2022.
Japanese guest nights were up 5.8% in October 2022 even compared to pre-pandemic, boosted by the travel discount program

Japanese guest nights were up 5.8% in October 2022 even compared to pre-pandemic, boosted by the travel discount program

The total number of Japanese guest nights in October 2022 (provisionally) was up 32.5% year on year to 42.1 million, which were up 5.8% even compared to October 2019. The occupancy rate was 52.6% overall, higher than 49.5% in September 2022.
Navitime, a Japan’s leading navigation app, sees a rapid increase in searches for tourist spots in Japan by international users

Navitime, a Japan’s leading navigation app, sees a rapid increase in searches for tourist spots in Japan by international users

Navitime Japan, a Japan’s leading navigation solution provider, says ‘Japan Travel by NAVITIME’ have increased rapidly in September and October 2022. Searches by users in Asia particularly grew, and Hokkaido, Yamanashi and Oita were more searched.
A new platform to book high quality experiences in Japan debuts, covering from traditional cultures to outdoor activities

A new platform to book high quality experiences in Japan debuts, covering from traditional cultures to outdoor activities

Japan Culture and Technology (J-CAT) recently launched a local experience booking platform ‘Otonami’ listing a variety of high quality tour contents.
Japan welcomed 2.5 times more international visitors in October 2022 than previous month, reflected by open of the border

Japan welcomed 2.5 times more international visitors in October 2022 than previous month, reflected by open of the border

The number of international arrivals in Japan in October 2022 was 498,600, which were up 2.5 times from 206,500 in September 2022, but remained a 80% decrease compared to three years ago.
Spending in Japan by international visitors this summer is estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day

Spending in Japan by international visitors this summer is estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day

Spending in Japan by international visitors for three months from July to September 2022 was estimated at 163.1 billion JPY or 310,000 JPY a day.
 Malaysia Airlines to increase flights for Japan to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines to increase flights for Japan to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia

Malaysia Airlines has augmented its Kuala Lumpur-Japan network since November 2022 to meet growing traveler demands from Malaysia, increasing flights for Haneda and Narita.
Japan National Tourism Organization focuses on higher-valued travel toward full-scale recovery of the inbound travel market

Japan National Tourism Organization focuses on higher-valued travel toward full-scale recovery of the inbound travel market

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has restarted full-scale promotions to the world, following practical open of the border on October 11 2022, focusing on adventure tourism as well as higher-valued travel from Europe, U.S. and Australia particularly.
Web-based CIQ for Japan ‘Visit Japan Web’ integrates health app ‘MySOS’ to make faster immigration possible

Web-based CIQ for Japan ‘Visit Japan Web’ integrates health app ‘MySOS’ to make faster immigration possible

Digital Agency of Japan will integrate ‘My SOS,’ a health certificate app, into ‘Visit Japan Web’ on November 1 2022 to make faster immigration possible.
International arrivals in Japan exceeded 200,000 in September 2022 for the first time in the pandemic

International arrivals in Japan exceeded 200,000 in September 2022 for the first time in the pandemic

The number of international arrivals in Japan in September 2022 was 206,500, which were the first over 200,000 a month in the pandemic. Compared to August 2019 (2,272,883 arrivals), the result remained a 90.9% decrease.
Universal Studios Japan introduces Alipay+ in the park and seeks a chance to collaborate with Fliggy

Universal Studios Japan introduces Alipay+ in the park and seeks a chance to collaborate with Fliggy

Universal Studios Japan (USJ) and Ant Group signed a corporate marketing partnership contract to introduce Alipay+ payment service in the park, expecting that the partnership will raise payment conveniences for visitors to Japan from Asia.
Searches for travel in Japan on OTA have been growing since lifting of the remaining inbound travel restrictions was announced

Searches for travel in Japan on OTA have been growing since lifting of the remaining inbound travel restrictions was announced

Searches for travel in Japan on major OTAs have been growing since the Japanese government announced the remaining travel restrictions on foreigners would be lifted on October 11 2022.
International arrivals in August 2022 were still 170,000 only, despite more than 100,000 for five consecutive months

International arrivals in August 2022 were still 170,000 only, despite more than 100,000 for five consecutive months

the number of international arrivals in Japan in August 2022 was 169,800 only. The partial reopen of the inbound travel market since June 2022 did not work well, though arrivals were more than 100,000 for five consecutive months.
Japan will fully open the border on October 11 2022 by lifting visa requirement for foreigners and the limited entry cap a day

Japan will fully open the border on October 11 2022 by lifting visa requirement for foreigners and the limited entry cap a day

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida announced that Japan will fully open the border on October 11 2022 by lifting visa requirement for foreigners and the limited entry cap a day.
Japan National Tourism Organization develops AR experiences of the famous summer festival in Japan for Singapore

Japan National Tourism Organization develops AR experiences of the famous summer festival in Japan for Singapore

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) has launched a digital promotion using the AR technology in Singapore, in which a user can enjoy virtual experience of the famous summer festival ‘Nebuta’ in Aomori Prefecture on a smartphone.
Japan and Taiwan are working together for 7.5 million two-way travelers a year

Japan and Taiwan are working together for 7.5 million two-way travelers a year

The tourism promotion committee for Taiwan in Japan met the counterpart in Taiwan in Taoyuan City, Taiwan for 2022 Japan-Taiwan Tourism Summit to share a goal to achieve 7.5 million two-way travelers a year.
Japan Tourism Agency revises a guideline to accept a foreign tourist tour without a tour conductor

Japan Tourism Agency revises a guideline to accept a foreign tourist tour without a tour conductor

Japan Tourism Agency has revised "Guidelines for Accepting Foreign Tourists." A travel agency or a travel service arrangement agency is responsible for the tour. They have to make arrangements for round-trip air tickets and all accommodations throughout traveling in Japan before entering Japan.
A foreign tourist tour to Japan no longer needs a tour conductor on September 7

A foreign tourist tour to Japan no longer needs a tour conductor on September 7

Japan will raise a cap of the number of entries into Japan from 20,000 a day to 50,000 a day and at the same time permits a foreign tourist tour without a tour conductor on September 7.
Why does Agoda invest a large scale of budget into the Japan market?A leader in Japan talks about its strategies

Why does Agoda invest a large scale of budget into the Japan market?A leader in Japan talks about its strategies

Singapore-based OTA Agoda has been raising its presence in the Japan market. A leader of the OTA in Japan talked about its unique strategies both for domestic travel and for inbound travel.
A Japan National Tourism Organization leader talks about the promotional strategies for rebound of the inbound travel market

A Japan National Tourism Organization leader talks about the promotional strategies for rebound of the inbound travel market

Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) Executive Senior Vice President Kyoji Kuramotchi talked about the next steps for rebound of the inbound travel market, expecting FIT will be opened soon. How does JNTO develop its strategies to achieve the national goals.