Number of HK Travelers to Japan Set to Break Record, Riding Trains and Driving Cars
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Data on the number of foreign visitors to Japan released by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) on April 24 shows that 59,400 Hong Kongers visited the country in the month of March, a 61.8% increase over the same month the prior year. With 147,000 Hong Kongers already visiting Japan from January through March, 2013 looks just about certain to surpass the prior year-long record of 550,000 visitors set in 2008.
One out of four Hong Kongers who travel to Japan have visited the country ten or more times. Of them, 75% travel alone. As of late these people tend to book itineraries incorporating both rail and rental cars. According to Masayuki Hirata, the manager of the JNTO's Hong Kong office, "In addition to Hokkaido, which has always been popular, and Okinawa, which more Hong Kongers have been visiting the past few years, the Kansai region is also getting attention. Kansai International Airport offers easy access to many tourist sites, so I expect the numbers to increase again this year, too."
In the run-up to the summer travel season, the JNTO hopes to attract travelers to Japan from Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia by running even more promotions.