Local PR Overview

Japan: One of the Most Popular Tourist Destinations in the World!

Image of a woman at Senso-ji Temple
Photo:A woman at Senso-ji Temple

The number of foreign visitors to Japan has quadrupled in the last 10 years (as of 2019*), an astounding growth rate.

The reasons for the increase in the number of tourists visiting Japan are:
・The Internet has made Japan's charms, traditional culture, traditional crafts, and contemporary culture (pop culture) known to the world.
・With the weakening of the yen, tourism to Japan has become cheaper, and China and Southeast Asian countries have developed and become economically richer.
However, the main reason is that the Japanese government is taking the lead in attracting tourists to Japan.
Japan has made tourism a pillar of its growth strategy for regional development.

The decline of Japan's rural areas has become a major problem due to young people moving to the city and the aging of the population, but in order to overcome these problems, local governments and other organizations across the country are putting efforts into regional PR and promotion.

Until now, the economic effects of inbound tourism have tended to be focused on popular big cities, such as Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka, and the extravagant spending of Chinese tourists. However, nowadays, local cities are attracting more foreign tourists through tourism, regional PR, and regional promotions, and this is revitalizing local cities that are suffering from depopulation.
The increase in the number of foreign tourists has increased the income from consumption, which has helped to boost the economy of local cities.

Anyone can now easily transmit the charm's of Japan, including culture, nature, etc., that have been handed down from generation to generation through regional PR videos, regional promotional videos, and SNS, and this has had a major impact on Japan's economy.
In addition, an environment that is easy to navigate for foreign tourists has been created by providing multilingual information at various locations throughout Japan.

Each region conducts local PR and promotion with a heart of hospitality.
Popular local food culture, traditional and popular festivals that have been passed down from generation to generation, the various faces of nature in each season, including fresh greenery, autumn leaves, and white snow, popular games and activities that can only be experienced in a certain region, traditional culture rooted in each region and handed down from generation to generation, local traditional crafts, world-famous art and architecture, and modern culture and pop culture that have many fans outside of Japan. These are all things transmitted to the world in the form of regional PR and regional promotion.

Regions in decline due to depopulation are trying their best to revitalize their towns and villages by promoting tourism in their own ways, such as by using vacant houses as home-stay facilities.
Nowadays, there are many tourist destinations that have become famous among foreign tourists, and their fame has grown in Japan as well, and through PR and promotion of each area, Japanese people are able to gain a new appreciation of Japan's charm and the Japanese spirit of "Wa."

Popular Sightseeing Destinations in Japan

Image of the Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima
Photo:The Atomic Bomb Dome, Hiroshima

Thanks to PR activities in each region, all 20 major cities in Japan have recorded the highest number of foreign visitors ever, and the number of tourists from China (8.38 million), South Korea (7.54 million) and other Asian countries is increasing.
Many foreign tourists come to Japan in search of famous places all over the country, but the most popular tourist spots, according to TripAdvisor's "Travelers' Choice! Top 30 Attractions in Japan by International Travelers 2020," are as follows:
No. 1 Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (including the Atomic Bomb Dome and Peace Memorial Park) [Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture]
No. 2 Fushimi Inari Shrine [Kyoto City, Kyoto]
No. 3 The Hakone Open-Air Museum [Hakone, Kanagawa]
No. 4 Todai-ji Temple [Nara City, Nara Prefecture]
No. 5 Kenroku-en [Kanazawa, Ishikawa]
No. 6 Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden [Shinjuku, Tokyo]
No. 7 Nikko Tosho-gu Shrine [Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture]
No. 8 Dolls Museum [Kanazawa, Ishikawa]
No. 9 Himeji Castle [Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture]
No. 10 Okunoin at Koya-san (Mt. Koya) [Koya, Wakayama Prefecture]
No.11 Tokyo Metropolitan Government Building observation room [Shinjuku, Tokyo]
No. 12 Eikan-do Zenrin-ji [Kyoto City, Kyoto]
No. 13 Shukkeien [Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture]
No. 14 The Golden Pavilion [Kyoto City, Kyoto]
No. 15 Otagi Nenbutsu-ji Temple [Kyoto City, Kyoto]
No. 16 Daishoin [Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture]
No. 17 Itchiku Kubota Art Museum [Fujikawaguchiko, Yamanashi Prefecture]
No. 18 Miyajima (Itsukushima) [Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture]
No. 19 Jigokudani Monkey Park [Yamanouchi, Nagano Prefecture]
No. 20 Nezu Museum [Minato City, Tokyo]
No. 21 Nara Park [Nara City, Nara Prefecture]
No. 22 Sanjusangendo [Kyoto City, Kyoto]
No. 23 Senso-ji Temple
No. 24 Kyoto Railway Museum [Kyoto City, Kyoto]
No. 25 Chureito Pagoda [Fujiyoshida, Yamanashi Prefecture]
No. 26 Hase-dera [Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture]
No. 27 Ritsurin Garden [Takamatsu City, Kagawa Prefecture]
No. 28 Magome-juku (Nakasendo) [Nakatsugawa City, Gifu Prefecture]
No. 29 Oirase Gorge [Towada City, Aomori Prefecture]
No. 30 Mt. Misen [Hatsukaichi, Hiroshima Prefecture]

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