Since the opening of tourism in June until now, Japan currently welcomed about 1500 international visitors, an estimated 95% decrease compared to the same period in 2019.
According to Japanese statistics, from June 10 to July 10, the country only welcomed about 1500 visitors. CNN said one of the reasons that may have caused this problem of visitor shortage is that currently, Japan only allows tourists to travel in organized groups but not individually. Meanwhile, the Western tourist market often prefers spontaneous travel and does not want to follow the strict itinerary of group travel.
“Before Covid, Japan used to attract the largest number of tourists from China, but I haven’t seen them in a long time,” said Hiroyuki Ami, head of public relations at the official Tokyo Skytree website. Before the pandemic, there were about 9.25 million Chinese tourists to Japan in 2019. However, China is still applying many strict measures to control the epidemic, causing restrictions on travel.