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Countries that Visit Japan the Most

Name the countries that sent the most tourists to Japan in 2023.
For the year 2023. Source.
Quiz by Stewart
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Last updated: February 26, 2024
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First submittedMarch 18, 2018
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Visitors
Country
6,958,491
South Korea
4,539,434
China
4,202,436
Taiwan
2,045,919
United States
995,528
Thailand
622,268
Philippines
Visitors
Country
613,120
Australia
591,320
Singapore
573,876
Vietnam
429,351
Indonesia
425,874
Canada
415,720
Malaysia
Visitors
Country
321,496
United Kingdom
277,422
France
233,371
Germany
166,326
India
152,366
Italy
51 Comments
+4
Level ∞
Feb 26, 2024
Note: China's numbers include Hong Kong. Roughly half the Chinese visitors to Japan in 2023 were from Hong Kong.

If you look at the numbers, you'll see that a significant percentage of people from Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore visit Japan each year.

Now extrapolate to the population of China.

As China grows richer, and demand for foreign travel grows, Japan will be absolutely overrun with tourists from mainland China.

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Level 82
Jun 3, 2018
A huge proportion of Taiwan's population must visit Japan each year.
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Level 68
Jun 3, 2018
Well Taiwan has a population of 23.5m, and since southern Japan is just 1200km (the islands are even closer) I imagine it's quite easy to get to by boat or plane. So if we say 2.3m of that 4.2m above are unique visitors, then that gives at least 10% of total population visiting each year.

Nice spot!

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Level 93
Jun 3, 2018
The last few islands of okinawa are about 60km away from Taiwan but the international flights leave from okinawa's main island more like 300km away but still not so far. Not so easy to get there by boat (i've tried!). There are roughly 10 flights a day from Naha, Okinawa which means around 500k visitors do that route assuming they are all unique. The majority must be going to the mainland (probably Tokyo).

ps , nice quiz!

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Level 59
Jun 4, 2018
Speaking of visitors to Japan per capita, Hong Kong could be even higher, at about 35% of them travel to Japan annually
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Level 73
Jun 14, 2018
Wow, amazing percentages.

Living in a huge country like I do, I guess I don't realize how common int'l travel is for people from smaller countries.

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Level 82
Oct 4, 2018
I think it's probably fewer unique visitors, as some people in Taiwan visit Japan multiple times per year, some monthly or weekly.
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Level 52
Oct 7, 2018
There are a lot of budget airlines now that fly between Taipei and Japan. I was actually very surprised when I researched our trip to Japan to see these flights were so cheap and abundant.
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Level 65
Nov 30, 2019
Hong Kong and Macau is more dramatic
+8
Level 71
Jun 30, 2018
aka Closest Countries to Japan minus North Korea plus Europe
+8
Level 62
Oct 4, 2018
and north america
+10
Level 50
Mar 27, 2019
and australia
+1
Level 59
Mar 1, 2024
And India
+1
Level 20
Mar 1, 2024
India is there
+1
Level 20
Mar 1, 2024
Australia too
+1
Level 20
Mar 1, 2024
Huh ? Canada and the US are there
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Level 52
Mar 1, 2024
Minus Russia and Mongolia
+3
Level 75
Oct 4, 2018
Italy? Didn't see that one coming.
+3
Level 86
Oct 4, 2018
Not surprised to see Thailand, but a little bit surprised to see it that high.
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Level 62
May 2, 2019
your comment saved my ass, i was missing one and it made me think "haha i always forget about the philipines" so i tried it and it worked lol
+1
Level 47
Aug 6, 2019
Maybe cause they were allies in WW2?
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Level 38
Oct 4, 2018
I forgot about South Korea.... feels bad man
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Level 19
Dec 6, 2018
why no hong kong tho? it has quite a significant visitor amount to Japan.

i mean like even though not a country, it is quite a significant visitor population, couldnt be neglected.

maybe the title should do countries/regions that visit japan the most to avoid political misconception

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Level 89
Mar 26, 2019
Hong Kong is considered a part of China on Jetpunk. China is in the list.
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Level 94
Mar 27, 2019
Look at the list again - Hong Kong IS there! It is pre-entered because it is not a country.
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Level 68
Mar 27, 2019
The quiz has been updated since that comment was made. Beforehand Hong Kong was left out, now it is included prefilled to align with the style of other quizzes.
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Level 71
Mar 27, 2019
Fact: Hong Kong is a part of China...... Fact: China is given a place on this quiz therefore Hong Kong's numbers should be under China: Otherwise list should include another list for Shanghai, Guangzhou, Beijing etc. etc.
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Level 68
Mar 27, 2019
Fact: Source separates them, therefore so have I.
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Level 70
Mar 1, 2024
The source also combines North Korea and South Korea into one region called "Korea" making no distinction between the two, but it's pretty safe to say it's not tour groups of Pyongyangites on holiday to gawk at the lights of Shibuya. One day maybe!
+13
Level 82
Mar 27, 2019
Fact: you don't know how to use punctuation.
+13
Level 46
Mar 28, 2019
Fact: Black Bears are the best
+4
Level 82
Mar 28, 2019
Well there are basically two schools of thought.
+2
Level 59
Apr 4, 2019
Fact: Humans share 50% of our DNA with bananas
+10
Level 75
Jan 24, 2020
^ I'm not sharing my DNA with anyone. It's mine and you can't have it.
+3
Level 60
Mar 1, 2024
I quite enjoy the process of sharing my DNA.
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Level 63
Feb 19, 2020
Keep going with the facts. Maybe we can make a quiz out of that.
+2
Level 65
Feb 1, 2022
Fact: Bananas share 50% of their name with Canada and Panama
+1
Level 75
Apr 9, 2023
Check again.
+1
Level 36
Jan 25, 2023
Fact: Bananas do not grow on trees but instead on herbs.
+1
Level 68
Aug 27, 2020
My favourite country. I've had the pleasure of visiting twice (a pity about the 12 hour flight from the UK!). I'm looking forward to going back.
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Level 71
Aug 1, 2021
I find it interesting that so many Chinese and Korean people visit Japan given they've historically had bad blood with the country. Maybe it's just the governments of these countries that hate Japan and not their general population? If someone has an explanation, I'd be interested in hearing it.
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Level 56
Jul 27, 2022
Nooooooo. I was in the middle of typing Philippines and getting all of them!
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Level 53
Nov 23, 2022
Missed Taiwan and Singapore :(
+1
Level 35
Mar 21, 2023
singapore...
+1
Level 49
Mar 1, 2024
Why Brazil is not there?
+1
Level 44
Mar 1, 2024
How Did You Get The Exact Number For All Of These?
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Level 23
Mar 1, 2024
Lost out on India, and was writing "Mala...(and l ran out of time!)".
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Level 32
Mar 1, 2024
I only missed thailand
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Level 64
Mar 1, 2024
Why are the numbers not sorted? It hurts my eyes
+1
Level 68
Mar 1, 2024
Fixed. Looks like it wasn't resorted after the update
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Level 57
Apr 15, 2024
Germany and Italy, eh? Teehee