The numbers tell the story. Japan National Tourism Organization reports 499,000 foreign visitors in October, an increase of 2.4 times over September.

Shaun Fernando, JAPAN Forward

There has been a notable rise in tourism in Japan since early October. The government has resumed visa exemptions for short-term overseas visitors from 68 countries and regions.

The reopening of borders for short-term visitors on October 11, combined with a weak yen and perfect autumn weather, have brought the tourism industry back to life.

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) announced on October 16 that the number of foreign visitors to Japan jumped 2.4 times from 206,500 in September to 498,600 in October.

Tourism Brings Changes Around Tokyo

Changes have been visible around Tokyo since mid-October when tourists were welcomed back into Japan.

In Tokyo's Akihabara district, which is known for its electronics stores and manga culture, tourists are taking advantage of the weak Japanese yen to enjoy shopping.

Tax-free stores and otaku paradises flocked with visitors could be seen in a casual visit to the famous electronics district and have been featured on television several times.

Several restaurants are also attracting crowds of tourists. Among them, ramen shops and conveyor belt sushi restaurants appear to be especially popular.

Foreign tourists can also be seen in queues at ramen shops in tourist areas, such as Tokyo Ramen Street, which is popular with both locals and tourists.

During a wait at a ramen chain restaurant in Ikebukuro, two New Zealanders commented, "In Auckland, we pay double, or even triple this amount for a bowl."


By - grape Japan editorial staff.