(Yicai Global) May 18 -- The ranks of overseas visitors to Japan topped 10 million from January to April for the sixth straight year, with 2.6 million visitors arriving from mainland China, estimates Japan's tourism agency released yesterday show, as Kyodo News reported.
The tally of tourists from abroad who visited Japan rose 15.5 percent to 10.5 million from January to April, per the estimate. South Korea ranked first among source countries with a rise of 22 percent to 2.8 million, followed by mainland China, with a growth of 21 percent to 2.6 million.
The main reasons for this rise are increasing flights from neighboring countries, the relaxation of visa requirements for Chinese and Russian tourists, and the favorable growth of the individual travel market, the agency said.
This is the sixth year in a row that more than 10 million foreign tourists have visited Japan. If this momentum continues, more than 30 million foreign tourists are set to visit Japan during the whole year. The Japanese government has set a target of 40 million visitors per year by 2020, per the report.
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