Travel to Japan Becomes more Affordable as Tourist Numbers Continue to Rise
In March 2016, the number of UK visitors to Japan reached an all-time high. According to the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO), 34,700 Brits visited the country in March, an increase of 38% on the previous year. The JNTO attributes this rapid rise in UK visitors in part to cheaper air fares, the popularity of Japanese food and a favourable exchange rate (currently at 155 JPY to 1 GBP). With new budget tours now available, Japan is also becoming more accessible for a wider range of people.
Travel to Japan has previously been very expensive and has often been overlooked by budget travellers in favour of cheaper countries in Asia. Escorted tour company The Dragon Trip has seen first-hand the soaring interest in Japan from younger UK-based travellers. The company’s newly announced Japan tours have nearly sold out for this year. As such, they have now squeezed in another departure date for this year on September 26th and confirmed a range of trips departing throughout 2017 to meet demand.
Alex Seigel, director at The Dragon Trip says: “Increasingly people look for opportunities to get under the skin of a country and really discover it, and Japan is the perfect place for this with a myriad of options for cultural discovery. On our trips you can learn Karate from a Japanese Master, try making sushi, climb Mount Takaosan and hike through a bamboo forest.”
Tourism growth is set to continue as the Japanese government has recently announced a new goal of attracting 40 million visitors by 2020, which is double their previous target of 20 million. In the lead up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Olympics preparations are underway with the government having announced plans for driverless taxis, a high-tech system allowing tourists to make payments with finger prints, and to modernise accommodation options throughout Japan.
The Dragon Trip Package details: Tokyo to Tokyo- 13 days from £1499pp. Includes visits to Kyoto, Hiroshima, Osaka, Hakone and the Takaosan Mountain. Price includes all in country transport, accommodation, an adventure guide plus the majority of the activities on offer. Excludes food, drinks and international flights.
2016: Sept 12th, Sept 26th (October now full)
2017: March 13th, May 8th, June 12th, July 10th, Sept 11th, Oct 9th
- Climbing the Takaosan Mountain
- Viewing Mount Fuji by pirate ship
- Meditation class in a temple
- Learning karate from a Japanese master
- Discovering the art of making sushi from a local chef
- Hiking through a bamboo forest
- Sampling black eggs, the local delicacy
- Dressing up like a geisha
- Visiting a traditional Japanese bathhouse