In the same period, Japan ranked third in Philippine arrivals.
Since the pandemic loosened its grip on travel restrictions over the past two years, Japan has become a top-of-mind destination for many revenge travelers—especially Filipinos. One only needs to check out travel news from the past few months to see the East Asian country figuring in many tourism surveys, travel articles, and itineraries for the resumption of global travel.
Capital city Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka remain the most popular destinations for Filipinos.
Not far behind from the Philippines are Thailand and Vietnam, posting tourist arrivals of 49,600 and 44,800 in Japan within the same month, respectively. In terms of global numbers, South Korea still dominates tourist arrivals with 626,800, followed by Taiwan and China with 422,300 and 313,300, respectively.
The JNTO notes that these figures are based on numbers provided by the Ministry of Justice. It excludes crew members and permanent residents of Japan who note the country as their primary place. The numbers also include international students and foreigners entering or re-entering Japan.
The DOT also noted that the Philippines holds the largest Japanese diaspora community within the ASEAN (fourth globally), and that Japan ranks sixth among retirement markets for the Philippines, according to the Philippine Retirement Authority.