Booking.com, the world's largest hotel reservation site, announced the popular city rankings for foreign travelers who spent in Japan from 2018 to 2019 on the 8th of January.
The 8 countries targeted were Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Thailand, Singapore, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. They made it based on reservation situation planned to be checked in from December 28, 2018 through January 6, 2019 through Booking.com.
According to the site, famous sightseeing spots such as Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto almost occupied the top three in all eight countries. Though on the other hand, the distinctive destinations across East Asia, Southeast Asia and the European and US regions that are relatively close in distance to Japan are characterised by the top 10 cities.
In the three East Asian countries of South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the popularity of cities in Kyushu and Okinawa, where the distance of travel is closest to the departure point is high. Particularly in Korea, Fukuoka in the second place, Naha in the sixth place, Yufu in the seventh place, and Beppu and Kyushu hot springs in the ninth ranking place. Not only are we going to sightseeing spots, we can see that there are an increasing number of people enjoying the “Onsen" activity. Naha enters the fourth place in Taiwan, and has easy accessibility of about one hour by direct flight is considered to be a factor.
Next, in Thailand and Singapore in Southeast Asia where the temperature is high throughout the year, the cities renowned for heavy snow, such as Sapporo, Takayama, Hakodate ranked top 10. Niseko also entered the ninth place for Singapore. It can be inferred that snow is an experience which cannot be absolutely experienced in Southeast Asia. Also, Fuji Kawaguchiko entered the 6th place for Thailand and 10th place for Singapore, Mt. Fuji was also found to be strongly popular.
In the three countries of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, ranking of the royal road of Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka in order from the first place, the interesting one is Narita 4th. As a reason, Narita Airport is predicted to have chosen Narita City as the accommodation destination because there are many departures and arrivals of airplanes from Europe and the United States. France ranks 5th for Hiroshima visits, 6th for Nara, 9th for Nikko and World Heritage cities ranked in multiple. Compared with Asian countries, French people who have a strong tendency to stay for a long time have been able to see their stays extending to the world heritage of rural areas in Japan.