Tokyo, Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)–The number of Japanese guests at Japanese-style “ryokan” hotels and inns in Japan as of December 2021 stood at 39.46 million, up 4.0 percent from to December 2019, before the COVID-19 outbreak in Japan. country, the Japan Tourism Agency said in a preliminary report on Monday.
The monthly figure recovered to a pre-pandemic level for the first time since March 2020 as the country’s coronavirus infection situation was relatively calm in December.
Since the start of the new year, however, new cases of infection have started to rise in Japan due to the spread of the highly transmissible variant of the omicron coronavirus, making it likely that the number of domestic guests will fall again. at a low level in January.
“In the current situation, it seems difficult for people to travel,” an agency official said.
Meanwhile, in December, the number of foreign guests at hotels and ryokan inns stood at 320,000, down 95.6 percent from the same month in 2019. The total number of Japanese and foreign guests s amounted to 39.78 million, down 15.6%.
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