International Visitor Survey
Last Update : 2018/11/2
On this page, you will find the number of international visitors to Japan and the number of Japanese travelers abroad.
Outline of the Survey
1. Purpose of the survey
2015: 16.1 million people (Source: Ministry of Justice Immigration Bureau, "Number of Japanese Departures")
Link to the Ministry of Justice Immigration Bureau homepage
2. Object of the survey
1. Object of the survey
Transit, crew, outbound foreigners who have visited Japan, excepting those who have stayed for over a year.
2. Number in the sample
38,840 persons per year (9,710 persons per every quarter)
3. Major survey items
Attributes of respondents (nationality, gender, age, etc.), purpose of their visit to Japan, major stages, amount of consumption, etc.
*In parallel with this survey, we are carrying out awareness surveys regarding the degree of satisfaction and other points concerning visits to Japan.
4. Time of publication for the survey
Within two months after the survey has been completed.
5. Methods of survey
1. Sites where the survey is conducted
18 Air-and-Sea Ports as follows,
New Chitose Airport, Hakodate Airport, Sendai Airport, Niigata Airport, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport), Narita International Airport, Komatsu Airport, Mt. Fuji Shizuoka Airport, Chubu International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Hiroshima Airport, Takamatsu Airport, Fukuoka Airport, Kagoshima Airport, Naha Airport, Kanmon (Shimonoseki) Port, Hakata Port and Izuhara Port.
* Until 2014 survey, 11 Air-and-Sea Ports as follows,
New Chitose Airport, Sendai Airport, Tokyo International Airport (Haneda Airport), Narita International Airport, Chubu International Airport, Kansai International Airport, Hiroshima Airport, Takamatsu Airport, Fukuoka Airport, Naha Airport and Hakata Port.
2. Period of the survey
Quarterly (Jan – Mar, Apr – Jun, Jul – Sep, Oct – Dec)
* Survey implemented from April to June.
3. Method of the survey
Interviews by researchers
4. Flow of the survey
Tourism Agency ― Private sector outsourcing business ― Researcher ― Reporter
*The 2016 survey was outsourced to the Survey Research Center Co.,Ltd.
Result and Analyses of the Survey
Tourism Economy Statistical Research Office, Tourism Strategy Division, Japan Tourism Agency