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Number of overseas travelers to Osaka rises to record high

 The Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau (OCTB) announced that the estimated number of overseas travelers to Osaka between January and September 2016 had grown by 35% compared to the same period of the previous year and had reached a record high 7.11 million.
 This number compares to the 7.16 million overseas visitors to Osaka recorded for the whole of 2015. Of the 7.11 million visitors, 5.55 million (nearly 80%) were from East Asian countries such as China, South Korea and Taiwan. The number surpassed those who visited Tokyo from the same region (5.49 million).
 The OCTB attributes this increase to a rise in the number of low-cost carriers (LCCs) departing from and arriving at Kansai International Airport (KIX). During the coming winter, KIX is projected to have a record high number of international arrivals and departures. Reflecting this, the total number of overseas visitors to Osaka is forecast to exceed 9 million in 2017.
 Osaka’s tourist spots are seeing a rapid increase in the number of overseas visitors. The cumulative total number of visitors to the Osaka Aquarium Kaiyukan exceeded 70 million in October—the first aquarium to reach this number in Japan. Helped by the popularity of its displays such as a majestic whale shark swimming in a huge water tank, the Kaiyukan has attracted over 2 million visitors each year since it opened. Of this number, overseas visitors have represented 10 to 15% in recent years.
 The number of visitors to the tower of Osaka Castle also reached a new high in fiscal year 2015 for the first time in 32 years at approximately 2.34 million. The major factor behind this growth was a huge increase in overseas travelers.
 The Kuromon Ichiba Market in Minami has filled people’s stomachs for a long time as the kitchen of Osaka—the town of kuidaore (i.e. people who indulge in food until they spend all their money). A large number of overseas travelers have visited Osaka in the last three years or so and are now said to represent over half of the visitors to the Kuromon Ichiba Market.
 Osaka has become a tourist spot that attracts the attention of overseas travelers.

Huge water tank at Kaiyukan
[Photo provided by Kaiyukan]
Osaka Castle
[Photo provided by ©Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau]
Kuromon Ichiba Market
[Photo provided by © Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau]
Contact : Management Planning Department, Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau
Phone or E-mail +81-6-6282-5914
Website http://www.osaka-info.jp/jp/
Contact : Kaiyukan Information
Phone or E-mail +81-6-6576-5501
Website http://www.kaiyukan.com/