Japan has broken its tourism record in 2016 by welcoming over 24 million visitors. That number is a 2.4 percent increase in tourists from the year before, and is the highest number ever recorded since the Japan National Tourism Organization started tracking numbers in 1964.
This is the third year in a row that the company has seen a steady increase in tourism, which they attribute to conferences specifically intended to bring more interest to the travel industry.
The next few years might even see more in the way of tourism, since Japan is hosting some big sporting events like the Rugby World Cup 2019 and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games.
By the year 2020 Japan hopes to double its tourism numbers. The plan to do involves some modernizing of airports and increasing the access to parks and other potential tourist locations.