The number of Vietnamese arrivals to Japan has expanded at a double-digit pace for 33 months in a row, with around 10,000 visitors on a monthly basis, a Japanese tourism official said Friday.
Some 90,700 Vietnamese visitors have visited Japan in the first nine months of this year, a record 49.1 percent increase compared to a year earlier, Kazuhiro Ito, director of the Japan National Tourism Organization in Bangkok told a conference in Ho Chi Minh City.
Around 45 domestic travel agencies and 30 hotels and tour organizers from Japan gathered at the event to seek partnerships to embrace the rising wave of Vietnamese tourists to the East Asian country.
In 2013, Japan received 84,469 visitors from Vietnam, up 53.1 percent compared to 2012, according to Ito.
While the most popular itinerary for Vietnamese tourists in Japan is Tokyo – Kyoto – Fuji – Osaka, Japanese firms that offer packages to other destinations are eyeing partnerships with their Vietnamese counterparts, Ito said.
The Japanese official said tourists will be able to enjoy cheaper tours to Japan as many direct flights between Vietnam and the East Asian country are poised to be launched soon.
Speaking at the event, Yoshinori Hironaka, a representative from the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City, said Japan is selecting several Vietnamese tour organizers to enjoy a simplified visa process.
Tourists buying packages from these companies will be subject to simpler visa requirements.
Vietnamese travel agencies can apply to join the program from November, according to the Consulate General of Japan in Ho Chi Minh City.