In 2018, an estimated 12.6 million Japanese people took trips abroad.
The number of Japanese traveling overseas set a new cumulative record of 19.0 million in 2018, after a 6.0% year-on-year increase.
According to statistics from the Japan National Tourism Organization, the total had been in decline up to 2015, after surpassing the 18-million mark for the first time in 2012, but has since been rising.
(JTB Tourism Research & Consulting) estimated that 12.6 million individuals actually traveled overseas in 2018, which is 10.1% of Japan’s overall population.
East Asian destinations (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao) expanded to 28% of the total, as compared to 15.9% in 2000.
By segment, the largest year-on-year increase (15.5%) was for women aged 20 to 24 years old. This group also had the highest number of travelers among all women, at 1,171,455, which means that 40.5% of all women in the age group traveled overseas in 2018—more than double the 18.4% rate for men aged 20 to 24 years old.