Aussie arrivals to Japan hit record

Aussie arrivals to Japan hit record
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The number of Australian arrivals to Japan in January outstripped those prior to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami as tourism officials heralded a record winter season.

Preliminary figures from the Japan National Tourism Organisation (JNTO) show 206,600 Australians visited Japan in 2012, 27% more than 2011 when arrivals were hit by the March double tragedy.

The strong performance has carried over to this year according to latest data, with January arrivals at a record 31,700, a rise of 43% on same month last year. More tellingly, it also surpassed the January 2011 figure of 30,689, which itself was a record.

JNTO said good snow conditions, strong Australian dollar and promotions all contributed to the increase.

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