According to a 2018 Japan Tourism Agency study, 4.6 percent of nearly 140,000 respondents have visited anime or film-related venues. That's about 5,500 people per day.
The figures are based on respondents who said they were interested in visiting Japan's key tourism attractions. The number of visitors may be higher if all anime fans were counted.
Anime and manga (the art form that drives fan culture) have become big business in Japan. In 2017, their combined sales reached $12.5 billion, making them the world's third largest media industry after China and America.
Anime and manga originally came from Japan. But now there are also Japanese artists working in other countries who have inspired fans around the world to call themselves "anime fans."
Anime has become so popular in other parts of the world that it has a following outside of Japan too. There are even anime conventions held worldwide where fans can meet up and talk about their favorite characters and stories.
There are even international awards given out for best anime series. The most prestigious is the Anime Grand Prix, which is handed out at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
In 2018, Japan welcomed 31.19 million overseas tourists. Himeji Castle, the Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto, and Nara are among Japan's 21 World Heritage Sites. The country has a large number of museums covering various aspects of science, technology, art, and history.
The capital city of Tokyo has more than 1,000 shops at the least expensive item worth $5,000 or more. There are about 5,000 restaurants in the city. In addition, there are also special shopping areas called "shopping arcades" where visitors can find products from all over the world.
Japan is a nation of islanders; therefore, its cultural heritage is rich in islands with unique temples, shrines, and castles.
Tourism is a major industry in Japan. In fact, it is the second largest industry after manufacturing. It employs about 10% of the population and contributes approximately 9% to the GDP.
Each year, thousands of Japanese travel abroad. In 2017, this segment of the market was valued at $7 billion. However, much of it is domestic travel within Japan so the total amount spent traveling internationally was only $1.4 billion.
There are several reasons why people travel to Japan.
Anime originated in Japan. Over 41 million individuals in the country support the anime business. Japan is the largest producer and marketer of anime and manga.
Anime has become very popular in Japan, especially among young people. The Japanese government promotes anime by adding them to the list of important cultural assets of Japan. An annual award called "Anime Award" is given out to artists who have made significant contributions to the industry.
In America, anime is widely accepted as a unique genre of animation that uses pictures instead of words to tell stories. There are many anime clubs in U.S. where people can come together to share their love for anime. Anime fans can also join online communities to discuss different topics related to anime. There are many websites available where one can find information about anime shows and movies. In addition, there are many conventions held annually in different parts of the world where fans from all over the world come to meet up and talk about their love for anime.
Anime has become so popular that there are now many anime-related jobs in Japan. Teachers often work with students one-on-one to help them improve their writing skills or do homework.
The following are eight of the greatest venues to enjoy anime and manga-related activities:
Numbers of tourists visiting Japan in 2019 are expected to increase. In September 2019, the number of international visitors to Japan reached a 12-month high of 2.3 million. In October 2019, 68,400 British visitors visited Japan, enough to load 51 peak-time Shinkansen trains. Also in October, the number of American visitors rose by more than 10% from the previous year.
Japan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. In 2018, it was estimated that Japan received 37.5 million tourists, making it the most visited country in Asia. This figure has increased since 2013 when Japan was ranked third behind China and India as a destination for tourism.
Almost 80% of tourists visit specific regions such as Tokyo, Kyoto, Mount Fuji, and Hokkaido. However, over 40% of tourists do not stay in designated luxury hotels but instead choose to stay in ordinary accommodations. This is because they want to experience how locals live and travel on a budget.
The number of foreign visitors to Japan has been on the rise since 2010 when it was around 35 million. This increase can be attributed to improvements made in the quality of life in Japan and also to heightened security following the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster.
Japan's main source of income from tourism is derived from people who come to see its famous landmarks or to enjoy some of its unique culture.