by Matt Alderton | July 30, 2014
 In June 2014, 87,900 Americans visited Japan, bringing total U.S. visitation to Japan to 446,000 for the first six months of the year, the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) reported today. June visitation by Americans is the highest monthly number ever recorded by JNTO, which says the six-month total also is a record.

"The U.S. visitors' number has been recovering since the drop caused by the financial crisis in 2008," JNTO explained in a press release. "Because the overall international recovery rate has been very minimal, the consistent recovery in the number of U.S. travelers to Japan is remarkable. In-depth analysis has shown that the positive progress is the result of continuous tourism promotion activities by JNTO and other Japanese local government offices over the last few years. Other contributing factors for the increase include additional direct flights between the U.S. and Japan and the favorable exchange rate for the U.S. dollars against the Japanese yen."
In advance of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, JNTO plans to further increase American tourism in Japan by promoting "more unique experiences," including high-speed train travel, regional food culture and historic sites.