More Than 300,000 Japanese Tourists Visit Philippines in 2023

MANILA – The Department of Tourism (DOT) reported that a total of 305,580 Japanese tourists visited the Philippines in the past year, according to a news release.

From Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2023, the country welcomed 5,450,557 foreign visitors, with Japanese tourists constituting 5.61 percent of the total, as stated by the DOT.

The tourism department also recorded more than PHP 480 billion in international tourism receipts for the same period.

Japan secured the third spot in the Philippines’ top tourism source markets, trailing behind South Korea with 1,439,336 visitors and the United States with 903,299 visitors.

“My deepest appreciation goes to every tourism stakeholder, collaborative partner, and passionate contributor who propelled our shared aspirations forward. Under President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr.’s guiding vision and leadership, tourism has become a pivotal force driving our nation’s economic resurgence,” Tourism Secretary Christina Frasco said in a statement. - Florenda Corpuz

(DOT Secretary Christina Frasco introduces the “Bisita, Be My Guest” program to Filipinos in Japan during a meeting with the Filipino community at Bellesalle Tokyo Nihonbashi on Feb. 12, 2023. Photo by Din Eugenio/File)