Aspect | Tourist City

Tourist buses line up at Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine.
This year, Japan will host more than 20 million foreign visitors; many will enjoy Tokyo’s charms. Until the turn of the century the country didn’t see that many tourists and didn’t have much of an interest in them. Today things are quite different: tourism is becoming a major industry, and Japan’s cities are adapting their ways to be more welcoming to visitors. From multi-language signage and announcements in trains and stations to free Wi-Fi and short term SIM cards, from bilingual shop and restaurant staff to instant tax refund services, from a growing tourist guide industry to an increasing number of hotel rooms, Tokyo and its sister cities are working hard to make life easier for their visitors.