Foreign hotel guests in Hakone reach record high in 2018

In 2018, 21.26 million tourists visited the hot spring resort town of Hakone, down 1.2% from 2017. According to the town, the drop was attributed to a particularly harsh summer between July and September which saw people limiting day trips. 

On the positive side, the town had the highest number of foreign hotel guests in history with 596,000 guests in 2018, a 9.2% increase from 2017. New records have been set for the past six consecutive years. 

Domestic hotel guest numbers dropped 6% to 3,892,000 in 2018, while study-related tour guests increased by 375% to 38,000.

The busiest month of the year for the town was November with 2,361,000 tourists (including day visitors), while the quietest month was January with 1,280,000 tourists. 

In May 2019, the volcanic alert level for Mt. Hakoneyama was raised to Level 2, resulting in the suspension of the Hakone Ropeway. A town official says the effect on tourism has been limited. 

Sources:
TVK News, June 12, 2019.
Hakone Town Tourism Department, June 2019.

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