According to the Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index 2015 made by the World Economic Forum, Japan ranks the 9th after Spain, France, Germany, United States, United Kingdom, Switzerland, Australia and Italy.
Unfortunately, it’s only Spain that I have never been to among these countries. Spanish people may think it’s a terrible mistake. I have to say “Lo siento.”
Considering those top ranking countries, I believe Japan is doing quite well. Operation “Omotenashi” works indeed. Actually, I see lots of foreign tourists these days in Tokyo.
I sometime drop by Tsukiji market very early morning because I like seafood and treat them by myself. There, there are lots of foreigners. I feel it’s a pity that they just watch and pass by. They can buy but won’t because they have no tools and place to cook. I suggest to create a facility or just a corner to buy and experience. They will more be excited.
I hope Japan goes higher than Australia, the top of Asia-Pacific area. But it would be a hard way to go because Australia is such a beautiful and worth visiting countries. I can say for sure because I have visited Australia 4 times saw around lots of place.