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Geographic Concentration of Foreign Visitors to Japan

Ayumu Tanaka

Discussion papers from Graduate School of Economics Project Center, Kyoto University

Abstract: This paper provides the first evidence of geographic concentration of foreign visitors in Japan, using a new data on nights spent by foreign visitors in each region. Using locational Gini coefficients, I show that foreign visitors are more geographically concentrated than Japanese visitors and the level of geographical concentration vary across source countries. In addition, I employ gravity equations to examine the determinants of nights spent by foreign visitors in each prefecture. The results suggest that visa policy, transport infrastructure, and natural and cultural factors, as well as traditional gravity variables such as distance and economic size, play a role in international travel to Japanese prefectures.

Keywords: foreign visitors; geographic concentration; locational Gini coefficient; gravity equation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 L83 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 17 pages
Date: 2013-03
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-tur and nep-ure
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