2. Recent Situation of Visitors to Kyoto (2019)
2-1 the number of visitors & overnight guests in Kyoto
The chart above shows the number of visitors to Kyoto by month in 2019. (I refer the “2019 Kyoto sightseeing overall research (in Japanese)” as mentioned before)
In advance, please note that the “visitors” include not only the people for sightseeing, but also the people for business, shopping, sports, events, watching a play and visiting friends. (exclude commuters)
In general, as the chart shows, Kyoto have many visitors throughout the year.
Among these, “March to April” and “December” tend to have much more visitors to Kyoto because of beautiful cherry blossoms and autumn leaves.
On the other hand, “February” is fewer than average because of a cold climate, and no seasonal events.
Early May, mid August, late December & early January, which have Japan’s three long holidays, also tend to be more visitors to Kyoto.
Next chart below shows the number of overnight guests in Kyoto by month in 2019. (the data is based on the same research above)
Compared with just “Visitors” to Kyoto, the main purpose of the most overnight guests is thought of as sightseeing.
As expected, March to April (cherry blossom), May & August (Japan’s long holidays), October (good climate), November (autumn leaves) tend to have much more overnight guests in Kyoto.
On the other hand, January is the smallest number in addition to February, although visitors in January are a lot.
Probably, many Japanese people visit shrines or temples during the first three days of January as a day trip.
It is one of Japanese culture, called “Hatsu-moude” in Japanese, meaning of first visiting shrine or temple.