Millennium events attracted 88 million visitors to Japan on New Year's holiday
The tourism numbers are in for Japans New Year holiday, and they break all previous records. Special millennium events and fine weather whipped up waves of New Year pilgrimages to Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines as well as tourist spots across Japan.
A record 88.14 million visits were made to holy places in the first three
days of the year, a New Year holiday break for Japanese. The numbers are
according to the national police agency. Japanese traditionally visit such
places at this time of year to pray for prosperity and good health. The
total was up 30,000 from the previous mark set a year earlier.
The biggest single tourist attraction in Japan-Toyko Disneyland. It ranks as the most popular New Year spot attracting 240,000 visitors. Thats up 60,000 from last year. It could be many people wanted to spend the year 2000 with their children so Toyko Disneyland made a great family celebration.
Special New Years Eve millennium events were held at 38 places and attracted 1.13 million people.
Meanwhile, 5.31 million visitors swarmed major tourist spots, up 1.07
million from the previous year. Some 150,000 people flocked to Cape Inubo
on the Pacific coast, some 100 kilometers (60 miles) east of Tokyo, to see
sun-rise of the new millennium, the agency said.
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