|A view of central Da Nang City. Hà Nội and the central coastal city of Đà Nẵng are among the top three charming cities for young Japanese visitors in recent years. — Photo tinmoitruong.vn|
HCM CITY — Hà Nội and the central coastal city of Đà Nẵng are among the top three charming cities for young Japanese visitors in recent years, thanks to many cultural similarities and tourist attractions, a recent Hà Nội-Japan investment conference heard.
Nearly 600,000 Japanese visited Việt Nam last year, 7.8 per cent more than in 2016.
The 1,000-year-old capital welcomed 290,000 of them while Đà Nẵng, home to the UNESCO-recognised world heritage site of Hoi An, received 177,000, according to the Việt Nam National Administration of Tourism.
The Japanese ambassador to Việt Nam, Umeda Kunio, said an online survey of Japanese youngsters’ travel preferences found them saying Hà Nội and Đà Nẵng have piqued their curiosity with their old culture, centuries-old heritages and world-renowned landmarks.
Japan is the third largest market for Việt Nam’s tourism sector behind China and South Korea, and the country is hopeful of receiving one million Japanese visitors this year. — VNS