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Tourist interest in Japan is at its highest level so far this year, suggesting that the country's struggling tourism industry is on the mend, according to figures from TripAdvisor.

Tourism to the country dipped dramatically in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan hard in March.

The near-nuclear meltdown triggered by the twin natural disasters at the Fukushima nuclear power plant has kept fearful tourists at bay for much of the year.

According to numbers from the Japan National Tourism Organisation, visitor numbers plunged 60 per cent in April, and continued to steadily decline with every month.

However, searches for Japan have been rising since May, TripAdvisor reports, and in October searches were back to the same level they were during the same period in 2010.

A survey by the travel site also found that 80 per cent of British travellers said they would now feel safe travelling to the country.

A spokesperson for TripAdvisor said: “Japan is a beautiful country with plenty to offer the discerning traveller.

We’re happy to see that after such a tough time, tourism interest in the country has recovered and we hope that many travellers are currently planning their trips to Japan.”


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