Japan is an intriguing country for tourists, boasting a rich history, diverse art and architecture, a vibrant culture, and a culinary scene that challenges travelers to explore new horizons. However, its most significant appeal lies in its role as one of the world’s leading technology developers. As the 2025 Osaka World Expo approaches, Japan aims to position itself as an accessible cultural, gastronomic, technological, and historical destination for Mexican tourists, dispelling the notion that traveling to the Asian country requires significant financial resources and necessitates overcoming a language barrier.
The Japanese tourism office is working to increase the number of Mexican visitors to the country’s tourist attractions, to revive Japan’s tourism industry after the Covid-19 pandemic and ahead of the Osaka Expo 2025, which promises to be one of the largest science and technology exhibitions on the planet in the current decade. Odagami Kumiko, head of the Hiroshima Tourism Association, noted that Mexican tourism currently accounts for a small percentage of Japan’s total annual visitors, and they intend to increase this number by offering direct flights at affordable prices and promoting the country’s historical and cultural attractions in addition to its technological appeal.
Hiroshima, a city marked by the August 1945 nuclear explosion, offers must-see sites such as the “Dome” or “Genbaku Dome,” the Peace Memorial, and the Hiroshima History Museum for those interested in 20th-century history. Beyond the historical legacy of the atomic bomb during World War II, Hiroshima also presents visitors with a wide array of tourist attractions.
The Hiroshima prefecture is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site, Miyajima Temple, which features an impressive wooden gate built in the 15th century. During low tide at night, visitors can walk across the seabed and pass through the gate, a unique experience available only once a day.
Another attraction Japan seeks to promote for visitors attending the Osaka Expo 2025 is Kyoto, which served as Japan’s capital for over a thousand years until the end of the Edo dynasty when the capital was moved to Tokyo. In Kyoto, visitors can explore ancient temples, and medieval castles, and immerse themselves in the historical side of Japan, including feudal samurai lords and Buddhist and Shinto temples that are over 500 years old.
A visit to Kyoto would not be complete without stopping by one of its tea houses to experience the complex and artistic tea ceremony, which dates back to the medieval period when tea leaves were scarce and served as a way to honor guests in aristocratic homes.
Japan is renowned for its innovation and advanced technology, and the Osaka Expo 2025 will be no exception. Visitors can expect futuristic technology displays, including fully functional flying cars to transport them from the airport to the exhibition center, which will soon be available on the market.
For a more comprehensive and varied technological experience, Tokyo is the ideal destination. Akihabara, the city’s technology district, is famous worldwide for offering everything from vintage computers and gaming consoles to the latest in virtual reality, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence.
To promote tourism in Japan and expand its international reach, the Japanese government has been developing strategies to offer direct flights from Mexico to Japan at affordable prices. The aim is to position Japan as an attractive and accessible tourist destination, offering not only a unique cultural and historical experience but also a world of advanced technology. By doing so, they hope to eliminate the perception that vacationing in Japan is reserved only for those with high budgets.