Japan is incredibly tourist friendly (Part 1). Especially if you are from China, the USA, or South Korea.
Japan was a blast! I haven’t been to many countries as a tourist, but in my opinion, Japan just might be the #1 tourist friendly nation on the planet.
Reason # 1 for this assertion – Foreigner Friendliness
In larger cities and towns in Japan, about 60-75% of the signs that you see has been translated into English. Depending where you are, there’s an additional 30-50% chance that it has also been translated into either Chinese or Korean. That being said, on a week day in Fukuoka or Shimonoseki, about 60% of the people you see walking around are Korean or Chinese.
My ethnic background is Korean, and I was convinced that I could tell between Asians. But when I arrived in Fukuoka, I was like, huh? Japanese people look just like Koreans and Chinese people! Turns out, Chinese and Korean people just love traveling to the southern part of Japan for vacation.
Although you do see western tourists, they are not nearly as plentiful as the Asian tourists. Despite the disproportionate population, English speakers get equal if not greater representation (in translated signage). Lucky us! (prime example of western cultural imperialism?)
Maybe part of the reason why Asians go to Japan is the cheap, delicious sushi. Nobody loves sushi more than Asians, and nobody makes sushi better than the Japanese… (no disrespect to the Chinese, Korean, and Thai owned sushi joints.)