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Japanese city aims to lure more Taiwanese visitors

Japanese city aims to lure more Taiwanese visitors

Taipei, Aug. 25 (CNA) The Taipei tourism office of Mine, a mineral-rich city in southern Japan, aims to boost Taiwanese tourist arrivals by providing them with greater information, said office head Kazunori Furukawa on Saturday. "To attract visitors, the office will provide more detailed tourist information to Taiwanese people, as well as hold exhibitions featuring products from the city in Yamaguchi Prefecture," Furukawa told the CNA. During its heyday 20 years ago, the city attracted some 80,000 Taiwanese tourists annually, but over the last few years, the city has experienced a huge drop in the number of arrivals, with the number of Taiwanese visitors declining to 1,738 in 2011.
Furukawa attributed the fall to a lack of tourism information about the city. Mine City has much to offer visitors, according to Furukawa.
For example, he said, the city boasts the Akiyoshido Cave, the longest limestone cavern in Japan, which features the famous unearthly blue Beppu-Benten Pond.
The city is also home to the Akiyoshidai Plateau, the largest karst plateau in Japan, Furukawa said. On July 5, Mine City opened its tourism office in Taipei, becoming the first Japanese city to establish such an office overseas.
(By Emmanuelle Tzeng and C.J. Lin)