The Japan Tourism Agency has reported that hotel stays in May were up sharply from the same month last year.
It says the provisional number of overnight stays for the month came to 37.79 million. That's an increase of 82.3 percent from last May, making it the biggest jump so far this year.
The upswing came as the country celebrated the first spring holidays without COVID restrictions since the start of the pandemic. The agency says a government travel subsidy program also helped.
The industry still has some way to go to get back to pre-pandemic levels. The May figure for hotel stays is 26.5 percent down on the number for May, 2019.