A recent article from Japan Today reported a 18.7% decrease in the number of foreign tourists who visited Japan in 2009, to about 6.8 million. Reasons cited where the strong yen, global economic recession and the H1N1 influenza virus. The largest number of foreign tourists to the country came from South Korea, Taiwan and China, which was the only country with an increase of visitors.
Yokoso! Japan has started a campaign to attract more visitors to Japan in 2010 (the government has set a target of 10 million) called Live Japan!
You can visit my Live Japan guidebook where I feature articles about Tokyo festivals and events taken from this blog.