The Jakarta Post
Two girls perform a Balinese dance at the Ubud Palace Bali theater in Bali on June 27, 2015. (Shutterstock.com/IRIT)
Bali has officially become a favored holiday destination for the Japanese. As many as 154,597 Japanese tourists visited the island between January and August 2016, a significant upsurge of 7.98 percent from the same period last year.
However, although there has been an increase in volume, Japanese tourists slumped to third place in the ranking of countries that supply the most number of tourists to Bali. The region's Central Statistics Agency head Adi Nugroho told Antara news agency that China had advanced to second place, taking over the previous position held by Japan. Australia still places first as the country with the most tourists visiting the island.
In addition to breathtaking landscapes, Balinese culture is thought to be one of the highlights of the island for Japanese visitors. Adi said many Japanese tourists visited Bali to learn how to play tabuh (traditional percussion) and to learn Balinese dances.
"And they usually return to Bali the following year to continue their lessons in tabuh and Balinese dance," said Adi. (mra/kes)