30 Most Visited Countries in the World and their most visited places
16. Japan – 24.0 million visitors
Japan is a beautiful country with lots of natural wonders as well as incredible shopping and excellent restaurants. The shrines and temples of Kyoto are definitely worth seeing. Osaka is another city that you don’t want to miss when you come to Japan. Tokyo is the largest city in the country, and it has something for everyone. Mt. Fuji is a truly majestic sight that you won’t want to miss either.
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Many tourists who come to Japan spend most of their time in Tokyo and surrounding areas, such as Yokohama, Hakone, and Kamakura, or go on a day trip to Nikko. But if you come for two weeks or more, it’s definitely worth traveling around the country a bit and seeing what “real” Japan looks like.
Most visited places in Japan
1. Golden Pavilion
2. Mount Fuji
3. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower
4. Todaiji Temple in Nara
5. Jigokudani Monkey Park
Read more about the best places to visit in Japan here!
17. Canada – 20.0 million visitors
Canada is a combination of brilliant cities and wildlife full of bears, elk and rivers full of salmon. It is a country of mountains, lakes, wilderness, arctic tundra. The Canadian national parks are among the most beautiful in the world.
The “Great White North” is a large and beautiful country with a rugged landscape all over. Vancouver is a wonderful city to visit, and it has lots of great restaurants, parks, museums, and other things for every member of the family. Banff National Park is another place you will want to think about visiting because of the incredible scenery.
Most visited places in Canada
1. Niagara Falls
2. Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains
3. Old Quebec
4. Ottawa’s Parliament Hill
Read more about Best Places to Visit in Canada – 30 wonderful places in Canada
18. Saudi Arabia – 18.0 million visitors
Saudi Arabia has huge tourist potential due to its favorable climate, historical and cultural heritage, natural beauties, and a rich marine life. The country is washed by the Persian Gulf in the east and by the Red Sea in the west.
A large part of the country is covered by the Nedzi plateau, which rises to a height of 600 to 1000 meters above sea level. It consists of stone and sand desert. In the west, the Hijaz Mountains, the Yemen Mountains and the Asir Mountain range, which reach heights over 3000 meters above sea level. The highest mountain is Jabal Sawda with 3133 meters.
Most visited places in Saudi Arabia
1. Al Masjid al Nabawi mosque
2. Al-Ula ancient site
3. Dumat al Jundal ancient city
4. Jabal al-Lawz
5. Jamarat Bridge
19. Poland – 17.5 million visitors
The city of Warsaw is a great old historic town to visit if you are going to Poland, and it has many fascinating museums. Krakow is another great place to visit if you want to learn more about this country’s history.
If you are a real adventure seeker, the Tatra Mountains are excellent for skiing and hiking with the most dangerous hiking trails in the country. There is truly something for everyone here, and it’s a very beautiful country.
Most visited places in Poland
1. Main Market Square in Kraków
2. Warsaw Old Market Place
3. Gdansk Old Town
5. Malbork Castle
To see what else you can visit in Poland read this: 25 Best Places to Visit in Poland
20. South Korea – 17.2 million visitors
South Korea has a lot to offer as a tourist destination, including beautiful white sand beaches and historic sites that you’ll be sure to find very impressive and fun.
Jeju City has the Folklore Museum as well as seawater saunas for some rest and relaxation. There is also Incheon, which is home to the Incheon airport. Busan has some beautiful temples and mountains, offering a number of incredible sights.
Most visited places in South Korea
1. Gyeongbokgung Palace
2. N Seoul Tower
3. Namiseom Island
4. Lotte World
5. The Garden of Morning Calm
Hi. Your label and image for Singapore’s Botanic Gardens are wrongly paired. The image is rightfully Gardens by the Bay and not Botanic Gardens. Botanic Gardens does not have Supertrees.
Fascinating facts. Have you been to all these countries? I’d be interested in your personal view, especially of the UK which is where I am from. I do always wonder why certain places seem to be so much of an attraction – Stonehenge is fascinating, but you can’t get very close to the stones themselves and we have other sites where you can have a better user experience in my view (Avebury for example). What do you think?
Wow, what an amazing list of incredible countries! I am happy to have been to 12 of them so far, with many others on the list! It’s great to see the top attractions in each country – it has given me so much food for thought for my bucket list! Istanbul and Dubrovnik are the top hitters for me.
Wow. What a list you have compiled. As I read through the post, it was great to see how many places we have visited but I realized how many places I still want to see. Germany, Turkey, Poland, Malaysia and the Ukraine are countries we have not even touched. But in many of the others, there are still so many other sites to visit. Thanks for putting a few new ones on my long list!
This is a great list and I’ve been to 15 of them with plans to visit at least 3 more next year. How many of these countries have you visited? Do you have a favorite or favorites? As an American. I’m curious how that number of visitors to the U.S. has changed in the last 2 years??
this is soooo wrong…where did you put Portugal?!?!?!
What an absolutely fascinating post to read, of course we know these countries are popular but to see the hard visitor numbers, and broken down by sites, is very interesting. Of the top five, I need to explore more of Spain and China is near the top of my wishlist to visit.
What a fun read. I have been to 22 of them, so just another 8 to go 🙂 It’s really interesting just how many people visit these countries. I can’t believe how many people visit Saudi, but I guess that has to do with pilgrims visiting Mecca. I wonder what those annual figures are?
I am surprised Ibiza island beats out Barcelona for Spain’s Top 5 list. Also surprised Mexico is #8. It was fun to compare my tastes to the rest of the world, they are quite different!
Mexico is actually number 6 now according to the Tourism World Organization beating Germany and the Uk But don’t know why you are surprised.
I usually try to avoid mega popular places as I hate crowds but I’m really surprised France is the most popular country to visit! I guess it’s pretty big so doesn’t always seem that crowded unless you’re in Paris or on the south coast beaches in summer!!
A few surprises here! I knew France got lots of visitors but didn’t think it would be number one. Spain is another surprise. I do agree that it’s the natural beauty of Austria, my home country, that attracts visitors here.
for me Istanbul and Antalya are awesome that you should see it at least once
Are these figures representing the real number of different visitors or the total number of visits that can be the same visitors ? How did Malaysia get its figures ? Malaysia benefited many tourists who stop by for transit on their way to Thailand but it still don’t deserve to be no. 12. Just check Malaysia’s number of hotel rooms from those hotel booking websites. I think they count in those Singaporeans who are the same people who crossed over for just day trips during the weekends as well as the number of foreign workers.
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Italy and Maldives and has the most visited number of tourists as stated by the global tourism department and they will be continuing to rise in next years. The beauty of these two nations is preserved best and provide top accommodation and facilitation to their clients. Must see priser till maldiverna here.
Where is Portugal, literally the 17th most visited country in the world?
I think I have to make some update of this article. It is 2 years old already and some places have changed since then. Thanks for the comment!
As from my point of view the most visited place which everyone wants to visit is France because of its beauty and tall Eiffel tower which makes it most visiting places for tourists all over there are more places which you may consider as your second option for visiting in vacations.
Did you know Portugal existed? It should be the nr 20 or 19
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That’s definitely true! I fully agree!
Thanks for giving the best info who want to travel the world. This article is too useful to choose our best place to visit.
Nepal is called the Amazon of Asia. The hidden treasure of its rich biodiversity. Don’t forget to include Nepal this small country every year millions of travelers visit around the world.
This is so wrong…where did you put Portugal?!?!?!
It is fascinating to know that there are so much to explore in this world. I still have a lot in my bucket list just trying to take some inspiration from you Julius.
amazing information about world travel destinations to visit. Thank you for your contribution
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India is medium the most visited is china
I read it all in one breath. It is a wonderful travel and culture article.