On May 5, 1965, Yasushi Inoue (1907-1991), one of Japan's most well-known post-World War II novelists, departed on the ferry “Baikal” from the port of Yokohama to Nakhotka. Thus began his travels around the Soviet Union. The purpose of his journey was to enter the “Sai-iki” (the “Western Region”) of Central Asia. Inoue had dreamed of visiting these lands since his student days thirty years earlier.
This paper describes Inoue's travel around “Sai-iki” by analyzing his unpublished notes, photographs, and literary works, along with that of other Japanese travelers. Inoue's travel contributed to the strategy for developing the Soviet Union's tourism industry in the 1960s. The Inbound Tourism policy of the Soviet Union during this period appealed to Japanese intellectuals who dreamed of visiting “Sai-iki” and seeing its ancient ruins. But in another way, Inouoe's travel was incorporated into the inbound tourism system as propaganda, a way to advertise the achievements of socialism.