What’s the difference in between a guesthouse or a vacation rentals in Japan.
Vacation rental, Bed & Breakfast. Renting out a room in a detached house or apartment to provide lodging services to travelers and business travelers. It has got easier for even an individual owner to start the accommodation business without getting an 旅館営業許可 [RYOKAN EIGYOU KYOKA] (りょかんえいぎょうきょか) “accommodation license”. This is newly categorized accommodation style regally so that local people can easily start a vacation rental business. It has to be given permission from the public health center. But paperwork is much easier than normal accommodation businesses such as a hotel, ryokan or hostel. And initial investment should be also much cheaper than them. You can search for this type of accommodation by Booking.com or Air B&B. You can make a booking through Airbnb , Vrbo [Expedia Group] , Vacation Stay [Rakuten Group] or STAY JAPAN
– STAY JAPAN is an accommodation searching site specialized in a farm stay, which is called 農家民泊 [NOUKA MINPAKU]
– VACATION STAY is an accommodation searching site including many Minpaku properties. Especially a number of resort properties are listed on the site.
|Pro(s)||Con(s)||Minimum of stay|
||住宅宿泊事業法 [JYUTAKU SYUKUHAKU JIGYOU HOU]: 1 night国家戦略特区法 [KOKKA SENRYAKU TOKKU HOU]: 2 nights (It differs depending on the district.)
A new law 住宅宿泊事業法 [JYUTAKU SYUKUHAKU JIGYOU HOU] regulating private lodging businesses took effect in 2018 to cope with a shortage of accommodations amid a growing number of foreign tourists. The law allows anyone to lease their rooms for up to 180 days a year if they register with their local government in advance. Before starting this law, many individual owners had rented out their house or apartment illegally.
国家戦略特区法 [KOKKA SENRYAKU TOKKU HOU]took effort in 2013. According to this law, foreign tourists will be allowed to stay in the National Strategic Special Zone for a period of time (3 to 10 days) specified by ordinance based on a lease contract. Ohta Ward of Tokyo
Pref., Osaka Pref. Osaka City, Kita-Kyusyu City of Fukuoka Pref. Niigata City, Chiba City are assigned to National Strategic Special Zone.