Apr 1, 2016

Japan eases rules a bit on 'minpaku' paid lodgings using homes

A revised government ordinance under the Inns and Hotels Law took effect Friday, making it easier for individuals to engage in lodging business for travelers in private homes. Under the new government rules, individuals seeking to rent vacant homes or rooms will find it ...

Mar 10, 2016

Japan's tourism boom is driving demand in unlikely places

The tourism boom, much lauded by the government, has had a number of unintended effects. Among them is a shortage of hotel rooms, a problem that has transformed the nation into the fastest-growing market for Airbnb. The rebound in tourism since the 2011 disasters ...

Mar 4, 2016

JW Marriott hotel to open in Nara in 2020

A luxury hotel run by Marriott International Inc. will open in the spring of 2020 in the ancient city of Nara, according to real estate developer Mori Trust Co. The JW Marriott Hotel Nara will be the first foreign luxury hotel in Nara Prefecture, ...

Foreign visitor stays surged to 66.37 million in 2015

Mar 1, 2016

Foreign visitor stays surged to 66.37 million in 2015

Hotel stays by foreign visitors to Japan rose 48.1 percent in 2015 to a record 66.37 million, government has shown, in the wake of a weak yen and measures such as tax-free shopping and the easing of visa rules. Visitor stays are estimated by ...