Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

Aug 29, 2016

Hotel chain trains more female 'ryokan' chiefs

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In view of the increasing number of foreign visitors to Japan, Fujita Kanko Inc., a Tokyo-based hotel chain, is stepping up efforts to train female staff in providing service in the style of okami at Japanese ryokan (inns). The okami is the chief female ...

Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd

Aug 21, 2016

Fukuoka inn taps 'Internet of Things' fad for smartphone crowd

A small hotel in the city of Fukuoka is adopting “Internet of Things” technology so some of its guests can adjust their room conditions via smartphone. And Hostel opened Friday as Japan’s first inn to fully use IoT technology, the operator said. Sony Corp., ...

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

Jul 30, 2016

New inn style: Tokyo's first luxury ryokan

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There are seasonal ikebana arrangements, tatami-mat flooring, kimono-style outfits for guests and a steaming hot onsen spring water bath. So far, so ryokan, the traditional-style Japanese inns that dot the country. Until a screen slides open in one of the guestrooms, and 11th-floor views ...

Airbnb home-sharing war heats up in Japan

Jul 27, 2016

Airbnb home-sharing war heats up in Japan

Sarah Takeda thought she had a good little business renting a traditional tatami-mat room in her house on Airbnb. But she and other hosts in Japan are learning the hard way that the home-sharing site’s fastest-growing market is also becoming the next flash point ...

Tokyo hotels invite guests to live in the lap of luxury

Jul 23, 2016

Tokyo hotels invite guests to live in the lap of luxury

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Two domestic hotel operators are shaking up competition in Tokyo’s luxury accommodation market by attempting to make their new properties more inviting for inbound visitors. The first such operator, Hoshino Resorts Inc., has opened a luxury ryokan (traditional Japanese inn) named Hoshinoya Tokyo in ...

City mayors forging alliance over Airbnb and Uber

Jun 21, 2016

City mayors forging alliance over Airbnb and Uber

Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. have set their sights on global expansion. They are about to face a global response. Mayors from New York to Paris and Seoul think they have found the trick to coping with so-called “sharing economy” apps — working ...