If you or someone you know is planning to travel to or within Japan over the next year and is planning to use Airbnb or other short-term rental platforms you need to know about the Japan Airbnb Rule Changed June 15, 2018. On June 15th, 2018 all Airbnb listing without a registered license (issued by local gov offices) were dropped from the Airbnb platform. I am sharing the information below so that families traveling can be prepared. As a licensed Airbnb host, For our tips on how to find the best Tokyo airbnb for your family check here.
I have received numerous questions from people who want to rent Airbnbs. When renting an Airbnb or other short-tern rental under 30 days in Japan make sure you ask about the “minpaku license”. I recommend only staying in a licensed unit since it has the proper documentation and is most likely safer than a non licensed unit. How to decide if staying in an Airbnb is right for your family vacation.
We also offer Japanese cooking and Art & crafts classes in our licensed studio in Unit 101. Please join us for a fun class while in Tokyo – class details and schedule here.
Japan Airbnb Rule Changed June 15, 2018 – What Airbnb Users Should Know & Do!
The Japan New Housing Law stipulates that landowners (housing accommodation business operators), managers and brokerage site operators are required to register their rental properties with the national government and local governments. The revised law went into effect nationwide on June 15th, 2018.
I am supportive of the licensing since it will assure all short-term rentals are safe. If landowners, managers or brokerage site operators are not licensed after June 15th, 2018 the government is authorized to inspect properties for illegal public housing. The penalty is one million yen if found breaking the law.
Some interesting Japan Tourism and Airbnb Data – Since I am a data geek
(source; Airdna, Hotels.com, Nikkei, Japan Time and other news sources)
- The Japanese Government was targeting 40 million visitors per year by 2020 (data from 2018). In 2017, 28.7MM people visited up 19.3% YoY. The Rugby World Cup took place in Autumn of 2019. 2019 visitor numbers have stalled in the low 30 millions and the government is worried it will not hit 40 MM this year (2020), It will be interesting to see if shortage of hotel rooms results in fewer visitors for the Olympics and Paralympics this summer 2020.
- In Tokyo, there are 120,000 registered hotel rooms; 120,000 X 365 = 43,800,000 hotel room nights per year. Hotel rooms are predicted to increase up to 15% more over the next three years with new construction and converted office buildings and apartments to hotels. Despite the increase, the occupancy will be extremely high in popular seasons.
- The average 3-star hotel in Tokyo costs 12,500 yen and accommodates average 2 people, the average 4-star hotel in Tokyo costs 24,000 yen an accommodates avg 2 people. For a family of 4-5 to rent two hotel rooms in Tokyo typically costs 25,000 yen on average.
- In May 2015 there were approximately 3,000 Airbnb listings in Tokyo; as of April 2018 that number has increased to approximately 20,000. The number fell to 1,000 Tokyo listings following the Minpaku rule in June 2018, but in 2020 is back to the level of listing pre min-aki ruling. The central Tokyo five star Airbnb for avg 2 people is 11,500 yen and typically include cooking and laundry facilities. The average 2 bedrooms, five-person capacity Airbnb in central Tokyo (Shinjuku, Shibuya, Minato-ku`s) runs on average 17,000 JPY.
- In Tokyo, as of April 2017, there were approximately 20,000 Airbnb units active in Tokyo and according to Airdna.com on avg the per night rate is about 11,000 yen and the occupancy rate is 90%. The top four areas of Tokyo by active Airbnb unit (#) are 1. Shinjuku-ku (4,800), 2. Shibuya-ku (2,400), Taito-ku (2,000), 3. Toshima-ku (1,500) and 4. Minato-ku (1,300).
What happen on June 15th, 2018 on Airbnb in Japan?
All Japan Airbnb listing without a license were delisted (people could not longer place reservations) on June 15th, 2018. People who had reservations which were canceled were given coupons of same monetary value to book other licensed Airbnbs. It cost Airbnb millions of USD, but they did what was best for the customer.
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