The Japan Tourism Agency announced the “Status of Execution of the Housing Accommodation Business Law” on October 10. The law pertains to bed and breakfasts (B&Bs), such as Airbnb.
The number of reported residential accommodation businesses was 20,911, which was approximately 9.5 times higher than the 2,210 reported as of June 15, 2018. In addition, the number of businesses abolished was 1,805, and the number of reported houses as of the 10th was 19,106.
Based on a regular report from residential lodging businesses, the actual number of stays from June 1 to July 31 was 313,511 days (up 4.2% from April to May), and 20.3 days per registered home. By prefecture, Tokyo had the highest number with 131,360 days. Tokyo was the highest in terms of days per reported residential lodging business, with 24.4 days.
The total number of overnight guests was 350,197 (up 4.5% from the previous survey), and 22.6 per registered home. By prefecture, Tokyo had the most with 117,396 people.
Guests with foreign nationalities comprised 269,249 (76.9%). By nationality, the most lodgers were from China, followed by Korea and the United States.