Airbnb Removes 80% of Japan Home Listing

Airbnb Removes 80% of Japan Home Listing

This is a big news! Airbnb removes 80% of Japan home listing yesterday on 5th June 2018 according to Nikkei Asian Review. We checked on our bookings for Japan next year and the listing is no longer available. Thus, the host has cancelled many of the bookings on this apartment and our booking might be cancelled sooner or later.

This is the signage in the apartment we stayed in Hokkaido recently.

There were 62,000 properties available in Japan on Airbnb and now they are only 13,800 left as 80% of the listing is unlisted at the moment.


What happen now in Japan is there is a new private home-sharing or better known as ‘minpaku’ law will take effect next week.

The Airbnb listing we booked next year is unlisted.

The new minpaku law will start on 15th June 2018 and it will enable host to provide accommodation for up to 180 days a year by registering their homes with local authorities. Those who didn’t register will not able to operate.

That is the main reason why 80% listings are unlisted. Only home owners with proper permission or registration information will be listed on Airbnb. Thus, when the home owners obtained the relevant permission and registration, their property will be listed again on Airbnb.  However, it is unsure how many home owners will go to register their property as some local authorities have set their own rules.


We are not taking any chances so we just booked a hotel for our trip to Japan next year. That’s why we have been searching for a hotel in the past few hours once we got to know this news. Luckily, we booked a value for money hotel for our trip next year.

For those who have booked their Airbnb stay in Japan, please check the availability of the booking. If your booking is cancelled, make sure you book a hostel or hotel to stay fast. Hostel and hotel rooms are limited in Japan so book early to get the best rates.

Please share this news to your friends who are visiting or traveling to Japan!



 

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