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Notice about Private Lodging in Japan

In Japan, from June 15 when the Private Lodging Business Act (hereinafter “PLB Act”) becomes effective, any intermediary activities to reserve rooms at accommodations not licensed under the Inns and Hotels Act or those not duly registered under the PLB Act, is unlawful. Accordingly, reservations for such rooms through online booking sites may be subject to cancellation.

You can confirm whether or not the room you have booked through an online booking site belongs to an accommodation that is not licensed or is not registered, by directly inquiring to the site.

In Japan a variety of accommodation options are available to you and it is easy to change your bookings in order to secure alternative accommodations including private residence rentals duly registered under the law. For your convenience we have listed accommodation search sites below, which list only licensed accommodations or those duly registered. These are only examples, and all sites that handle properties in Japan, including other search sites, cooperate to handle only legitimate properties.

Thank you very much for your attention and we look forward to welcoming you to Japan.

Japanese brokerage sites mainly focusing on introduction of Private Lodging Businesses

STAY JAPAN [English] [Chinese (繁體中文)]
Language available: English, Chinese (繁體中文)

Japanese travel agencies mainly focusing on hotels/inns

Language availablele: English, Thai(ภาษาไทย), Chinese(繁體中文/簡体中文), Korean(한국어)

Rakuten Travel
Languages available: English, Chinese (繁體中文/簡体中文), Korean (한국어), Thai (ภาษาไทย), Indonesian (Bahasa Indonesia), Singapore (English), Malaysia (Malay/English), French (Français)

Languages available: English, Thai (ภาษาไทย), Chinese (繁體中文/簡体中文), Korean (한국어), Malaysian (Malay/English)

KNT-CT Japan Traveler Online
Languages available: English, Chinese (繁體中文/簡体中文), Korean (한국어)

Languages available: English, Chinese (繁體中文/簡体中文), Korean (한국어)


*Specialising in Hakone, Fuji, Izu and Tokyo areas
Languages available: English, Chinese(繁體中文/簡体中文), Korean(한국어)

Accommodation that can be booked directly in English

Japanese Inn Group
Languages available: English

Further information

Please contact The Japan Tourism Agency,