What should I know about booking a home in Japan?
Under an amendment to the Japanese Hotels and Inns Act that went into effect on June 15, 2018, Airbnb hosts are required to register their listing and display a license number on their listing page. Any host without a license number was required by the Japanese government to cancel upcoming reservations that were booked before that date. Unregistered listings have been removed from Airbnb, but will be added back as they register.
If you’re planning a stay in Japan
Some changes that were implemented after the amendment to the Japanese Hotels and Inns Act may affect you.
Only registered listings are available on Airbnb
Listings that don’t yet have a license and registration number, or other legal details like a hotel business license, have been deactivated until that info is added. As a result, these homes may not appear in your Saved list. To check if a listing is registered, on the listing details page click Read more about the space, where you’ll find the license or registration number.
Your host will need a copy of your passport
Under the law, when you check in, your host is required to record guest information such as name, address, occupation, and nationality. If you don’t live in Japan, your host is required to request your passport and keep a copy of it for recording purposes. If you live in Japan, regardless of your nationality, be sure to show your ID issued in Japan (for example, a residential card, alien registration card, driver’s license) to confirm your domestic residence, so that your host understands that you aren’t required to show your passport as well.