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New airbnb law

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New airbnb law

Hi all I wonder if any of you is affected by the new rental law in japan? What happens if we have already booked the airbnb while it is still technically legal? Does the law applies retrospectively?

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Destination Expert
for Chicago, Illinois
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1. Re: New airbnb law

Please type Airbnb in the Japan forum search box. There are numerous current posts on the subject.

Sapporo, Japan
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for Sapporo, Hokkaido
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2. Re: New airbnb law


Basically - if you have a booking with Airbnb the hosts will be ok to honor that booking, even if they are still waiting for their licence.

But 80% of Japan listings have been taken down from the site.

One idea...look around the web for other options - there are many guest houses now - many with dormitory type rooms and these are often priced cheaply...and there IS a website called Couch Surfing...which is a person to person FREE stay system....


Toronto, Canada
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4. Re: New airbnb law

My booking in Hakone and Kyoto from 16th and 19th arrival dates have been cancelled yesterday and my money has been refunded. It’s bad because we had booked a great place at the start of this year for peace of mind and now we have to stick with touristy hotspots for a worse deal. We are leaving in a few days and now making plans all anew,

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