What is STAY JAPAN?

STAY JAPAN is an accommodation booking service that offers you to stay in a traditional japanese house or in a modern apartment and discover daily life in Japan in a unique way. Ideal for leisure or business trips and short to long-term stays, STAY JAPAN’s accommodations allow you to have a deeper experience of the local culture.

We aim at all times to provide you with conveniently located apartments, houses, inns and other accommodations at the best price, to ensure you an enjoyable and worry-free travel experience.

All owners wishing to rent out their properties in Japan must first obtain an official license from the local government, to ensure that their property complies with the new legislation requirements. By making a point of accepting only licensed accommodations, STAY JAPAN ensures safety and peace of mind to all its users. Currently, the private rental sector is mainly developing in Tokyo and Osaka, two of the country’s largest cities, but the government is already planning to expand it further to offer private accommodations throughout Japan.

Why vacation rentals?

Renting a private property allows you to enjoy the comfort and convenience of a fully furnished and equipped house, even on a trip. Forget unnecessary costs and expenses, just like at home you can cook and do your laundry anytime, for free.
You travel in a group with your family or friends on a small budget? No worries, prices are quoted per room, which means that the more you are, the more money you save.
Perfect for group travelers, friends and family who want to stay in the same place while traveling. Next to vacations, private lodges can also be useful for longer business trips, training or job hunting journeys that bring you in town. Or maybe you are more an event traveler visiting a comic market, an international conference or are just someone moving houses and looking for a temporary place to stay.

Whether you are on a business or leisure trip, moving houses or looking for a temporary place to stay, vacation rentals allow you to have your own private individual space, even far from home.

Legalized private lodging

Private lodging is not like hotels or ryokan but offers more features and equipment like kitchens, washing machines, and basically everything else you need for a daily lifestyle prepared for travelers in a free apartment or house!
This kind of lodging used to be problematic with the Japanese law, but was recently legalized for everyone to participate in, but with conditions.
Lodges at STAY JAPAN are confirmed licensed vacation rentals and distance themselves from accommodations that overseas’ illegal lodging services offer.

Special economic zone

The Special economic zone law regulations article 13 (exclusion of the hotel business law adoption) builds the base for legalized private lodging.
In January 2016, Tokyo's ward Ota became the first region in Japan to apply these new laws and officially started taking in license applications for private lodging vacation rentals.
Starting in Tokyo, the enforcement of the law is going to spread through the country to areas like Kansai and Kyushu and brought to you only here, at STAY JAPAN. (Status: March, 2016)

Budget hotel

This form of private lodging is defined by the hotel business law article 3 and permits it by taking a budget hotel business license. Budget hotels are places like capsule hotels which could come into existence through that deregulation, but soon, it will get even broader and will include private lodging and so become possible in a lot of places in Japan.
We at STAY JAPAN want to support this type of lodging as well.

Farm stay

This type is as its name says about lodging at a farmer's or fisher's place.
For several years, TOMARERU, Inc. has been offering stays at farmer's, forestry worker's and fishermen's houses in a desire to enhance interaction and experience exchanges between city and country people.
Following the launch of its private home rental service STAY JAPAN, TOMARERU, Inc. decided to focus more on providing agricultural and rural life experiences to foreign tourists, as a means of discovering Japan in a unique, genuine way.
As a matter of fact, the parent company of TOMARERU, Inc. , Hyakusenrenma, Inc. was the first Japanese private company to be authorised in the "Agricultural, Forestry and Fishing Workers House-inns & Public Accommodations" sector.

Event private lodging

During big event like the Awa-odori festival, international conferences or alike, hotels and ryokan tend to end up fully-booked so that additional travelers are left without no place to stay. In this case, private lodging can be a solution.
Tomareru Inc. often works together with the Japanese government to find private lodges during event seasons and help travelers to find find a suitable accommodation anyways.
Since event private lodging is legalized on several restrictions and regulations, we ask interested hosts to contact us in advance for more information and support.

Stress-free stay

At STAY JAPAN, we work hard to ensure you have a most satisfying stay, and a stress-free experience when booking your next accommodation.
That is why we are committed to following the Japanese lodging laws, so that we can always provide you with a safe, and reliable service.

Insurance

To ensure that each reservation leads to a safe and pleasant experience, both travelers and hosts are covered by STAY JAPAN’s lodging and travel insurance.
Travelers are covered for up to 3 million yen per incident, should they have an accident during their stay or damage anything in the property.
Hosts are covered for any accident caused during the stay by a facility or equipment failure up to 100 million yen per accident, and for the theft or damage of the property’s equipment or furniture, up to 290 thousands yen per incident.

Safety

All properties registered on STAY JAPAN have been officially approved by a local government body and are certified to meet the safety standards. The identity of every host and guest is also verified.
Since STAY JAPAN is the only service to offer all the different kinds of certified accommodations available in Japan, travelers can choose between a large variety of high quality accommodations, and enjoy a stress-free stay.

24/7 Support

You have any questions or concerns? Our customer support service is available in Japanese and English via email (24/7/365) or phone (24/7) to answer all your questions regarding private home rentals and assist during your stay.

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