About STAY JAPAN

STAY JAPAN is a home-sharing service that connects travelers looking for alternative lodging options with property owners. It is also the first website to offer legal short term rentals in Japan.

Ranging from traditional Japanese houses to city apartments close to tourist attractions or business areas, STAY JAPAN offers a wide choice of accommodations to fit your needs and fulfill your desires of new experiences, whether you are traveling with a group, your family or alone, or looking for a place to stay during a move, a business trip or a temporary return. With STAY JAPAN, discover unprecedented lodging experiences and infinite ways to enjoy 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.
Are you traveling in a group with your family or friends on a small budget? No worries, prices are quoted per room, which means that the more travelers there 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 of 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 residence, 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 an apartment or house!
This kind of lodging used to be problematic with 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 illegal overseas 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 is permitted through a 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 events like the Awa-odori festival, international conferences or the like, hotels and ryokans tend to be fully-booked so that additional travelers are left with 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 to help travelers find a suitable accommodation.
Since various restrictions and regulations have been legalized for event private lodging, 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 the 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

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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