Things to know about Minpaku (private lodging)
Minpaku (private lodging) became completely popular by Airbnb, etc. When considering the place to stay in Japan, there are also people who think of not only a hotel but also the way of Minpaku. However, in Japan, Minpaku has not yet been established as a general accommodation style, and 2018 seems to be a year that can be a transition period.
Initially, Minpaku was only allowed in limited areas, such as Ota Ward in Tokyo. Although these standards are based on the ordinance of the ward, even if we see only the 23 wards of Tokyo, there are big differences in attitudes towards Minpaku, and the discussion is overheated now for hosting the Olympic Games. In June 2018, a new law on Minpaku was enacted and rules were developed, and a major travel agency (JTB) and a major information service company (Rakuten) also entered this field. Meanwhile, there are moves to establish regulations in each prefecture, such as Kyoto limiting the period during which people can stay to only during the winter season.
At present, the response of the residents to Minpaku also varies. Although it is regrettable, there are troubles such as not being welcomed to the surroundings, because there are residents who accept private lodging in apartments such as a city center despite being banned in a building contract. In order to prevent troubles, you will need to keep in touch with the owner in advance besides understanding these situations. Noise at night, having a prohibited party, disposing of garbage etc., may increase troubles. It is important to carefully sort garbage according to house rules (sort combustible garbage and incombustible garbage, place it in the location designated by the owner).
Of course, there are also many good aspects of Minpaku, and depending on the owner, you can experience a lifelong unforgettable experience. There are wonderful hosts who are fluent in languages, who are interested in intercultural exchange even in downtown areas, and are willing to support your travels as their lifework.
In addition to renting cheap spaces in downtown areas, the number of Minpaku services with local experiences is also increasing. For example, you can stay at a fisherman 's house and get on a squid fishing boat and so on. In these places, you may not be able to expect a comfortable living with a bed and a shower close to your usual life, but it can be said that it will be the best experience for those who want to experience country life or to experience Japan in various places.