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Airbnb to launch luxury reservation service in Japan

'Ryokan' traditional inns, specialty hotels to be main focus

Airbnb's new hotel booking site in Japan will focus on rooms offering special features.

TOKYO -- Airbnb is set to launch a new online service allowing people to reserve rooms at luxury Japanese-style inns and hotels.

In an effort to meet the increasingly diverse needs of tourists visiting Japan, the global room-booking platform will team up with Evolable Asia, a major online travel service provider and the country's largest online seller of air tickets.

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