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Japan private lodging rentals rise in sign of tentative recovery

Bookings on Airbnb up 78% for early June with higher demand for nearby locations

Guests relax inside a room in a private lodging rental in Saitama Prefecture, near Tokyo. Bookings for such accommodation, particularly near big cities, are increasing.

TOKYO -- Demand for private lodging rentals in Japan is showing some signs of recovery from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, with locations near large cities seeing a big increase.

Between June 7 and 13, the number of bookings for minpaku -- private lodgings offered for rent in homes and apartments to cost-conscious travelers -- on Airbnb jumped 78% from the same period last year, according to the U.S.-based rental accommodation website operator.

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