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Tujia gaining on Airbnb in Japan

Chinese operator competes on more than price

A young Chinese family relax in a room in Osaka booked via Tujia.

TOKYO -- Vacation rental sites like Airbnb were slow to make their way to the country, but have now become the accommodation of choice for many people doing Japan on a budget. Tujia, a Beijing-based operator of one such website, launched a Japan unit about a year ago targeting the growing numbers of Chinese tourists.

"It's clean, quiet and has a washing machine," said a 30-yer-old Chinese lady of the room she had booked in Osaka for her family. Her excited 4-year-old also seemed more than happy with their lodgings. "It' just like at home," she added. 

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