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Home-sharing companies look to be staging a comeback, with room for non-hotel accommodation to grow in Japan's rural regions, say some experts. Above, Thai tourists experience a temple stay at Takayama Zenkoji in Gifu Prefecture. (Photo by Keiichiro Asahara)
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Airbnb begins to recover in Japan, a year after crackdown

City hosts face stringent controls but countryside could be ripe for the taking

ERI SUGIURA, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- Airbnb and other home-sharing services are recovering in Japan in the wake of strict regulations introduced almost a year ago, and some industry experts say there is more room to flourish, especially in rural areas.

According to the Japan Tourism Agency, 14,701 minpaku, or private lodgings, were registered with local authorities as of March 15, 2019 -- a hefty increase from the 2,210 listed as of June 15, 2018, when the new rules were implemented.

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