I need to book some accommodation. What do you suggest?
In Japan you will find a variety of accommodation styles to suit all tastes and budgets. These range from western-style lodgings including hotels, business (economy) hotels and youth hostels as well as Japanese-style options like high-end ryokan (Japanese-style accommodations with tatami mat floors and futon bedding, usually found near hot-springs), minshuku (bed & breakfast) and guesthouses.
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How far in advance can I book my accommodation in Japan?
In Japan it is still quite common for hotels to only release their rooms for sale 3-6 months in advance. If you search for accommodation and it is unavailable, try checking back 3-6 months out of travel.
How can I book a stay at a temple?
There are over one hundred temples on Koyasan, a sacred mountain in Wakayama prefecture. Many of these offer temple lodging, called shukubo. Most of these Shukubo cost around 9,500yen per person per night including dinner and breakfast. The food served at shukubo is Shojin Ryori, vegetarian cuisine eaten by monks, and at most of shukubo, guests can participate in morning prayer at 6am. Koyasan is best accessed by train from Osaka (Namba).
For more information, please visit the Koyasan Tourist Association website for information on shukubo (temple lodging).
Is AirBnB legal in Japan?
As of June 15, 2018, private lodging facilities including holiday rentals and AirBnB require a license to operate lawfully. Always ensure that you are booked in a licensed property to avoid having your bookings cancelled. Read more about the current situation here.